Make GREEN your favorite, that’s your new favorite, okay?

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?

An eventful first Practice as IndyCar teams feel out 2018 aero kits at Mid-Ohio

Three red flags make for an eventful practice. Thankfully, no injuries or serious damage was reported, but it could foreshadow a wild weekend ahead of us. These kits are definitely able to throw a wrench into the plans of these drivers, as everyone tests their limits at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course over the next three days. Matheus Leist, one of the first drivers to take to the track after the installation laps, went off track in Turn 5 and caused the first red flag. The AMR Safety Team responded quickly as always and got the No. 4 ABC Supply … Continue reading An eventful first Practice as IndyCar teams feel out 2018 aero kits 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

Newgarden leads Friday morning practice at Road America, not yet thinking about Championship

The 23-car Verizon IndyCar Series field roared back into action today, on the 14-turn road course of Road America. Scott Dixon (No. 9, Ganassi Racing Teams) starts this weekend as the points leader, a position he moved into after his win in Texas 2 weeks ago. Standing on the podium with him at Texas Motor Speedway was Alexander Rossi (No. 27, Andretti Autosport), who trails Dixon by 23 points and sits second in the championship hunt. The points leader has changed 7 times over 9 events, and toggled between 5 different drivers. Dixon, Will Power (No. 12, Team Penske), Rossi, … Continue reading Newgarden leads Friday morning practice at Road America, not yet thinking about Championship

Dixon further solidifies his place in Indy car history with Race 1 win in Detroit

Where do we even start? Scott Dixon, man. He’s the master of open-wheel racing. That pretty much sums it up, but let’s give him the props he deserves, even if actually achieving that is nearly impossible. Earlier today, Dixon captured another win on Belle Isle, the first being in 2012. He started P2 in the first race of this weekend at the Detroit Grand Prix, behind pole-sitter Marco Andretti. Thanks to strategic pitting and creating a significant gap between himself and the field (nearly 15 seconds at one point), Dixon was able to keep the No. 9 PNC Ganassi Honda … Continue reading Dixon further solidifies his place in Indy car history with Race 1 win in Detroit

Full Throttle Recap: IndyCar Grand Prix

Racing is strong in traditions. Those traditions continued today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The pole-sitter of the IndyCar Grand Prix has gone on to win the race every year except in its inaugural year. Will Power, in his No. 12 Verizon Chevy, has now accomplished that feat three times. His 51st pole this past Friday gave him sole possession of the third place spot on the all-time career pole winners list, a spot he had shared with Helio Castroneves since Gateway in August of 2017. The win itself was a huge milestone for Team Penske, and Power spoke about that … Continue reading Full Throttle Recap: IndyCar Grand Prix

Rahal Quickest on Race Morning, Paddock Ready for Final Contest

There’s not much more to dig into this weekend. We’ve discussed all the drivers with a chance of winning it all after these last 202 miles are completed in the early evening, we’ve talked about the situations and circumstances that would need to happen for each of them in order for things to go their way. And nothing surprising has happened in the test, during practices, or in the rounds of qualifying to really argue any of those points. If anything, things are about as predictable as they’ve ever been in the Verizon IndyCar Series over the past 6-7 seasons. … Continue reading Rahal Quickest on Race Morning, Paddock Ready for Final Contest

Reigning champ Pagenaud leads Saturday practice, looks to repeat Sonoma success

Saturday’s morning practice at Sonoma Raceway yielded predictable results with all 5 championship contenders leading the pack, reigning Verizon Series IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud topping the laps with a clocked time faster than his own track record set in 2016. Pagenaud went on to win that race, clinching his first series titie. Today’s 1:16.0329 lap was run in the No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevy  was the best of the weekend practices so far, and was just out in front of 4-time champion Scott Dixon’s best lap time of 1:16.1454 in the No. 9 NTT Data Ganassi Racing Honda. … Continue reading Reigning champ Pagenaud leads Saturday practice, looks to repeat Sonoma success

Dixon racing to make history in 2017 with fifth IndyCar title

Scott Dixon has had a lot of changes to deal with this year. Engine manufacturer change, loss of his long-time primary sponsor, and a film crew following the normally private New Zealander. He has taken comfort in the familiarity of ranking near the top of the championship points race though, having won the ultimate prize in 2003, 2008, 2013, and 2015. He finds himself P2 right now and as it relates to demonstrating the competitiveness of the Verizon IndyCar Series, Dixon likes that everything is as close as it is,   “This is how you want the championship… (have it) … Continue reading Dixon racing to make history in 2017 with fifth IndyCar title