With any tragedy in motor racing, there are always calls to improve safety. Now one of the biggest debates in racing has been reignited by the death of IndyCar driver Justin Wilson: whether to phase out the open cockpit race cars found in Formula One, IndyCar and similar series in favor of cars with closed cockpits.… »
It’s more than an hour after the checkered flag at this year’s Milwaukee IndyFest. It’s been even longer since Justin Wilson’s engine went up in flames, with a late-race mechanical failure sabotaging what could have been a runner-up finish to old Champ Car sparring partner Sebastien Bourdais at the classic one-mile… »
Driver Justin Wilson was airlifted to a hospital during IndyCar’s race at Pocono Raceway today after he was struck in the head by a nosecone loosed from driver Sage Karam’s car following a crash. According to IndyCar officials, Wilson is currently in a coma. (Updates below.) »
Officials delayed qualifying at Pocono for the upcoming IndyCar race after Charlie Kimball went airborne and tore out part of the catch fence in a devastating crash. »
The Indianapolis 500 went somewhat predictably for most of the race. The faster Chevrolets of Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing kept the top five spots for most of the day, edging out the Honda cars on speed. The big surprise was Juan Pablo Montoya coming back from 30th place to take the win.
IMS chairman Mari Hulman George has been ordering Indy 500 drivers to “start your engines” for longer than most of us have been alive. Today, another woman tried to butt in on her command, Kanye-style. Mari Hulman George wasn’t having any of it, and damn near backhanded the young lady. »
Ed Carpenter is the latest driver to experience a frightening flip in IndyCar. His #20 Chevrolet spun exiting turn 2 during a practice session this morning, hit the wall backwards, then climbed up the wall, eventually landing upside-down. The result was pretty scary. Thankfully, he escaped the flip unharmed.
Helio Castroneves has won the Indy 500 three times. He’s blessed at the speedway. But today the speedway bit back. Thankfully, Helio is ok. »
Casual observers might wonder why pit crew wear safety equipment like flame-resistant suits and helmets, seeing as how they’re not driving any cars or anything. But this is exactly why as much safety equipment as possible is absolutely necessary, for everyone involved. »
A suspension wasn't the only thing spawned by the Kurt Busch protective order ruling last week. Pit stall vandalism, regrettable tweets and even an IndyCar statement have been among the fallout from NASCAR's decision to suspend Kurt Busch indefinitely. Here's a rundown of everything you may have missed. »
ESPN on ABC's coverage of the thrilling final laps of yesterday's Indy 500 left many viewers upset, as Bristol's repeated coverage of the race leaders' significant others battled that of the actual racing. Here's a comparison of what ESPN aired versus video from the international feed. »