Four teams will battle for the pole position of the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500, but two of those teams have 7 of the Fast 9 positions covered. Given no-tow speeds on Friday, it’s not surprising to see all four of the Team Penske drivers (Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, and Will Power) in that mix, but the pleasant surprise and crazy impressive feat of Saturday was seeing Ed Carpenter Racing put all three of their cars in the first three rows. Spencer Pigot, strapped in to his No. 21 Preferred Freezer Service ECR Chevrolet, was the fifth … Continue reading Ed Carpenter Racing, Team Penske dominate Fast 9 qualifying positions
LONG BEACH, California — The streets of Long Beach are screaming again with the glorious sounds of speeding Indy cars! The Verizon IndyCar Series took to the track this morning for the first practice of the annual race weekend in southern California. The backdrop of the ocean and marina are almost as beautiful as that sound. The weather isn’t too shabby either, with a temp around 64 at practice time, and a predicted high of 69 today. It’s certainly all coming together to benefit Scott Dixon (No. 9 Honda, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams). He ran quickest with a lap time … Continue reading Honda Tops Morning IndyCar Practice in Long Beach
The final practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series at Mid-Ohio this weekend yielded impressive numbers. The top 16 cars out of the 22-car field ran laps faster than the track record. Remember that practice times do not count towards official track records, so we will just have to hope for a dry track and prime conditions this afternoon in qualifying. According to the current hourly forecasts, the potential for storms will move in during the 4:00 p.m. ET hour. It’s also worth noting that the entire field of 22 cars was separated by 1.0424 seconds. Yes, less than a second-and-a-half … Continue reading Five Championship Contenders Break Out in Final Practice at Mid-Ohio; Power and Dixon Each Looking for Third Honda Indy 200 Pole
The Honda Indy 200 afternoon practice session on Friday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course ended prematurely when the skies opened and huge rain drops began to scatter across pit lane and the entire 13-turn track. The drops came down in an individual fashion, almost as though they each had a purposeful destination and when one hit you, it felt like you were getting hit by a tiny water balloon. The field of 22 quickly made their way into the pits and after the big drops gave way to smaller but more frequent ones falling, one or two cars took … Continue reading Power Runs Quickest Overall in Friday Practices at Mid-Ohio
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
The dominance of Team Penske has been obvious this season and the third race weekend is no different. They continue to prove that they have the formula for whatever “it” is that leads to a fast car and consistency in this series. Will Power, reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and his newest teammate, Simon Pagenaud ran the quickest two laps of both practice sessions on Friday here at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Their remaining two Penske drivers, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves & multi-series talent, Juan Pablo Montoya came in right behind them in P3 & … Continue reading Penske Proves Consistency with Speed in Long Beach
Sweltering heat, shaky hands, nerves of steel and courage on pit lane to get the perfect… tweet. Ah, the life I am blessed enough to call my own is a good one. Great, I might venture to say… and I am appreciative for every solitary second. It’s hard for me to believe that a year ago I was in Baltimore for the Grand Prix, gathering information for my first article on IndyCar. I’d been a fan all my life, but that was the first race where I was More Than a Fan. Hard to believe in just a year I’ve … Continue reading Penske Powerhouse… and a Power Outage
This is it. The last week of the IndyCar season is upon us. These last seven days will answer the question of who will be your 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion. These last seven days will also give us two amazing races that are sure to fire up cars and tempers. They are sure to produce edge-of-your-seat racing entertainment and nail-biting maneuvers. Some of those maneuvers will be demonstrated later today as the field of 22 leaves it all out on the track from green to checkered. More than likely, the focus will remain on the Top 5 starters. It … Continue reading Can Top 5 Starters Yield Another Verizon IndyCar Series Winner at Sonoma?