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By Josh Farmer, Contributing Writer Dale Coyne Racing driver Pietro Fittipaldi suffered “suspected fractures to both legs” in a substantial crash during qualifying for this weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship event at Circuit Spa-Francorchamps. The 21-year-old Brazillian lost control of his No. 10 DragonSpeed BR1 Gibson LMP1 while entering Spa’s famed “Eau Rouge” section and crashed heavily into the tire barriers. The incident forced a 35-minute delay to on-track activities as Fittipaldi was extricated from his car and taken to the track’s medical center before being airlifted to a local hospital.Read More
By Josh Farmer, Contributing Writer LONG BEACH, California – Will Power could only watch from second as Alexander Rossi dominated Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. A two-time winner at the Streets of Long Beach, Power started second in today’s race and found himself trailing Rossi for much of the 85-lap event’s opening stint. Scott Dixon and St. Petersburg winner Sebastien Bourdais overtook Power on the first exchange of pitstops. The 37-year-old Australian got some good fortune on the next pit exchange by pitting on Lap 59 just before theRead More
By Josh Farmer, Contributing Writer With the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season rapidly approaching, Motorsports Tribune is previewing each of the teams competing on the tour. The site’s IndyCar staff will break each team down, laying out their results from the previous season while previewing the year to come for the organization and their driver(s). Team: Andretti Autosport Drivers: Zach Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti. What Happened Last Year: Andretti Autosport’s 2017 season was divided right down the middle, with 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato carrying theRead More
By Josh Farmer, Contributing Writer The Verizon IndyCar Series completed their first full-field test with the new 2018 aero kit during this weekend’s third-annual “Prix View” weekend at Arizona’s ISM Raceway. New year, new tires Tire manufacturer Firestone changed their tire formula for the 1.022-mile oval. Cara Adams, chief engineer for Bridgestone Americas, said that the reduction in downforce and drag required some changes to the formula.”The G-Load is significantly lower on the right side tires, they were able to bring a softer construction which has a better contact patch forRead More
By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter AVONDALE, Ariz. – Yellow flags and equally fast teammates kept Helio Castroneves out of Victory Circle in last night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix Raceway. The driver of the No. 3 REV Chevrolet sat on pole for Saturday night’s race and led the opening 73 of 250 laps. Team Penske teammate Will Power inherited the lead by staying out a few laps longer before pitting than Castroneves. Following the stop, the 41-year-old Brazilian settled into second place until a yellow onRead More
By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter AVONDALE, Ariz. — So far, Sebastien Bourdais’ move back to Dale Coyne Racing has gone better than expected. The four-time Indy car champion scored a come-from-behind win at the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and followed that up with a second-place finish at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Combined with a steady drive to eighth place at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the four-time Indy car champion finds himself leading the points heading into tonight’s Desert Diamond West ValleyRead More
By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter AVONDALE, Ariz. – Cast off, gloves on. JR Hildebrand is glad to be back this weekend at Phoenix Raceway. Hildebrand was forced to sit out last week’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama after he broke his left hand in a last-lap accident with Mikhail Aleshin at the 43rd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach three weeks ago. If breaking a bone in his left hand wasn’t bad enough, the incident came just three months into his full-time return to the Verizon IndyCar Series. “It’sRead More
By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter AVONDALE, Ariz. – Helio Castroneves rose to the occasion and claimed his second straight pole for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at the Phoenix Raceway. Driving the No. 3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet, the Brazillian pulled off a blistering fast 194.905 mph two-lap average to claim his 49th career Indy car pole. By doing so, Castroneves eclipsed his previous single lap track record of 19.0997 with an even quicker lap of 18.8701 seconds (194.975 mph). Castroneves was a clear .1728 secondsRead More

Posted On March 21, 2017By Josh FarmerIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Power on Top at Barber Test

By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter Will Power logged the quickest lap of today’s Verizon IndyCar Series open test at Barber Motorsports Park during a wild final hour. With the help of the push-to-pass, the driver of the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet and two-time Barber winner led a flurry of activity and unseated Max Chilton in the final seconds of the test with a blistering lap of 1 minute 07.7518 seconds around the 2.38-mile road course. The lap was nearly a half second quicker than Takuma Sato’s fast time posted in theRead More
By Josh Farmer, IndyCar Reporter With his win in last Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Sebastien Bourdais has put himself in a unique category in recent Verizon IndyCar Series history. The win, his 36th all-time which moved him up to sixth on the all-time list ahead of Bobby Unser, makes the Frenchman the only driver to have won each year since 2014. Although the season just started, so there is time for others to catch up. Bourdais won four straight Champ Car championships from 2004-07. Despite not finding theRead More