IndyCar still straddling fine line between speed and safetyFONTANA, Calif. --Organizers in every motorsport try to walk a fine line between creating fast, entertaining racing and keeping drivers and riders safe. Finding that middle ground is particularly vital in IndyCar, where cars occasionally go airborne in... [06.30.15 - 9:20 am]Commentary: Pack mentality hurts IndyCarNASCAR returns this week to Daytona International Speedway, where 43 drivers are likely to race bumper to bumper for 400 white-knuckle miles. Very few will enjoy the race. Fans most likely will love every moment. IndyCar finds itself in the same situat... [06.30.15 - 11:49 am]IndyCar Straddles Line Between Speed, SafetyOrganizers in every motorsport try to walk a fine line between creating fast, entertaining racing and keeping drivers and riders safe. Finding that middle ground is particularly vital in IndyCar, where cars occasionally go airborne in accidents. Many ... [06.30.15 - 3:48 am]Rahal plucks lucky IndyCar raffle ticket to take Fontana winGraham Rahal pulled the lucky ticket in the Verizon IndyCar Series raffle as he took the lead when it mattered to take victory in the MAVTV 500. There were more than 80 lead changes during the course of the 250 lap race but it was only under a full cou... [06.30.15 - 11:14 am]Scott Dixon Fighting To The IndyCar FinishScott Dixon is doing it again. With just five races left in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season, the driver they call "The Iceman" is calmly working his way through the competition, remaining a firm third in the standings seemingly without breaking ... [06.30.15 - 5:17 am]NBCSN reports strong viewership for IndyCar raceNBC Sports Network said last weekend's event at Fontana, Calif., was its most-watched IndyCar Series race in four seasons. The MAVTV500 on Saturday averaged 512,000 viewers, the network said. The Grand Prix of Baltimore in 2011 averaged 591,000 viewers. [06.30.15 - 11:13 am]Is it acceptable to risk drivers’ lives to build an audience?There's been plenty written about Saturday's IndyCar race at Fontana, but what about the big ethical question over increasing the risk for a sport's competitors to increase the ratings? There’s a surreal video that somewhat bizarrely sums up Saturday’s... [06.30.15 - 8:31 am]Report: Filippi, Brabham set for IndyCar oval testsCFH Racing road and street course ace Luca Filippi and Andretti Autosport-affiliated driver Matthew Brabham will have their first formal oval running in an IndyCar on Wednesday at Iowa Speedway, per an IndyCar.com report. Filippi has never driven on an... [06.30.15 - 6:29 am]Column: IndyCar must balance daredevil vs. dangerous racingRyan Briscoe flips through the infield grass in front of Ryan Hunter-Reay on Saturday June 27, 2015, during the IndyCar auto race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Takuma Sato (14) goes airborne after colliding with Will Power, top right, during... [06.29.15 - 8:52 am]Ken de la Bastide: IndyCar puts on a showFor those who missed it the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Auto Club Speedway last Saturday was probably one of the most exciting events in recent years. There were 80 lead changes among 14 different drivers with most of them taking place on the track ... [06.30.15 - 8:28 am]
IndyCar chief gives high marks to maiden GP of LouisianaThe rain that washed out qualifying and ultimately produced a caution-heavy inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana hardly dampened IndyCar chief Mark Miles' enthusiasm for the event. ''Unfortunately, because of the rain, it's not being fully tested for... [04.13.15 - 1:41 am]Corner worker violates IndyCar protocol by pushing ChavesAVONDALE, La. (AP) -- IndyCar officials say a local corner worker at the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana provided ''unauthorized assistance'' when he pushed Gabby Chaves' car off of rain soaked grass and back onto the track during Sunday's race. [04.12.15 - 10:06 pm]Pit crew member treated, released after IndyCar incidentIndyCar officials say a pit crew member who was hit by a car Sunday during the inaugural IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisiana has received stitches for a cut on his leg and has been released. Tire changer Todd Phillips, a front-outside tire changer for Dayl... [04.12.15 - 10:58 pm]IndyCar qualifying at NOLA washed out, Montoya awarded poleSevere weather conditions forced IndyCar Series officials to call off qualifying for the inaugural Grand Prix of Louisiana on Saturday at NOLA Motorsports Park. [04.11.15 - 11:55 pm]IndyCar pit worker flipped at slippery Grand Prix of LouisianaThe inaugural IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisiana was marred by bad weather and a potentially serious accident in pit lane. [04.13.15 - 9:16 pm]IndyCar pit worker flipped at slippery Grand Prix of LouisanaThe inaugural IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisana was marred by bad weather and a potentially serious accident in pit lane. [04.13.15 - 9:02 pm]IndyCar forcing manufacturers to strengthen body componentsIndyCar officials are requiring engine manufacturers Honda and Chevrolet to make structural upgrades before this weekend's Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. ''When you have those bits, I don't think those bolts are going to hold on,'' Team Penske driver He... [04.09.15 - 8:45 pm]IndyCar's new aero kits leave debris trail in season openerBroken bits and pieces from IndyCar's new aero kits littered the track in the series season opener, which was slowed by several cautions to pick up the parts. The multiple race stoppages - there were five long cautions to sweep debris off the St. Peter... [04.01.15 - 5:18 pm]Rain washes out IndyCar qualifying at GP of LouisianaJuan Pablo Montoya got some extra mileage out of his season-opening IndyCar series victory, thanks to a rain out of qualifying Saturday in the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. The 39-year-old Colombian spun off the wet NOLA Motorsports Park trac... [04.11.15 - 11:18 pm]Auto - Hinchcliffe wins first IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisiana- James Hinchcliffe's one pit-stop gamble paid off Sunday as the Canadian won a chaotic IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisiana. In the US open-wheel series' first race on the NOLA Motorsports Park track in suburban New Orleans, Hinchcliffe took the lead when ... [04.12.15 - 8:23 pm]
Bestselling author John Green’s road trip will be at snail’s pace compared to...New York Times bestselling author John Green is on the road this summer with the stars of his new movie, “Paper Towns.” Promoting the road trip film, based on his 2009 young adult novel, Green and actors Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne made stops in Euro... [06.29.15 - 10:04 am]Fans, parties toast Verizon IndyCar Series drivers James Hinchcliffe, Sebasti...Verizon IndyCar Series drivers James Hinchcliffe and Sebastien Bourdais were the toasts of the town Friday night in Canada. Hinchcliffe, a Canadian who is recovering from injuries sustained in a practice crash May 18 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is ... [06.14.15 - 12:05 pm]Oh, baby! INDYCAR paddock becoming more and more a family affairTony Kanaan and wife Lauren consider themselves the kind of travelers who can board an airplane, headed almost anywhere, with just carry-on luggage. But the Verizon IndyCar Series couple’s bags got a little heavier in January when their now 5-month-old... [06.10.15 - 5:02 pm]Turn 801The 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race is now in the record books. After 800 grueling left-hand turns on the famous oval, only one – Juan Pablo Montoya – got to experience that final, left hand, 180-degree turn from pit lane into Victory Ci... [05.25.15 - 1:25 pm]Parties, Hollywood-style premiere celebrate Indianapolis 500 weekWith three nights to go before the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, opportunities to stay up late – or not go to bed at all – are popping up all over town in the form of parties, big and small. Traditions, including the KeyBank 500 Festi... [05.21.15 - 5:15 pm]Frenchman Simon Pagenaud makes rounds as a cultured VIP before Angie’s List G...Verizon IndyCar Series driver Simon Pagenaud embraces culture – he’s a self-described foodie, knows the proper way to drink a glass of wine and enjoys the arts. That makes Pagenaud, of France, a natural fit for the cultural tour he was on in the days l... [05.08.15 - 5:56 pm]
Castroneves Passes 227 MPH in 'Fast Friday' PreviewThree-time Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner Helio Castroneves liked what he felt and saw from the new Chevrolet engine installed for practice May 15 on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. [05.14.14 - 8:00 pm]Hinchcliffe Cleared To Resume Driving DutiesVerizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe, who was diagnosed with a concussion following an incident during the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10, was cleared to resume driving duties after being re-evaluated May 15 by the INDYCAR medical team. [05.14.14 - 8:00 pm]Daily Trackside Report - Thursday May 15Daily Trackside Report for Thursday, May 15 [05.14.14 - 8:00 pm]Pagenaud Cracks 226 MPH in Quick Practice SessionSimon Pagenaud, who won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course May 10, caught everyone?s attention May 14 on the 2.5-mile oval with the fastest lap of the month in practice for the In... [05.13.14 - 8:00 pm]Indy 500 Rookie Report: Jack HawksworthJack Hawksworth says he was duly impressed on his initial visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in October 2011 for a Mazda Road to Indy test on the road course. [05.13.14 - 8:00 pm]Daily Trackside Report - Wednesday May 14Daily Trackside Report: Wednesday, May 14 [05.13.14 - 8:00 pm]
PRUETT: Inside Honda's breakthrough at FontanaHonda's win at the unforgettable MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway was the Japanese auto manufacturer's third trip to Victory Lane in 2015, but the first it earned with outright speed. Its wins in the ... [06.30.15 - 9:18 pm]IndyCar: Filippi, Brabham get oval track evaluationsThe multiple-bay garage at Auto Club Speedway was vacant three hours after the MAVTV 500 except for the CFH Racing crew revitalizing the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet, which sustained a hard hit dur... [06.30.15 - 2:00 pm]IndyCar: Briscoe thankful after big Fontana crashRyan Briscoe credits chassis maker Dallara and his HANS device for surviving a scary crash at Auto Club Speedway that sent the Aussie cartwheeling backward through the infield on the final lap. "I wa... [06.29.15 - 8:28 pm]RACER Video: Robin Miller with Marco Andretti at FontanaThe RACER Channel's Robin Miller speaks with Marco Andretti after the Honda driver placed third in the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. 6fUvKP2pAeU [06.29.15 - 5:48 pm]IndyCar: "Insane" race spurs critics, supportersSeveral leading IndyCar drivers including Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power and Tony Kanaan criticized the series after several large accidents in Saturday's MAVTV 500 at Fontana's Auto Club Speedway ra... [06.28.15 - 8:00 pm]
Indianapolis -- Ryan Briscoe, who was hired this week to fill in for injured James Hinchcliffe in the 500, was given an hour with the track to himself Thursday to acclimate himself to the car with its new aerodynamic package.
Is it acceptable to risk drivers’ lives to build an audience?There’s a surreal video that somewhat bizarrely sums up Saturday’s IndyCar race at Fontana. It doesn’t involve flying cars, insanely-close pack racing, or drivers sounding off about the risky situation they felt they were placed in. Instead, it involve... [06.30.15 - 3:29 pm]IndyCar Fontana: Should we be outraged or amazed?It’s been entertaining reading and watching all the commentary about Saturday’s MAVTV 500 on the Auto Club Speedway 2-mile oval in Fontana, Cal. This may come as a surprise but I’ve got to go along with two opinions, the one from racer/team co-owner Ed... [06.29.15 - 6:40 pm]Long time coming: Rahal, Andretti names share podium againDrivers with two of the most recognizable surnames in Indy car racing shared the podium following the exciting MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway on June 27, when Graham Rahal won and Marco Andretti finished third.
Surprisingly, it's the first time in the... [06.29.15 - 4:45 pm]Five worthless opinions: Fontana MAVTV 500 editionSurprise, anger, frustration, elation, bitterness…sounds like IndyCar to me. Fontana, with nobody watching, put on one of the best races in recent memory. Unless you think good racing is not racing at all. More on that below. Here they are, the bes... [06.29.15 - 1:44 pm]High-intensity pack racing infuriates some, enthralls othersSaturday's wild IndyCar race at Fontana had drivers split on how to feel about it. Some were grinning from ear-to-ear over the enthralling action in a race that saw a record 80 lead changes and four and five-wide racing almost every single lap.
The rac... [06.27.15 - 9:48 pm]Rahal breaks seven-year winless streak, Briscoe flipsThe 500-mile fight for the win at Auto Club Speedway had everyone glued to their screens as drivers battle three, four, and even five wide from the first lap to the last lap.
Graham Rahal proved today that a one-car team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing... [06.27.15 - 8:38 pm]
[06.27.15 - 5:08 am]Fontana: Qualifying resultsFull times from the qualifying session for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway, the 11th round of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.
[06.27.15 - 5:05 am]Fontana: Race resultsFull results from the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway, and championship standings following round 11 of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.
[06.26.15 - 8:00 pm]Dixon fastest on Friday before qualifyingScott Dixon took charge of the timesheets in second practice at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California ahead of this weekend's MAVTV 500.
[06.26.15 - 7:40 pm]Fontana: Practice 2 resultsFull times from the second practice session for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway, the 11th round of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series.
'Insane' race concerns IndyCar driversSeveral leading IndyCar drivers including Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power and Tony Kanaan slammed the series after several large accidents in Saturday's Fontana race [06.28.15 - 2:23 pm]Rahal wins controversial Fontana raceGraham Rahal ended a streak of 125 IndyCar races without a win in a frantic Fontana event that ended under a full course caution following a big incident [06.27.15 - 8:14 pm]Pagenaud beats Castroneves to poleSimon Pagenaud will lead an all-Penske front row for Saturday's IndyCar race at Fontana after beating Helio Castroneves to pole position on Friday afternoon [06.26.15 - 9:19 pm]Dixon heads second Fontana sessionScott Dixon took Ganassi to the top of the timesheets in the second practice session for this weekend's IndyCar round at Fontana [06.26.15 - 5:32 pm]Briscoe sets IndyCar practice paceRyan Briscoe set the pace in the opening practice session for Saturday's IndyCar race at Fontana [06.26.15 - 1:43 pm]Coyne seats for Vautier and MannTristan Vautier and Pippa Mann will form the ever-changing line-up for Dale Coyne Racing at this weekend's IndyCar race at Fontana [06.23.15 - 1:46 pm]
Montoya: from ‘punk’ to elder statesmanMontoya: from ‘punk’ to elder statesmanIn his time away from IndyCar, Juan Pablo Montoya has changed from wild child to guiding hand at PenskeMotor Sport Magazine - The original motor racing magazine [06.05.15 - 6:23 am]Jim Smith: Clark’s Indy mechanic, part 2Jim Smith: Clark’s Indy mechanic, part 2Part two of our exclusive interview with the man who spannered Jim Clark to victory at the SpeedwayMotor Sport Magazine - The original motor racing magazine [05.28.15 - 4:50 am]2015 Indianapolis 500 report2015 Indianapolis 500 reportJuan Pablo Montoya wins for Penske, 15 years after his first triumph at the SpeedwayMotor Sport Magazine - The original motor racing magazine [05.26.15 - 6:00 am]Indianapolis 500 previewIndianapolis 500 previewLooking ahead to the American classic with a driver who knows the place better than most...Motor Sport Magazine - The original motor racing magazine [05.15.15 - 4:55 am]Jim Smith: Clark’s Indy mechanicJim Smith: Clark’s Indy mechanicPart one of an interview with a marine engineer who was suddenly conscripted into Team Lotus and ended up winning the Indy 500Motor Sport Magazine - The original motor racing magazine [05.14.15 - 5:11 am]
Does IndyCar Really Need The Grand Prix Of Indianapolis?The month of May has always been magical when it comes to IndyCar and the Indianapolis 500. The entire month is devoted to testing, tuning, and hyping one of American motorsports biggest, most prestigious staples. But with last year’s inclusion of the ... [05.05.15 - 11:11 am]IndyCar’s Real Schedule Problem: Geographic DistributionIn Verizon IndyCar Series racing, distance is reported as time. On any given track, gaps can range from thousandths of to dozens of seconds, with any IndyCar driver preferring to minimize that distance between her- or himself and the racer ahead. The ... [04.25.15 - 9:45 am]Is Juan Pablo Montoya A Championship Threat In IndyCar?Juan Pablo Montoya hasn’t tasted championship gold in 16 years, but he’s in a position to change that all in 2015 driving for Team Penske in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Consider his résumé. He’s a former Indy 500 winner (2000) who happens to hold seven... [04.20.15 - 3:47 pm]At 35, Rocky Moran, Jr. Finally Reaches IndyCarStart to finish, IndyCar’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is just over 157 miles — if, that is, you begin at the green flag. For Rocky Moran, Jr., the journey’s been a little longer. Confirmed for his Verizon IndyCar Series debut just hours before fi... [04.18.15 - 11:23 am]Are Club Tracks the Answer for IndyCar?It’s a hot topic: the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule is leaving many cold. With just 16 races across 15 events this season, the IndyCar tour will hit its halfway point after the second race in Detroit during May’s final weekend. Formula One and NASCA... [04.08.15 - 7:43 pm]
· Chevrolet has won six of eight race to date in the Verizon IndyCar Series
· Chevrolet 2.2 liter V6 drivers hold four of top-five points positions at half-way point of 2015 s... [06.02.15 - 10:43 am]TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST QUALIFYING QUOTES – RACE NO. 2DETROIT (May 31, 2015) - As a result of inclement weather, the 70-lap race No. 2 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans field will be set by entrant points as they stand following Saturday’s race number one.
Random Thoughts On FontanaThose that opted to do yard work Saturday afternoon instead of watching the MAVTV 500 from Fontana probably thought they would be missing a snoozer. I hate to tell you, but you were wrong. That race may have been the most exciting race I’ve seen in yea... [06.29.15 - 5:05 am]Fontana PreviewThis weekend, more precisely tomorrow afternoon, the Verizon IndyCar Series resumes its quickening run to the end of the season. Counting tomorrow’s race at Auto Club Speedway at Fontana, California – there are only six races left in the season. That s... [06.26.15 - 5:05 am]Looking Back And Looking AheadIt’s amazing what a week away from something can do for your attitude. Even if that something is something you love; too much of a good thing can be exhausting. Such was the case with blogging. In the past week, I’ve been able to clear my head and take... [06.24.15 - 5:03 am]Do The Big Teams Win Too Much?More than ever, it seems that there is such a strong sentiment against a Penske or Ganassi car winning a race in the Verizon IndyCar Series, that some say it is turning people away from the series in general. I can understand the hatred against one tea... [06.17.15 - 5:03 am]Random Thoughts On TorontoWhen the weather forecast for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto made it apparent that the race would be another event affected by rain, I wondered what the Verizon IndyCar Series could do to catch a break. The race weekend at NOLA was all but a total washout... [06.15.15 - 5:04 am]
IndyCar: Favorites for Louisiana GPAfter their dominant performance on the streets of St. Petersburg, Team Penske now looks to compete for victory in the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana. The 2.74 mile, 13-turn, and distinctively flat NOLA Motorsports Park is set to pose a unique ... [04.09.15 - 7:07 pm]IndyCar: The Two-Platoon ProblemThe Verizon IndyCar Series is unique in the motorsports world. With racing on oval tracks and road courses, the series demands a diverse skill set from drivers. Young American drivers are often brought up on local oval tracks, while aspiring European d... [03.03.15 - 6:40 pm]Favorites for the IndyCar Triple CrownThe three 500-mile races on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule constitute the Triple Crown of American open-wheel racing. The series will race at Pennsylvania’s Pocono Raceway and California’s Auto Club Speedway, with the 99th Indy 500 as the crown je... [02.27.15 - 12:48 pm]IndyCar: Silly Season Winners and LosersThe Verizon IndyCar Series will see a number of new driver/team combinations in the coming year. Race winners have switched seats during the long off-season, and several teams’ lineups have yet to be finalized. Revised aerodynamic packages should make ... [02.21.15 - 9:12 pm]2015 IndyCar Season PreviewEarly testing is already underway for the Verizon IndyCar Series, with the opening race five weeks away. This season will consist of 16 races across the United States and Canada, including the inaugural Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park.... [02.20.15 - 9:58 pm]
Hinchcliffe, Sato deliver finish for the ages in Sao PauloAfter battling each other wheel-to-wheel in one of the most electric finishes in IZOD IndyCar Series history, there was nothing left for James Hinchcliffe and Takuma Sato to do but smile, laugh, and share an embrace. Two of the best this series has to ... [10.29.14 - 8:15 am]Online versus Land-Based SlotsSlots are one of the most popular casino games. If you visit land-based casinos, you will find a whole area of slot machines with a lot of people enjoying them. Are you wondering if the excitement would still be the same if you play them online? Take a... [04.02.14 - 5:19 pm]All You Need to Know About Sao PauloThe Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo hosts the final round of the 2013 Formula One GP. This year it is the 2013 Brazilian Formula 1 Grand Prix. According to GrandPrixTours.com, the first ever Brazilian Grand Prix race event (1973) was held at this Sao P... [01.01.14 - 8:46 pm]‘Turbo': A sorta-critic’s reviewFull Disclosure: The writer was a movie critic for the Huntington News, the campus newspaper of Northeastern University, during the early years of his college life. "Turbo," Dreamworks' latest offering that centers around a garden snail's dream of vict... Random thoughts and outburstsThe first half of the IZOD IndyCar Series season was littered with upsets from the smaller teams in the paddock – Takuma Sato and A.J. Foyt Racing at Long Beach, Tony Kanaan and KV Racing at the Indianapolis 500, and Mike Conway (Dale Coyne Racing) and...
The Third Mistress: IndyCar’s Peacock Television DealOne common recurring complaint from IndyCar fans and many participants as a group over the past twenty years or so involves a perception of increasing lack of respect accorded the series by its broadcast partners. IndyCar was long ago relegated to bast... [06.30.15 - 8:26 am]IndyCar Stars – Looking a Gift Horse in the MouthMy patience has all but ended and I have heard enough. ‘Leading IndyCar drivers’ (as described by Racer Magazine) really ought to try and clamp a lid on disingenuous hyperbole. If they ever wonder why there are so few fans in stands or watching in gene... [06.29.15 - 8:37 am]IndyCar Remains Its Own Worst EnemySaturday in Fontana, California the micromanaging blind squirrels of IndyCar management found a nut and the drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series unleashed the most edge-of-the-seat exciting race since the early 2000s. 80 lead changes among more than h... [06.28.15 - 3:23 pm]When IndyCar Rumors Spiral Out Of Control…Someone leaked/concocted a rumor yesterday about Road America being a 2016 possibility on the IndyCar schedule. From the moment the first whiff of that rumor hit John Q. Public the fan faction that has attempted to actively transform heritage IndyCar i... [06.17.15 - 5:02 pm]Converting Open Wheel Fans Back Into Indy Only Fans, One Failure At A TimeNow that IndyCar teams have a much needed week off the pundits have taken to second guessing the leadership again. One example is a really good column in Racer by Robin Miller that describes rampant frustration with Mark Miles’ newly compressed schedul... [06.16.15 - 9:42 am]
With just 3 laps remaining in the 200 lap race, Montoya made the pass on Scott Dixon for the lead and never relinquished.
1. Juan Pablo Montoya 2. Will Power 3. Charlie Kimball 4. Scott Dixo... [05.24.15 - 6:32 pm]Indianapolis 500 Records And Milestones At RiskVictoriesCurrent Record: 4 - A.J. Foyt, Al Unser & Rick Mears - Helio Castroneves win would tie record. - Tony Kanaan, Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay 2nd win - Would tie w/Fittipaldi, Johncock, Luyendyk, Milton, Unser Jr., Vukovich... [05.23.15 - 10:11 am]Indianapolis 500 Carb DayCarb Day's on-track activity kicked off at 11am with a 1-hour Verizon IndyCar Series practice. 1,195 incident free laps were turned by all 33 drivers on Sunday's Indianapolis 500 grid.
The Chevy's proved to be quick in race conditions, capturing 8 of th... [05.22.15 - 4:42 pm]2015 Indianapolis 500 Driver Milk SelectionsEach of the last 59 years the Indianapolis 500 winning driver has done one thing after pulling into Victory Lane at IMS, they've downed a big bottle of milk.
The tradition will continue this Sunday with all 33 drivers vying to become the 60th consecutiv... [05.22.15 - 10:55 am]
Rahal Becomes Leader Of The Pack In Fontana By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
The term “pack racing” returned to the Verizon IndyCar Series lexicon Saturday at Auto Club Speedway, where Graham Rahal temporarily dodged a pit-road infraction en route to winning a record-smashing MAVTV... [06.28.15 - 11:13 am]Pagenaud Proves Super On A Speedway By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Simon Pagenaud officially became an ovalmeister Friday when the Frenchman earned his first Indy car pole on an oval – and first with Team Penske – during qualifications for the MAVTV 500.
Pagenaud, driver ... [06.27.15 - 10:46 am]CFH Racing Drivers Finish 1-2 In Streets Of Toronto A week after suffering a demoralizing double DNF on the oval at Texas Motor Speedway, second-tier Carpenter Fisher Hartman Racing finished first and second on the street course in Toronto.
Getting the win – his second of the season in the Verizon IndyC... [06.14.15 - 6:18 pm]Power On Pole In Toronto RacinToday.com
Reigning IndyCar Series champion Will Power earned his second consecutive pole and fifth of the season by recording the quickest lap of the Firestone Fast Six during qualifications for the Honda Indy Toronto.
Power crossed the start-fini... [06.13.15 - 8:24 pm]Hinchcliffe Talks About Injury And Recovery By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe began putting his pants on by himself over the weekend, and he now is strong enough to take between 2,400 to 4,000 steps a day.
Clearly, the popular 28-year-... [06.10.15 - 6:50 pm]
Five worthless opinions: Fontana MAVTV 500 editionSurprise, anger, frustration, elation, bitterness…sounds like IndyCar to me. Fontana, with nobody watching, put on one of the best races in recent memory. Unless you think good racing is not racing at all. More on that below. Here they are, the bes... [06.29.15 - 9:41 am]Five worthless opinions: The Chevrolet Dual in DetroitThe Verizon IndyCar Series floated onto Belle Isle in Detroit and, with promoter Roger Penske’s help, managed to put on two races that once again highlighted the yin and yang of IndyCar as we know it. Here are some waterlogged WO’s (worthless opinions... [06.01.15 - 11:49 am]2015 Indy 500: postcards from the NE VistaAnother Indianapolis 500 has come and gone, and besides torched Port-O-Lets and the general detritus left by a sunburned and slightly inebriated humanity, the race was what we all have come to expect. In other words, the inexplicable combined with the... [05.26.15 - 3:40 pm]Five worthless opinions: 2015 Indy 500 QualificationsThe Verizon IndyCar Series makes me happy. Normally, that happiness comes from the racing itself. Other times, it comes from a series that continually makes news for all the wrong reasons. In other words, the WO’s (worthless opinions) often write th... [05.18.15 - 9:56 am]The English Premiere League Indy 500 qualifyingOne of the greatest advancements in televised sports in recent years is cable broadcasters falling in love with European sports. All year, a fan of live sports can crawl out of bed, pour a cup of coffee, and without putting on pants, watch F1 racing, ... [05.16.15 - 1:58 pm]
Putting This Blog To BedAfter months and months of debate, I've made a decision.
As of July 15, 15 Days in May will be no more. While I am still hoping that I can get a credential to the Milwaukee race, if that does happen, MKE will be my swan song. If not, it's this post. N... [06.28.15 - 1:45 am]Indy!Remember a few days ago when I said that the IndyCar series was one race day away from redemption? Well, it's safe to say they got it Sunday. Once again, when it mattered, the series got its act together and put on an amazing show.
In year four of th... [05.25.15 - 9:28 pm]Day Before the 500 RecapEarlier this week, I was having a hard time trying to decide whether to attend Legends Day at the Speedway or head out to Lucas Oil Raceway for the 70th annual Day (formerly Night) Before the 500 festivities. Since it is Kevin's first trip down for the... [05.23.15 - 10:21 pm]Five Fearless Indy 500 PredictionsIs it almost here? Is it really almost here? Can you tell I'm getting excited?
My weekend starts to get busy soon, so I guess that means I am the first one out of the gate with a few Indy 500 predictions. Here we go!
*Like the last three years, the r... [05.20.15 - 9:23 pm]A PerspectiveDaily crashes, cars getting airborne and flipping over, drivers suffering traumatic injuries, safety being called into question, people pointing fingers...did I wake up and it was the (supposedly epic) 1990s again?
In all seriousness, I've been strugg... [05.19.15 - 6:52 pm]
Graham Rahal Wins at FontanaIncredible. Spectacular. Insane. Those are just a few of the words to describe the action from Auto Club Speedway on Saturday. In a wild and frantic wheel-to-wheel race, Graham Rahal emerged victorious in Fontana, earning his second career IndyCar win.... [06.27.15 - 10:24 pm]Simon Pagenaud on Pole at FontanaSimon Pagenaud earned his second career Pole on Friday, on the big oval in Fontana. It’s the first Pole for the Frenchman since he joined Team Penske. Speaking of the domination of Roger Penske’s team, Helio Castroneves will start second in tomorrow’s ... [06.26.15 - 9:58 pm]Josef Newgarden Wins at TorontoEntering this season, Josef Newgarden had yet to win a race in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Now ten races into this year, he is a two-time race winner. The American CFH Racing driver earned win number two today in Toronto in impressive fashion. Teammate... [06.14.15 - 5:43 pm]Will Power on Pole at TorontoA familiar face captured the Pole for tomorrow’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Toronto. Will Power earned his fifth pole of the season today, and the 41st of his career, which puts him ahead of Rick Mears for fifth place on the all-time list. Power’s ... [06.13.15 - 4:33 pm]Toronto Friday PracticeIt was a shorter practice day than expected for the Verizon IndyCar Series in Toronto on Friday, with mother nature once again to blame. Teams and drivers returned to the street course today, after spending last weekend at the high-speed Texas Motor Sp... [06.12.15 - 3:48 pm]
"I have but one question" - Existential Ennui In The Summer Of Our Discontent"Now is the summer of our discontent
Made glorious winter by this sun of Anton;
And all the clouds that lower'd upon IMS
In the deep bosom of racing buried."
In paraphrasing Shakespeare's Richard III, I am comparing the rise and fall of not onl... [06.30.15 - 1:50 pm]The Future is NowFebruary 25, 2017 - Austin, TX
Good morning everyone from sunny Austin, Texas and welcome to the first on-track open test of the inaugural season of the 2018 RedBull Hypercar Series.
Ever since the purchase of the nearly-defunct Indycar series by Red... [06.23.15 - 3:49 pm]The Sex and Genetics of Indycar FandomPeople may be surprised to learn that my blog is written totally off-the-cuff and with no preconceived idea until I get behind the keyboard in earnest. I've always done this intentionally to produce something immediate and genuine. Some posts are half-... [06.09.15 - 12:50 pm]The Greatest 33 - 2015 Post-500 Edition (aka Rambling Indy 500 nerdery alert)Without deigning to delve into Detroit's drenched driving debacle, this week's post will focus on the update to my Greatest 33, post-2015 Indy 500. If you recall the post prior to the race, I pondered how this might change depending on who won, lead la... [06.02.15 - 9:00 am]We've Been Here Before (aka Existential Ramblings)It's Indianapolis.
It's the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and all that accompanies it.
Speed. Danger. Thrills. Drama.This Sunday will be my 28th Indy 500.
In light of the recent uproar regarding the on-track incidents of the past week, (larg... [05.19.15 - 5:02 pm]
Unfiltered Race Notes: GP of Detroit Race 1 2015–Pre Race– ZOMG, ONE MINUTE LONG?!?!! That’s what I’m talking about. Sorry casual fans, I don’t need and couldn’t care less about pre race. Lets Do This!! Wet Wet Wet. Cars are already circulating as we go live. 2 hour … Continue reading → [06.01.15 - 11:51 pm]Unfiltered Race Notes: Grand Prix of Indy 2015Full disclosure: I was there live. I know how this movie ends and I know how pissed off all of you are about what went down. I saw a ton of passing and had a freaking great afternoon at the … Continue reading → [05.26.15 - 11:18 pm]Unfiltered Race Notes: Barber 2015Jumping right into it has been this years theme so let’s do it. –Prerace– The first shots of the Gorgeous Facility are of the flying codpiece triplets. Weird. The Augusta of Motorsports. I saw the helicopter shots, that grass isn’t … Continue reading → [04.27.15 - 10:08 am]Unfiltered Race Notes: Long Beach 2015Ok, As we all know I am an almost religious DVR watcher, so how does my terrible fandom get repaid? By me realizing 10 minutes into the broadcast I was not recording! I recovered and was able to start about … Continue reading → [04.19.15 - 10:09 pm]Unfiltered Race Notes: Grand Prix of Louisiana 2015Welcome back to the second installment of everyones favorite race review! Here we are in NOLA Motorsport Park for the inaugural Grand Prix of Louisiana. After a wet start to the weekend, I’m ready to get down to business. Let’s … Continue reading → [04.12.15 - 6:02 pm]
Is Luca Filippi’s Test A Shot At A Full-Time Ride Next Season?INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time of his Verizon IndyCar Series career, Luca Filippi will drive an open wheel car on an oval. The 29-year old will test his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Chevrolet... [06.30.15 - 3:13 pm]Filippi/Brabham To Test At Iowa Speedway On WednesdayINDIANAPOLIS – Two young drivers will get their first taste of Verizon IndyCar Series action on an oval tomorrow as both Luca Filippi and Matthew Brabham will test a car at the 7/8-mile Iowa... [06.30.15 - 3:00 pm]IndyCar Race At Fontana On Saturday Gave Series Look On What Direction To GoFONTANA, Calif – The MAVTV 500 at the Auto Club Speedway on Saturday afternoon opened up Pandora’s box for the Verizon IndyCar Series. The fans and drivers were left in two separate groups –... [06.28.15 - 1:33 pm]Another Solid Run For Marco Andretti At FontanaFONTANA, Calif – Its been an extremely solid last month for Andretti Autosports’ Marco Andretti. The third generation driver finished sixth in the Indianapolis 500 on May 24th, then he backed that up with... [06.27.15 - 8:17 pm]Action at Fontana Just What Series NeededFONTANA, Calif – Entering this weekend, everyone honestly thought we’d see another ho-hum Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. With the dreadful race at Texas earlier this month where... [06.27.15 - 8:08 pm]
Talk of Gasoline Alley May 23, 2014Click to play podcast It's another thrilling installment of "Talk of Gasoline Alley" as Kevin Lee sits down with IMS Historian Donald Davidson to relive the long and glorious history of the Indianapolis 500. [05.23.14 - 7:58 pm]Talk of Gasoline Alley May 22, 2014Click to play podcast It's another thrilling installment of "Talk of Gasoline Alley" as Kevin Lee sits down with IMS Historian Donald Davidson to relive the long and glorious history of the Indianapolis 500. [05.22.14 - 9:01 pm]Talk of Gasoline Alley May 21, 2014Click to play podcast Tonight, Kevin Lee and Donald Davidson answer calls related to the history of the Indianapolis 500. [05.21.14 - 8:45 pm]Talk of Gasoline Alley May 19, 2014Click to play podcast Kevin Lee joins IMS Historian Donald Davidson to talk more about the History of the Indianapolis 500 and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. [05.19.14 - 8:38 pm]Talk of Gasoline Alley May 16, 2014Click to play podcast Curt Cavin joins IMS Historian Donald Davidson LIVE from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for another edition of Talk of Gasoline Alley! [05.16.14 - 6:57 pm]
Racer Editorial on Fontana Pack-Racinghttp://www.racer.com/more/viewpoints/item/118678-malsher-the-wrong-kind-of-danger-118678
Interestingly enough, Bobbly Unser made the same criticisms as Power, TK and JPM: the type of racing exhibited at Fontana requires too little skill and is unnec... [06.30.15 - 5:45 pm]Add David Malsher and Bobby Unser ...... to the voices of reason:
http://www.racer.com/more/viewpoints/item/118678-malsher-the-wrong-kind-of-danger-118678 [06.30.15 - 4:12 pm]Question about the IMS Tower Terrace seating North of the Pagoda 49-79.Is it possible to get high enough to see the track without the catch fence in the way? If so, what's the lowest row this is possible? The section goes from A to MM. It has to be somewhere between AA and MM but looking at some pics I took this year I ca... [06.30.15 - 4:12 pm]Penske To Buy IMS?Heard this rumor last weekend at Indy. Anybody else hear anything? [06.30.15 - 3:43 pm]Something is brewing at 16th and Georgetown (press conference?)* Image: https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/529868742378139648/U1cumZXS_bigger.jpeg *Tony DiZinno* @tonydizinno (https://twitter.com/tonydizinno) 18m18 minutes ago (https://twitter.com/tonydizinno/status/615943325217001473)
Well, tomorrow's gonna ... [06.30.15 - 2:20 pm]Mid Ohio Viewing QuestionI've never been to a race at Mid Ohio but I'm thinking about going this year. So I thought I would ask if everyone would share their opinions on where they like to sit at the track to watch the race.
I know the largest area for sitting is at turns ... [06.30.15 - 1:01 pm]Tony K. Was Indeed "Disingenuous"I'm a big Kanaan fan, but words have meanings, and you can't say something and then blame someone for following up with a very legitimate question. Maybe Tony was trying to say something else, make a point but used the wrong words, whatever. But he sai... [06.30.15 - 12:38 pm]Luca Filippi, Matthew Brabham get Indycar test at Iowahttp://www.racer.com/indycar/item/118664-filippi-brabham-get-oval-track-evaluations
Carpenter thinking about stepping out of the cockpit? Also good to see Brabham get some Indycar seat time. [06.30.15 - 11:54 am]Vasser or DixonWas having this debate the other day on who is the better driver ( of course obviously one career is ongoing). I'll hold back my position for a bit. But for the sake of the argument who ya got? [06.30.15 - 10:47 am]Penske wants to retain all 4 drivershttp://motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com/2015/06/29/roger-penske-intends-to-keep-his-four-aces-in-indycar/
When youve got those four guys four aces why would you give them up? Penske told Cavin this past weekend at Auto Club Speed... [06.30.15 - 8:19 am]Should Robin Miller Run IndyCar?First off - it's a serious question for discussion, not asking just to be snarky.
He has a long background, wants someone running the sport that knows and loves Indy racing, has oodles of ideas, relates to both racers and (some) fans.
He was on J... [06.30.15 - 7:06 am]The championship raceWith 5 races, the focus on the championship is becoming more clear.
2. Power (-46)
3. Dixon (-49)
4. Rahal (-74)
5. Castro-Neves (-77)
6. Andretti (-99)
7. Bourdais (-117)
8. Kanaan (-122) [06.29.15 - 8:34 pm]Retirements Imminent?Ed Carpenter on Twitter ...
I love close @IndyCar racing. Hate to see drivers bad mouthing a series. If you want to race, race. If not, retire
Sounds like the best approach to me ... [06.29.15 - 7:01 pm]Fernando Alonso not ruling out future Indy 500 drive---Quote---
Fernando Alonso believes a future drive at the Indy 500 would be "attractive for any driver" because of its status as one of the greatest races in motorsport.
I would love to see Alonso in a Santander Penske at the 500 so... [06.29.15 - 6:38 pm]The scariest race I've ever seenFrom Michael Knight's blog: http://spindoctor500blog.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-scariest-race-ive-ever-seen-and-new.html
Since Knight has been around for a while, the blog title is an eye opener. So are some of his comments. [06.29.15 - 5:45 pm]
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