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 Feld Entertainment, Inc. has officially released the first full 17-round schedule for the 2021 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season. Among the immediate notable changes is the removal of the tripleheader at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, which were originally set for February 20, 23 and 27 (rounds 7-9). Although the series has been a fixture in the Grand Canyon State since 1999, the current restrictions to attendance, along with health and safety protocols in place due to COVID-19, was too challenging to remain on theRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Tony Kanaan will get an extension on his NTT IndyCar Series career. On Monday, Chip Ganassi Racing announced the 45-year-old Brazilian has signed a multi-year deal to drive the No. 48 Honda for the four oval events on the 2021 schedule. Kanaan will share the entry with seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, who will contest the 13 road and street course races. Kanaan, the 2004 IndyCar champion and 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner, was with CGR from 2014-2017, grabbing one win (Fontana, 2014) and 12Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Meyer Shank Racing has expanded their IndyCar program and will feature Helio Castroneves for six races in 2021. A three-time Indianapolis 500 champion, Castroneves joins a program that just completed their first full season in the NTT IndyCar Series with Jack Harvey, who is set to continue his role as MSR’s only full-time pilot in the No. 60 Honda for 2021. Castroneves, winner of 30 races and 50 poles in North America’s premier open wheel championship, will drive the No. 06 entry beginning at the HondaRead More
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