Category Archives: IndyCar

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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Indycar: This is simply a fantastic story

James Hinchcliffe has taken pole position for the 100th Indianapolis 500 after almost being killed at the same event last year. Hinchcliffe was lucky to survive his accident 12 months ago when a piece of suspension pierced the cockpit and severed an artery in his leg. The amount of blood he lost before reaching hospital was life threatening, so to claim pole position on his return to Indianapolis is a brilliant way to cap his recovery. It’s also a special moment for the local safety crews whose quick thinking saved his life. This great 4 minute feature covers Hinchcliffe’s long road to rehabilitation.

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Safety Truck 3 fastest at Indy

Practice for the Indianapolis 500 was cancelled yesterday due to rain which meant ‘Safety Truck 3’ topped the timesheets ahead of some stiff competition.

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IndyCar: Some of the stats behind Scott Dixon’s championship victory

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Juan Pablo Montoya started the year’s final IndyCar race as raging favourite to win the title but a clumsy collision with his teammate opened the door for Scott Dixon to steal the championship from under his nose. Dixon owes his success to the fact that no driver was able to stamp any authority on the 2015 season. Even Montoya, who led the championship for 15 of the 16 races, only claimed two victories and the below stats illustrate how 2015 was an especially competitive and mixed-up season.

  • Only 1 of the 16 races was won by the driver starting from pole position.
  • There were 9 different winners, and 12 different drivers who set the fastest lap during a race.
  • Scott Dixon led twice as many laps as Juan Pablo Montoya (306 v 145)
  • If double points didn’t apply at any races during the 2015 season, Scott Dixon would still have beaten Juan Pablo Montoya (by 4 points).
  • Scott Dixon’s average finishing position throughout the year was only 7th.
  • Of the 18 drivers who took part in every race during 2015, only 1 of them (Stefano Coletti) failed to lead a lap.
  • In 9 of the 16 races, the driver who led the most laps did not go on to win.
  • There were 256 lead changes in 2015, an average of 16 per race.
  • 425 laps were spent under full-course yellow conditions. That’s 19% of the total racing laps.
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Vale Justin Wilson

Earlier today Justin Wilson succumbed to injuries sustained during Sunday’s IndyCar race in Pennsylvania. His passing is a horrible and powerfully sad reminder of the dangers that exist in motorsport.

Thoughts are with Justin’s parents, brother, wife, and two daughters.

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