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IndyCar Preview: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

IndyCar Preview: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

What’s News? The biggest news is the encouraging upswing in the television ratings, covered by our Matt Stallknecht in this week’s Open Wheel Wednesday column. “INDYCAR is definitely on the upswing, whether it’s ratings or putting buns in the seats,” defending series champion Scott Dixon said. “(This season) has been up and down with so many different drivers winning and even a rookie winning. It’s strong for the sport and fun for the fans to see different cars at the ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Honda Indy Toronto – 2 in TO

IndyCar Preview: Honda Indy Toronto – 2 in TO

Last week’s race at Iowa came across as quite the show.  It featured good racing, a brainfart or two, and a strategic move that determined the winner.  When Ryan Hunter-Reay came into the pits for four fresh Firestones, no one anticipated that he’d be able to make his way to the front as easily as he did.  The win helped ease the pain of a rough slew of races for Hunter-Reay since he won the Indianapolis 500. While the win ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: 2014 Iowa Corn Indy 300

IndyCar Preview: 2014 Iowa Corn Indy 300

Iowa Speedway is the site of this week’s round of IndyCar action. After a curious race in Pocono last week that shook up the championship landscape, series onlookers enter this weekend knowing that this is a critical event for all of the teams involved in the championship hunt. Certain teams, like that of Juan Pablo Montoya’s No. 2 Team Penske squad, are surging. Other teams, like the No. 28 Andretti Autosport outfit with driver Ryan Hunter-Reay, are struggling mightily. With ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Pocono INDYCAR 500 Fueled by Sunoco

IndyCar Preview: Pocono INDYCAR 500 Fueled by Sunoco

The INDYCAR schedule is keeping its drivers up on the wheel.  The series will have gone from the Texas oval to the street course of Houston and now to the testy triumvirate of turns better known as Pocono.  The variety of tracks is an under-appreciated aspect of the tests that the drivers must face to win the championship. What’s News Pocono marks the third oval on the schedule, with Ryan Hunter-Reay winning at Indianapolis and Ed Carpenter doing so at ... Read More »

INDYCAR Preview: Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston

INDYCAR Preview: Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston

After a rather lackluster race at Texas Motor Speedway three weeks ago, the Verizon IndyCar Series is back in full force this weekend a little bit further downstate in the streets of Houston. This weekend, which IndyCar has dubbed the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, will be another doubleheader race offering much like the one in Detroit one month ago. As such, a great deal of points are up for  grabs this weekend, and with the championship race ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Firestone 600

IndyCar Preview: Firestone 600

The easiest way to explain what the Verizon IndyCar Series is looking at this weekend is that it’s their version of the Talladega debate. The race at Texas Motor Speedway has simultaneously been looked at as one of the most exciting events on the circuit and also as one of the most absolutely terrifying where we just hope no one gets seriously hurt or killed. Over the years, there has been some intense racing, some spectacular finishes, some nasty wrecks ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Grand Prix of Indianapolis

IndyCar Preview: Grand Prix of Indianapolis

What’s News? The big news this week is… this race. It’s a first-time event that’s led to some strong opinions from various corners of the open wheel world. Our own Huston Ladner andMike Neff provided good arguments both for and against this event, taking into account what it means for the month of May at Indianapolis and what the value of tradition is. No matter what observers think, though, the drivers have had nothing but stellar reviews for the revamped road circuit. Scott ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview – Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

IndyCar Preview – Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama

What’s News? The only down side to being the last race before the month of May is that most of the attention is already shifting to Indianapolis, who is going to make an appearance and with what team and who might be fast and how will the rookies do…ah, but before we get there, we still have one more event to contest in April. There are several drivers and storylines that will come into play in Alabama. Will Power has ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: The 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

IndyCar Preview: The 2014 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

Fresh off a one-week break, the Verizon IndyCar Series is back in full force this weekend as the stars of America’s fastest motorsport tackle the fabled Long Beach Circuit. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is one of the longest-running and most revered races in open-wheel racing, and currently stands as the most prestigious road/street race on the calendar. You can bet your house that the drivers will be all over each other trying to get a piece of ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview – Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

IndyCar Preview – Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

It’s about time they got started! The Verizon IndyCar Series revs up this weekend with its traditional opener in St. Petersburg, Florida. Well, it’s not really one of those long-standing traditions in theory — the race has only been opening the season since 2009 — though it had usually been the second race on the schedule. But those semantics simply don’t matter; it’s about time the teams fired up their engines. Scott Dixon is the defending series champion after besting ... Read More »