The other IndyCar drivers who came of age at Road America
Felix Rosenqvist broke his IndyCar duck with victory at Road America last weekend, but his breakthrough meant the performances of two drivers he eclipsed for rookie of the year honours in 2019 didn't get the credit they deserved
This writer still remembers how Trevor Carlin's eyes lit up when talking about Patricio O'Ward last spring. Carlin's speech pattern will easily flit between reflective and sardonic on all sorts of subjects, but get him talking about any of the truly ace drivers he's run over the past 25 years, and he can become garrulous.
He'd been just that way when discussing Lando Norris and Colton Herta, so when Carlin started describing O'Ward in similar terms, it was clear that he thought the 2018 Indy Lights champion was the real deal. O'Ward's startling IndyCar debut with Harding Racing at Sonoma that year - qualifying fifth and finishing ninth - hadn't been a one-off.
In an enthralling 2021 IndyCar campaign, the series bounced back from its COVID-19 truncated year prior and Alex Palou defeated both the established order and his fellow young guns to clinch a maiden title. It capped a remarkable season with plenty of standout performers
Romain Grosjean's swashbuckling rookie year in IndyCar captured the imagination of many in 2021. But another ex-Formula 1 driver whose potential was masked by five years of toil in, at best, middling machinery also enjoyed a breakout year in 2021 - winning twice and finishing sixth in points. Here's how Marcus Ericsson finally delivered on his promise
IndyCar sophomore Alex Palou stunned by overcoming team-mate Scott Dixon and the rest of a white-hot field in 2021. He was consistently fast and crucially showed a level head, rebounding well from setbacks to put himself in a near unassailable position entering the final round
Despite appearing to have an IndyCar job for life with Meyer Shank Racing, Jack Harvey’s departure and move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate. However, Harvey's and RLL's combined strengths could prove to be a winning combination - if they get the balance right
Saturday 16 October marks the 10th anniversary of Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500
Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong junior career and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear
Newly-crowned IndyCar champion Alex Palou has been lauded as a complete driver and veteran-like in only his second season. The 24-year-old is still in the early days of his career, but the parallels are there for all to see with his six-time champion Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate who has been CGR's team leader since 2014
One of motorsport’s worst-kept secrets is now out in the open, and Romain Grosjean has been confirmed as an Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver in 2022. It marks a remarkable turnaround after the abrupt end to his Formula 1 career, and is a firm indication of his commitment to challenge for the IndyCar Series title
How IndyCar's newest winner conquered a crucial demon
IndyCar Iowa: Daly scores his and Carlin's maiden pole for Race 1