All posts by Joey Barnes

Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune, and has been on the racing scene since 2012. He has published works in AutoWeek Magazine, as well as IndyCar.com and Motorsport.com, among others. A background that includes semi-professional football and work at a nearby racing school, he has brought that same focus and intensity to the motorsports media world. Additionally, Joey is a fan of the San Francisco 49ers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, New York Rangers, and can also hold his own on a bowling lane.

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief The search for young up-and-coming talent has never been higher in motorsports. While having speed is one key element of the game, putting it all together to win is the tricky part. Even so, some have managed to find success in 2019. In just his third career start, NTT IndyCar Series rookie Colton Herta put in a methodical drive in en route to victory at Circuit of The Americas in March. In turn, the pilot of the No. 88 Harding Steinbrenner Racing Chevrolet became the youngestRead More
Walter Arce/ASP, Inc.
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has revealed that Simon Pagenaud earned a sizeable $2,669,529 from an overall prize purse of $13,090,536 for winning the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday. Runner-up Alexander Rossi collected $759,179 for his efforts, while third-place point man Takuma Sato earned $540,454. In addition to the race winner, Team Penske put two other drivers in the top five. Josef Newgarden, the 2017 NTT IndyCar Series champion, raked in $462,904 after finishing fourth. Will Power, the 2014 NTT IndyCarRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief INDIANAPOLIS – Santino Ferrucci shined bright on the biggest stage of them all at the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Despite starting 23rd on the 33-car grid, the 20-year-old Connecticut native made all the right moves to finish a career-best seventh, and even led a lap, in “The Greatest Spectacle Racing.” “The race was surprisingly longer than it looks, and racing with other drivers was actually a lot more fun than I had ever hoped it to be,” said Ferrucci, driver ofRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief The drivers of the NTT IndyCar Series highlight the crown jewel event of the year with the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 26. Former champions of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” such as Scott Dixon, Ryan-Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan discuss the significance of crossing the famous Yard of Bricks at the 2.5-mile oval known as Indianapolis Motor Speedway. James Hinchcliffe, who is seeking a win of his own to join the trio, also chimes in. Additionally, this year marks the 50thRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Williams Racing has announced that W Series standout Jamie Chadwick has signed with the team and will take up the role as its development driver. The 21-year-old Brit will be integrated with the Grove-based outfit trackside for three events throughout the 2019 season, starting with the British Grand Prix. In addition to her media and marketing obligations, she will put it extensive simulator work at the factory. “It is a great honor to be joining the Williams Racing Driver Academy,” Chadwick said. “The time in the simulatorRead More
Walter Arce/ASP, Inc.
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief INDIANAPOLIS — Fernando Alonso will not compete in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 26. The two-time Formula One champion was bumped from the field of 33 during the Last Row Shootout on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after Kyle Kaiser edged his rival with four-lap qualifying run by 0.019 of a second. “I didn’t spend much time with the team yet,” Alonso said. “I’ve been only in my motorhome, and yeah, talking with friends or family and followingRead More
Walter Arce/ASP, Inc.
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief INDIANAPOLIS – Fernando Alonso endured a turbulent qualifying bout during the first day of qualifying for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The two-time Formula One champion was part of the juggling act of drivers that rotated from in and out of the locked top 30 positions. The first of an eventual five attempts was thwarted by a right rear tire puncture, with his best four-lap average of 227.224 mph coming on his final run of the day. The result wasn’t enough to fend offRead More
Walter Arce/ASP, Inc.
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief INDIANAPOLIS – James Hinchcliffe was dealt a major blow and wrecked during today’s qualifying for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The 32-year-old Canadian was on the second lap of his four-lap run when the back end of the No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda snapped around and hit the SAFER Barrier. The left side of the car was severely damaged on impact and skated on its left sidepod before landing upright and coming to a stop midway down the backstretch.Read More
Walter G. Arce/ASP, Inc.
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief INDIANAPOLIS — A new outfit to the NTT IndyCar Series this year, DragonSpeed is ready to make a bigger commitment for the 2020 season. The team has long been associated as a sports car presence in the FIA World Endurance Championship, but opted to expand their efforts with a five-race campaign – St. Petersburg, Barber Motorsports Park, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Road America and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – with driver Ben Hanley in IndyCar for 2019. Elton Julian, team principal of DragonSpeed, discussed their future plansRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief It is hard to find a better start for a team in the Formula One history books than Haas F1. During their tenure, they have consistently found themselves battling for points and continue to strive for the next step of wins and podiums. Guenther Steiner, team principal of Haas F1, was joined by drivers Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen to discus the inner workings and how the passion of their boss, who also owns one of the most successful teams in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.Read More