Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Meyer-Shank Racing: Chasing a dream at Mid-Ohio

Most people like to start their work day with coffee. I prefer to start mine with giggly racecar drivers. The Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers are at a total of 3 this weekend, thanks to Meyer-Shank Racing being present at their home track of Mid-Ohio, with Jack Harvey behind the wheel of the No. 60 Honda. They all joined us this morning to field some questions and talk about their hopes for Round 13 in the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. It was too early for a formal presser according to James Hinchcliffe, leading the charge on the silly vibes and … Continue reading Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Meyer-Shank Racing: Chasing a dream at Mid-Ohio

Hinchcliffe bumped from field of 33

Where do I even start? For years, fans of IndyCar have complained that Bump Day wasn’t legitimate anymore, they wanted that drama and pressure back. As the Month of May drew nearer and nearer, it became clear that we would have one this season. 35 entries and only 33 grid positions. What became apparent yesterday though, was that many seemed to forget that a bump day applies to everyone in the field – including the full-time, championship contenders. That reality came to fruition, when fan-favorite and arguably one of the most well-known current Verizon IndyCar Series drivers, James Hinchcliffe, was … Continue reading Hinchcliffe bumped from field of 33

Hinchcliffe Identifies Rare Canadian Bird at Watkins Glen

(WATKINS GLEN, NY) – James Hinchcliffe is everyone’s favorite funny-guy in the paddock, but when he gets behind the wheel of that black and gold No. 5 Arrow SPM Honda, he’s all business. And today, that business was ornithology. We’ve learned a lot about Hinch recently – first it was his natural talent of dance, then his campaigning abilities to get more votes than most political candidates, and more recently it was revealed that Hinchcliffe is quite the birding enthusiast. He kicked off the month of May with this unveiling:   #AngryBird sighting in Slo-Mo. #IndyCar #IndyCarGP pic.twitter.com/Ha4UlHGuHn — Matt … Continue reading Hinchcliffe Identifies Rare Canadian Bird at Watkins Glen

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

Full Throttle Recap: Dual I of Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix

The Indy car race on Belle Isle first ran in 1992. Bobby Rahal won that inaugural event, and yesterday his son Graham added to his family legacy by dominating the first race at the now titled, Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. He’s the first American to win in Detroit since 1996 when Michael Andretti won, and the first polesitter to capture the checkereds here since Scott Dixon in 2012. Rahal led all but 15 laps of the 70 lap event (the most of his career) and has confidence that he, along with his No. 15 Soldier Strong/TurnsforTroops.com RLL Honda crew can … Continue reading Full Throttle Recap: Dual I of Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix

Anatomy of an Accident: The Tenth and Final Caution of the ‘500’

After the jaw-dropping carnage of the first caution… a plethora of engine retirements, some debris and two single-car incidents yielded another eight yellow flags. The final caution of the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil was a spectacular wreck involving five cars, all running in the front half of the pack. Upon watching the television broadcast back at home, I wanted to take the time to dissect the accident. And if I’m being honest, the frame-by-frames and on-board views made it much more intense than my initial observation. James Davison (No. 18, Dale Coyne Racing), … Continue reading Anatomy of an Accident: The Tenth and Final Caution of the ‘500’

Push to Pass [S3E12] – A Sleepy Night in Phoenix and The Mayor Himself

Three Americans, a Brit, and a Canadian walk into a podcast… stop me if you’ve heard this one before. No? Yeah, I didn’t think so. The Mayor of Hinchtown, James Hinchcliffe, joins us to chat about the Verizon IndyCar Series season so far, including his win on the Streets of Long Beach. This week’s 4-part crew also gives a review of the Desert Diamond West Valley Grand Prix of Phoenix, discusses some points brought up by our awesome listeners, and runs down the current news headlines with the Rolling Start. Oh yeah, and some guy ran a test at Indianapolis … Continue reading Push to Pass [S3E12] – A Sleepy Night in Phoenix and The Mayor Himself

Will History Repeat at Barber?

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?

Full Throttle Recap: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Last year at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Verizon IndyCar Series went caution-free. That was not the case this year. The first caution came on the first lap when Charlie Kimball (No. 83 Tresiba Honda, Ganassi Racing) went side by side with WIll Power (No. 12 Verizon Chevy, Team Penske) around the fountain and through Turn 3. With Power on the inside, Kimball cut into Turn 4, taking them both out. It ended with Kimball going hard into the outside wall and having significant damage to the back left tire, suspension and wheel, taking him out of … Continue reading Full Throttle Recap: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach