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Jay Frye and the IndyCar folks have done a mammoth and resoundingly good job ever since the DW12 was introduced. Proof is in the racing pudding, and even at tracks like Barber, which I never expected to be a thriller, has produced great action. I like the leaner iteration we current have, and the fact that – as you pointed out – guys can bang wheels and not have their car fall apart.

More good news for IndyCar as season 2019 approaches

There’s lots that IndyCar could teach Formula One and NASCAR at the moment. I would call the Push 2 Pass button a gimmick to a certain degree, but one that I don’t mind. Anything to promote passing, and some of the strategy around when to use it is always entertaining. It’s not a stretch to say that IndyCar racing is the best four-wheeled circuit racing in the world and I think that testing at Indianapolis will improve the package there on last year, not that the 102nd running was a poor race or anything.

More good news for IndyCar as season 2019 approaches

Great opportunity for IndyCar to grow there,with Dixon showing zero signs of slowing down. I look at Australia’s situation, with Power coming off his Indianapolis win, the increased notoriety that has brought to IndyCar racing, and the decent chance of a race in Australia next year, the series has a chance to really push their brand forward, particularly with the demise of Formula One on free-to-air. It will be interesting to see which outlet carries IndyCar races in this neck of the woods going forward.

As for Brendon Hartley, he would’ve probably been better off staying with Ganassi rather than jumping over to F1. The grass isn’t always greener, though you can’t blame a guy for wanting to try his hand at the top level – even if the racing is subpar when compared to IndyCar’s product.

Thanks for reading & commenting!

IndyCar races towards a season of optimism

They do it every year before Thanksgiving weekend. You can set your watch by it.

College football 2018: Week 12 heroes and villains

Not sure anyone left on Notre Dame’s current schedule (and I sadly include my Trojans) is going to beat them. FSU are hot garbage and probably won’t get within 3 touchdowns.

College football 2018: Week 7 heroes and villains

My Trojans will beat them over Thanksgiving. Just kidding, USC isn’t beating Notre Dame this year. The latest projections have the Irish playing Alabama in a semi-final. That’s like a booby prize, isn’t it?

College football 2018: Week 6 heroes and villains

Thanks. I love NFL, but love the college game more. Fun stuff on a Sunday.

College football 2018: Week 6 heroes and villains

Yep. Until the East plays my Stamps in a Grey Cup game, anyway! Then they’re good. I was very impressed by the Riders defence shutting down Toronto – and Zach looked good. This might be their year.

CFL 2018: Opening weekend headlines

There is nothing like this race. Drama personified and now Australia has an Indianapolis 500 champion. What a night for Aussie motorsport!

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog

102nd Indianapolis 500

1. Will Power
2. Ed Carpenter
3. Scott Dixon
4. Alexander Rossi
5. Ryan Hunter-Reay
6. Simon Pagenaud
7. Carlos Munoz
8. Josef Newgarden
9. Robert Wickens
10. Graham Rahal

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog

What a race!

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog

Wow!

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog

WILL POWER WINS THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog

WHITE FLAG!!

2.5 miles away.

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog

2 to go!!

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog

I can barely watch!

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog

3 to go!

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog

4 to go!

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog

POWER TO THE LEAD!!

HARVEY AND WILSON PIT1

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog

5 to go!

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog

Power to third. 6 to go!

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog

It would be INCREDIBLE for Wilson to win after his brother died in a racing accident 3 years ago.

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog

Stefan Wilson to the lead!!

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog

Field into turn 3. Here we go…

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog

I’m incredibly nervous!

2018 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Series live race updates, blog