My 2018 IndyCar Driver Roster Pipe Dream

INDIANAPOLIS – Disclaimer, I’m not saying any of this is going to come true, heck none of it probably will, but with the way that silly season is shaping up so far in both the Verizon IndyCar Series as well as in NASCAR and Formula One, there’s a realistic chance that several highly coveted drivers will be free agents for 2018. In my pipe dream, four big names will be in IndyCar next season. After all, it’s Silly Season and this is my silly dream. First off, lets start with Fernando…

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TV Ratings Show, Danica Patrick Still Most Polarizing Driver in North American Racing When She’s Thriving

INDIANAPOLIS – The TV ratings are out for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500, and unfortunately, they’re not where most thought they’d be. This year’s ‘500 drew a 3.4 rating last Sunday, among the worst ever for the race. It’s the lowest since the turn of the 21st century, down from a 3.9 last year. What made that so surprising was the addition of Fernando Alonso to this year’s field. I know I for one thought it would rival numbers from the mid 2000s. Instead, the numbers dropped. 

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101st Indy 500 Dominated By Former Formula 1 Drivers, Honda

INDIANAPOLIS – Lewis Hamilton made some preposterous comments in Monaco on Saturday basically calling out the Verizon IndyCar Series field. But, what Mr. Hamilton fails to realize is, IndyCar is a far deeper, more talented field from top to bottom than the current F1 crop of drivers. The real reason to why former F1 drivers are turning their sights on IndyCar now is due to the competitiveness and how much better it is to drive here. In F1, only two teams have a legitimate shot to win, that’s four out of…

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Engine Issues Cost Fernando Alonso a Chance at a Win, Finishes 24th, An Overall Look at His Month

INDIANAPOLIS – For 75-percent of Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500, it appeared that Honda drivers would end up lasting after all. Prior to today’s race, Honda had eight engines blow during Indianapolis 500 practice and/or qualifying. On Lap 135, Honda had led all but 18 laps of today’s race. Despite having a Honda driver win, and having four Honda’s in the top five of the finishing order, a blown engine cost Fernando Alonso and Ryan Hunter-Reay a shot at a win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

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Helio Castroneves Fastest in Final IndyCar Practice on Carb Day

INDIANAPOLIS – Team Penske wasn’t happy with their qualifying effort last weekend for this year’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). Will Power was the only one to qualify in the top nine, with the rest coming from 18th on back. On Friday though, they showed that their race pace may prove to be the ones to beat. 

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Making a Case for Fernando Alonso to Win the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – When Fernando Alonso first announced in April that he’d race in this year’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) it turned a ton of heads around the world. A current Formula One driver, a world champion at that, is skipping F1’s biggest race and driving in IndyCar’s biggest race. Now that we have reached race week here in Indy, I don’t think any of us could have scripted a much better month for the Spaniard. 

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Scott Dixon Turns Fastest 4-Lap Average in 21 Years En Route to Indianapolis 500 Pole

INDIANAPOLIS – Scott Brayton/Tony Stewart, Robert Guerrero, Scott Dixon. Those are the fastest three drivers to win the pole in the 101 year history of the Indianapolis 500. Stewart, went 233.100 mph in 1996, but only started on the pole due to Scott Brayton’s tragic death. Brayton, had a four-lap average of 233.718 mph. Robert Guerrero had a four-lap average of 232.482 mph in 1992. Dixon?

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