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

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

Power exemplifies ‘Fast Friday’ with fastest non-tow speed of the day

Will Power showed his dominance at the Indianapolis Grand Prix last weekend, and during Fast Friday he proved that he’s out to do the same for the entire Month of May. An Indianapolis 500 win has remained elusive for the Australian native. This year will mark his 11th time contesting the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, his average finish over the past decade being P13. The best of those finishes and only podium coming in 2015 when the Aussie finished P2. He’s finished in the Top 10 in 2016 (P10), 2010 (P8), and 2009 (P5). This track can make or break … Continue reading Power exemplifies ‘Fast Friday’ with fastest non-tow speed of the day

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

Surprising qualification stints yield familiar results at IndyCar Grand Prix

You’ve seen the billboards if you live in the area: “This is Opening Weekend. This is May.” Or, if like me, you are just in town for the annual month-long pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Speed, you smiled when you saw it on your way to the track this weekend. I know I did yesterday morning, driving down 16th St. It’s finally here. The Month of May is upon us. For the fifth year in a row, the Verizon IndyCar Series will kick off the month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the IndyCar Grand Prix. The 2.439 mile permanent road … Continue reading Surprising qualification stints yield familiar results at IndyCar Grand Prix

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