It was a year of significant change for the Verizon IndyCar Series, as the ugly manufacturer aerokits were replaced by simpler and far prettier spec kits from Dallara. Improved aesthetics apart, the importance of these devices was that they carved great chunks of downforce from the cars on all courses, making them visibly more of a handful, while also heavily reducing their dirty air wake by deleting much of the bodywork devices, and making the underbody the primary provider of aero grip.
It is rare that any motorsport governing body receives a verbal pat on the back for creating a win-win-win situation, but Jay Frye (president of competition and operations), Bill Pappas (vp of competition and engineering) and Tino Belli (director of aerodynamic development) are to be congratulated for a job well done. But yes, there is one caveat – the superspeedway package, which in 2019 will surely need to provide the teams with more available wing angles (or some other option) if cars are to follow closely through turns as once they did.
In an enthralling 2021 IndyCar campaign, the series bounced back from its COVID-19 truncated year prior and series sophomore Alex Palou defeated both the established order and his fellow young guns to clinch a maiden title. It capped a remarkable season with plenty of standout performers
Marcus Ericsson enjoyed a breakout year in the IndyCar Series in 2021, winning twice and finishing sixth in points with Chip Ganassi Racing. How did he finally unlock the potential that was masked by five years of toil in Formula 1 with Caterham and Sauber/Alfa Romeo?
Saturday, Oct. 16th, marks the 10th anniversary Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500.
Jack Harvey’s move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate, but their combined strength could prove golden, says David Malsher-Lopez.
Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong résumé and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear. By David Malsher-Lopez.
Alex Palou has captured Chip Ganassi Racing's 14th IndyCar drivers' championship, and in truly stellar manner. David Malsher-Lopez explains what made the Palou-Ganassi combo so potent so soon.
One of motorsport’s worst-kept secrets now out in the open, and Romain Grosjean has been confirmed as an Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver in 2022. It marks a remarkable turnaround after the abrupt end to his Formula 1 career, and is a firm indication of his commitment to challenge for the IndyCar Series title
The 2021 IndyCar silly season is one of the silliest of all, but it’s satisfying to see so many talented drivers in play – including Callum Ilott. David Malsher-Lopez reports.
Indianapolis mayor proclaims ‘Scott Dixon Day’ in Indy
IndyCar reveals test regulations, venues