Rahal Quickest on Race Morning, Paddock Ready for Final Contest

There’s not much more to dig into this weekend. We’ve discussed all the drivers with a chance of winning it all after these last 202 miles are completed in the early evening, we’ve talked about the situations and circumstances that would need to happen for each of them in order for things to go their way. And nothing surprising has happened in the test, during practices, or in the rounds of qualifying to really argue any of those points. If anything, things are about as predictable as they’ve ever been in the Verizon IndyCar Series over the past 6-7 seasons. … Continue reading Rahal Quickest on Race Morning, Paddock Ready for Final Contest

Reigning champ Pagenaud leads Saturday practice, looks to repeat Sonoma success

Saturday’s morning practice at Sonoma Raceway yielded predictable results with all 5 championship contenders leading the pack, reigning Verizon Series IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud topping the laps with a clocked time faster than his own track record set in 2016. Pagenaud went on to win that race, clinching his first series titie. Today’s 1:16.0329 lap was run in the No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevy  was the best of the weekend practices so far, and was just out in front of 4-time champion Scott Dixon’s best lap time of 1:16.1454 in the No. 9 NTT Data Ganassi Racing Honda. … Continue reading Reigning champ Pagenaud leads Saturday practice, looks to repeat Sonoma success

Passion and versatility: The inspiring nature of Castroneves

  Helio Castroneves started his Indy car racing career in CART back in 1998. I was just getting my driver’s license that year, mastering the art of parallel parking between cones while Castroneves was embarking on a 20-year open-wheel journey. If you told me that two decades later I’d be sitting in the media center at Sonoma Raceway writing about the 30-time race winner, I’d have told you to stop breathing in so much exhaust at the track.   But somehow, that is exactly where I find myself. And I sit here nostalgic of my own very young career in … Continue reading Passion and versatility: The inspiring nature of Castroneves

Full Throttle Rundown: IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen

(WATKINS GLEN, NY) – It’s hard to believe that we are already nearing the end of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Walking in to the track down in St. Petersburg, FL is still really fresh in my mind – and that’s saying a lot given how busy the past 5 months have been for not only the series and drivers, but for me personally. Nonetheless, here we are, as the track wakes up in upstate New York, and Watkins Glen International slowly comes into focus, breathing life into the race fans that will return that energy tenfold, over the … Continue reading Full Throttle Rundown: IndyCar Grand Prix at The Glen

Penske Domination at Gateway Likely to Continue on Raceday

2017 marks the 20-year anniversary since the first Indy car race at Gateway Motorsports Park. That event was held in May of 1997 and it was won by Team Penske, with Paul Tracy behind the wheel. Tracy is still involved in the event today, but as a commentator instead of an competitor. Today’s event will be broadcast on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET and the team of Townsend Bell and Kevin Lee will join Tracy to run play-by-play and give their always-awesome insight throughout the event. It’s never a surprise to see a domination by Team Penske, but this weekend … Continue reading Penske Domination at Gateway Likely to Continue on Raceday

Power to Lead Battling Field to Green at Mid-Ohio

This is the fifth time I have sat down to write a qualifying results post about Will Power winning the Verizon P1 Award in 2017. As usual, he dominated in the Firestone Fast 6 segment, earning the 49th Verizon P1 Award of his IndyCar career (tying him for fourth of all-time with Bobby Unser) with a lap of 1:04.1720. It wasn’t record-breaking, but it was plenty quick enough to outshine the other participants in the final round of qualifying. This isn’t new for Power, as he’s started from pole at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course twice in the past (2010, … Continue reading Power to Lead Battling Field to Green at Mid-Ohio

Team Penske is the Common Theme Across Honda Indy Toronto Practices

Unlike last year, I am not in Canada for the Honda Indy Toronto this weekend. Initially those reasons as to why, were related to work, but as it turns out I needed to be home for a family situation. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. The Verizon IndyCar Series, the work I am privileged to do while covering race weekends on the ground, and everyone I’ve met because of it has made the series a second home for me, and a family in many ways. But nothing can compare to actual family, the unconditional support and love that bonds … Continue reading Team Penske is the Common Theme Across Honda Indy Toronto Practices

Team Penske Set to Lead Field to Green for the Second Consecutive Year at Road America

Some people call IndyCar a circus. They aren’t wrong. We have a cast of characters that people come to see from far and wide. They perform awe-inducing tricks and put on a show with their natural talents that others only dream to possess. There’s no discernable ring-leader, but at Road America it certainly seems like the guys at Team Penske are trying to fight for that title. The Kohler Grand Prix morning practice on Saturday foreshadowed the results of qualifying later in the day. Simon Pagenaud (No. 1 Menards Chevy), Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Devilbiss Chevy), Helio Castroneves (No. 3 … Continue reading Team Penske Set to Lead Field to Green for the Second Consecutive Year at Road America

Castroneves and Rahal Pace Friday Practices in Detroit

RLL driver Graham Rahal found some speed Friday morning in Detroit when he topped the first practice with a 1:15.3328 lap on the 13-turn street circuit. His best performance on Belle Isle was in 2015 when he started P5 and finished on the podium in third for Race 2. This weekend marks his 7th time running the event and he will continue to fight for the chance to drive the No. 15 Soldier Strong/TurnsForTroops.com Honda into victory lane.    “I’m excited to be back. It’s been a track that’s been good to me in the past. Had a couple podiums … Continue reading Castroneves and Rahal Pace Friday Practices in Detroit