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 Sergio Perez is set to remain at Racing Point after signing a three-year extension that goes through the 2022 Formula 1 season. The 29-year-old Mexican has been a fixture on the team for the past six seasons, with memorable performances that has brought five of his eight career podiums. Additionally, the extension will see Racing Point return the same driver lineup next year with Perez alongside teammate Lance Stroll. “I’m very excited to extend my partnership with the team for the next three years,” Perez said.Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Valtteri Bottas has been retained by Mercedes for the 2020 Formula 1 season. The 30-year-old Finn currently has earned five victories and 10 pole positions since joining the German outfit in 2017. Additionally, he sits second in the championship standings. “I am very happy and proud to be part of the team for a fourth season and wish to thank every team member and the board of Mercedes for their trust and belief in me,” Bottas said. “My performances have been getting better and better eachRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Esteban Ocon is set to return to Formula 1 after signing a two-year deal with Renault, replacing Nico Hulkenberg for the 2020 season. The 22-year-old Frenchman will team alongside Daniel Ricciardo and moves over to the French squad after spending this campaign in a reserve role with Mercedes. However, after Mercedes opted to retain veteran Valtteri Bottas it allowed Ocon to be released for an opportunity to join Renault. Ocon has 50 F1 starts under his belt, with his most recent drive coming with Racing PointRead More
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
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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
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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
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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