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Towards the end of the 2018 season, the first with the current aerokit, Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda had a thorough rethink of its roadcourse setups, feeling Andretti Autosport and Team Penske had edged ahead packages. None of the team is likely to go into specifics until Scott Dixon retires or at least until the current spec chassis is ditched, but race engineer Chris Simmons and technical director Julian Robertson got their heads down and started thinking outside the box and came up with a slight shift in philosophy that would require a slight shift in Dixon’s driving style. All produced the goods, the changes worked and the end result was enough to ensure Dixon sealed the championship.
By the end of last season, in which Dixon finished ‘only’ fourth in the title race, the team’s new bugbear had become inconsistency on oval tracks. It wasn’t that Ganassi cars were poor, but they weren’t guaranteed to be exceptional across the five ovals on the schedule – Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speeday, Pocono (as was), and Gateway’s World Wide Technology Raceway.
Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves
Jeff Krosnoff was plucked out of obscurity to become a respected and highly popular professional in Japan, and then got his big break in CART Indy car for 1996. But a tragic accident at Toronto 25 years ago cut short a promising career and curtailed his regular teammate Mauro Martini's passion for racing.
At the halfway point in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season, we've had seven winners in eight races, spread between five teams – none of them Team Penske. In this unusual season, even by IndyCar standards, who’s excelling and who’s dragging their heels? David Malsher-Lopez reports.
Long-awaited wins for ex-Formula 1 drivers Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen in IndyCar and IMSA last weekend gave F1 a reminder of what it is missing. But with the new rules aimed at levelling the playing field, there’s renewed optimism that more drivers can have a rewarding result when their day of days comes
Helio Castroneves’ overwhelming vivaciousness outside the cockpit belies a hardcore racer who knows how to plot his moves – and then recall it all for us. A day after his fourth Indy 500 win, Helio explained his tactics to David Malsher-Lopez.
Helio Castroneves joined AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears with the most Indianapolis 500 wins after sweeping around the outside of Alex Palou on the penultimate lap in a thrilling climax. In one race, he validated Michael Shank's and Jim Meyer's faith in him, and Helio himself discovered there's life after Penske after all.
A quarter of the drivers racing in the 105th edition of the Indianapolis 500 are former winners - but are they the favourites? The veteran drivers largely impressed in qualifying - but there's also a plethora of young guns looking to secure victory at IndyCar's flagship race...
The FIA says it wants American drivers in Formula 1, but would it take an IndyCar driver to transfer or does an American need to join the European junior ladder system to get there? By David Malsher-Lopez.
Gossage declares IndyCar restart a success, explains track issue
Rosenqvist credits Franchitti visit for oval breakthrough