David Malsher-Lopez

David Malsher-Lopez

David Malsher-Lopez is Motorsport.com’s U.S. editor, covering the NTT IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Since completing journalism college in 1994, he has worked for Autosport, TRMG, Motor Sport, Autosport (again) and Racer, before joining Motorsport.com in 2015… where he has found himself enjoying a third spell writing for Autosport. Over the course of those 27 years, he has served as a journalist, sub-editor, features editor, deputy editor and editor. In 2015, he also wrote Will Power’s biography. David lives with his wife Sophia in California and when not writing about racing, he will be found reading about planes and classic cars, attending airshows, listening to a wide variety of music or watching cop shows from the ’70s. He intends to one day own a grand piano, an Airedale terrier and a vintage Pontiac. He doesn’t do Facebook and doesn’t understand Instagram but can be found @DavidMalsher on Twitter.

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Indy 500: Dixon leads Ganassi 1-2-3 in practice for Top 12

Scott Dixon led Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda teammates Marcus Ericsson and IndyCar rookie Jimmie Johnson in the four-lap average speeds, as drivers embarked on qualifying simulations ahead of the Top 12 and Firestone Fast Six battles.

Johnson on Indy 500 qualifying: “The speed scared my kids!”

Jimmie Johnson, who has graduated to Sunday’s Top 12 fight for pole position in the Indy 500, says the experience was intense for not only himself but also his family.

Grosjean shines on bad day for Andretti cars in Indy qualifying

Indy 500 rookie Romain Grosjean will start next week’s race from the first four rows, but his four Andretti Autosport-Honda teammates failed to crack the top 20.

Indy 500: Sato, Grosjean, Johnson into Top 12, P13-33 set

Takuma Sato had a wild ride into Sunday’s battle for Indy 500 pole position and among others, he’ll face rookies Romain Grosjean and Jimmie Johnson, as rain brought an early conclusion to Day 1 of qualifying.

Indy 500: VeeKay leads after first qualifying runs

Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay took full advantage of the favorable temperatures at the start of the day to set the third fastest qualifying run in Indy history, but there was major trouble for several of the stars, including Helio Castroneves, Colton Herta and Marco Andretti.

Extra Thunderbirds flypast replaces balloon-release at Indy 500

The once-traditional balloon-release in the pre-race activities at the Indianapolis 500 will not occur this year, and has been replaced by an extra flypast by the U.S. Air Force's legendary Thunderbirds.

Indy 500: Carpenter, Dixon head last practice before qualifying

Ed Carpenter turned the fastest lap of the final practice session before the qualifying runs commence, but Scott Dixon ran the best unassisted single lap and also the best four-lap average without a tow.

Indy 500: Kanaan sets best four-lap average on Fast Friday

Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s Tony Kanaan went to the top of the four-lap average speeds in the final five minutes of Fast Friday, as drivers dealt with horrendously windy conditions.

Qualifying for Indy 500? It’s complicated… and now earlier, too

This year’s Indy 500 qualifying procedure will provide thrills but the tweaks have made things more complicated for teams and engine manufacturers. Now potential weather problems have brought the schedule forward.

O'Ward: Indy’s wind-blasted Fast Friday “a bit terrifying”

Halfway through a very difficult Fast Friday, Alexander Rossi has turned the fastest single lap, but Pato O’Ward is the only driver to have set a full four-lap run with an average over 230mph.

Johnson has lucky escape at Indy after smacking Turn 2 wall

Indy 500 rookie Jimmie Johnson has suffered his first slap of the SAFER barrier in an IndyCar at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but his car survived the strike relatively unharmed.

Cindric: Positives and negatives to loss of fourth Penske at Indy

Team Penske-Chevrolet president Tim Cindric says reducing to three cars for the 2022 season has had upsides and downsides in preparation for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Le Mans 24 Hours will be Penske’s final LMP2 entry this year

Team Penske has announced that the team will not race in the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship beyond next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Indy 500 trophy: What's it called? Why does it have faces? & more

When a driver wins the Indianapolis 500, he doesn’t just put his name in the record books: he gets his effigy in sterling silver on the world’s most iconic sports trophy.

Johnson expects “interesting conversation with my right foot”

Indy 500 rookie Jimmie Johnson says that increased boost and reduced downforce will be an intimidating experience on Fast Friday.

Indy 500: Sato top again, Grosjean survives multiple scares

Two former Formula 1 drivers, Takuma Sato and Romain Grosjean starred in today’s final practice before Fast Friday ahead of the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500, but for very different reasons.

BorgWarner honors A.J. Foyt with one of a kind Baby Borg

One of America’s greatest ever drivers, four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt, has been honored by BorgWarner with a one-of-a-kind Baby Borg trophy.

NTT reveals new data boost to improve IndyCar fan experience

NTT, IndyCar’s title sponsor and technology partner, has announced an enhanced and more immersive experience for IndyCar fans in time for the 106th Indianapolis 500 in 10 days.

Indy 500: Day 2 practice rained out

There will be no track action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today due to ongoing rain.

Every Indy 500 pace car and its driver, 1911 to 2022

Sarah Fisher is the latest in a long roll-call of celebrities and/or motorsport figures to drive the pace car and lead the eleven rows of three to the green flag for the Indianapolis 500.

Indy 500: Rain delays practice on Day 2

Practice is on indefinite hold as rain continues to fall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Autograph announces 2022 Indy 500 NFT Collection

Autograph, IndyCar, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Team Penske today announced the launch of their first exclusive NFT collection in celebration of the 106th Indianapolis 500.

IndyCar to adopt regular qualifying procedure at Detroit GP

IndyCar will no longer run the “two group” qualifying for this year’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, and instead run a session resolved by a typical Firestone Fast Six shootout for pole.

Sato says Coyne did “great preparation” for Indy 500

Two-time Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato set fastest time in Day 1 of Indy 500 practice and believes Dale Coyne Racing did strong work in the off-season.

Dixon happy to be at Indy after “pretty horrendous” start to season

Scott Dixon admits he’s relieved to be focusing on the Indianapolis 500 after a very difficult opening five races of the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season.

Palou: Fighting Castroneves for Indy win was an education

Alex Palou says he learned a lot from his duel with Helio Castroneves for last year’s Indianapolis 500 – but he’s still upset by the result.

Indy 500: Sato puts Coyne on top on Day 1, Jimmie Johnson third Indy 500
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Indy 500: Sato puts Coyne on top on Day 1, Jimmie Johnson third

Takuma Sato’s Dale Coyne Racing with RWR-Honda entry topped the speed charts on Day 1 of practice at the Indianapolis 500, while Jimmie Johnson starred with third fastest speed.

Wilson successfully completes Refresher course for Indy 500

Stefan Wilson has been cleared to take part in this afternoon’s full-field IndyCar practice session after completing his Refresher course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Karam relieved there's no need for Bump Day drama again

Sage Karam says he’s happy there are only 33 entries in this year’s Indianapolis 500, – although he’s confident anyway that the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing-Chevrolet won’t be starting from the back row.

Indy 500: Dixon leads Ganassi-Honda 1-2 in opening practice

Scott Dixon headed Marcus Ericsson in first practice for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

Full Indy 500 schedule and entry list

Practice for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge begins Tuesday, May 17. Here’s the schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the next two weeks – weather permitting, of course – and the 33 entries along with their best Indy 500 results.

Indy 500: Why does the winner drink milk? A tradition explained

The race-winner drinking milk – or drenching himself in it – is one of the many iconic images from the Indianapolis 500, but how did the tradition start?

Defending Indy 500 winner Castroneves receives fourth Baby Borg

BorgWarner has presented Helio Castroneves with his latest Baby Borg Trophy in honor of his fourth Indy 500 victory, while Jim Meyer and Michael Shank also received their Team Owner’s Trophies.

McLaren penalty hands BMW a 1-2 in IMSA GTD at Mid-Ohio

The Inception Racing McLaren has been penalized after crossing the line first in the GT Daytona class in yesterday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mid-Ohio.

Mid-Ohio IMSA: WTR heads Acura 1-2, Inception McLaren wins GTD

Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque clinched victory for Wayne Taylor Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mid-Ohio, while Inception Racing’s McLaren passed two BMWs late in the race to clinch GTD honors.

Jubilant Herta amazed by car that’s “just not possible”

Andretti Autosport-Honda driver Colton Herta, who won the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis in baffling mixed conditions, said he was stunned to discover his car was strong in all conditions.

Points-leader Power on GP Indy: “It was a day to be smart”

New IndyCar points leader Will Power admitted that seeing his principal championship rivals encounter trouble in the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis, he did start thinking in terms of points.

Pagenaud “really proud” of MSR after "nuts" race of survival

Simon Pagenaud says his second place in the wildly unpredictable GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis was a huge credit to his Meyer Shank Racing-Honda team, and that he loved the challenge of racing in the wet.

Daly says aeroscreen needs to improve for wet conditions

Conor Daly scored his best ever finish for Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet in today’s wet-dry-wet GMR GP of Indianapolis but said he struggled with visibility issues due to IndyCar’s aeroscreen.

Indy Lights Indy GP: Lundqvist clinches win in interrupted Race 2

The second Indy Lights race was interrupted for five hours by lightning and then the IndyCar GP of Indianapolis, but at the conclusion of the race, Lundqvist was a conclusive victor.

IndyCar GP Indy: Herta takes victory in crazy wet-dry-wet race

Colton Herta scored his first win of the IndyCar season from 14th on the grid after two strategic gambles in a wild, rain-affected race, the Andretti Autosport-Honda ace beating Simon Pagenaud and Will Power.

Indy Lights Indy GP: Race 2 red-flagged for threatening weather

The Indy Lights field has completed 14 of 35 laps in its second race of the weekend, but lightning in the area forced officials to halt it, and postpone its resumption until after the IndyCar race.

IndyCar GP Indy: Ericsson tops warm-up, start time brought forward

Marcus Ericsson’s Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda set fastest time in raceday warm-up for the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis, while IndyCar announced a revised start time to avoid forecast thunderstorms.

Power on pole: You don’t even know if you’ll get another one

Will Power, who took pole for Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis, says he savors them more now because they’re becoming ever harder to come by.

Indy Lights Indy GP: Frost scores first win as rivals clash

Danial Frost delivered his first ever Indy Lights victory, holding off Hunter McElrea to the checkered flag, while Christian Rasmussen and Linus Lundqvist collided and had to stage major comeback drives.

IndyCar GP Indy: Power scores 64th pole, sixth at IMS

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Will Power scored his sixth pole position on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course, beating champion Alex Palou by less than half a tenth.

De Vries: IndyCar is an “option” but focus on Europe for now

Nyck De Vries says he enjoyed testing an IndyCar for Meyer Shank Racing-Honda, but is maintaining his European ambitions.

IndyCar GP Indy: O’Ward sets the pace in second practice

Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet’s Pato O’Ward, who won last time out at Barber Motorsports Park, led FP2 for the fifth race of the season, the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

IndyCar GP Indy: Palou fastest in first practice

Ganassi’s defending champion Alex Palou left it until the final seconds of opening practice on the Indy road course to go fastest and displace the impressive Callum Ilott of Juncos Racing and Penske’s Will Power.

Ganassi signs Indy Lights driver Simpson in development deal

Chip Ganassi Racing has signed Indy Lights driver Kyffin Simpson to a development deal.

GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis – facts, schedule, entry list

All you need to know ahead of the fifth round of the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series – the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indy road course.

Why Rinus VeeKay can bring glory to Ed Carpenter Racing

He may only be an outsider for the IndyCar title – at least in 2022 – but Rinus VeeKay is convinced that Ed Carpenter Racing is on a path to take on the sport’s greatest teams. The Dutch star and his race engineer Matt Barnes tell David Malsher-Lopez of their realistic hopes.

Month of May schedule at IMS – Grand Prix of Indy, Indy 500

All the track action at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Month of May, with the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis followed by the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

NXG Youth Motorsports fostering love of motorsport in Detroit

The NXG Youth Motorsports believes its expansion to Detroit is paying off, as it continues its push to attract under-represented communities into the racing world.

Former racer Fisher to drive Corvette Z06 Pace Car at Indy 500

Nine-time Indy 500 starter and former IndyCar team owner Sarah Fisher will drive the 2023 Corvette Z06 that paces the field in the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Castroneves eligible for $400,000 bonus from BorgWarner

Should Helio Castroneves become the Indianapolis 500’s first five-time winner this month, he will also earn BorgWarner’s bonus prize of $400k for back-to-back victories.

IndyCar to introduce electronic marshal system at GP Indy

The GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis will see IndyCar adopting an electronic marshaling system, including digital flag panels, provided by EM Motorsport.

Rahal would “love” to give F1 star Vettel an IndyCar test

Bobby Rahal says he would jump at the chance to test Sebastian Vettel in an IndyCar at Road America.

ABC Supply “Homes For Our Troops” livery for Hildebrand at Indy

The #11 AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet of JR Hildebrand will spotlight ABC Supply’s mission of “Building Homes, Rebuilding Lives” for severely injured veterans at this year’s Indianapolis 500.

Brown: O’Ward will be at McLaren “for many more years”

McLaren CEO Zak Brown says that the team will soon confirm a new longterm deal with its IndyCar ace Pato O’Ward.