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
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?
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
“Fallin’ too fast to prepare for this.” That’s a line from one my favorite Imagine Dragons songs. It made me smirk as it played in my ears when I sat down to write just now. It’s been a day so far, you guys. But hey, that’s life. You’re not always ready for things, even when you try to prepare to the best of your abilities. There are always elements that come into play that you couldn’t have predicted. You have to be ready for anything, roll with the punches as it were. You adapt, you problem-solve, you make decisions, you … Continue reading Ready or not, it’s race day in Detroit
Andretti Autosport switched things up quite a bit since last season – with reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato exiting the team for a ride at RLL Racing, and Zach Veach taking over responsibilities of the No. 26 Honda. Veach, who got his first Indy car racing experience last year, did so with multiple teams. After three non-consecutive seasons in the Indy Lights program of the Mazda Road to Indy, the Ohio-native was asked to drive in place of JR Hildebrand for Ed Carpenter Racing at Barber Motorsports Park last season, after Hildebrand was injured at the Toyota Grand Prix … Continue reading Andretti Autosport sets standard, investing in drivers to create careers
Alexander Rossi could be on the verge of a breakthrough in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Two weeks ago, he achieved his best finish since his victory at the Indianapolis 500 in 2016, with a P2 on the Streets of Toronto. The driver of the No. 98 Andretti Autosport Honda had it dialed in this morning for the third practice of the weekend, running the fastest lap of the weekend with a 1:04.2303. He almost had it stolen away by teammate Takuma Sato in the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda, but he earned it back only a few laps before … Continue reading Could Mid-Ohio be Proving Grounds for Andretti Autosport?
Two podiums and a pole position are listed on Ryan Hunter-Reay’s resume under the heading of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but what he is really looking for is a victory. He has been coming to Mid-Ohio to watch races since he was a child, and got his first taste of on-track action in Lexington, Ohio when he participated in Formula Dodge and Skip Barber. His favorite thing about Mid-Ohio is, “… the constant flow to it. It never stops turning. Even the turns have kinks in them.” Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200 Practice 2 Results Verizon IndyCar Series Honda … Continue reading Hunter-Reay Clocks Fastest Lap on Friday at Mid-Ohio
Unlike last year, I am not in Canada for the Honda Indy Toronto this weekend. Initially those reasons as to why, were related to work, but as it turns out I needed to be home for a family situation. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. The Verizon IndyCar Series, the work I am privileged to do while covering race weekends on the ground, and everyone I’ve met because of it has made the series a second home for me, and a family in many ways. But nothing can compare to actual family, the unconditional support and love that bonds … Continue reading Team Penske is the Common Theme Across Honda Indy Toronto Practices
That’s how we start a Sunday! The Indy cars have rolled back into the paddock to rest up and cool down before the Kohler Grand Prix this afternoon. They took to the track early this morning for the final Verizon IndyCar Series practice session of the Road America weekend. A couple cars were noticeably missing from the practice – the No. 26 Andretti Autosport Honda of Takuma Sato and the No. 9 NTT Data Ganassi Honda of Scott Dixon. Sato is reportedly feeling under the weather, which as I tweeted is not much of a surprise. The most recent Indianapolis … Continue reading Honda Paces Final Practice, Hunter-Reay Hungry for Win