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.

Latest articles by David Malsher-Lopez


Watkins Glen IMSA: Blomqvist takes pole in Meyer Shank Acura

The seventh round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, will see Tom Blomqvist’s Meyer Shank Racing Acura lead the similar Wayne Taylor Racing car of Filipe Albuquerque to the green flag tomorrow.

Watkins Glen IMSA: Acura sets pace again in second practice

The best efforts of Tom Blomqvist and Filipe Albuquerque left the Acuras of Meyer Shank Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing just 0.026sec apart at the top of the times in second practice for the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of The Glen.

Watkins Glen IMSA: Blomqvist puts MSR Acura on top in FP1

First practice for IMSA’s illustrious Sahlen’s 6 Hours of The Glen ended with Tom Blomqvist topping the times around the gorgeous 3.4-mile Watkins Glen road course.

Rossi: No change within Andretti despite imminent split

Alexander Rossi says that signing a deal with Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet for 2023 has not ruined the atmosphere within his current team, Andretti Autosport-Honda.

Indy Lights driver Pedersen to test Juncos Hollinger IndyCar

Current Indy Lights driver Benjamin Pedersen will have his first test in an IndyCar next Monday driving the #77 Juncos Hollinger Racing-Chevrolet.

Herta fastest in eight-car Indy road course test

Colton Herta led the field in the eight-car test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course today.

The best of Chevrolet’s 101 IndyCar wins in the current era

Chevrolet has won 101 of the 173 IndyCar races held since it was lured back to the series by the 2.2-liter turbo formula. Chevy’s current and former IndyCar program managers spoke to David Malsher-Lopez about the company’s achievements.

IndyCar’s Firestones to come from new facility in Akron, OH.

Firestone has opened a new $21m Advanced Tire Production Center designed for more efficient and sustainable tire production that will produce the Firehawks used by the NTT IndyCar Series.

DeFrancesco starts campaign for neonatal ICU that saved his life

IndyCar rookie Devlin DeFrancesco and his family have launched a campaign to raise money for the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto that saved his life.

Firestone to replace Cooper as tire supplier for Indy Lights

Firestone will return as tire supplier for the Indy Lights series in 2023, after an absence of nine years.

Johnson targets Le Mans 24 Hours in Hendrick Garage 56 entry

Jimmie Johnson is hoping to fit a 24 Hours of Le Mans campaign with Hendrick Chevrolet’s Garage 56 project in between his commitments for 2023.

Iowa newcomer McLaughlin leads 19-car IndyCar test

IndyCar sophomore Scott McLaughlin headed a 1-2-5 for Team Penske-Chevrolet after a day of testing at Iowa Speedway.

De Silvestro: Now I know what to expect from current IndyCar

Simona De Silvestro is confident that her IndyCar comeback at Road America will have major benefits ahead of her second and third outings for Paretta Autosport-Chevrolet.

My favorite race car – Will Power on the Panoz DP01

Will Power recalls the Champ Car World Series' final spec chassis, the Panoz DP01-Cosworth, which he drove to Victory Lane in its first and last races.

IndyCar team-by-team midseason review 2022

Eight races down, nine to go, it’s time to reflect on who has been excelling and who’s been sub-par of the full-time entries in the first half of the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season.

Newgarden on title prospects: “We must clean up our consistency”

Two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden says the #2 Team Penske-Chevrolet group must avoid the “feast or famine” trend it has followed in 2022 in order to earn a third title.

Rossi uncertain if pitstop delay cost him Road America win

Alexander Rossi has admitted he doesn’t know whether he could have beaten Josef Newgarden to the Road America victory, even if he hadn’t been beaten out of pitlane following the first pitstop.

Ericsson on Palou clash: “Nothing wrong with that move”

IndyCar points leader Marcus Ericsson stood his ground after the Road America incident with teammate Alex Palou that saw the defending champion break his suspension on the back of the Indy 500 winner’s car.

Newgarden: Rossi was very strong, we were a little better Road America
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Newgarden: Rossi was very strong, we were a little better

Road America winner Josef Newgarden says he was confident he would have beaten Alexander Rossi in IndyCar’s Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America, even if his Penske pitcrew hadn’t got him out ahead of the polesitter.

Road America Indy Lights: Rasmussen earns first win

Reigning Indy Pro 2000 champion Christian Rasmussen finally scored his first Indy Lights win, holding off Andretti Autosport teammate Sting Ray Robb and leading 18 of the 20 laps.

Power, DeFrancesco stay calm after early (and late) clashes

Will Power kept his emotions largely in check following IndyCar’s Road America race, after being punted off and into a wall by Devlin DeFrancesco.

Road America IndyCar: Flawless Newgarden wins, earns $1m bonus Road America
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Road America IndyCar: Flawless Newgarden wins, earns $1m bonus

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Josef Newgarden drove a perfect race at Road America to beat pole-winner Alexander Rossi, who on a late-race restart also ceded second place to new championship leader Marcus Ericsson.

Herta suffers grid penalty at Road America

Colton Herta has received a six-place grid penalty at Road America for an unapproved engine change.

Road America IndyCar: Palou tops Newgarden in final practice

Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou set fastest time in the third and final practice session for tomorrow’s Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America.

Rossi used Newgarden’s tire tactic to beat Newgarden to pole Road America
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Rossi used Newgarden’s tire tactic to beat Newgarden to pole

Road America pole-winner Alexander Rossi admitted that he and race engineer Jeremy Milless opted to follow Josef Newgarden’s tire tactic from last year to earn top spot in qualifying.

Road America IndyCar: Rossi wins first pole in three years Road America
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Road America IndyCar: Rossi wins first pole in three years

A fascinating battle between primary- and alternate-tired drivers at Road America was resolved in favor of Alexander Rossi who became the eighth different pole-winner in the first eight races of the 2022 IndyCar season.

Road America IndyCar: O’Ward leads Power in second practice

Pato O’Ward, who took his first IndyCar pole position at Road America two years ago, again mastered the track in second practice for tomorrow’s Sonsio Grand Prix to put Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet on top.

Road America IndyCar: Rossi leads Herta in first practice

Alexander Rossi outpaced his rivals in opening practice for the Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America, the venue where he last won an IndyCar race in 2019.

Montoya Sr. and Jr. reunite with Hedman at DragonSpeed

DragonSpeed will add the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen to its IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship effort, bringing back Sebastian Montoya to join his father Juan Pablo and Henrik Hedman.

Risi Ferrari confirms Rigon, Serra for Watkins Glen 6 Hours

Risi Competizione appears to be aiming for IMSA’s 2022 Michelin Endurance Cup, after revealing that it will run Davide Rigon and Daniel Serra in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen later this month.

Milner: Corvette C8.R is “the best I’ve ever had at Le Mans”

Tommy Milner says that the Corvette Racing team has never been better prepared for the Le Mans 24 Hours, nor has he ever had a car so strong.

IndyCar’s Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America – weekend schedule

The eighth round of 2022’s NTT IndyCar Series at Road America will be supported by action from the four steps of the Road To Indy. Here is the full schedule.

IndyCar at Road America – facts, schedule, entry list

All you need to know ahead of the eighth round of the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series – the Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America presented by AMR.

Remembering the magic of Belle Isle

The last IndyCar race on Belle Isle was a classic – but the unique demands of the track made so many of the races there so memorable. David Malsher-Lopez recaps the action on one of IndyCar’s finest venues.

Calderon hopes to improve on familiar tracks, inspire young girls

Tatiana Calderon says that she hopes returning to IndyCar tracks she knows will boost her performance, and that she wants to entice young female fans to get involved in the sport.

McLaren models to feature in Petersen Automotive Museum

Several legendary cars from McLaren will be appearing in a special exhibit in the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, from next week.

De Silvestro hopes “blank sheet” can aid learning current IndyCar

Simona De Silvestro, who this weekend starts her first IndyCar road course race since 2015, says that the long layoff may actually help her re-learn the car.

Ilott cleared for Road America return with Juncos Hollinger

Callum Ilott will return to NTT IndyCar Series action this weekend at the Sonsio Grand Prix of Road America.

Indy 500 veteran Rasmussen dies aged 85

Eldon Rasmussen, Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame inductee, died Sunday, June 5, at the age of 85.

Power: Fluctuating qualifying form improves racing skills Detroit
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Power: Fluctuating qualifying form improves racing skills

Detroit Grand Prix winner Will Power believes that occasionally qualifying badly has helped to improve his judgment when racing in the pack.

Ganassi aces content with recovery drives in Detroit

Scott Dixon, Alex Palou and Marcus Ericsson all expressed relief at a “good points day” as they remained firmly in the championship hunt.

Rossi on Detroit GP: “One more lap would’ve been interesting…”

Andretti Autosport-Honda’s Alexander Rossi, who finished second at Belle Isle, believes he needed just one more lap to wrestl Will Power.

Power “drove as straight as I could” to nurse tires to victory Detroit
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Power “drove as straight as I could” to nurse tires to victory

Detroit Grand Prix winner Will Power says that looking after his soft alternate tires at the start of his final stint was key to him hanging on for victory.

Detroit IndyCar: Power holds off Rossi, wins last Belle Isle race Detroit
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Detroit IndyCar: Power holds off Rossi, wins last Belle Isle race

Will Power climbed from 16th on the grid to score Chevrolet’s 100th win in IndyCar's 2.2-liter era in the marque’s backyard, as he held off Alex Rossi in a tense duel to the checkered flag.

Detroit Indy Lights: Lundqvist dominates again in Race 2

Championship leader Linus Lundqvist of HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing extended his advantage over the opposition with a second flag-to-flag victory on Belle Isle.

Detroit IndyCar: Rossi leads race day warm-up session

Alexander Rossi demonstrated his and the #27 Andretti Autosport-Honda’s latent promise that was masked by a red flag in qualifying, by topping this morning’s half-hour warm-up.

Sato, Malukas put their pace down to great teamwork at Coyne

Dale Coyne Racing teammates, veteran Takuma Sato and rookie David Malukas believe their excellent Detroit qualifying performances are simply a result of great teamwork and a great team.

Newgarden on Detroit: “One of my most satisfying pole laps ever” Detroit
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Newgarden on Detroit: “One of my most satisfying pole laps ever”

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Josef Newgarden, who claimed his 16th pole for the final IndyCar race on Belle Isle, says it was one of his best ever.

Detroit IMSA: Bourdais, Van der Zande win epic four-car battle

Renger Van der Zande and Sebastien Bourdais prevailed in their Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac after a mesmerizing four-way battle for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship honors in Belle Isle.

Detroit IndyCar: Newgarden on pole for final Belle Isle race Detroit
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Detroit IndyCar: Newgarden on pole for final Belle Isle race

Josef Newgarden of Team Penske-Chevrolet will lead the field to the green for the final Detroit Grand Prix to be held at Belle Isle Park, after shading a surprising challenge from Takuma Sato of Dale Coyne Racing with RWR-Honda.

Detroit Indy Lights: Lundqvist dominates Race 1

The fifth race of the Indy Lights championship at Detroit was full of incident, but not for points leader Linus Lundqvist who drove from pole to victory lane.

Detroit IndyCar: Rossi tops second practice in between red flags

Second practice for Sunday’s Detroit Grand Prix was stopped no less than five times for on-track incidents, and it was Alexander Rossi who emerged fastest for Andretti Autosport-Honda.

Detroit IMSA: Bourdais wins pole for CGR Cadillac, then spins

Sebastien Bourdais took pole for tomorrow’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Belle Isle, but then spun on what might have been a quicker lap yet.

Detroit IndyCar: Kirkwood tops first practice for Foyt

Reigning Indy Lights champion and recent Andretti Autosport hire Kyle Kirkwood brought joy to current employers AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet by topping first practice at Belle Isle.

Rossi: AMSP’s IndyCar performance has “exponentially increased”

Alexander Rossi says one of the reasons he signed for Arrow McLaren SP next year is the huge amount of progress made since McLaren bought into the team.

Detroit IMSA: Bourdais moves to the top in FP2

A Chip Ganassi Cadillac DPi-V.R remained the car to beat in second practice at Belle Isle, but this time it was Sebastien Bourdais who took over top spot.

Kiel: Rosenqvist “doing what he needs” to retain AMSP seat

Arrow McLaren SP president Taylor Kiel has suggested that Felix Rosenqvist’s recent performances are enough for him to keep his ride in the team as it expands to three full-time entries.

Acura reveals teaser images of its 2023 LMDh contender

Acura Motorsports today released the first images of the ARX-06, its LMDh prototype for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s new GTP class in 2023.

Detroit IMSA: Bamber puts Ganassi Cadillac on top in FP1

Earl Bamber delivered a mighty lap with two minutes to go in opening practice to put his #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R on top.

Why IndyCar is evaluating aeroscreen performance in the wet

The GP of Indianapolis saw IndyCar’s aeroscreen in its first wet race, and some drivers complained of visibility issues. Is there an easy fix? David Malsher-Lopez spoke to IndyCar president Jay Frye and weighed up both sides.