Over 25 years since Indy racing split into two factions, a new book looks at how CART and the IRL went to war with each other.
Takuma Sato will drive a Lotus-branded IndyCar in certain rounds of this year’s IndyCar championship. The car will be run by KV Racing and is set for its first outing at St Petersburg in Florida in two weeks’ time. The series holds its first round at a new street circuit in Sao Paolo tomorrow. According … Continue reading Sato to drive Lotus-Cosworth IndyCar
Jonathan at Sports Rubbish has spotted what looks like some downright cheeky behaviour on the part of Indy Racing League broadcaster Versus – and it’s happening on this very site. Versus seem to be running Google ads using the keyword ‘Formula 1’ directing people to its coverage of the first round of the 2009 IRL … Continue reading IndyCar pretending to be F1?
The 2009-style F1 cars have got a lukewarm reaction from fans – less than half of F1 Fanatic readers thought they looked good when we did a poll on it last week. To get to the heart of what’s gone wrong with F1 car aesthetics I thought we should compare them to top single-seaters from … Continue reading How do the 2009 F1 cars compare to other single-seater racing cars?
Helio Castroneves headed a Penske one-two at Infineon Raceway to breathe life into his championship effort. He ended a 29-race streak without a win after scoring seven second places so far this year. It came just days after Penske lost both their original race cars when one of their transporters cost fire. Castroneves and Ryan … Continue reading Castroneves takes vital victory to stay in title hunt (Indy Car)
The former Champ Car drivers in the Indy Racing League have enjoyed their best qualifying session of the year at Edmonton. It’s the only time the IRL regulars and the ‘transition teams’ will compete together at an ex-Champ Car venue this year. Penske duo Ryan Brisco and Helio Castroneves locked out the front row but … Continue reading Ex-Champ Car drivers shine at Edmonton (Indy Car)
A pit lane error handed the Ganassi team a lucky one-two at Nashville. Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon failed to make it into the pits during a late yellow flag period but when rain fell on the track it handed the pair a fortunate one-two. Helio Castroneves took third ahead of Tony Kanaan and Danica … Continue reading Scott Dixon lucks in to Nashville win (Indy Car)
Read the reports from the GP2 Silverstone races and the Indy Car race at Watkins Glen on Maximum Motorsport: GP2 Feature: Giorgio Pantano wins again in gripping Silverstone race GP2 Sprint: Bruno Senna masters wet conditions to win at Silverstone Indy Car: Ryan Hunter-Reay takes maiden win at Watkins Glen
Dan Wheldon took a canny victory in Iowa after covering the final 90 laps without stopping for fuel – and he did it all on his birthday! He was able to stretch out his final stint thanks in part to a length caution period after Tony Kanaan crashed out of third on lap 212 of … Continue reading Birthday boy Dan Wheldon wins in Iowa (Indy Car)
As is often the way, potentially the most significant motor sport story of the winter has gone largely unnoticed in the UK press, namely the reconciling of the Indy Racing League and Champ Car after 12 seasons of war. There are few more significant motor sport cautionary tales.
With the American open wheel racing seasons not far away it’s the time of year when we’ve come to expect rumours of a reunion between the warring factions in US racing: the Champ Car World Series and the Indy Racing League. But this time there seems to be genuine cause for optimism. Both series have … Continue reading How an Indycar merger might affect F1
Ex-F1 driver Jacques Villeneuve has split from his manager Craig Pollock. In a statement the 1997 world champion said: He has stuck with me through good times and bad, and I have a lot to thank him for. I think that’s incredibly charitable. If Villeneuve hadn’t followed Pollock’s half-baked idea nine years ago, to set … Continue reading You’re nine years too late, Jacques