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IndyCar In-Depth: A Preview Of Sunday’s Race At Mid-Ohio

IndyCar In-Depth: A Preview Of Sunday’s Race At Mid-Ohio

*What's News?* It’s been a quiet couple of weeks in the world of the IZOD IndyCar Series since the circuit departed from Edmonton. But the news cycle hasn't been a total snoozer. The biggest change heading into the race in Mid-Ohio is a rules adjustment being applied to the recently reintroduced “Push-to-Pass” system. According to technical bulletins released by series officials, there will now be a five-second delay from the time the Push-to-Pass button is depressed to the time that the boost is actually deployed. This ought to have all sorts of implications on strategy as teams scramble to figure out the best way to utilize the updated boost. Read More »

IndyCar Edmonton Race Recap

IndyCar Edmonton Race Recap

*In a nutshell:* Helio Castroneves’ #3 team delivered a brilliant pit stop with 23 laps to go to snooker the lead away from Canadian driver Alex Tagliani. From there, Castroneves never looked back, and despite second-place finisher Takuma Sato’s best efforts to wrestle the lead away from Castroneves, Castroneves held firm for the final stint of the race to grab his second win of the season. Will Power delivered a valiant drive to grab the final spot on the podium in 3rd, and Dario Franchitti and Alex Tagliani rounded out the top 5. Read More »

IndyCar Edmonton Indy Preview

IndyCar Edmonton Indy Preview

*Whats News?* The IZOD IndyCar Series continues it’s trek through Canada this Sunday with the Edmonton Indy. The biggest and perhaps most curious news coming out over the past week was the revelation from IndyCar race director Beaux Barfield that the sanctioning body was heavily considering introducing an “overtime format” to IndyCar racing, similar to that of NASCAR’s Green-White-Checkered finishes. IndyCar officials will make a decision over the off--season as to whether or not GWC’s will make their way to the sport. Another very important piece of IndyCar news this week actually came from Washington DC. The U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of letting the nation’s military branches continue to sponsor sports teams. This is great news for IndyCar’s Panther Racing, who has a very lucrative sponsorship deal with the United States National Guard. Read More »

IndyCar Preview: 2012 Honda Indy Toronto

IndyCar Preview: 2012 Honda Indy Toronto

*What’s News?* After a spell of five races in five weeks that began with an enthralling 96th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Motorsports, the entire INDYCAR Series had a moment to breathe with the off weekend. But it was only a brief moment, as the action heats up again this Sunday with the first of two trips across the border into Canada in the month of July. Just six races remain before the 2012 champion is crowned and there’s sure to be plenty of action, and much to discuss, prior to the checkered flag waving at Fontana. The other big news this week is ... Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Iowa Corn Indy 250

IndyCar Preview: Iowa Corn Indy 250

*Whats News?* The IZOD IndyCar Series heads to the fan-friendly Iowa Speedway this week for the Iowa Corn Indy 250. Last week, Ryan Hunter-Reay delivered an impressive victory in a race that was promoted by team owner Michael Andretti. Of course, the race was not without controversy as yet another questionable call was made by IndyCar officals, this time a drive through penalty given to Scott Dixon. The incident was just one of many questionable calls made by Beaux Barfield and Co. this season, and one can’t help but wonder when IndyCar will clean up its act on the officiating side of things. Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Milwaukee IndyFest

IndyCar Preview: Milwaukee IndyFest

*What's News?* The IZOD IndyCar Series heads to the Milwaukee Mile this week for Milwaukee IndyFest (yes…that’s the name of the race). After a thriller last week at Texas, the historic Milwaukee Mile circuit promises to put on another fabulous show. This race, which is being promoted by the marketing arm of Michael Andretti’s team, it is hoped will be an attempt to recapture some lost glory from the race’s glory days. With the future of this race being murky at best, IndyFest promoters are on pins and needles hoping that the race weekend turns out to be a success. Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Firestone 550K

IndyCar Preview: Firestone 550K

*What's News?* The DW12 will see it's second outing on an oval and quite a different one from the large and flat Indianapolis Motor Speedway when the IZOD IndyCar Series visits Fort Worth this weekend. Tests were conducted at the Texas Motor Speedway in February and again on May 7, when 11 teams participated to set baselines and confirm the aero package that will be used for the high banked oval. Scott Dixon set the quickest time at the May test. IndyCar issued a technical bulletin to teams last week outlining the aero package for Texas, which will be different from what was used at Indy. Rear wing mainplanes can be set by the teams within a 5.5 degree range and teams must use the standard speedway rear wing endplate and standard wheel guard. Teams can experiment with front and rear wickers so there are a number of options for how they can set up the cars. Read More »

IndyCar Race Recap: A Bizarre Day in Detroit

IndyCar Race Recap: A Bizarre Day in Detroit

*In A Nutshell:* In a race that was eerily reminiscent of the 2010 Daytona 500, track surface issues were the big story on a day in which Scott Dixon otherwise dominated. The asphalt surface in Turn 7 started kicking up and creating issues around lap 30, and by lap 39, the track was in such poor shape that James Hinchcliffe wrecked going through the damaged area. The race was promptly stopped for 2 hours after this incident. Dixon resumed his dominance and cruised home to an easy 1.9 second victory after the race was restarted. Dixon’s teammate Dario Franchitti came home 2nd to deliver a 1-2 finish for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, and Oriol Servia rounded out the top 5. Read More »

IndyCar Preview: Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

IndyCar Preview: Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

*What’s News?* Honestly most of the news this week centers around the Indy 500, with the awards, checks, and media blitz being the focus. But wait-leave it to the ongoing engine saga to generate at least one story. Jay Penske’s Dragon Racing put together a deal with Chevrolet for an engine lease after being dropped from the Lotus program and while the manufacturer provided two engines to power the team’s entries for Sebastien Bourdais and Katherine Legge at Indy, the deal is for a single engine lease going forward. Read More »

IndyCar Preview: The 2012 Indianapolis 500

IndyCar Preview: The 2012 Indianapolis 500

*What’s News?* This time last year I watched the 2011 Indy 500 with my great friend Laz, a fellow petrol-head, racing enthusiast, and attendee of some seven Indy 500’s. As the laps ticked down and the leader, JR Hildenbrand, took the white flag a voice crackled over the TV broadcast, clearly the Sausalito, Ca. native’s in-car audio: “Come on baby, bring it home”. And at that moment, with the way JR had driven, there seemed no reason why he wouldn’t negotiate the last lap with a good lead; no reason he wouldn’t bring it home for a victory for the ages. Laz and I got to our feet to applaud the clean-cut, well-spoken American rookie appropriately piloting the National Guard car, on Memorial Day Weekend. JR safely negotiated the first three corners and most of the fourth corner of the final lap before disaster struck. Instead, Dan Wheldon celebrated an improbable, and still a year on, unbelievable victory – his second at the track he so loved. Read More »