Opinion Category

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS– Qualifications and post-qualifying practice for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 are finished and there were a lot of storylines and observations that came out of this past weekend that are worth looking at. Between McLaren and Fernando Alonso missing the race to Juncos Racing’s successful rebuild, it’s all under review. Starting from the front of the field and working back, it must be noted that Simon Pagenaud’s performance in the Fast Nine Shootout was massive, especially at a time where some are questioningRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer People must be hiding under a rock if they’re unaware of two of Formula One’s household names missing the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge — McLaren and their driver Fernando Alonso. More striking that the driver/team combo that send them packing was one of the NTT IndyCar Series’ smallest teams of Juncos Racing, with Kyle Kaiser representing the driver’s seat. What an amazing story on both ends because Juncos undeniably spent hours upon hours preparing a backup car and even after skipping the morningRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer INDIANAPOLIS– The INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course is the only two day show on a road course for the NTT IndyCar Series. Two practice sessions and qualifying all in the same day plus Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires action across all three ladder championships means that track activity is constant to kick off the month of May. For the NTT IndyCar Series, the day was full of unpredictability. Spencer Pigot was the only driver in the top three inRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Four rounds completed and it’s safe to say that Scuderia Ferrari are nowhere near title contenders. Not because they’ve just had rotten luck, but they’ve been out beat when it matters most, the grand prix races. It shows as they only have 99 points in the Constructor’s Championship to Mercedes-AMG F1’s 173 and have swept the first two steps of the podium in every grand prix thus far. Sure, the duo of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc have been fierce in the free practice sessions, butRead More

Posted On April 5, 2019By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar, Opinion

DEHARDE: Friday Barber IndyCar Musings

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer BIRMINGHAM, Alabama– The 2019 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama has two practice sessions in the books and quite honestly, nobody really knows what to expect for the third round of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park. With a forecast changing about as rapidly as the track’s direction, it’s almost as if nobody knows where to go for the right setup, nor does anyone have any clue about the Firestone red sidewall (alternate) tires except for maybe James Hinchcliffe since he was thirdRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer A new chapter into NASCAR’s future has few perks as they’re further separating themselves from tradition once more. For what? To spice things up like its a game of Russian roulette? First off, I applaud the sport for making the Southern 500 at Darlington the playoff opener. A crown jewel event is the ultimate ideal start of the postseason and makes the most nostalgic weekend even sweeter. Their attempt of a doubleheader at Pocono sounds promising, but I’m not crazy about doubleheaders in major motorsports exceptRead More

Posted On March 22, 2019By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar, Opinion

DEHARDE: Friday Austin IndyCar Musings

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer AUSTIN, Texas– The NTT IndyCar Series visits Circuit Of The Americas for the first time in series history and Sunday’s INDYCAR Classic can have many questioning who they should pick for a good result at the 20 turn, 3.41 mile natural terrain road course. Josef Newgarden led the opening practice session with a lap of 1 minute, 48.6567 seconds to average 112.980 mph. The winner at St. Petersburg, Newgarden was just ahead of Colton Herta by .1372 seconds but Herta had to deal with some mechanicalRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Josef Newgarden winning the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was far from the biggest story. Instead, it was television and streaming contracts, two media outlets IndyCar fans have gone full rage all week. Just as the sport is hitting mass strides, something alters their momentum every time. This time around, it’s the television deals around the world that’s brought a lot of frustrations from the fans. Let’s start off with the biggest piece of the TV puzzle – NBC Sports. Last season, IndyCar announced IndyCarRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer ST. PETERSBURG — Friday for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg had many interesting happenings across all the INDYCAR system so let’s take a look from the top down. In the NTT IndyCar Series practice sessions, Felix Rosenqvist led the first session in his first race for Chip Ganassi Racing in the No. 10 NTT Data Honda. The Swede was ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay in the first session but Hunter-Reay’s No. 28 Andretti Autosports DHL Honda led the second session. What’s more odd is thatRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Six years ago, Michael Annett’s career drastically changed at Daytona International Speedway when a broken sternum sidelined him 6-8 weeks, ending his bid of contending for the NASCAR Xfinity Series championship, where in the previous season, he finished fifth in points. Ever since that gloomy afternoon, Annett’s view of the sport didn’t change but his performances created a whirlwind of struggles in NASCAR. Scoring only two top-fives in 91 Xfinity Series starts, numbers that’s undesirable especially the equipment he runs for whichRead More