Why the USA isn't watching IndyCar
Dario Franchitti and Will Power go head-to-head for the IndyCar title at Las Vegas this weekend, while Dan Wheldon's $5million challenge has been added to the bill to create even more of a buzz. Will anyone be watching though? asks Jeff Olson
In July, IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard commented facetiously about the possibility of poor ratings for his planned super-season finale at Las Vegas. When reminded that the TV rating for the previous season finale at Homestead was a 0.3 (a measure that couldn't have included more than a few families and their pets) Bernard laid down the law. Jokingly, of course.
"If we do a 0.3 on this, I'll quit right there on the spot. I'll literally quit on the spot," Bernard told a reporter for the Toronto Star. "Even if we do a 0.8, I'll quit. On the spot."
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
Michael Shank Racing to join IndyCar Series in 2012
Tony Kanaan leads final IndyCar practice at Las Vegas