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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon iRacing.com and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Hinchcliffe wins messy NOLA race

April 12th, 2015

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A gamble on strategy rewarded James Hinchcliffe with victory for Schmidt Peterson in a damp, incident-filled incident-filled IndyCar race at NOLA on Sunday. The Canadian had started back in 16th, and took advantage of an early caution to go off-sequence. A near-constant succession of yellows later in the race allowed him to stretch his fuel and tyres to the point where he ran a 34-lap final stint. As the cautions kept coming, Hinchcliffe’s main fear became the prospect of having to fend off Helio Castroneves on a late restart, but that problem was eliminated when Simon Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Sebastien Bourdais tried to go three-wide just after what would be the final green flag. It didn’t work. Pagenaud, on the outside, quickly ran out of room and veered onto [...]

Storm hands NOLA pole to Montoya

April 11th, 2015

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Electrical storms forced the cancellation of qualifying for the IndyCar race at NOLA, meaning that Juan Pablo Montoya will start from pole position in a field set by entrant points. All cars managed to set a time: the first group in the opening phase completed a full session after a delayed start, however the second group managed only a handful of laps before lightning forced the session to be red-flagged. The result is a huge break for Montoya and Penske team-mate Helio Castroneves, who had failed to progress from their opening group and were facing the prospect of starting the race from near the back of the grid. It also represents what might be interpreted as a touch of poetic justice for Sebastien Bourdais, who had topped the times in [...]

Dixon hits the front in NOLA practice

April 11th, 2015

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Scott Dixon topped the times in the third practice session for this weekend’s inaugural IndyCar race at NOLA. On a track that had dried out following Friday’s rain-affected second practice, the Ganassi driver posted the day’s first sub-1m19s lap roughly halfway into the session. He made a couple of subsequent improvements to finish up at 1m18.5538s, 0.3 seconds faster than the benchmark set on Friday by his team-mate Tony Kanaan. Penske’s Simon Pagenaud came within 0.05s of matching Dixon’s time, while BHA rookie Gabby Chaves was just 0.05s further adrift as the best of the Honda-powered runners behind the leading Chevrolets. Reigning champion Will Power enjoyed a brief stint on top before his time was beaten by Dixon, and he finished up fourth-fastest ahead of Ganassi rookie Sage Karam. In [...]

Power tops rain-disrupted session

April 11th, 2015

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Will Power was fastest for Penske in a severely rain-shortened second practice session for this weekend’s IndyCar race at NOLA. Afternoon thunderstorms pushed the green flag back more than an hour, and even then running time was limited as track workers scrambled to remove standing water. Aside from a couple of early exploratory laps from James Jakes and Marco Andretti, drivers only really had 10 minutes right at the end to get any meaningful track time. Speeds increased steadily with the formation of a dry line, and Andretti’s early benchmark in the 1m23s range was beaten nine times before Power finally claimed first place with a 1m20.1704s. Ryan Hunter-Reay was second-fastest with a time 0.1 seconds down on the reigning champion’s, with Simon Pagenaud and rookie Stefano Coletti rounding out [...]

Kanaan leads first session at NOLA

April 10th, 2015

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Ganassi’s Tony Kanaan was fastest in the opening practice session for IndyCar’s inaugural race at NOLA on a morning where Chevrolet once again dominated the timesheets. Kanaan occupied first position for most of the session, but he confirmed the place by improving his time late on to finish up with a 1m18.8753s. The Ganassi team appeared set for a one-two until Will Power popped up into second with his final flying lap, bumping Scott Dixon back to third ahead of Sebastien Bourdais. Chevy’s dominance from St Petersburg carried over into the beginning of the NOLA weekend, with its cars claiming the seven fastest times. Schmidt’s James Hinchcliffe was the quickest of the Honda-powered drivers in eighth. Aside from quick Chevys, the session’s other defining theme was red flags. The 90 [...]

IndyCar allows aero kit upgrades

April 9th, 2015

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IndyCar’s manufacturers have been given the green light to make structural upgrades to their aero kits ahead of this weekend’s race at NOLA. The move comes after vast amounts of debris from the new bodywork were shed during the season-opener at St Petersburg two weeks ago. These incidents caused several cautions during the race as well as resulted in a head injury to a spectator who was struck by a stray piece of carbon fibre. “We applaud both Honda and Chevrolet for their efforts to implement these changes,” said Derrick Walker, IndyCar’s President of Competition and Operations. “With a quick turnaround from St. Petersburg, our partners were very diligent in making these enhancements in time for this weekend’s event. We will continue this collaboration and expect additional improvements in the [...]

De Silvestro, Karam stay on for NOLA

April 8th, 2015

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Sage Karam and Simona de Silvestro will remain in the field for this weekend’s IndyCar round at NOLA after extending their deals with Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport respectively. Both drivers participated in the season-opener in St Petersburg two weeks ago, with Ganassi development driver Karam finishing 19th, one place behind de Silvestro. “I’m honoured to be back in the #8 car this weekend at NOLA,” said Karam. “I’m looking forward to applying what I learned in St Petersburg to this weekend. “We’ve run a few tests here so I’m definitely more comfortable in the car than I was in St Petersburg.” De Silvestro, whose appearance in St Pete was her first in an IndyCar since the end of the 2013 season, said that she was looking forward to [...]

Hildebrand secures Indy return

April 7th, 2015

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JR Hildebrand will return to IndyCar next month after securing a deal to drive a third CFH Racing entry at the Indianapolis road course race and the Indy 500. Hildebrand, who has been without a full-time drive since splitting with Panther mid-way through 2013, finished 10th at the wheel of a second entry for the team’s former iteration Ed Carpenter Racing at the 500 last year. “It was really great working with Ed last year at the 500 and I did a little bit of testing in the offseason with Josef [Newgarden], we got along really well,” Hildebrand said. “I expect the relationship that the three of us have to be potent and for us to have great communication. “That’s such a huge piece, particularly at the 500, where there [...]

Chevrolet explains IndyCar penalties

April 7th, 2015

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Chevrolet has identified a batch of potentially faulty valve springs as the culprit behind the penalties it received after last week’s IndyCar season-opener at St Petersburg. The manufacturer, which finished the race with its cars occupying the top six positions, was penalised a total of 220 points after it performed what the series categorises as ‘non-minor’ repairs on 11 of the 12 engines that were installed in its cars. “We identified a batch of valve springs that, due to a process change at one of our suppliers, may fracture before the full mileage requirement,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “We notified IndyCar of the issue and obtained approval to change the valve springs. “Eleven of our 12 engines were updated following the St. Petersburg [...]

Chevy gets IndyCar points penalties

April 6th, 2015

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Reigning IndyCar manufacturers’ champion Chevrolet will go into this weekend’s NOLA round with a negative point score after incurring several penalties for unsanctioned engine repairs following the St Petersburg race. Eleven of the 12 Chevrolet engines in the St Petersburg field underwent repairs after the event. Rule 10.6.4.4 of the series regulations imposes a 20-point penalty for non-minor engine repairs, taking Chevrolet’s total penalty to 220 points. It earned 128 points in St Petersburg, where its cars achieved a lock-out of the top six. Manufacturers earn points based on their top three finishing positions in each race, along with bonus points for pole and most laps led. They can also earn an additional 10 points for each engine that reaches its 2500-mile change-out limit. However engines that fail to complete [...]

Panther sponsorship lawsuit dismissed

April 4th, 2015

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A Federal judge has thrown out Panther Racing’s lawsuit against Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and IndyCar over the 2014 National Guard sponsorship. The now-defunct team sued RLL and IndyCar for what owner John Barnes claimed were bid-rigging and other improprieties relating to the National Guard deal, which had been with Panther since 2008 before moving to RLL for 2014. The 2014 sponsorship was worth $13.1 million. The suit sought unspecified damages for what Panther claimed was a breach of contract by IndyCar relating to what Panther claimed were exclusive rights to the National Guard for the Fan Village at every race, and also claimed that IndyCar had interfered with its National Guard contract for 2013. It also claimed that IndyCar CEO Mark Miles wrote a letter in November 2013 while [...]

De Silvestro adds Indy to Andretti deal

April 2nd, 2015

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Simona de Silvestro’s Andretti Autosport IndyCar deal will be extended to cover the Indianapolis 500. The Swiss driver had made what was initially a one-off appearance for Andretti in the season-opener in St Petersburg last weekend. It marked her IndyCar comeback after a year away pursuing a Formula 1 opportunity with Sauber that fell through. Andretti had already announced that Justin Wilson would race the #25 entry used by de Silvestro last week at Indy, but has now expanded to a fifth car so that she can return for the series’ showpiece race alongside Wilson and team regulars Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz. “I will for sure have one of the best opportunities to win during the Month of May,” said de Silvestro. Team owner Michael Andretti added: [...]

New IndyCar aero means ‘less contact’

April 2nd, 2015

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Reigning IndyCar champion Will Power and 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kannan say the new aero kits will change the way drivers race, and result in less contact between cars. After three seasons with the spec Dallara DW12, packages developed by engine manufacturers Chevrolet and Honda made their debut in last Sunday’s season opener in St Petersburg. Power’s 1m00.6931s lap to claim pole position was over a second faster than Takuma Sato’s a year earlier. However with both kits featuring an array of winglets, Sunday’s race included several safety car periods to retrieve pieces dislodged through contact. St Petersburg report: Montoya defeats Power Among the debris, Power lost part of his front-end while attempting to pass Penske team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya for the lead in the closing laps. “It did [...]

Fan injured by IndyCar debris

March 31st, 2015

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A fan is recovering in hospital after being injured by a piece of debris during Sunday’s IndyCar season-opener in St Petersburg. According to a report in the Tampa Bay Times, Brigitte Hoffstetter was walking near a concession behind the Turn 10 grandstand when she was struck in the head by a piece of carbon fibre. She was attended to on the scene by St Petersburg Fire & Rescue before being transferred to a nearby hospital, where she is receiving treatment for a fractured skull. IndyCar said in a statement that the incident is being investigated. “The safety of IndyCar’s fans and participants is of the highest priority,” it said. “The series is investigating an incident where a spectator was injured at St Petersburg on March 29 “This process is consistent [...]

Confidence to attack back – Montoya

March 30th, 2015

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Juan Pablo Montoya says his confidence is now fully restored after admitting that parts of his IndyCar comeback season with Penske in 2014 were “painful”. The ex-Formula 1 racer opened the 2015 IndyCar campaign with victory in St Petersburg on Sunday, defeating champion team-mate Will Power in a late-race fight. Montoya had finished fourth in the standings last season on his return to single-seaters following a seven-year stint in NASCAR that followed his shock mid-season exit from McLaren and Formula 1 in 2006. But he admitted that his driving was uncharacteristically tentative in 2014 and it has taken until now to restore his racecraft. “I’ll tell you what’s the big difference between myself last year and this year,” he said. “Last year going to the restarts, I was thinking ‘don’t [...]

Montoya beats Power to victory

March 29th, 2015

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Juan Pablo Montoya held off Penske team-mate Will Power to open the 2015 IndyCar season with a victory in St Petersburg. Power had been in command for much of the afternoon before conceding the lead to the ex-Formula 1 racer during the final round of stops. Montoya tried to capitalise by opening a gap, but the need to conserve fuel and tyres forced him to back off and allowed Power to close down what had been a four second lead in just a few laps. The battle between them was intense but short: Power made an optimistic move with a handful of laps to go, Montoya shut the door (and damaged Power’s front wing in the process), and then finished the job by making quicker work of the lapped traffic [...]

Power on pole as Penske dominates

March 28th, 2015

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Reigning IndyCar champion Will Power will start his title defence from pole position after leading a Penske domination of qualifying in St Petersburg. Power reset Sebastien Bourdais’ track record of 1m00.8344s from 2003 several times during the afternoon before sealing the top spot with a 1m00.6931s. “I thought we had an extra lap but we left it a little late and got the chequered flag,” said Power. “But I’m stoked to get pole.” New team-mate Simon Pagenaud pushed the Australian hard, and for a few fleeting moments stole the top spot late in the session before being pushed back to the outside of the front row for his Penske debut; his lap just 0.03 seconds down on Power’s. “I’m super happy,” Pagenaud said. “It’s incredible to start this way with [...]

Power leads all-Penske top three again

March 28th, 2015

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Will Power continued to set the pace in the early phase of this weekend’s IndyCar season-opener in St Petersburg after leading another Team Penske 1-2-3 in Saturday’s third practice session. The defending series champion’s fastest lap of 1m01.3621s came mid-way through the session, and never really appeared under threat. New team-mate Simon Pagenaud came closest to matching the Australian with a time 0.1 seconds slower, leaving Helio Castroneves to round out the top three. ANALYSIS: Is IndyCar out of the wildnerness? It would have been a Penske 1-2-3-4 had Takuma Sato not managed to squeak ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya by 0.03s, making the 2014 St Pete polesitter the highest-placed Honda driver. Sato’s AJ Foyt Racing team expanded to two cars over the winter with the addition of a second [...]

Second St Pete practice washed out

March 27th, 2015

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IndyCar has abandoned its second scheduled practice session for this weekend’s season-opener in St Petersburg due to bad weather. The afternoon session was initially delayed due to standing water left by earlier rain, which the series attempted to clear with sweeper trucks. However the rain returned a few minutes later, eventually prompting race control to throw the chequered flag. Is IndyCar out of the wilderness? Earlier in the day, Will Power gave the manufacturer aero kits a memorable race weekend debut by cutting 0.4 seconds out of Takuma Sato’s 2014 pole time in the first practice session; an outing that ended with an all-Penske top three, and an all-Chevrolet top five. The cars are scheduled to return to the track for third practice onSaturday before qualifying later in the afternoon. [...]

Power leads first session of 2015

March 27th, 2015

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Will Power began his IndyCar championship defence by topping a Penske sweep of the leading times in the first practice session for the season-opener in St Petersburg. On a morning dominated by Chevrolet-powered cars, Power secured the top spot with a 1m04.4709s in the final minutes of the session. He shaved 0.4 seconds off Takuma Sato’s pole time from last year in the process: the first real hint of the performance upgrades of the new manufacturer aero kits. Is IndyCar out of the wilderness? Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves rounded out a Penske 1-2-3 ahead of Ganassi’s Scott Dixon and KV’s Sebastien Bourdais, with new AJ Foyt Racing arrival Jack Hawksworth earning the fastest Honda honours in sixth, albeit 0.4s down on Power’s time. Quickest of the rookies was [...]