Racing is strong in traditions. Those traditions continued today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The pole-sitter of the IndyCar Grand Prix has gone on to win the race every year except in its inaugural year. Will Power, in his No. 12 Verizon Chevy, has now accomplished that feat three times. His 51st pole this past Friday gave him sole possession of the third place spot on the all-time career pole winners list, a spot he had shared with Helio Castroneves since Gateway in August of 2017. The win itself was a huge milestone for Team Penske, and Power spoke about that … Continue reading Full Throttle Recap: IndyCar Grand Prix
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
The fourth running of the IndyCar Grand Prix was the first one free of cautions in it’s history, dating back to 2014. It was also the first caution-free Verizon IndyCar Series race since the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2016. Unfortunately, that created a parading effect on the event, with only a handful of good passes. It would be reaching to call any of those instances, battles though. While I always prefer a more edge-of-my-seat racing scenario, I appreciate the organic nature of our competitions and understand that not all of them will be nail-biters. I certainly would … Continue reading Full Throttle Recap: IndyCar Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Helio Castroneves continues to break records and climb the all-time career lists, in this, his 20th year of Indy car racing. He tied the great Bobby Unser for 49 career pole positions tonight when he won the Verizon P1 Award at Phoenix International Raceway for the second year in a row. It’s also his second pole of the 2017 season, with number 48 coming on the Streets of Long Beach earlier this month. Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix Qualifying Results The pole speed he ran tonight also annihilated the track record that he set in 2016 by more … Continue reading Castroneves Shatters Record with 49th Pole, Shares Legend Status with Kanaan
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?
Six IndyCar Series champions. Five Indianapolis 500 winners. Fifteen IndyCar race winners. Fifteen IndyCar pole-sitters. That’s the depth of the current Verizon IndyCar Series field. The talent is undeniable, from the veterans with years of experience and packed racing resumes, to the rookie, sophomores, and third-year drivers whose ability to learn under pressure and apply those lessons in real time is nothing short of astounding. Anyone with an educated knowledge of sports would be hard-pressed to examine this particular series and it’s participants without being impressed. The season started off at a temporary street circuit, one of three distinct formats … Continue reading 2017 Starts on High Note for IndyCar, Points Toward Thrilling Season Ahead
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!
Simon Pagenaud finished in the runner-up position at Phoenix International Speedway on April 2nd, the same result he landed in the season opener at St. Petersburg just three weeks ago. This marks his best career finish on an oval track and also boosts him into the points lead. “I just want to say… how much of a team sport this is. The guys have been tremendous since St. Pete, and at the end of the day we were able to save a bit of fuel, the one stint before the end, and they did a magic pit stop so they … Continue reading Team Chevy Dominates IndyCar Return to Phoenix
Mikhail Aleshin returns to the Verizon IndyCar Series full-time after nearly a year’s absence. The Russian driver made one appearance last year, in the IndyCar season finale at Sonoma where he finished an impressive P10. He has spent most of his past year testing and racing sportscars in the European Le Mans series with AF Corse and SMP Racing, the latter of which he competed in the 24 Hours of LeMans with. Aleshin stated that he missed racing in IndyCar, noting the level of competition in the series. He also expressed his happiness to be back and confidence that Schmidt … Continue reading New Kids on the Block and Familiar Faces Back on Track