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 […]

Will Power leads last day of Barber testing

Verizon Team Penske's Will Power continued to lead the way in the final day of "Spring Training" at Barber Motorsports Park. On Wednesday, Power posted a fast lap of 123.337 mph, which was more than two-tenths quicker than the best from second-fastest driver James Hinchcliffe (122.878 mph). "Good start for the spring training," said Power, […]

Power, Helio tops on Day 1 at Barber

Team Penske topped the charts in Day 1 of "Spring Training" testing for the IZOD IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park. Will Power led the way with a lap of 122.011 mph in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, followed closely by teammate Helio Castroneves' best lap of 121.874 mph. "I've never felt so […]

A.J. Allmendinger to compete with Penske at Barber, Indy 500

Multiple outlets are now reporting that A.J. Allmendinger will drive the No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet-powered Dallara at Barber Motorsports Park and the Indianapolis 500. Allmendinger recently tested the No. 2 machine with Team Penske at Sebring International Raceway in Florida, and he will be back in that particular ride for next week’s “Spring Training” […]

A note from the management

It's been a few days since I've posted, but that's because I've been so busy. As you may already know, I'm now part of the NBCSports.com MotorSportsTalk team alongside Tony DiZinno, Keith Collantine, Luke Smith, and managing editor Mike Miller. I'm thankful to have the opportunity to work with such great talent. A lot of […]

Details on INDYCAR’s new TV deal in Canada

Champ Car fan favorite Paul Tracy will be part of SportsNet's coverage of the IZOD IndyCar Series in Canada. Tracy, a native of Ontario and the 2003 CART champion, will be part of the SN team at select races along the 2013 championship. SN will utilize all five of its own channels (one national and […]

Can Honda get the upper hand?

It's far too early to tell, but the Dream Team at Honda is looking ready to turn the tables on Chevrolet this upcoming season in IndyCar. Last year, Honda won the Indianapolis 500 but lost the engine war to the Bowtie Brigade, which had its drivers claim 11 checkered flags in 15 races. Considering the […]

Full-time prospects for ‘Dinger depend on money

With Team Penske eyeing "Spring Training" next month at Barber as the next testing opportunity for A.J. Allmendinger, it would appear that the ex-Champ Car racer's chances of having at least a few races this season in the IZOD IndyCar Series have increased. Allmendinger's full-time plans for 2013 aren't set in stone. In addition to […]

Taku tops Tuesday charts at Sebring

http://youtube.com/watch?v= bPE6G9xO0ZU[/youtube] Former Champ Car and NASCAR driver A.J. Allmendinger may have earned the most headlines for his first run in an open-wheel machine since 2006, but Takuma Sato took the top spot in Tuesday's test session at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway. Sato, the new driver of A.J. Foyt's No. 14 Honda, out-hustled Target Chip […]

DW12 gets new pieces for 2013

INDYCAR has announced two new Dallara-designed components for its DW12 chassis: Structural pieces for the sides of the monocoque and brake disc guards that will be mandatory at oval tracks. The monocoque pieces are designed to reduce the possibility of the car rotating upon side impact. They'll be attached at the driver's shoulder height and […]