All posts by Christopher DeHarde

A 2012 graduate of LSU, DeHarde primarily focuses on the Verizon IndyCar Series, but has also covered NASCAR, the FIA World Endurance Championship and the Tudor United Sports Car Championship. A contributor to motorsport.com, Christopher DeHarde has actively covered motorsports since 2014.

Posted On January 16, 2018By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Leena Gade Joins Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer After winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans three times (2011, 2012 and 2014) as a chief engineer for Audi, Leena Gade will now be on the prowl to win the second part of motorsports’s triple crown as she has joined Schmidt Peterson Motorsports as lead engineer on James Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda. Gade joins SPM after a stint at Bentley as a motorsport project manager following Audi’s withdrawal from prototype racing. She is the first woman to be a lead engineer in VerizonRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer Going through the session results for the Roar Before the 24 a week later, a few things stood out that deserve attention ahead of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship season opener. Mazda Mazda had a rough go with a private testing incident in December setting their program back but it’s interesting to see their progress through the various sessions. In the first session, neither Mazda Team Joest Mazda DPi took to the track and in the second session the No. 55 car with SpencerRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer The Roar Before the 24 gives teams in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship the opportunity to test out their machines ahead of the season-opening Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at the Daytona International Speedway road course. The end of the testing period is marked by a qualifying session that determines pit road and garage space selection. Prototype It was a near-perfect Cadillac sweep of the top three positions of the seven practice sessions. Out of 21 positions, Cadillac-powered DPi machines occupied 18 of those positionsRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer While many people in motorsports long for the days of A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti racing anything and everything that a driver could get their hands on, one driver that might have slipped under their collective radar announced his retirement from racing after the 2018 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. Scott Pruett drove in Trans Am. He drove in the GTO class during IMSA’s Camel GTP era. He drove Indy cars, he drove NASCAR, even got himself a class win at Le Mans in 2001. ButRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer After a successful 2017 Prototype Challenge campaign in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, Pato O’Ward has returned to his roots and signed with Andretti Autosport to contest the 2018 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires alongside returning teammates Colton Herta, Dalton Kellett and Ryan Norman. The Mexican racer began his open wheel journey in the U.S. in the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires in 2015 and after winning five of the first six Pro Mazda races in 2016, O’WardRead More

Posted On December 31, 2017By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

2017 IndyCar Driver Review: Josef Newgarden

By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer Motorsports Tribune reviews the season of the top 10 drivers from the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Our list concludes with champion Josef Newgarden. Josef Newgarden, No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet 2017: 1st in the championship, 642 points Wins: 4, Top 5: 10, Top 10: 13, Poles: 1, Laps Led: 390 Best Finish: 1st (Barber, Toronto, Mid-Ohio, Gateway) Why did Roger Penske hire Josef Newgarden? Potential. Potential that Newgarden showed by his supreme race craft at the third race of the 2017Read More

Posted On December 26, 2017By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

2017 IndyCar Driver Review: Will Power

By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer Motorsports Tribune reviews the season of the top 10 drivers from the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Our list continues with the fifth-place championship finisher, Will Power. Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet 2017: 5th in the championship Wins: 3, Top 5: 9, Top 10: 10, Poles: 6, Laps Led: 443 Best Finish: 1st – Three times (Indy GP, Texas, Pocono) With the most poles in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season and most laps led by one over TeamRead More

Posted On December 24, 2017By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

2017 IndyCar Driver Review: Graham Rahal

By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer Motorsports Tribune reviews the season of the top 10 drivers from the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Our list continues with the sixth-place championship finisher, Graham Rahal. Graham Rahal, No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 2017: 6th in the championship Wins: 2, Top 5: 6, Top 10: 12, Poles: 1, Laps Led: 110 Best Finish: 1st – Two times (Detroit Race 1, Detroit Race 2) 2017 was a year of two halves for Graham Rahal and the dividing line was JuneRead More

Posted On December 22, 2017By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

2017 IndyCar Driver Review: Ryan Hunter-Reay

By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer Motorsports Tribune reviews the season of the top 10 drivers from the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Our list continues with the ninth-place championship finisher, Ryan Hunter-Reay. Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda 2017: 9th in the championship Wins: 0, Top 5: 4, Top 10: 8, Poles: 0, Laps Led: 72 Best Finish: 3rd – Three times (Indy GP, Iowa, Watkins Glen) The very first thing Hunter-Reay mentioned at INDYCAR Media Day in January was that he felt that 2016 wasRead More

Posted On December 22, 2017By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

2017 IndyCar Driver Review: Tony Kanaan

By Christopher DeHarde, IndyCar & Road to Indy Writer Motorsports Tribune reviews the season of the top 10 drivers from the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Our list begins with the man that finished in the 10 spot, Tony Kanaan. Tony Kanaan, No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 2017: 10th in championship Wins: 0, Top 5: 3, Top 10: 7, Poles: 0, Laps Led: 22 Best Finish: 2nd (Texas) The 2017 season was much like his previous three seasons – A runner-up finish in the summer, a few top fives pepperedRead More