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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Farewell Honda, and hello Chevrolet as Fernando Alonso’s second Indianapolis 500 start will be powered by 2.2 liter twin turbocharged Bowtide Brand for his McLaren Racing entry. “It will be a privilege to wear the Bowtie Brand at the 2019 Indy 500,” Alonso about the announcement. “Having Chevrolet power behind me means we’re putting ourselves in the best possible position to compete at the front.” Last week, Alonso got a glimpse of running a Chevy-powered car when he tested seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson’s Camaro ZL1Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The young and polarizing 20-year-old Santino Ferrucci will have a permanent home in the IndyCar Series next season with with full-time drive at Dale Coyne Racing. Ferrucci will drive the No. 19 Cly-Del Honda, replacing Pietro Fittipaldi, who recently signed a deal to become a Formula One test driver for the Haas F1 Team. This announcement was made by the Wasserman Media Group Tuesday, who have also signed the former F2 racer to a driver representation agreement. Brad Lusky, the executive VP of the Wasserman Group,Read More
By Josh Farmer, Contributing Journalist Fuzzy’s Vodka has concluded their long-standing relationship with Ed Carpenter Racing to explore marketing ventures outside of motorsport. The pair joined forces in 2010, when Ed Carpenter carried Fuzzy’s colors for four races, including the Indianapolis 500, driving for Panther Racing. He claimed a pole for the effort at Kentucky that September. Both sides stepped up to a full-time effort in 2012 as the Indianapolis native formed his own team and scored the brand’s first victory at the season finale at Auto Club Speedway that year.Read More
By Josh Farmer, Contributing Journalist Felix Rosenqvist will replace Ed Jones as the driver of the No. 10 NTT Data Honda alongside series champ Scott Dixon for the 2019 IndyCar Series season. The 26-year-old from Värnamo, Sweden, tested for CGR in 2016 and 2017 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and turned some impressive times. Team owner Chip Ganassi said that his performance at the test made him an easy choice for the team. “Felix has become familiar with our team and has worked in our system a little bit after comingRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer After much speculation, Harding Racing’s plans for the 2019 IndyCar Series season have now been confirmed. The Speedway, IN squad will join forces with Steinbrenner Racing to form Harding-Steinbrenner Racing, a two-car team with rookie drivers Patricio (Pato) O’Ward and Colton Herta in car Nos. 8 and 88, respectively. O’Ward and Herta raced for the Harding team at the recent Grand Prix in Sonoma where O’Ward qualified fifth and finished ninth while Herta qualified 19th and finished 20th. The team has yet to announce an engineRead More
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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer SONOMA, California — Welcome to the Verizon IndyCar Series, rookies. The Harding Racing duo of Colton Herta and Patricio O’Ward exceeded expectations in their debuts on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Both drivers finished on the lead lap, with O’Ward finishing ninth and Herta coming home 20th. Race strategist Brian Barnhart was proud of both by bringing his entries home with a clean car and lead lap finishes, stating that it was crucial of allowing the duo an opportunity to compete at the highest level before theRead More
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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer SONOMA, California — Ryan Hunter-Reay put in a dominating performance en route to victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale at Sonoma Raceway. After starting on pole, the pilot of the No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda led 80 of 85 laps and beat newly-crowned five time series champion Scott Dixon by 2.7573 second in the finale INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma. It marked Hunter-Reay’s 18th Indy car victory and became the third drought he snapped this weekend. His pole from Saturday marked his first sinceRead More
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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer SONOMA, California — Alexander Rossi fell short of capturing his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship, but he made sure to go down fighting in the season finale at Sonoma Raceway. The 26-year-old Californian’s day began on the wrong foot after a cut right front tire on the opening lap set him back for the remainder of the 85-lap contest. Although he rebounded to finish seventh in Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma, the outcome left second in the overall standings, 57 points behind newly crowned championRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer SONOMA, California — Neither of the IndyCar Series title contenders scored bonus points as Ryan Hunter-Reay snatched the Verizon P1 Pole Award for the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway Saturday. For the three drivers who are hunting down points leader Scott Dixon, their tasks became increasingly difficult after the New Zealander’s qualifying effort. He’ll start alongside Hunter-Reay in second, with Josef Newgarden following as the highest of the chasing trio after qualifying third. The reigning series champion kept his strong pace from FridayRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer SONOMA, California — Ryan Hunter-Reay has consistently been the best of the non-title contenders these past two days and proved it with a time of 1:17.627, earning him his sixth career Verizon IndyCar Series pole for Sunday’s IndyCar Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. Not only it was a long-time coming for the former champion, scoring an elusive pole at the 2.385-mile road course, but its his first INDYCAR pole since Long Beach in 2014. The Floridian was congratulated with a hug and a kissRead More