Over the past few days, I have been coming across a number of messages safety in motorsport.
As the motor racing world feels the pain of Dan Wheldon’s passing during the 2011 IZOD IndyCar finale in Las Vegas, calm reflection must be a priority.
Dan Wheldon (1978 – 2011)
Dan Wheldon (1978 - 2011)
2011 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (Rd 5, May 29th)
No one saw Dan Wheldon coming; especially not his former team Panther Racing and rookie pilot JR Hildebrand. When the Hildebrand drew through the final turns in the lead of the 2011 Indianapolis 500, how exactly did Wheldon still manage to win it - or more precisely, how was the race lost? Admittedly, it probably … Continue reading 2011 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (Rd 5, May 29th)
2011 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (Rd 5, Pole Day, May 21st)
In what turned out to be a frantic and constantly surprising Pole Day, Alex Tagliani scored an emotional top spot for next week's Indianapolis 500.
Raising the Stakes
When INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard confirmed the final date of the 2011 IZOD IndyCar on Tuesday, no one expected the teaser that came with it.
2010 IZOD IndyCar Season Review
Dario Franchitti What is left to say about Dario Franchitti? A third title and a second Indy 500 win added much to the reputation of the popular Scot. Despite trailing Will Power for the length of the season, a steady string of podiums, including wins at Mid-Ohio and Chicagoland were enough to overhaul the Penske … Continue reading 2010 IZOD IndyCar Season Review
Meanwhile, in the Airport…
Airports can be quite monotonous places. They are often drab and featureless, clean and lacking in personality – an emblem to modern efficiency and business.
A Day of Change at Andretti-Autosport
This afternoon saw a day of change at Andretti-Autosport, as he final piece of their Championship winning team was quietly cut adrift.
2010 IndyCar Homestead 300 (Round 17, Qualifying)
Dario Franchitti took one crucial step to retaining the IZOD IndyCar Series title with pole position at Homestead Motor Speedway. The 37-year-old Scot picked up the top spot with a 2-lap average speed of 213.187 mph, claiming the extra point in the process and leaving him just 11 points shy of Championship leader Will Power. … Continue reading 2010 IndyCar Homestead 300 (Round 17, Qualifying)
2010 IndyCar Kentucky 300 (Round 15)
Helio Castroneves secured his second victory of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar season at Kentucky Speedway. The Brazilian started from 8th spot in his Penske and spent much of the race running on the fringes of the top ten, but a clever - and risky - fuel strategy brought him an unlikely victory late on ahead … Continue reading 2010 IndyCar Kentucky 300 (Round 15)
2010 IndyCar Kentucky Indy 300 (Round 15, Qualifying)
Ed Carpenter must be wondering what his 2010 season would have been like should he had a full run on the ovals - positive runs at this years Indianapolis 500 an last weekend's Chicagoland 300 km had left the part-time driver confident, but his first ever IndyCar pole position for tomorrow night's IndyCar race at … Continue reading 2010 IndyCar Kentucky Indy 300 (Round 15, Qualifying)
2010 IndyCar 300km Race of Chicagoland (Round 14)
Going in the fourteenth round of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series Championship, it looked like Will Power had the title by the scruff of the neck. How quickly things can change... The Australian - driving for the powerful Penske squad - went into the race with a 59 point advantage over Ganassi driver, Dario Franchitti, … Continue reading 2010 IndyCar 300km Race of Chicagoland (Round 14)
2010 IndyCar 300km Race of Chicagoland (Round 14, Qualifying)
For the 12th time this season, Roger Penske's team showcased their prowess in qualifying; however it was Ryan Briscoe and not Will Power that secured the top spot this time around. With an average two-lap qualifying speed of 216.346mph, Briscoe's speed advantage over fellow front-row starter, Dario Franchitti was ample indeed - the Scot averaged … Continue reading 2010 IndyCar 300km Race of Chicagoland (Round 14, Qualifying)
2010 IndyCar Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio (Round 12)
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is not a circuit that often brings the best out of the IndyCar Series. It is a sports car course after all. Over the last thirty years, a number of the races run at the track have been less than spectacular and while Round 12 of the 2010 IndyCar Series will … Continue reading 2010 IndyCar Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio (Round 12)
2010 IndyCar Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio (Round 12, Qualifying)
At times, you wonder why other drivers bother going for pole position anymore - especially when it's a road or street circuit and Will Power is sitting patiently in his Penske. Yet on Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, there was an inclining that the Aussie might finally have been rumbled - the 29-year-old … Continue reading 2010 IndyCar Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio (Round 12, Qualifying)
Speaking of the World Cup…
From this Friday evening and for the following thirty days, motor racing takes an enforced back seat as the 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off in South Africa. Many of the nations involved in the IndyCar series this year are represented by squads in the tournament, including England (Dan Wheldon, Justin Wilson, Jay Howard, Alex … Continue reading Speaking of the World Cup…
Texas Barbecue Briscoe
When Ryan Briscoe lost the 2009 IndyCar Series title race to Dario Franchitti at the final round at Homestead, many pointed fingers to an error he made at the end of the previous round in Motegi as the turning point. It was at the Japanese race that Briscoe made an unforced error while on the … Continue reading Texas Barbecue Briscoe
“Formula 1 Shoots Itself (Again…)”
Yesterday afternoon, Formula 1 managed to do the impossible and kill itself in public again. Three hours after one of the most exciting races of the season and the race stewards decided to hand Lewis Hamilton a 25-second penalty that demoted him to third place and awarded the race to Felipe Massa - Hamilton's direct … Continue reading “Formula 1 Shoots Itself (Again…)”