Looking back at IndyCar 2018, Part I: St. Pete to the Indianapolis 500

This is part 1 of a 3-part series on Live Full Throttle, looking back on the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season as we approach the finale weekend at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. The Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg saw Sebastien Bourdais come away with a victory at the season kickoff weekend for the... Continue Reading →

Full Throttle Recap: Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix

The first night race of the Verizon IndyCar Series season started out with a domino effect crash. Mikhail Aleshin was the catalyst, losing grip down low on the track on lap 1, spinning and collecting Sebastien Bourdais and Max Chilton on his way to the outside wall. Marco Andretti’s night was consequently ended when he... Continue Reading →

Castroneves Shatters Record with 49th Pole, Shares Legend Status with Kanaan

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... Continue Reading →

Newgarden Leads Phoenix Practice Fresh Off Barber Victory

All four of Team Penske’s Chevy-powered beasts placed in the Top 5 at the sole Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix practice, this evening at Phoenix Raceway. Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Verizon Chevy) topped his teammates and the field overall when he clocked a 192.108 lap in the last quarter of the session. Newgarden... Continue Reading →

Team Honda at PIR: Down But Not Out

The Verizon IndyCar Series returned to Phoenix yesterday, setting new records over the weekend for qualifying runs and average race speed. While passing was not a habit of every lap, the passing that we did see was daring, controlled (mostly), and gasp-worthy. Even though Honda found their cars at the back of the field through... Continue Reading →

The Not-So-Great Divide

There was a blatant division in the qualification results this weekend in Phoenix, with Chevy at the top of the boards and Honda rounding out the bottom half. The same division occurred in both practice sessions. The Verizon IndyCar Series allowed Honda to take another shot at aerokit design development during the off-season, for their... Continue Reading →

Former Phoenix Champs Will Lead Field to Green in Arizona

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... Continue Reading →

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