Rossi earns fourth career pole in single lap stunner at Mid-Ohio

Scott Dixon might be Mr. Mid-Ohio but Alexander Rossi is quickly making a name for himself as well. A career that kicked off with a win at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in his rookie year, followed by a sophomore year with five top 5 qualifying positions and just as many wins – the best of which was a pole-to-win weekend in Watkins Glen last year, leads us to this season and his continued growth in the series and as an open-wheel driver. Rossi has out-performed himself on qualifying efforts at 9 of the 13 races this year, … Continue reading Rossi earns fourth career pole in single lap stunner 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

Don’t rain on my parade. Qualifying, however…

A new Verizon IndyCar Series track record at Toronto? The odds are definitely in our favor this afternoon. Takuma Sato, Josef Newgarden, Will Power, and Alexander Rossi all clocked laps faster than the current track record, set by Simon Pagenaud in 2017. Since practice laps can not be record-holding times, we have to wait for the qualifying efforts this afternoon. Pagenaud’s streak of speed was good enough for the pole position last year, but it was his Team Penske teammate, Newgarden, that found victory at the end of the weekend. They both have something to prove with Newgarden fighting to … Continue reading Don’t rain on my parade. Qualifying, however…

Breaking down the doubleheader rule book

The schedule format isn’t the only thing that changes on a doubleheader weekend. Some items in the competition rulebook also get tweaked, and it’s easy to forget it from year to year. Who is up for a refresher? Qualifying With two 70-lap races, on Saturday and Sunday at the Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, the qualifying efforts will occur the same morning of each contest. “The field will be divided into two groups based on practice times, with 12 minutes of track time allotted for each qualifying group,” How do they determine the groups? I’m glad you asked. The … Continue reading Breaking down the doubleheader rule book

Third time’s a charm for Carpenter at IMS?

Wheeling your way around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an aspiration for countless drivers. Heck, it’s an aspiration for those of us who have never even piloted a professional race car. It’s a legendary track whose lore is as tangible as the Borg-Warner trophy itself. The track decides. Yes, she decides who wins the pole. She decides who wins the pole. She decides who has a good day of practice and who is just along for the ride. She decides the pace of the race. She decides. This past weekend, she decided that Ed Carpenter was due for his third … Continue reading Third time’s a charm for Carpenter at IMS?

Ed Carpenter Racing, Team Penske dominate Fast 9 qualifying positions

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

Bump day returns, Mann won’t compete in 2018 Indianapolis 500

Two cars were unable to qualify for the field of 33 yesterday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Neither James Hinchcliffe in the No. 5 Arrow SPM Honda or Pippa Mann in the No. 63 Donate Life Dale Coyne Honda will start in the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500. Mann has qualified for the past six Indianapolis 500’s in a row. She’s had a best start of P22 in 2017 and a best finish of P17 in 2017. Mann is one of the passionate drivers when it comes to her sponsorships and her advocacy for issues that matter to her. From … Continue reading Bump day returns, Mann won’t compete in 2018 Indianapolis 500

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

Increased Drama with Every IndyCar Practice Session in Sonoma; Unpredictable Qualifying Ahead

An uneventful Friday morning practice at Sonoma Raceway ended with Helio Castroneves (No. 3 Hitachi Chevy, Team Penske) running the fastest lap and a slew of Honda-powered machines behind him. Marco Andretti (No. 27 Snapple Honda, Andretti Autosport), Graham Rahal (No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda, RLL), Jack Hawksworth (No. 41 ABC Supply Honda, AJ Foyt Racing), Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 28 DHL Honda, Andretti Autosport), and Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7 SMP Honda, SPM) filled out the Top 6 as Championship contenders Simon Pagenaud (No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chevy, Team Penske) and Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Chevy, Team Penske) … Continue reading Increased Drama with Every IndyCar Practice Session in Sonoma; Unpredictable Qualifying Ahead