Rahal clocks fastest lap in final IndyCar practice at Mid-Ohio, field continues to struggle with kits

Look at it this way – the Verizon IndyCar Series is nothing if not consistent at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend.  Another red flag laced practice session started off with a red flag 10 minutes into final practice when Pietro Fittipaldi (No. 19 Paysafe Honda, Dale Coyne Racing) got stuck in a gravel trap after going off up at the Keyhole (Turn 2). He needed assistance to get out, but was then able to head back to pitlane under his own power, and he continued on in the practice session. The second red was called for Matheus Leist … Continue reading Rahal clocks fastest lap in final IndyCar practice at Mid-Ohio, field continues to struggle with kits

Make GREEN your favorite, that’s your new favorite, okay?

We just finished Christmas in July and the reds and greens have been battling all day at Mid-Ohio, so a paraphrased Elf quote seemed to be the way to go with the post title. Plus, I’m a movie nerd that likes to talk to movie quotes, so there’s that. Four reds waved over the Verizon IndyCar Series practice session on this Friday afternoon, bringing the grand total to seven at Mid-Ohio today. The first one came 5 minutes in when Zach Veach, racing an Indy car on his home track for the first time, went off course in Turn 6 … Continue reading Make GREEN your favorite, that’s your new favorite, okay?

An eventful first Practice as IndyCar teams feel out 2018 aero kits at Mid-Ohio

Three red flags make for an eventful practice. Thankfully, no injuries or serious damage was reported, but it could foreshadow a wild weekend ahead of us. These kits are definitely able to throw a wrench into the plans of these drivers, as everyone tests their limits at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course over the next three days. Matheus Leist, one of the first drivers to take to the track after the installation laps, went off track in Turn 5 and caused the first red flag. The AMR Safety Team responded quickly as always and got the No. 4 ABC Supply … Continue reading An eventful first Practice as IndyCar teams feel out 2018 aero kits at Mid-Ohio

IndyCar competition in Toronto is a chess match at 108 mph

Sometimes even the best of intentions don’t go as planned. I’m sure you’ve all been there. Plans are set, your motivation is there, and then something happens. Like unconsciousness. That’s a thing that happens, right? Ha. Yeah, I don’t sleep too much as it is – no secret there. Last night my body decided I was overdue and I totally fell asleep with my laptop. I wish I could tell you that was a rare occurrence in my life, but I won’t lie to you guys. Similarly, the guys in the Firestone Fast 6 had good intentions of earning the … Continue reading IndyCar competition in Toronto is a chess match at 108 mph

Newgarden sweeps Friday sessions, Wickens ready to battle for win at Road America

More of the same this afternoon, as Josef Newgarden runs fastest in the second Friday practice session at Road America, clocking a 1:42.6279 lap, ousting his own morning fast lap by about six-tenths of a second. There was a bit of sunshine in the final 5 minutes of the session, a welcome bit of brightness for most folks. Though if I’m being completely honest with you, I was completely in love with today and all it’s grey beautiful wonder. After weeks of 80 to 90 degree temperatures, whether at home or on the road, this windy cloud-covered day was perfection. … Continue reading Newgarden sweeps Friday sessions, Wickens ready to battle for win at Road America

Newgarden leads Friday morning practice at Road America, not yet thinking about Championship

The 23-car Verizon IndyCar Series field roared back into action today, on the 14-turn road course of Road America. Scott Dixon (No. 9, Ganassi Racing Teams) starts this weekend as the points leader, a position he moved into after his win in Texas 2 weeks ago. Standing on the podium with him at Texas Motor Speedway was Alexander Rossi (No. 27, Andretti Autosport), who trails Dixon by 23 points and sits second in the championship hunt. The points leader has changed 7 times over 9 events, and toggled between 5 different drivers. Dixon, Will Power (No. 12, Team Penske), Rossi, … Continue reading Newgarden leads Friday morning practice at Road America, not yet thinking about Championship

Newgarden earns third career pole, IndyCar field set to race at Barber

Only 4 Verizon IndyCar Series drivers in the field of 23 at Barber Motorsports Park have found victory at this 2.3-mile road course. Interestingly, 3 of those drivers have won twice – Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Chevy, Team Penske), in 2011 and 2012, Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda, Andretti Autosport) in 2013 and 2014, and Josef Newgarden (No. 1 Hitachi Chevy, Team Penske) in 2015 with CFH Racing and 2017 with Team Penske. Qualifying statistics are equally segmented, with only 4 names to the title. That is, until today. Helio Castroneves won pole twice here, with Pagenaud and … Continue reading Newgarden earns third career pole, IndyCar field set to race at Barber

Pigot shows promise, Newgarden claims top spot in afternoon practice laden with reds

Friday at Barber Motorsports Park was brought to you by the number 5 and the color red. Turn 5 was the place to be during today’s Verizon IndyCar Series practices, and according to fastest-in-session Newgarden, it was due to the strong winds. Particularly, the direction of those strong winds. “Today was very difficult with the wind conditions. It was kind of behind us going into Turn 5, it was behind us going into Turn 12, and that’s the most difficult wind direction you’re going to drive around here, and I think it’s going to flip 180 tomorrow.” Newgarden actually started … Continue reading Pigot shows promise, Newgarden claims top spot in afternoon practice laden with reds

Power cruises to the top in Barber practice, Newgarden takes a detour

Two-time Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama winner Will Power topped practice 1 at Barber Motorsports Park this morning with a 1:07.5987 lap in the No. 12 Team Penske Verizon Chevy. Teammate Josef Newgarden, who coincidentally has also come out victorious at this track twice, was just a sliver over three-tenths of a second slower, coming in P2. Scott Dixon was the fastest Honda, with his No. 9 PNC machine clocking a best lap of 1:08.2627. The Chip Ganassi Racing Teams driver has landed on the podium in 7 of the 8 races that the series has run at Barber. … Continue reading Power cruises to the top in Barber practice, Newgarden takes a detour