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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing Duo Leads Day 1 of INDYCAR Testing

The new 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series car had it first big test on Friday. 23 cars took to the 1.022-mile ISM Raceway for two three-hour test sessions on the west valley track. When the dust settled, the opening day of the annual preseason test didn’t disappoint. Almost every driver you talk to will tell you how much lighter this car feels compared to the last one. The lightness is all caused by the lack of downforce for the 2018 version. The series was hoping that taking some downforce away from…

Read More

Dixon Tests Windscreen For 1st Time in Phoenix

It’s now a matter of when, not if, for when there’s cockpit protection in the Verizon IndyCar Series. INDYCAR has been developing protection the last few years, but that’s been in a wind tunnel or on a computer. On Thursday, they debuted a prototype that hit the track for the first time ever. Four-time series champion Scott Dixon took to the 1.022-mile ISM Raceway to be the guinnea pig on the new windscreen. The device the series and PPG have created is much better than the hideous halo that will…

Read More

Leist Tops Rookie Test On Thursday In Phoenix

Ahead of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ open test at the ISM Speedway, they gave the rookie drivers in the field for 2018 or drivers that haven’t raced on short ovals in the series before the track to themselves on Thursday. In that session, Matheus Leist topped the speed charts with a lap of 184.236 mph in his No. 4 Chevrolet. Leist, turned 63 laps around the 1.022-mile Phoenix oval, backing up a great test at Sonoma on Monday with a stellar debut on an oval in the new 2018 car…

Read More