Newgarden earns third career pole, IndyCar field set to race at Barber

Only 4 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers in the field of 23 at Barber Motorsports Park have found victory at this 2.3-mile road course. Interestingly, 3 of those drivers have won twice – Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Chevy, Team Penske), in 2011 and 2012, Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda, Andretti Autosport) in 2013 and 2014, and Josef Newgarden (No. 1 Hitachi Chevy, Team Penske) in 2015 with CFH Racing and 2017 with Team Penske. Qualifying statistics are equally segmented, with only 4 names to the title. That is, until today. Helio Castroneves won pole twice here, with Pagenaud and … Continue reading Newgarden earns third career pole, IndyCar field set to race at Barber

Power and Wickens are ones to watch in Saturday Qualifying at Barber

Alright. I’m pretty sure Turn 5 at Barber Motorsports Park has its own gravitational pull. That pull is strongest when Indy cars are in orbit nearby.  The No. 10 Ganassi Honda of Ed Jones ended up triggering the first red flag of practice, when he needed assistance from AMR Rescue to be pulled from the grips of the tumultuous Turn. Jones is fresh off the podium from Long Beach and there is a good chance he was pushing his car to the limit to find those boundaries before quals today. The 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the year has had mixed … Continue reading Power and Wickens are ones to watch in Saturday Qualifying at Barber

Pigot shows promise, Newgarden claims top spot in afternoon practice laden with reds

Friday at Barber Motorsports Park was brought to you by the number 5 and the color red. Turn 5 was the place to be during today’s Verizon IndyCar Series practices, and according to fastest-in-session Newgarden, it was due to the strong winds. Particularly, the direction of those strong winds. “Today was very difficult with the wind conditions. It was kind of behind us going into Turn 5, it was behind us going into Turn 12, and that’s the most difficult wind direction you’re going to drive around here, and I think it’s going to flip 180 tomorrow.” Newgarden actually started … Continue reading Pigot shows promise, Newgarden claims top spot in afternoon practice laden with reds

Power cruises to the top in Barber practice, Newgarden takes a detour

Two-time Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama winner Will Power topped practice 1 at Barber Motorsports Park this morning with a 1:07.5987 lap in the No. 12 Team Penske Verizon Chevy. Teammate Josef Newgarden, who coincidentally has also come out victorious at this track twice, was just a sliver over three-tenths of a second slower, coming in P2. Scott Dixon was the fastest Honda, with his No. 9 PNC machine clocking a best lap of 1:08.2627. The Chip Ganassi Racing Teams driver has landed on the podium in 7 of the 8 races that the series has run at Barber. … Continue reading Power cruises to the top in Barber practice, Newgarden takes a detour

From paintings and liveries to charities and championships, the people of the paddock are what makes racing special

One of the my favorite things about racing is the people. Everyone gathers at a track with a shared love of racing, but the various ways in which we all find ourselves connected to this sport is endless. Racing gives us stories. Every fan, media member, staff member, driver, owner, crew member, and in this case, artist… has their own story. I decided while talking to someone this morning, that I would like to try and share those stories. They bring me such happiness when I hear them, and they create a connection. My hope is that sharing some of … Continue reading From paintings and liveries to charities and championships, the people of the paddock are what makes racing special

Push to Pass [S3E11] – From Barber to Phoenix

A look back at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama leads us right into previewing the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix for the Verizon IndyCar Series. http://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/www.slipstreamnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/P2P-S3E11-From-Barber-to-Phoenix.mp3 Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play | Pocket Casts | Stitcher | RSS Download: Push to Pass Podcast Season 3 Ep. 11  In this Episode: Live Full Throttle: Fourth IndyCar Win for Newgarden Marks First with Team Penske IMS Seating To Be Smoke-Free Beginning in October 2017 Fans Can Enjoy IMS Museum for Free during INDYCAR Grand Prix Weekend INDYCAR, INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY RETAIN TIES WITH PURDUE GRAND PRIX BARBER RACE TELECAST RATING JUMPS … Continue reading Push to Pass [S3E11] – From Barber to Phoenix

Fourth IndyCar Win for Newgarden Marks First with Team Penske

Barber Motorsports Park is a pretty special place. From the rolling landscape of green hills, tall trees, colorful flowers, eclectic art sculptures, and of course avid racing fans… there’s nothing but awesome for as far as you can see. The vantage points are too many to list. People are sprawled out all along the perimeter of the 2.3 mile road course, taking shade on the edge of the forest that overlooks Charlotte’s Web and the backstretch, and up in the paddock suites with a bird’s eye view of all the action on pit lane. Every view is a good one, and … Continue reading Fourth IndyCar Win for Newgarden Marks First with Team Penske

Rainy Raceday Start as Penske Prepares to Further Replicate Success in Alabama

It’s raining this morning at Barber Motorsports Park, which can only mean one thing… it’s Verizon IndyCar Series raceday in Alabama! The 8th Annual Honda Grand Prix of Alabama will go green at 2:42pm (local time) this afternoon. Notice I say that it will, not that it should. I have full confidence that we are going to get this done today, rooster tails and all! The good thing is that I haven’t seen any lightning or heard any thunder this morning. Let’s keep that trend going! Team Penske is also aiming to continue trends at Barber, and yesterday was a … Continue reading Rainy Raceday Start as Penske Prepares to Further Replicate Success in Alabama

Will History Repeat at Barber?

They say that best way to predict the future is to study past behavior. If that’s true, then we should see a Team Penske driver holding up the Verizon P1 Award by the end of the day. But, will it be one of the drivers who has already won a pole position at Barber Motorsports Park or will it be the newest Penske teammate, Josef Newgarden? Newgarden had the second fastest lap in the final practice this morning, with his teammate Will Power topping the session times. But with the additional cloud cover and the temperatures not nearly as gnarly … Continue reading Will History Repeat at Barber?