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 Formula 1 welcomes back one of the most coveted races to its calendar with the return of the French Grand Prix. The last coming a decade ago at Magny-Cours, the comeback is set this weekend at Circuit Paul Ricard. Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team boss Christian Horner and current pilot Daniel Ricciardo delve into what can be expected as the sport braces for the first leg of an unprecedented tripleheader in its history. Our friends from Mobil 1 The Grid sat down the duo to discussRead More
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By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Max Verstappen put together perhaps his most complete race of the season after starting and finishing third in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix. Although the 20-year-old Dutchman was within striking distance of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in second-place, the laps ticked down and he crossed the finish line just under one second behind. The result ties his best finish on the year as he touches the podium for the second time over the span of the last three races. Additionally, he scored the fastest lap of the raceRead More
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By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief FORTH WORTH, Texas – Tony Kanaan was undone by a mysterious issue which led to an early exit in Saturday night’s DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. The 43-year-old Brazilian enjoyed 18 previous starts, which included one win, nine podiums, 364 laps led and completing 3,780 of 3,783 laps at the 1.5-mile superspeedway oval. However, the 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series champion’s race came undone on Lap 28 of 248 as he slowed to pit road. He returned to the action 13 laps down before ultimatelyRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief FORT WORTH, Texas – Justin Haley put together one of his best showings of the 2018 season with a third-place finish on Friday night’s PPG 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. The result comes on the heels of a less than stellar out at Charlotte where he finished 14th and marks his third top three finish of through the first eight races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (second at Daytona, third at Dover). Starting 10th, the 19-year-old Hoosier methodically hung around through the first twoRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief The 2018 Formula 1 season readies for their next race this weekend with the Canadian Grand Prix. However, before the fans watch in awe as their favorite drivers take to the 2.709-mile circuit known as Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, get to know the man behind the scenes in FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting. The 66-year-old has seen the evolution of the sport from racing, but more importantly safety. Our friends from Mobil 1 The Grid sat down with Charlie Whiting to discuss his journey.Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief With confidence restored, Esteban Ocon has sights set on a strong showing for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix. The 21-year-old Frenchman endured a rough start to the 2018 Formula 1 season, scoring a lone point (Bahrain) through the opening five races, which included two retirements – both uncharacteristic considering last year he only had two results outside the top 10. However, he rebounded to put in an astounding top class drive when he finished sixth at the Monaco Grand Prix. Now, he readies for a returnRead More
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By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief INDIANAPOLIS – Roger Penske has stated that if Helio Castroneves captures his record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 win today that an opportunity to score a fifth awaits. Castroneves, 43, moved over the offseason to Team Penske’s Acura program in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship after 20 years racing Indy cars. However, it was always in the cards to be part of the month of May festivities at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the INDYCAR Grand Prix and “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The crown jewel event of theRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief The 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is drawing near, but before we all watch in awe on May 27, it would be wise to take a look back at last year’s race. Although it featured two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso, it was his Andretti Autosport teammate Takuma Sato – driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing this season – that stole the show to take the second victory of his Verizon IndyCar Series career and first at the Brickyard. Our friendsRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief INDIANAPOLIS – Despite the nerves that existed within, Sebastien Bourdais battled through them to qualify fifth for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. The traditional weekend qualifying that features Bump Day on Saturday and Pole Day on Sunday put the pressure on for four crisp laps around the daunting Indianapolis Motor Speedway for each session. Taking an Indy car to its limits – and past them – is something the 39-year-old Frenchman knows all too well. It was during SaturdayRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Aston Martin Red Bull Racing are set to start their 250th Formula 1 race at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix. Since their debut as an official team at the 2005 Australian Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing have captured four drivers titles, four constructor’s championships and taken 56 victories. One of the crown jewel events in all of motorsports, the Milton Keynes-based squad will look to capture their fourth victory on the streets of Monte Carlo and first since Mark Webber in 2012. Our friends from Mobil 1Read More