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

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

Pocono IndyCar 500: Records Broken & a Polesitter Victory

The Fourth of July holiday weekend in Long Pond, PA was a record-breaking one. In the qualifying session alone, the fastest single-lap record was broken 8 times, before the Verizon P1 Award winner, Juan Pablo Montoya sealed it as his for at least another year. Speed is always a factor in the sport of racing (she said with the tone of Captain Obvious), but it played a big role this past weekend as the Pocono IndyCar 500 fueld by Sunoco turned out to be the fastest 500-mile race in IndyCar history. Let’s take a look back at how we got … Continue reading Pocono IndyCar 500: Records Broken & a Polesitter Victory

Holy Houston… What a Weekend!

A first time pole winner. A first time race winner. A rookie race winner. A double rookie podium – twice. An all Colombian podium for the first time in series history. A 40th career pole for a driver. Three first time podium finishers. Those are pretty awesome highlights for a race series season. Oh no wait… those were the highlights from one weekend in the Verizon IndyCar Series! That weekend was this past weekend in Texas. The series raced in the presence of the Astrodome with a title almost as long as that list of highlights: The Shell & Pennzoil … Continue reading Holy Houston… What a Weekend!

IndyCar 2014 – Schedule Preview

In this section of MTAF Wheels IndyCar 2014  preview, I will be taking a look at this season’s schedule. The 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule consists of eighteen races at fourteen different venues. The venues include five street circuits, four road courses, three superspeedway ovals which are part of the Fuzzy’s Triple Crown Challenge, one intermediate oval, and two short ovals. The Fuzzy’s Triple Crown Challenge features the three 500 mile races on the schedule (Indianapolis, Pocono, and Fontana). A $1 million dollar bonus is awarded if a driver can win all three events during the season and $250,000 if … Continue reading IndyCar 2014 – Schedule Preview