This weekend marks the third oval race of the season for the Verizon IndyCar Series. The Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway is also the second and last night race of the year. I am sad to say that I had to miss both, in Phoenix this past April and in Texas this evening. I had hoped to enjoy Iowa under the lights as I did back in 2014, but with that race moving to Sunday in the late afternoon, my opportunities for sunblock-free racing experiences in 2016 have passed. Even though I can’t be trackside for tonight’s contest, I … Continue reading IndyCar in Texas: Munoz’ Claims Career-first Pole, Dixon Continues Stealth Hunt
Qualifications for the first dual on the shores of Belle Isle in Detroit, MI are complete. Simon Pagenaud, the resident “it driver” of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar season reminded everyone that he is not done with his reign at the top of the charts. The Team Penske driver had an Indianapolis 500 experience he is more than ready to put in the rear view, with mechanical issues that proved to be too much of an obstacle to overcome. But as far as we can see, the P19 finish this past Sunday was just a blip on the radar for the … Continue reading Simon Pagenaud: He’s at it Again!
If the Carb Day practice is any indication of what we can expect this Sunday… WOW. This 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is going to be one for the record books, and not just for obvious reasons. The whole field was putting on a show for the packed stands today, going two and three-wide down the stretches with racy maneuvers reminiscent of a choreographed dance, showing fluidity, natural talent, and learned skill. The drivers barreled down the front stretch with the intensity of a freight train. Tony Kanaan, 2013 winner of the Indy 500, ran quickest today averaging a … Continue reading Kanaan and Munoz Lead Pack in Carb Day Practice
We set the field for qualifying yesterday, dividing up the 33 entered cars into two groups. Saturday’s attempts determined who would occupy the first 3 rows on race day and consequently, which nine drivers would have the opportunity to fight for pole position for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Oil. Today, on day 2 of qualifying, we determine grid placement within said groups. The most surprising part of yesterday’s results was the lack of Ganassi Racing cars in the Fast Nine. The other surprising aspect? Honda-powered entries outnumbering Chevys. What was that about domed skids? … Continue reading Andretti and SPM Show Muscle with Honda in First Day of Indianapolis 500 Qualifying
Leading up to the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix race weekend, Helio Castroneves mentioned his fond memories from Phoenix International Raceway, particularly when he started from pole and won in 2002. History might be repeating itself. Friday afternoon gave him another memory for the vault with a 2-lap average of 192.631 mph, earning him the Verizon P1 award and a new track record. 11 years have passed since the last IndyCar race on the Arizona track. The man alongside Castroneves on the way to the green flag, will be another Brazil-born driver: Tony Kanaan (No. 10, Chip Ganassi … Continue reading Former Phoenix Champs Will Lead Field to Green in Arizona
Today marks the second time this season that Juan Pablo Montoya will start from the pole position in the field. Both instances were also the result of weather conditions that cancelled/discontinued qualifying sessions for the Verizon IndyCar Series. His first pole position in 2015 was over the second race weekend of the year, at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, LA. As you might remember, we had monsoon like conditions on qualifying day and it made the completion of a safe qual session impossible. Montoya was fresh off his victory at the season kickoff in St. Petersburg and therefore led the … Continue reading Montoya Will Lead Field to Green in Rainy Race 2
The first race of the lone doubleheader weekend on this year’s Verizon IndyCar Series schedule ended earlier than anticipated and in a fashion not completely uncommon to this sport. Weather plays a big factor in how race cars operate, how drivers handle said machines and how the results of any given contest play out. Today was one of those circumstances and it was ultimately decided by IndyCar, to end the red-flagged event and finalize results as they stood on Lap 47. The driver of the Andretti Autosport No. 26 Honda, sponsored by shopandretti.com had been waiting on this day for … Continue reading Abbreviated Race #1 in Detroit Doubles the Fun for Honda & Andretti
I’d be lying to all of you if I didn’t admit that I was singing the title of this article multiple times while writing it. Thankfully, my rendition of Europe’s The Final Countdown is sans perm, mullet and leather pants. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I feel confident in saying that this is the first time an IndyCar piece has been introduced with hair band references and Seinfeld taglines… and I’m feeling pretty good about it. Seriously though, the past week has inundated us with a ton of news & information and I decided to organize it with … Continue reading The Final Countdown…!
Focus. It’s something we are required to have when we find our passion and want to turn it into something bigger… something more tangible and accessible than a simple admiration or desire. Focus is what allows us to move forward, what assists us in turning dreams into reality. Focus also happens to be the title of the newest Will Smith film hitting the U.S. market this week. Will Smith is one of the biggest celebrities on the planet. His films have broken records, become classics, and inspired millions. IndyCar is the premiere North American auto racing series and in the … Continue reading From LA to L.A. – IndyCar featured in Will Smith film, ‘Focus’