Dixon on Sneak Attack, Takes Pole from Castroneves in Toronto

Let’s pick up where we left off… the last line of the last paragraph of my last post was: “[Dixon is] a beast and currently fourth in points, so keep an eye on him this weekend. The No. 9 crew has kept it clean, lying relatively low in Toronto… and that’s Dixon’s favorite time to attack.” Historically, I have not been a fan of making predictions with results but lately it’s been fun just following my gut instinct, comparing stats, and taking my personal observation of the field action from trackside into account and trying to “call it”! With the … Continue reading Dixon on Sneak Attack, Takes Pole from Castroneves in Toronto

French Drivers Rise to the Top in Final Toronto Practice; Dixon in Dark Horse Mode

The third and final practice session on the streets of Toronto this morning yielded the fastest times of the race weekend. The field of 22 is getting a grip on the new track layout, literally and figuratively. The sand blasting of Turns 1 and 9 overnight has seemed to do what was intended, give the cars a better consistent grip around those corners and make set up of the cars a bit easier. Though, I wouldn’t use the term easier to describe the weekend itself. Multiple IndyCar drivers have ended up in the run-offs or even into the retaining walls … Continue reading French Drivers Rise to the Top in Final Toronto Practice; Dixon in Dark Horse Mode

Pagenaud Leads Team Penske in Strong Friday Practice; Toronto Track Changes Overnight

Turn 11 has become equivalent to a cuss word here in Toronto. Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske) and Charlie Kimball (No. 83 Novo Nordisk Ganassi Racing) both ended their afternoon practice session with a close-up visit to the aforementioned Turn and it’s outside retaining wall. Thankfully neither of them ended up with injuries, only damage to their cars. Montoya’s teammates fared much better overall, with Simon Pagenaud (No. 22 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske), Castroneves (No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske) and Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske) running their Chevys 1-2-3 in practice 2 and the overall … Continue reading Pagenaud Leads Team Penske in Strong Friday Practice; Toronto Track Changes Overnight

Push To Pass Podcast in association with Live Full Throttle: Iowa Corn 300 Review & Honda Indy Toronto Preview

This week on the Push to Pass podcast, Dusty, Zach and I review last weekend’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway – noting that IndyCar will be returning to the fastest short track in the world for the next two seasons, discussing Newgarden’s dominance and highlighting how it is yet another amazing story in the season of IndyCar comebacks! We saw race craft and pit stop strategy coming into play for the remainder of the field in Iowa and an impressive P5 finish by MIkhail Aleshin, the highest finishing Honda in the field. http://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/www.slipstreamnetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/P2PP-37-Iowa-Corn-300-Review.mp3 Big numbers were put up last … Continue reading Push To Pass Podcast in association with Live Full Throttle: Iowa Corn 300 Review & Honda Indy Toronto Preview

IndyCar 2015: Ready, Set, Race – Part II of II

Life happens, folks. I tried my best to get this second portion of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season breakdown to you earlier this week but sometimes despite our best efforts, things get delayed or pushed back beyond our control. Regardless, here is a look at the last 8 race weekends for next year – a little history, a little hope and a lot of excitement is present in this second half to the 2-part article. You can catch up on Part I right here, which went live this past Sunday. Let’s pick up with the first race in June, … Continue reading IndyCar 2015: Ready, Set, Race – Part II of II

Sam's Take: MTAF Wheels IndyCar Q & A for August 1st

Some quick thoughts on the Brickyard 400 from last weekend. The race was a slight step up from the past couple of years. The strategy taking part was interesting to watch. Attendance I think was about the same as last year maybe a little less. Estimated around 85,000 which is good except IMS seats about 250,000 and it looks not so good on tv. Attendance at races is a problem in just about every major racing series. Unfortunately people are not into auto racing like they were 20, 30 years ago. Nowadays, most people want to experience more than the … Continue reading Sam's Take: MTAF Wheels IndyCar Q & A for August 1st

Honda Indy Toronto Race 1 Delay Yields Questions About Safety in Racing

If you thought today was crazy… just you wait! After approximately 150 minutes of waiting through the rainstorm, two waved off starts, a drifting Honda pacecar and one DW12 in the wall, the first race of the Honda Indy Toronto weekend was officially postponed… and in actuality, never started. Not all was lost in the timeframe however – we had riveting commentary from IndyCar legend AJ Foyt on how he feels about “never being too old to learn something new…” and from Michael Andretti who, like many others, was perplexed by race control calls/communication throughout the madness of the early … Continue reading Honda Indy Toronto Race 1 Delay Yields Questions About Safety in Racing