Notes: Marco brimming with newfound confidence

http://youtube.com/watch?v= X05zhCO1rk0[/youtube] It appears that Marco Andretti didn't just work on his driving over the off-season. Just go back to the IZOD IndyCar Series' most recent round at Long Beach. The third-generation driver was stuck with a 25th place starting position after being penalized for what INDYCAR saw as a blocking penalty during qualifying. Andretti […]

Pippa Mann lands Indy 500 ride with Dale Coyne Racing

British driver Pippa Mann will join Dale Coyne Racing for next month's Indianapolis 500, joining Justin Wilson and Ana Beatriz to form a three-car team at the Brickyard. Mann has not been in an IndyCar since finishing 22nd in the 2011 race at Kentucky Speedway. That season, she also competed at Indianapolis (finished 20th), with […]

Jourdain in at RLL for Indy 500

Michel Jourdain Jr. will return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for another run at the Indianapolis 500. Jourdain, who finished 19th in last year's "500" for RLL, will have primary backing from Office Depot Mexico on his No. 17 Honda, as well as associate backing from Grupo Indi and Grupo Multi. He'll be running alongside […]

Thoughts from Long Beach

http://youtube.com/watch?v= dxO-6cvJUgY[/youtube] Taku comes through — finally As intriguing as A.J. Foyt Racing's hire of ex-Formula One racer Takuma Sato was, I had trouble believing that it would work out. Three years into his IndyCar career, Sato had developed a reputation that can be tough to shake for a racer: Exciting to watch, but not […]

Can Dario turn it around from pole?

http://youtube.com/watch?v= Zx0msO_OdgY[/youtube] Dario Franchitti will simultaneously celebrate a milestone and attempt to jump-start his 2013 campaign today at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The three-time Indy 500 winner and four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion will make his 250th career start this afternoon, but currently sits dead last in the points after back-to-back DNFs […]

Hunter-Reay leads Friday practice at Long Beach

Fresh off a victory in the most recent race at Barber Motorsports Park, Ryan Hunter-Reay threw down the fastest lap in Friday's practice sessions for the Toyota Grand Prix at Long Beach (Sunday, 4 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network), a blitz of 1 minute, 9.4224 seconds around the 1.97-mile street circuit. However, the top story […]

Looking back on Barber

RHR comes up with perfect response It's never good to start the season in a big hole, and that's what reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was facing after being sidelined with mechanical issues in the season-opener at St. Petersburg. But the American racer delivered when he had to last weekend at Barber Motorsports […]

Hunter-Reay looks to get title defense back on track

Ryan Hunter-Reay's first official race as reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion didn't end well, as mechanical problems sidelined him and his No. 1 DHL/Sun-Drop Chevrolet after 79 laps in the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (March 24). But the American has a golden opportunity to bounce back today at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. […]

Conor Daly in at Foyt for Indianapolis

American driver Conor Daly will attempt to qualify for his first Indianapolis 500 as a second driver for A.J. Foyt Racing in the month of May. Daly, who has been racing primarily in Europe recently, will jump into the No. 41 ABC Supply Honda alongside Foyt regular Takuma Sato in the No. 14. The son […]

Notes: ‘Dinger part of Texas test

A.J. Allmendinger, Tristan Vautier and Carlos Munoz are all testing today at Texas Motor Speedway in preparation for their Rookie Orientation Program on April 11 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. As all three are Indianapolis 500 rookies, they'll have to pass the three-phase ROP in order to practice with the veterans at the Brickyard in May. […]

Hinchcliffe breaks through

http://youtube.com/watch?v= Oc5ip1B8m0A[/youtube] Going into Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, a headline in the Toronto Sun tagged their hometown racing hero, James Hinchcliffe, as "the man who can save IndyCar." If we've learned anything after 15 years of an open-wheel split — and five years after IndyCar and Champ Car buried the hatchet — […]

What To Watch For: St. Petersburg

Following a compelling qualifying session that saw Will Power take the pole, Takuma Sato and Simona de Silvestro claim second and third on the grid, and rookie Tristan Vautier crack the Firestone Fast Six, we're set for racing today at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Noon ET, NBC Sports Network). Power's fourth consecutive […]

Honda looks to respond in qualifying

After Chevrolet-powered teams dominated yesterday's practice sessions for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Honda struck back this morning with Takuma Sato topping the final practice before this afternoon's qualifying session (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network). Sato made his move to the top of the sheets late, posting a lap of 61.5293 […]

Wheldon monument unveiled at St. Petersburg

One day before practice begins for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the city honored two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and St. Pete resident Dan Wheldon with a permanent monument at Turn 10 of the street circuit. The monument features bricks from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, stones from his homeland of England, and hand prints […]

Ana Beatriz in for DCR at St. Pete

IndyCar.com is reporting that Ana Beatriz will race alongside Justin Wilson at Dale Coyne Racing for Sunday's IndyCar season opener at St. Petersburg, Florida (Noon ET, NBC Sports Network). Beatriz, who competed last year at Sao Paulo and the Indianapolis 500 for Andretti Autosport, tested for DCR during last week's Spring Training sessions at Barber […]