Category Archives: IndyCar

IndyCar: Josef Newgarden made a huge move at Gateway

Josef Newgarden’s overtake for victory late in the IndyCar race at Gateway was an interesting moment in the championship fight. All four Team Penske drivers were in contention for this year’s title and although 2017 is Newgarden’s first year with the team, he had built a healthy points lead. Shoving one of his teammates aside for victory helped to assert Newgarden’s place in the Penske hierarchy, and it also showed plenty of confidence, no fear of conflict, and that he wasn’t taking the safe option of settling for points.

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IndyCar: Will Power’s victory at Pocono was remarkable

Australian driver Will Power scored a particularly special victory in the Pocono 500 having made four extra pitstops compared to most of the other race leaders. Power’s additional stops (two for damage) meant he had to work through the yellow flag periods to come from a lap behind to win. That might be common on the short oval circuits but not the long 2.5 mile triangle at Pocono.

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IndyCar championships are always close but 2017 is particularly special

After 11 races in 2017 there were 9 different winners (which is amazing) so the title fight is still wide open between at least half a dozen drivers.

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IndyCar: Visor cam is awesome

One of the cool things to come out of IndyCar recently is the improved version of “visor cam” that features on the live broadcast. Plenty of similar helmet cameras have been used in the past but none have offered this view or level of clarity. Other categories would be mad if they didn’t try to introduce the same thing.

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IndyCar: Sebastien Bourdais went from last to first in Florida

Sebastien Bourdais’ IndyCar victory in Florida was particularly special given he started the race DEAD LAST on the grid. Although it was mostly due to luck with strategy and safety cars (which angered some of his rivals) last-to-first is still a cool achievement in any form of racing.

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Will Power narrowly missed the IndyCar Championship for the 5th time

Will Power was beaten to the 2016 IndyCar title earlier this month. Simon Pagenaud was a deserving winner, but incredibly it was the FIFTH TIME Will Power has fallen short in a season finale where he had a chance at winning the championship.

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IndyCar: Hinchcliffe dominated in Texas but lost by 0.008 seconds

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It’s hard not to feel sorry for James Hinchcliffe who dominated the Firestone 600 in Texas. He held onto first place for over 450km but lost the lead coming out of the last corner and missed the win by just 8 thousandths of a second. Doh!

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There were two cool things about Newgarden’s Iowa IndyCar victory

1. Joseph Newgarden led the race for a massive 282 laps – an all time IndyCar record.
2. He did so whilst recovering from a broken wrist and shoulder he sustained just 4 weeks ago.

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