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By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief INDIANAPOLIS – James Hinchcliffe is aiming for a return to form for today’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The 30-year-old Canadian came out swinging by collecting a win at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. He very well could have been the first driver to collect multiple wins this season if not for an ill-timed caution that came out while leading in the season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, and ended the afternoon ninth. However, the wave ofRead More

Posted On April 10, 2017By Joey BarnesIn Breaking News, Headline News, Opinion

BARNES: The Long Beach Experience

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief There are few races that draw the desire out of race drivers more than the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The same could be said for the journalists covering the sport. I’ve been privileged to cover several events across NASCAR, IndyCar and even Formula 1, but what was experienced this weekend was a one of a kind moment in my still relatively young career. Covering the 100th Indianapolis 500 last year, the enormous crowds and interest wasn’t all that surprising – especially considering the milestoneRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief LONG BEACH, California – Andretti Autosport has announced that Jack Harvey will pilot a fifth car for the 101st Indianapolis 500. The two-time Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires championship runner-up will make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the No. 50 AutoNation Honda “The Indy 500 is easily the biggest race I have entered in my career so far,” said Harvey, the 2015 Freedom 100 winner at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “It is one of the most iconic races in the world and I feel extremely privilegedRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief LONG BEACH, California – Make it three in a row for Helio Castroneves. The 41-year-old Brazilian scored the Verizon P1 Award for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with a scorching lap of 1 minute, 6.2254 seconds (106.980 mph), breaking the previous lap record held by him in 2015. Driving the No. 3 Auto Club of Southern California for Team Penske, Castroneves, the 2002 winner of the event, was ecstatic to score the 48th pole of his career – fourth all-time behind Bobby Unser –Read More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Chip Ganassi Racing announced that NTT Data will be the primary sponsor of Scott Dixon’s No. 9 Honda for this weekend’s Grand Prix of Long Beach. The current full-time sponsor for Tony Kanaan, the addition of putting their colors on Dixon’s car will showcase two entries for the second race of the Verizon IndyCar Series for NTT Data. “Having the opportunity to be represented by two of the all-time greats in INDYCAR is something that doesn’t come along too often,” said  John McCain, CEO of NTTRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Antonio Giovinazzi is set to continue his duties with the Sauber F1 Team as Pascal Wehrlein’s replacement for the Chinese Grand Prix, with a possibility of the Bahrain Grand Prix as well. The team said the following: “Pascal Wehrlein will again be replaced by Antonio Giovinazzi to ensure that the German will be back in the cockpit of the Sauber C36-Ferrari, in best physical shape, at the earliest possible opportunity – either the Bahrain Grand Prix or the Russian Grand Prix.” Wehrlein participated in the openingRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Amid positive feedback on the computer generated images of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series car design, the series has elected to show off a bit more. The 2018 universal aero kit is something INDYCAR has been building towards for some time now, and will attach to the Dallara IR-12 chassis in a seamless transition. As the images show, INDYCAR is pushing for an aggressive and more traditional look on its new Indy car. The concept is expected to produce more downforce from the under the carRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief For the fifth consecutive season, Dale Coyne Racing will have Pippa Mann behind the wheel for the Indianapolis 500. The 33-year-old British driver will be competing in her sixth Indy 500 overall, joining Sebastien Bourdais and rookie Ed Jones for the three car effort by Coyne. “I’m very happy to be rejoining Dale Coyne Racing for my fifth consecutive year with the team at the 101st Indy 500,” said Mann via a team release. “Dale has invested heavily in the team over the winter, and it’sRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo will start the Australian Grand Prix from 15th position after being handed a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change. The 27-year-old Aussie spun in Turn 14 during Q3 on Saturday and backed his RB13 into the barrier, causing significant damage to the rear. Since he didn’t officially turn a lap during the session, Ricciardo was previously set to start the race from 10th. The penalty pushes Force India’s Sergio Perez up to 10th and slid Nico Hulkenberg, Fernando Alonso, EstebanRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Jolyon Palmer has called out Renault after a rough Saturday came to a halt after a last place result in qualifying for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. The 26-year-old Brit took blame for his crash in second practice on Friday, which forced the team to rebuild the R.S.17. However, Palmer struggled with pace in FP3, ending the session 19th before the day worsened in qualifying. With a lap at 1 minute, 28.244 seconds, Palmer was well over a second off the next slowest car, which wasRead More