All posts by Joey Barnes

Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Jak Crawford has been relentless in 2020 The 15-year-old Texas native is one of only a handful of Americans competing throughout Europe in junior formula categories, with aspirations of someday starting on the grid in Formula 1. A member of the Red Bull Junior Team and driving for Dutch outfit Van Amersfoort Racing, Crawford has found success in his first year on the other side of the Atlantic. In ADAC Formula 4, he has amassed two wins, nine podiums and three poles through 15 races, and sitsRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief After a dramatic pole-winning performance on Sunday afternoon, Marco Andretti followed it up by going fastest in post qualifying practice for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The 33-year-old from Nazareth, Pennsylvania arrived late to the 2.5-hour session, but made an impact with a flying lap of 224.122 mph to go to the top of the scoring pylon in the final minutes of the session. The No. 98 Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajanian Honda completed only 27 laps. Three-time Indy 500 winner HelioRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Marco Andretti captured pole for next Sunday’s 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 (2: 30 p.m. ET on NBC). Piloting the No. 98 Andretti Herta Autosport Honda, Andretti was the last driver to go out in the Fast Nine shootout and put together a four-lap average of 231.068 mph on the 2.5-mile superspeedway to unseat five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) from the top spot by a narrow 0.017 of a second. It’s the sixth pole of Andretti’s career and eclipses his previous bestRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Marco Andretti vaulted to the top of the leaderboard on the opening round of qualifying for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500. An unfavorable draw of 28th, Andretti went out during the heat of the day when track conditions were at their toughest. Despite the obstacle, he powered the No. 98 Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajanian Honda to a four-lap average of 231.351 mph. Additionally, he was one of only two drivers to break 232 mph, doing so on the opening of hisRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Marco Andretti put down a flying lap of 233.491 mph to pace ‘Fast Friday’ practice for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The 33-year-old from Nazareth, Pennsylvania enjoyed the extra 80 horsepower boost provided to teams for the day’s practice, which will also be used for this weekend’s round of qualifying to set the field of 33. The addition of the boost, along with cooler track conditions and the aid of a tow propelled the No. 98 Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajanian HondaRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Scott Dixon went to the top of the charts during the final hour of practice on Thursday as preparations continued for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion turned 107 total laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, wheeling his No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda to an overall best lap of 226.102 mph. Takuma Sato, who held the top spot for the majority of the day, ended up second overall at 225.693 mph in the No. 30 Rahal Letterman LaniganRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief James Hinchcliffe led opening day of practice on Wednesday for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500. Running a partial schedule in the No. 29 Andretti Autosport Honda, the 33-year-old Canadian put down a best lap of 224.526 mph. Day 1 is in the books, and @Hinchtown is off to a solid start. The @FollowAndretti driver finished P1 after 80 laps in #Indy500 practice at @IMS. pic.twitter.com/nW3LwrACi1 — IndyCar on NBC (@IndyCaronNBC) August 12, 2020 It was a collective effort by Andretti Autosport, who ended theRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has announced J.R. Hildebrand as the pilot of their second entry for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The 32-year-old Colorado native returns to the cockpit of the No. 67 Chevrolet with Salesforce as main sponsor. A nine-time veteran of the Indianapolis 500, this will mark the third consecutive year Hildebrand has run with DRR. Their previous two runs together saw finishes of 11th (2018) and 20th (2019). For Hildebrand, who earned Rookie of the Year honors after a runner-up finishRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Racing Point has confirmed Nico Hulkenberg will replace Sergio Perez for this weekend’s British Grand Prix. The 32-year-old German was called up by his former team after Perez tested positive for COVID-19. The team handled Hulkenberg’s seat fitting overnight at it’s factory near the Silverstone circuit. A blur of a last 24 hours, the focus now turns to his first Formula 1 appearance of the season. “I was on my way to the Nürburgring for another racing project when the call from Otmar (Szafnauer, team principal ofRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Sergio Perez will not be competing in this weekend’s British Grand Prix due to testing positive for COVID-19. The 30-year-old Mexican had an inconclusive first test and was self-isolating while awaiting results for a second tst, which confirmed he is the first Formula 1 driver to test positive for the coronavirus. “Following today’s announcement that Sergio Perez of the BWT Racing Point Formula 1 Team produced an inconclusive test result for COVID-19 at the Silverstone Circuit ahead of the 2020 FIA Formula 1 British Grand Prix, theRead More