Ranking The Teams In The INDYCAR Test at Phoenix

A lot of data was collected this weekend at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix, as 12 hours of on track testing occurred over the course of two days on the 1.022-mile track. When the dust settled, there were a few teams that stood out above others. But, I want to warn everyone that this weekend was just a test, so you really can’t hang your hat on the speed charts and use that to think this is going to shape the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. While four separate test…

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Simon Pagenaud Quietly Strong This Weekend at Phoenix

Prior to winning the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship, Simon Pagenaud just quietly flew under the radar. It was really a disservice to him and his talented abilities, but he ended up winning the title for the 2016 season and for the first time of his racing career, had the bullseye on his back last year. He narrowly lost out on a second straight championship in 2017, but now returns in 2018 looking to reclaim his glory. But, one thing was apparent after 12 hours of testing this weekend at…

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Weekend Test Shows Honda May Have Better Race In Return To Phoenix In April

With the new car that will debut for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season this year, the difference between cars and drivers won’t be aerokit dependent. It’s going to be resources, talent and which engine is best. See, now everyone has the same car, gone are the aerokit days. With that being said, most were saying the early leader out of the clubhouse would likely be Honda. While no one had real stats or data to prove that point to be true, word around the paddock was that Honda could…

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New Car, Similar Speeds In Phoenix

The Verizon IndyCar Series had their first major test on an oval this weekend at the ISM Raceway in Phoenix. 23 drivers took to the 1.022-mile west valley track for an important two-day test. After 12 hours of testing in Phoenix, the question now bodes on how these new cars compare in speed to the DW12? When checking out the speed charts, it’s actually quite similar. That’s quite surprising too. Read: Friday’s INDYCAR Testing Recap The series took away 40-percent of the downforce from last year to this year, making…

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RLL Class Of The Field, Sato/Power Lead Saturday’s Phoenix Testing

On Friday, Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing jumped out of the gates strong. For the first time since 2013, the team would field two full-time entries in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Back is defending Indianapolis 500 champion Takuma Sato as he will drive the No. 30 Honda for the team in 2018. He joins Graham Rahal who will once again pilot the No. 15 Honda. The reason they remained a single car organization was that team had previously said that they wouldn’t add a second full-time car until they can add a car…

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Austin Dillon To Start On The Pole For Sunday’s Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – Qualifying didn’t determine the starting lineup for Sunday’s 40th annual Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona (3 p.m. ET/FS1/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), a random draw did. As custom for the season opening all-star event at the Daytona International Speedway, the lineup for the race wasn’t based off of speed, rather than luck. This year though, kids were able to draw the starting positions for all 17 drivers, as Austin Dillon will start his No. 3 Chevrolet on the pole as the result of the drawing. 

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How Did The 1st Day of Daytona 500 Practice Shape Up

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers took to the high banks of the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday for not one, but two practice sessions in preparation for next Sunday’s 60th Running of the Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET/FOX/MRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). These practices were very tame though, as most of the time, teams decided to do single car runs, or run in draft with teammates. There were times late in both sessions that some drafting practice too place too. In the first of two 50 minute…

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