Ganassi Makes Championship Winning Move In Signing Ed Jones For 2018 INDYCAR Season

INDIANAPOLIS – Almost everyone kept saying how a sports car driver who happened to make a Formula One start last weekend was going to race for Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. While I never bought that theory, it proved to be false anyways on Wednesday. Chip Ganassi Racing announced that they have signed defending series Rookie of The Year Ed Jones to a contract to drive the No. 10 Honda next season. That move makes a lot more sense than hiring an unproven driver who wouldn’t…

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Coyne And Ed Jones Close To Coming Back Together For 2018

Sonoma, Calif – Ed Jones was officially given the 2017 Sunoco Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year Award on Saturday at Sonoma. Jones, may have won the award by default since he’s the only full-time rookie in the field, but even if there were other rookies competing against him this season, I still think he would have won it. His team owner Dale Coyne agrees. Coyne, said his driver didn’t even put a scratch on his No. 19 Honda until the seventh race weekend of the season. Prior to that,…

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Current Or Recent Indy Lights Drivers Vying For 2018 IndyCar Seats

INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, I took an updated look at the current 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Silly Season efforts. With 12 current rides open for next season, the musical chairs are going to shape the future of this series. Out of the last 18 Indianapolis 500’s, 16 of them have been won by Andretti/Herta/Penske/Ganassi. There’s six combined seats open with them. 2018 IndyCar Silly Season Update With that being said, stars like James Hinchcliffe, Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato, Max Chilton, Charlie Kimball, JR Hildebrand, Carlos Munoz and…

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Top 5 Sleepers For Saturday Night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (9 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network)

Madison, Ill – Saturday night’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at the Gateway Motorsports Park is likely going to be pretty predictable. Unfortunately, this year’s race on the 1.25-mile short track is going to be very Chevrolet/Team Penske dominated. Penske, has won five of the last six races overall and both short ovals in 2017. Chevy, has led 98-percent of the overall laps on short ovals in 2017. Penske, was 1-2-3-4 in the first practice session as well as qualifying. They’re 6+ mph better than the rest of the field. 

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4 Big Crashes at Pocono on Saturday, Hunter-Reay’s Status For Sunday’s Race in Doubt

Long Pond, PA – For some reason, practice and qualifying for the Verizon IndyCar Series machines at the Pocono Raceway is always treacherous. It seems like every year that we come here that we have carnage in the two sessions. This year was no different. 

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Ed Jones, Dale Coyne Racing Honors Walter Payton With Tribute Helmet at Road America This Weekend

Plymouth, WI – A lot of people don’t know this, but former NFL great Walter Payton used to be a co-owner on Dale Coyne Racing’s team. In fact, Dale Coyne and Payton originally started DCR. In 1986, Coyne was the driver and co-owner while Payton was the other half of the team. Then, when Coyne stepped out of the drivers seat, the duo remained in a partnership while searching for other drivers. The connection? Coyne is from Illinois and Payton was a member of the Chicago Bears. 

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Lap 151 Melee Takes Out Several Cars in Rainguard 600

Fort Worth, TX – For much of Saturday night’s Rainguard 600 at the Texas Motor Speedway, it was a thrilling lap-by-lap, side-by-side battle. Unfortunately, there were some crashes too. None bigger than the lap 151 melee that took out eight cars. It all started entering Turn 3 when Mikhail Aleshin made it three-wide between himself his teammate James Hinchcliffe and Tony Kanaan. Contact between Hinch and Kanaan sent Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Honda spinning in front of the field making contact with Ed Jones as a result. He’d take a hard angle…

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