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Posted On April 27, 2024By David MorganIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Barber Qualifying Notebook

By David Morgan, Associate Editor BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The field is set. Time to go race. Barber Motorsports Park showed no mercy to the NTT IndyCar Series field during qualifying for Sunday’s Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix, with every driver having to give their all to be able to advance through the rounds to fight for the pole at the end of the day. Team Penske came out on top when the dust settled as defending race winner Scott McLaughlin banked the pole, with his teammate Will Power starting alongside,Read More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Scott McLaughlin is a man on a mission. Coming into the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park, the driver of the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet has nowhere to go but up, with only five points to his name after a disqualification in St. Petersburg and a mechanical issue in Long Beach that has him all the way down at the bottom of the cellar in the point standings in 29th — last among any driver that has started a race in 2024. WithRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A new challenger enters the fray. After Josef Newgarden topped the board in Friday’s opening practice of the Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park, Saturday brought a new contender with Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay putting his No. 21 Chevrolet on the top of the scoring pylon during the morning session. VeeKay’s lap of one minute, 6.5463 seconds was enough to hold off the second fastest car of Romain Grosjean, giving the smaller teams in the paddock something toRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Josef Newgarden is out to defy his critics. After a trying week in which he and Team Penske have been dealing with the aftermath of their St. Petersburg disqualifications, the No. 2 team did what they do best in the opening practice for the Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park, topping the Friday afternoon session. While the session got off to an inauspicious start, with Newgarden spinning off track in Turn 14 in the opening minutes of the 90-minuteRead More
By INDYCAR SEBRING, Fla. – It appears Marcus Ericsson is settling in nicely at Andretti Global. 2022 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge winner Ericsson led the second day of NTT INDYCAR SERIES testing Feb. 27 at Sebring International Raceway, turning a top lap of 51.9512 seconds in the No. 28 Delaware Life Honda. Ericsson joins Andretti Global this season after racing the last four seasons for Chip Ganassi Racing. His time on the bumpy, 1.67-mile circuit at Sebring was the quickest overall in two days of testing this week as every NTT INDYCAR SERIES teamRead More

Posted On September 8, 2023By Motorsports TribuneIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Herta Hustles To Top of Quick Laguna Seca Practice

By INDYCAR MONTEREY, Calif. – Colton Herta wants the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey to be a throwback weekend, in more ways than one. Herta led the opening practice for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season finale Friday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, turning a top lap of 1 minute, 7.5382 seconds in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda featuring a livery very similar to the iconic paint scheme his father, Bryan Herta, drove to victory at this track in 1998 and 1999. His top lap came on Firestone primary tires, which haveRead More
By INDYCAR PORTLAND, Ore. – Graham Rahal earned two poles in an INDYCAR SERIES season for the first time in 14 years, and he also gave the rest of the field something to think about entering the BITNILE.COM Grand Prix of Portland on Sunday. Rahal turned a top lap of 58.3195 seconds in the No. 15 PeopleReady Honda fielded by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing to add an NTT P1 Award to the one he won last month for the Gallagher Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. And unlike the otherRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor INDIANAPOLIS – “Even on a day when we did everything right, Lady Luck isn’t quite on our side.” If there was ever a day that all signs seemed to be pointing to a return to Victory Lane in the NTT IndyCar Series for Graham Rahal, it was Saturday’s Gallagher Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. That is until he ran into the inevitability of six-time champion Scott Dixon. Rahal paced both practice and qualifying and was riding a wave of confidence into Saturday’sRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor INDIANAPOLIS – There’s a reason they call him “The Iceman.” On a day in which he took over sole possession of the record for consecutive starts in the NTT IndyCar Series, it appeared Scott Dixon’s race may have been over before it ever really started when he was spun on the opening lap of the race, but never say never when it comes to the six-time series champion. The opening lap misfortune may have instead been a blessing in disguise as Dixon was able to pitRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor INDIANAPOLIS – It’s been a day for Graham Rahal. After starting the morning with the fastest speed in practice, the driver of the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda backed it up in qualifying to secure the pole for the Gallagher Grand Prix – his first since Detroit in June of 2017. A stretch of more than six years. Though he had some qualms with the way his car was driving at certain points through qualifying, the end result is no doubt a stark contrastRead More