Push to Pass Podcast [S3E6] – A Gap in the Schedule

The time between races is not necessarily “down time”. Sometimes, these weeks are the busiest during the season because we are in the process of review, preview, testing, and preparing for the next round. The Verizon IndyCar Series tested at Barber Motorsports Park this week in Birmingham, AL – Dusty, Zach, and I discuss the return of Juan Pablo Montoya to the track. The guys and I also have some fun debating what location might be best for this long-awaited International season kick off that’s been hinted at the past couple years. Could it happen as soon as 2018? And … Continue reading Push to Pass Podcast [S3E6] – A Gap in the Schedule

Penalties Abound at The Glen; Dixon Earns Verizon P1 Award

Will Power and his No. 12 Team Penske Chevy crew benefited more than anyone in the Firestone Fast 6 qualifying rounds yesterday. Initially, he did not make it through the first round, running 7th quick in the first group of 11 cars. However, after a conversation between him, Tim Cindric and the IndyCar race stewards, Power was allowed to advance. The argument was that SPM driver, James Hinchcliffe, impeded Power’s lap when he spun on track, causing a local yellow. Hinchcliffe had run the 4th fastest lap in the first round and was not too happy (to put it lightly) … Continue reading Penalties Abound at The Glen; Dixon Earns Verizon P1 Award

Dixon Leads Chevy Domination in Day One of IndyCar at The Glen

Indy car racing returned to Watkins Glen International this weekend, and Chevy promptly planted their flag on the rolling hills of the infield. The manufacturer occupied the top 4 spots in the morning practice and the top 5 spots in the 2-hour afternoon session. Helio Castroneves, Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya from Team Penske, plus Tony Kanaan from Chip Ganassi Racing and Sebastien Bourdais from KVSH, made up those two groups of quickest Chevys along with another CGR driver… Leading the packs in both sessions, was their principal pilot, Scott Dixon. He took the No. 9 Target car to … Continue reading Dixon Leads Chevy Domination in Day One of IndyCar at The Glen

IndyCar at Pocono: Rain-Soaked to Sun-Drenched

If yesterday at Pocono Raceway was a temperamental summer day, ending with a storm… today is a fall-esque dream and ripe for racing. The clouds are still lingering, but lacking precipitation concerns. The sun should be shining down on us for the postponed start of the Verizon IndyCar Series ABC Supply 500 contest, this afternoon. The race will be broadcast live today, Monday 8/22 on NBCSN starting at 12:00 p.m. ET, with the green flag set to wave at 12:09 p.m. ET. The 22-car field will be led by Russian, Mikhail Aleshin, who achieved his first career pole this weekend. … Continue reading IndyCar at Pocono: Rain-Soaked to Sun-Drenched

IndyCar Practice Proves Pocono Raceway is Equal Parts Spectacular, Unforgiving

Pocono Raceway is magnificent. It was built for open-wheel racing, being modeled after Trenton Speedway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and the Milwaukee Mile. The Verizon IndyCar Series simply “fits” here. This is my second time at the Long Pond venue, and I forgot how awe-inspiring it can be. I stood at pit out this morning, as the Practice 1 green flag dropped at 9:00 a.m. ET precisely. I watched the field take to the track and it astounded me, the amount of time it took them to reach the peak of the Turn 1 entry and then begin their laps. The … Continue reading IndyCar Practice Proves Pocono Raceway is Equal Parts Spectacular, Unforgiving

Simon Pagenaud: He’s at it Again!

Qualifications for the first dual on the shores of Belle Isle in Detroit, MI are complete. Simon Pagenaud, the resident “it driver” of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar season reminded everyone that he is not done with his reign at the top of the charts. The Team Penske driver had an Indianapolis 500 experience he is more than ready to put in the rear view, with mechanical issues that proved to be too much of an obstacle to overcome. But as far as we can see, the P19 finish this past Sunday was just a blip on the radar for the … Continue reading Simon Pagenaud: He’s at it Again!

Simon Pagenaud: Triple Threat and Counting

Five races. Five podiums. Back-to-back pole positions. Three wins in a row. Sequential pole-to-checkered victories. Points lead of 76 going into the Indianapolis 500. The dominance shown by Simon Pagenaud in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series is undeniable, and he has the champagne-soaked firesuits from all five contests this season to prove it. After a rough 2015 transitioning into the role of fourth driver on Team Penske, this year’s streak of success is welcomed and well-deserved for the French driver. We are approximately a third of the way through the season and Pagenaud is focused hard on both the Indianapolis … Continue reading Simon Pagenaud: Triple Threat and Counting

IndyCar Championship Hopefuls Race Toward Astor Cup

Coming in to this finale weekend, the two names on everyone’s lips have been Montoya and Rahal. They are the top two in points and have the best opportunity to become the next Verizon IndyCar Series Champion. The feat would be a first for Graham Rahal and a repeat for Juan Pablo Montoya, who earned a Championship with the series back in 1999. I broke down the stats for the two frontrunners yesterday – check those out here. But there are four other mathematically eligible contenders for the Astor Cup today and one of those gentlemen is making quite a … Continue reading IndyCar Championship Hopefuls Race Toward Astor Cup

IndyCar Drivers Prepare to Set Records in Sonoma

It’s hard to comprehend that another season finale is upon us. Seems like only a few weeks ago I was in Fontana, CA, watching Will Power win his first Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. The series is back in California this year for the finale as well, just further up the coast in Sonoma County. The field of 25 drivers (a fitting number as we also pay tribute to the late Justin Wilson this weekend) ran a 3.5 hour practice session last night in addition to a shorter 45 minute session today. That most recent practice wrapped up with Andretti Autosport … Continue reading IndyCar Drivers Prepare to Set Records in Sonoma