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 McLaren Racing revealed that Bob Fernley has been appointed as president of McLaren IndyCar. The former deputy team principal of Force India, Fernley will lead the Indy 500 program, which returns two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso, and will report directly to Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren Racing. Fernley will be responsible for putting together and leading a technical team, which will stay entirely exclusive to the IndyCar operation. He will also help evaluate McLaren Racing’s potential full-time involvement in the future. “Heading back to theRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Motorsports Tribune reviews the season of the top 12 drivers from the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Our list continues with the sixth-place finisher, Simon Pagenaud. Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet 2018: 6th in the championship  Wins: 0, Top 5: 4, Top 10: 14, Poles: 0, Laps Led: 31 Best Finish: 2nd (Texas, Toronto) While this past season wasn’t the kind of season Simon Pagenaud was hoping for, there was still some bright spots along the way. The 34-year-old Frenchman endured a rough start toRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Ryan Norman will officially return to Andretti Autosport for the 2019 season in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires. The 20-year-old Ohio native put together a solid sophomore campaign in Mazda Road to Indy’s top rung in 2018 en route to fourth in the overall championship standings. Norman’s shining moment was undoubtedly his first career Indy Lights victory, which came after a stellar wheel-to-wheel battle with teammate Colton Herta at Gateway Motorsports Park in August. Over the span of 17 races this year, he collected oneRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Fernando Alonso and McLaren Racing confirmed plans to compete in the 2019 edition of the Indianapolis 500. With wins in both the Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Spaniard needs only a victory in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” to achieve the Triple Crown, which has only ever been achieved by the legendary Graham Hill. Next May will mark Alonso’s second attempt at the Brickyard, having previously ran there in 2017 in a collaborated effort with McLaren, Honda and Andretti Autosport. TheRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Pietro Fittipaldi has been confirmed as the official test driver for Haas F1 Team for the 2019 Formula One season. He will also get behind the wheel of a Formula One car for the first time later this month when he takes part in the Pirelli tire test on November 27 at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The 22-year-old Miami-born Brazilian is a grandson of the two-time Formula One champion / two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, Emerson Fittipaldi. “I’m pleased to welcome Pietro Fittipaldi to HaasRead More
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By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief FORT WORTH, Texas — Martin Truex Jr. kept his championship hopes alive after overcoming a series of setbacks to finish ninth in Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The day began with Truex playing catch up. Despite qualifying a solid 13th, the Furniture Row Racing team elected for an engine change in the No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour Energy Toyota Camry following final practice, which forced them to start the race at the rear of the field. Even with the initial obstacle, the reigning MonsterRead More
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By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief FORT WORTH, Texas – Clint Bowyer faces a must-win scenario after enduring a miserable 26th-place finish in the AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The 39-year-old Kansas native was optimistic heading into Sunday’s race after qualifying second – a personal best at the 1.5-mile oval. A dream of advancing from the Round of 8 and into the Championship 4 quickly turned into a nightmare. Pole sitter Ryan Blaney took off as the green flag waved, with the No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Mobil Delvac 1 FordRead More
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By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief FORT WORTH, Texas — Brandon Jones turned mid-race misfortunes into a stout sixth-place finish in Saturday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. The driver of the No. 19 Interstate Batteries Toyota Camry for Joe Gibbs Racing started 14th and managed to find the front briefly to lead four laps. However, his race appeared to come undone towards the halfway mark. He brought out the caution on Lap 97 restart, and then was also in an accident while running in solidly in the top 10Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief FORT WORTH, Texas — Todd Gilliland endured a devastating defeat after running out of gas on the final lap of the JAG Metals 350 while leading on Friday night at Texas Motor Speedway. The talented 18-year-old was out front for a race-high 60 of the 147 laps, commanding a solid lead of 1.3 seconds over Justin Haley on the last lap and looking poised for his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory. However, everything came undone on the backstretch as Gilliland’s No. 4 KyleRead More
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By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief FORT WORTH, Texas – Kyle Busch is quietly confident heading into Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. The 33-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada, comes into the Round of 8 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series standings sitting 46-points above the cutoff line, best among potential drivers to make the Championship 4 on points. With Joey Logano winning last weekend at Martinsville Speedway, there are only three spots left to fight for over the next two races to set the field for the seasonRead More