NTT IndyCar Series Tag

By David Morgan, Associate Editor AUSTIN, Texas – Entering the inaugural IndyCar Classic at Circuit of The Americas, it had been 10 NTT IndyCar Series races since Graham Rahal had piloted his No. 15 TOTAL Honda into the top-five, dating back to June of last year. Now that streak is broken after a fourth-place run in Sunday’s race on the 20-turn, 3.41-mile road course. Starting the day in 10th place, Rahal held steady in that position for roughly the first 10 laps of the race before climbing as high as secondRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer AUSTIN, Texas– Eight one hundredths of a second. That’s all that separated Patricio O’Ward from the Firestone Fast Six during Saturday’s qualifying for Sunday’s INDYCAR Classic, the NTT IndyCar Series’ debut race at Circuit Of The Americas. The 2018 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires champion made it through the first group of the first round of qualifying in his No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet by posting the sixth fastest lap around the 3.41-mile natural terrain road course. What’s crazier is that O’Ward beat out veteran teammateRead More
By INDYCAR AUSTIN, Texas – Circuit of The Americas may be a new track to the NTT IndyCar Series, but the NTT P1 Award winner for the first race there isn’t. Will Power continued his climb up the Indy car history charts, winning his 56th career pole position Saturday in NTT P1 Award qualifying for the inaugural INDYCAR Classic. The Team Penske driver will lead the 24-car field to the green flag in Sunday’s first NTT IndyCar Series race at Circuit of The Americas. In the Firestone Fast Six, theRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor AUSTIN, Texas – If Simon Pagenaud didn’t have bad luck in qualifying, he’d have no luck at all. After running into trouble during qualifying for the season opener at St. Petersburg that resulted in a 13th place start, the 2016 NTT IndyCar Series champion and driver of the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time once again during qualifying for Sunday’s IndyCar Classic at The Circuit of the Americas. The Frenchman was out on a flying lapRead More

Posted On March 23, 2019By Christopher DeHardeIn Breaking News, Headline News, IndyCar

Indy Car Track Limits at Austin Sparks Debate

By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer AUSTIN, Texas– INDYCAR decided on Friday to not enforce track limits at Turn 19 at Circuit Of The Americas ahead of Sunday’s INDYCAR Classic, but several NTT IndyCar Series drivers do not agree with the decision. Turn 19 is a fast left hand turn before the pit entrance and that is the only corner INDYCAR decided to not enforce track limits, the series having placed bumps on the apex curbs and exit curbs of many corners to keep drivers honest. However, many drivers do not agreeRead 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 David Morgan, Associate Editor AUSTIN, Texas –  Team Penske served notice to the rest of the paddock that it’s the team to beat this weekend for the inaugural IndyCar Classic at Circuit of The Americas. Josef Newgarden and Will Power put up the fastest times of the day to sweep Friday’s opening practice sessions. Newgarden, the 2017 NTT IndyCar Series champion and current points leader after winning the season opener at St. Petersburg two weeks ago, got things kicked off for the team in the morning session with a lap ofRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla — Santino Ferrucci threw his car off the road during Saturday’s qualifying for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg but a solid run saw the Connecticut native climb to ninth place during the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season opener. The No. 19 David Yurman Honda for Dale Coyne Racing hovered around 13th-14th place during the first couple of stints in the race after the last full course yellow ended but Ferrucci managed to get into tenth place following the final round ofRead 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 Luis Torres, Staff Writer The season opener of the NTT IndyCar Series saw a lot of action that resulted in six retirements, notably in the first 30 laps that took out some of the heavy favorites in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in Florida. One of the major storylines heading into the 110-lap contest was the struggles of two-time St. Pete winner Sebastien Bourdais, who was eyeing on a three-peat at the 1.8-mile circuit. His bid for a three-peat was already facing multiple roadblocks. Not only he hadRead More