Here we are, back in Detroit for the only doubleheader weekend of the Verizon IndyCar Series season. Two practices, two qualifying sessions, and two races (across a two-nation space, technically speaking) will fill up the next three days on Belle Isle, with the city skyline of downtown Detroit keeping a watchful eye. Sitting here in the newly located International Media Center on the grounds of the Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, makes me think back over the past few years on these grounds. My nostalgia stretches back to 2013 and attending the event with my sister – it was … Continue reading RLL Racing looking to ‘make magic happen again’ at Belle Isle
This is the fifth time I have sat down to write a qualifying results post about Will Power winning the Verizon P1 Award in 2017. As usual, he dominated in the Firestone Fast 6 segment, earning the 49th Verizon P1 Award of his IndyCar career (tying him for fourth of all-time with Bobby Unser) with a lap of 1:04.1720. It wasn’t record-breaking, but it was plenty quick enough to outshine the other participants in the final round of qualifying. This isn’t new for Power, as he’s started from pole at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course twice in the past (2010, … Continue reading Power to Lead Battling Field to Green at Mid-Ohio
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?
The 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil was a record-breaking and history-making race to remember. Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. His win in the No. 26 Honda continued this season’s tradition of having a different winner for each race. We’ve had six events with six winners that represented four teams. This victory is the second of Sato’s IndyCar career, and the first with Andretti Autosport. His new team has won the ‘500’ five times total, with three of the wins coming to them in the past … Continue reading Full Throttle Recap: The Indianapolis 500
Will Power, man. Do you think his parents had any clue how true his name would ring in his future career? The Team Penske driver earned his 45th IndyCar career pole position today on the Streets of St. Petersburg. It’s safe to say he has a very stable relationship with the circuit. He has now grabbed 7 poles out of 11 attempts. Tomorrow will be his 6th start from P1, given that he earned the same position last year but due to illness, was not cleared by medical to compete on race day. He’s one of two active drivers to … Continue reading Power Earns 45th IndyCar Pole, 7th at St. Pete
AJ Foyt Racing ended Friday at Barber Motorsports Park with a 1-2 finish at the conclusion of both practice sessions. Takuma Sato (No. 14 Honda) and Jack Hawksworth (No. 41 Honda) ran fastest laps with nearly identical times, separated by only four-thousandths of a second. Sato even put his hands up at the post-practice presser, holding them about 6 inches apart and said, “Yes, I believe it was about this much!” Hawksworth showed consistency with a P2 finish in both Friday practices and Sato is one of eight drivers that has competed in all Indy car events at Barber. This … Continue reading AJ Foyt Racing Impresses in Alabama
Today’s morning practice showed some good signs for Honda Racing. For a good portion of the session, A.J. Foyt Racing drivers Jack Hawksworth and Takuma Sato ran first and second with Graham Rahal rounding out the top 3. There was a single red flag for an incident involving the driver of the No. 11 KVSH Racing car, Sebastien Bourdais. He made contact with the tire barrier and unfortunately, was severe enough for a crane to be brought on track in order to remove the vehicle. People I spoke with on pit lane reported that Bourdais had exited the vehicle safely, … Continue reading Saturday Morning’s Front of Field Breakdown; Race #1 Likely in the Wet
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!
The different format of this morning’s Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit – Dual II qualifications yielded a red flag, record breaking runs and even some premature celebration. The first group had a relatively uneventful 12 minutes on track, included Andretti Autosport driver James Hinchcliffe. Hinchcliffe led the group with the fastest lap, clocking in at 1:16.3739 and breaking the current track set-ups record. That record was only a day old, as Helio Castroneves had set it on Saturday with a time of 1:17.2597. Hinchcliffe has yet to attain that first pole position in his IndyCar career – and today looked … Continue reading Sato Surprises, Breaks Record in Detroit