Gutierrez Ready for ‘Pure Racing’ of IndyCar, Adding to Positivity of Coyne’s 2017 Season

We are deadlocked. Both engine manufacturers in IndyCar have three wins under their belt this season. With the most recent win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway going to Honda, and the Verizon IndyCar Series back at a street circuit this weekend for two races, we could either split the difference and leave here 4-and-4, or Honda can work with keeping the momentum going from the Indianapolis 500, and get ahead in the count. Given their strength on this track format in 2017, it would appear to be a feasible goal. One big change since St. Petersburg and Long Beach though… Sebastien … Continue reading Gutierrez Ready for ‘Pure Racing’ of IndyCar, Adding to Positivity of Coyne’s 2017 Season

Rustbelt Resurgence: Detroit Welcomes Verizon IndyCar Series this Weekend

Detroit has gone under some major changes the past few years – revamping neighborhoods, investing in the downtown area, not to mention an awesome doubleheader race care of the Verizon IndyCar Series that invades Belle Isle every year. This island has in and of itself, has been completely reborn – from being cleaned and organized to having the entire track surface repaved; it’s one of my favorite events to attend and produces some of the most exciting races. Let me talk to you for a minute, Detroit. As a native and current resident of Cleveland, OH, I know what it’s … Continue reading Rustbelt Resurgence: Detroit Welcomes Verizon IndyCar Series this Weekend

IndyCar Notes for the Upcoming Wild Weekend

Fun in Florida Since the Roar Before the 24, two more current Verizon IndyCar Series stars have been added to the Rolex 24 at Daytona lineup – bringing the total to 14 from the series. Ryan Hunter-Reay & James Hinchcliffe, former teammates at Andretti Autosport, will be competing on separate teams this year not only in IndyCar but this weekend in Daytona as well. Hunter-Reay, the 2012 IndyCar Champion, will drive the BMW Riley DP for Starworks Motorsports in the Prototype Class. This will be his 8th time contesting the famous endurance race. Last year he raced the SRT Viper … Continue reading IndyCar Notes for the Upcoming Wild Weekend

Sato Surprises, Breaks Record in Detroit

The different format of this morning’s Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit – Dual II qualifications yielded a red flag, record breaking runs and even some premature celebration. The first group had a relatively uneventful 12 minutes on track, included Andretti Autosport driver James Hinchcliffe. Hinchcliffe led the group with the fastest lap, clocking in at 1:16.3739 and breaking the current track set-ups record. That record was only a day old, as Helio Castroneves had set it on Saturday with a time of 1:17.2597. Hinchcliffe has yet to attain that first pole position in his IndyCar career – and today looked … Continue reading Sato Surprises, Breaks Record in Detroit

Dual in Detroit – Dual II Qualifications Format

Yesterday morning I broke down the typical qualifying format with the Verizon IndyCar Series – the segmented process that leads to the Firestone Fast 6 and then the Verizon P1 Award. Today, we will have a different qualifying format for the second dual in the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit. The field will still be split into two groups, but these will be determined by the combined times ranking from Friday’s two practice sessions. The drivers in the even-numbered positions will be in Group 1 and the drivers in the odd-numbered positions will be in Group 2. According to that, … Continue reading Dual in Detroit – Dual II Qualifications Format

Power & Rahal put the DUAL in Detroit

Well. That was crazy. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Heck, I said it as recently as my articles this afternoon… The Verizon IndyCar Series is the definition of unpredictable. This afternoon proved it to be true, yet again. Even the winner of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit I… agrees! In his post-race presser, Team Penske driver Will Power stated, “This is IndyCar and ANYTHING can happen. And it does.” Will Power found himself in the Winner’s Circle again, a territory he is not unfamiliar with. Oh and by the way, he made it there by … Continue reading Power & Rahal put the DUAL in Detroit

Helio & Hinch Will Lead Field to Green in Detroit Dual I

Helio Castroneves achieved his first series career win on Belle Isle back in 2000. Today he starts from the pole position in Dual I of the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit. Castroneves out-raced James Hinchcliffe, Jack Hawksworth, Mike Conway, Ryan Briscoe and Penske teammate, Juan Pablo Montoya in the Firestone Fast 6 competition to attain the Verizon P1 award earlier today. This will be the third time Castroneves starts on pole at Belle Isle and certainly he will be going for his third win here this weekend. Three seems to be his number right now – literally and figuratively. He … Continue reading Helio & Hinch Will Lead Field to Green in Detroit Dual I