Rossi’s fourth career win was a team effort at Mid-Ohio

Well, that was fun! To say the absolute least. The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was the stage for one of the best races of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season, and the best Indy car race at Mid-Ohio that this lifelong fan can remember. Side-by-side racing, tons of passes, fast laps being set throughout the field, surprises in tire degradation, a slew of strategies across mileages, pit windows, and according to Robert Wickens, “a cheeky start”! That opinion aside, the caution-free 90-lap contest seemed to fly by, given that we were all captivated by the 24-car field’s maneuvers around this … Continue reading Rossi’s fourth career win was a team effort at Mid-Ohio

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

Rahal clocks fastest lap in final IndyCar practice at Mid-Ohio, field continues to struggle with kits

Look at it this way – the Verizon IndyCar Series is nothing if not consistent at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend.  Another red flag laced practice session started off with a red flag 10 minutes into final practice when Pietro Fittipaldi (No. 19 Paysafe Honda, Dale Coyne Racing) got stuck in a gravel trap after going off up at the Keyhole (Turn 2). He needed assistance to get out, but was then able to head back to pitlane under his own power, and he continued on in the practice session. The second red was called for Matheus Leist … Continue reading Rahal clocks fastest lap in final IndyCar practice at Mid-Ohio, field continues to struggle with kits

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

Newgarden sweeps Friday sessions, Wickens ready to battle for win at Road America

More of the same this afternoon, as Josef Newgarden runs fastest in the second Friday practice session at Road America, clocking a 1:42.6279 lap, ousting his own morning fast lap by about six-tenths of a second. There was a bit of sunshine in the final 5 minutes of the session, a welcome bit of brightness for most folks. Though if I’m being completely honest with you, I was completely in love with today and all it’s grey beautiful wonder. After weeks of 80 to 90 degree temperatures, whether at home or on the road, this windy cloud-covered day was perfection. … Continue reading Newgarden sweeps Friday sessions, Wickens ready to battle for win at Road America

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

Pagenaud leads first ‘500’ practice, confident that bad luck is behind him

Simon Pagenaud hasn’t had the best year. His best finish was P8 at the IndyCar Grand Prix earlier this month, on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was bumped off track in the first lap, a scenario he had already dealt with a month prior on the streets of Long Beach. Thankfully, this time it wasn’t a situation that took him out of contention like it did in California, but it did place him further back in the pack without the opportunity to battle for a podium or a win. The 2016 series champion is feeling stronger going … Continue reading Pagenaud leads first ‘500’ practice, confident that bad luck is behind him

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