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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.

Honda: Indy changes held us back

May 22nd, 2015

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Honda believes it was disadvantaged by the precautionary changes made ahead of Indianapolis 500 qualifying following the airborne accidents involving Chevrolet cars during practice. Cars were forced to qualify with reduced boost, and were also made to run the same aero package that they plan to use in the race, which effectively forced the field to use the higher-drag race package. The changes were made as a precaution in reaction to three airborne accidents involving cars using the Chevrolet aero, although IndyCar is yet to confirm whether it has found a conclusive link between the kit and the crashes. Honda Performance Development president Art St Cyr said that the Honda speedway kit has been through extensive simulation work with a special focus on stability before being rolled out onto the [...]

Power tops Indy 500 Carb Day session

May 22nd, 2015

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Reigning IndyCar champion Will Power claimed Carb Day honours by setting the fastest lap in the final practice session ahead of Sunday’s Indianapolis 500. The Penske driver moved into P1 just over halfway into the hour-long session, and his 229.020 speed held until the end. “We were pretty set on what we were going to run,” Power said. “We just made little changes; did pitstop practice; practiced coming into the pits off [Turn] 4, just getting into a groove for the race.” Until Power produced his lap it had been left to Ganassi to set the pace, and the team still finished the morning with polesitter Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan sitting in P2 and P3 respectively. Takuma Sato made a late jump to establish himself as the fastest of [...]

Huertas ruled out of Indy 500

May 22nd, 2015

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Carlos Huertas has withdrawn from this weekend’s Indianapolis 500 on medical grounds, and will be replaced by Tristan Vautier. The Colombian was ruled out of the race with an inner ear condition, and will be required to undergo further medical evaluations before receiving clearance to return to driving. He had qualified his Dale Coyne Racing entry on the outside of the sixth row for Sunday’s race. Scott Dixon takes pole position for 2015 Indianapolis 500 Although the team is still yet to make a formal statement, Vautier appears on an updated entry list from the series, and has been observed in pitlane preparing to take part in the upcoming Carb Day session. Despite the 11th-hour change, the Frenchman managed to get some track time earlier in the week when he [...]

IndyCar adds Boston race for 2016

May 21st, 2015

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The IndyCar Series has announced that it will add a Boston street race to its calendar for the 2016 season. The 2.2-mile waterfront layout is set to become the season finale, having been scheduled for the Labor Day weekend that IndyCar has targeted for the conclusion of its calendar in recent years. Mark Miles, CEO of IndyCar’s parent firm Hulman & Company, said Boston’s enthusiasm for bringing the series to its streets had been “phenomenal”. “There has been a tremendous amount of work from community leaders and Grand Prix of Boston officials and those efforts led to this key addition to our 2016 calendar,” he said. “Establishing IndyCar racing in the northeast [of America] is an integral part of our strategy for growing our national fan base.” Boston mayor Martin [...]

Hinchcliffe should make full recovery

May 20th, 2015

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James Hinchcliffe has been moved out of intensive care, and is expected to make a full recovery from the injuries he sustained in his Indianapolis 500 practice crash on Monday. The Canadian has been receiving treatment for injuries to his pelvic area and upper left thigh. Dr Timothy Pohlman, senior staff trauma surgeon at IU Health Methodist Hospital, who performed surgery on the Hinchcliffe on Monday afternoon, said that the prognosis is encouraging. ANALYSIS: Unwanted pre-race drama at Indianapolis “We’re very pleased with his progress and his condition continues to improve,” he said. “Our expectation, in consultation with the IndyCar medical staff, is that a normal recovery is to be expected.” Hinchcliffe is likely to miss the remainder of the IndyCar season while he recovers. His Schmidt Peterson Motorsport team [...]

Analysis: The drama in Indianapolis

May 19th, 2015

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IndyCar is learning about its new, manufacturer-developed aero kits in public, while a series of high-speed aerial accidents overshadow the build-up to its centrepiece, the Indianapolis 500. Whether the kits have played any role in any of the accidents remains to be seen, but there are lessons to be learned, writes AUTOSPORT’s IndyCar correspondent MARK GLENDENNING. Frank Gardner used to tell a story about testing the Porsche 917. The laconic Australian racer and engineer would return to the pits after a run in a car that was, by all accounts, terrifying to drive in its early iterations, and would be swarmed by German engineers looking for feedback. He’d explain what he’d felt the car doing, and the engineers would often interject with the readings they were getting: “Well, the computer [...]

Hinchcliffe recovering in intensive care

May 19th, 2015

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James Hinchcliffe has been ruled out of the cockpit for the foreseeable future as he continues to recover from injuries sustained in a crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500 yesterday. “Words can’t describe how thankful I am to the Holmatro Safety Team,” Hinchcliffe said. “Those guys, in addition to the doctors and staff at the hospital, are my heroes. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate the outpouring of support from IndyCar fans, my family and fellow drivers. “We are all one big family, and it feels like that today.” Analysis: The drama at Indianapolis Motor Speedway The Canadian remains in the intensive care unit at IU Health Methodist Hospital to undergo further evaluations to injuries he suffered to his pelvic area and upper left thigh. Unconfirmed reports [...]

Hinchcliffe hospitalised after crash

May 18th, 2015

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James Hinchcliffe has been hospitalised for leg surgery following a huge accident during practice for the Indianapolis 500 on Monday morning. IndyCar reported that the Canadian is awake and alert following the crash. The Schmidt driver lost control of his car in Turn 3 after apparently suffering a mechanical failure. He was pitched hard into the outside wall, where the right side of his car was torn off. The car briefly tilted onto its side before skidding to a halt along the back chute. It came to rest right-side-up. Unconfirmed reports indicate that Hinchcliffe was communicating with safety workers, but that he needed assistance to get out of the car. He has been taken to a nearby hospital, where he is undergoing surgery to an injury on his upper thigh. [...]

Indy 500 records still the 2016 aim

May 18th, 2015

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IndyCar insists that its aim of beating the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track record at next year’s 100th edition of the Indy 500 remains intact, despite slowing cars down as a safety precaution this year. In reaction to a string of crashes ahead of qualifying on Sunday, the series lowered boost levels and mandated that teams race the same aero configuration that they qualified with – effectively forcing them to qualify in race trim. At the same time, work continued to continued to establish whether there were any links between the airbone accidents suffered by Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden and Ed Carpenter in the lead-up to Sunday’s battle for pole. Scott Dixon secured pole for this weekend’s race (with a four-lap average of 226.760mph, however single-lap speeds in the lead-up to [...]

More testing for IndyCar speedway kits

May 18th, 2015

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IndyCar plans to hold ongoing testing before the remaining high-speed oval events to ensure that an inherent aerodynamic problem is not behind the string of practice crashes at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sunday’s Indy 500 qualifying was heavily condensed after meetings between the series and representatives from the teams and manufacturers following Ed Carpenter’s accident earlier that morning. Scott Dixon takes pole position for 2015 Indianapolis 500 The CFH driver’s car flipped after spinning up the track and into the wall at Turn 2; the third car to overturn during an accident within the space of a week. All three cars were using the Chevrolet aero kit, however the series is yet to determine whether the problem is specific to Chevrolet, or indeed, whether it can be conclusively determined that the [...]

Changes made after third Indy crash

May 17th, 2015

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IndyCar has made 11th-hour rule and schedule changes for today’s Indianapolis 500 qualifying session after Ed Carpenter’s car flipped during a practice crash this morning. Carpenter lost control at the exit of Turn 2 and spun up the track into the wall, whereupon his car snapped upside-down and skidded down the back straight on its airbox. The CFH driver was checked by medical personnel and cleared. His accident follows earlier airborne crashes for Josef Newgarden and Helio Castroneves, and has prompted IndyCar to mandate that teams use the same aero set-up for qualifying as they do for the race. In addition, boost levels will be returned to the race level for qualifying, meaning that the cars will have around 40bhp less horsepower than they did on Friday in practice. Castroneves’s [...]

Castroneves tops shortened practice

May 16th, 2015

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Helio Castroneves topped a rain-shortened final Indianapolis 500 practice session before qualifying for the IndyCar showpiece event on Saturday. Castroneves was in the second practice group, which had its track time cut by 10 minutes due to the weather. But he still managed to run long enough to post a tow-assisted 233.474mph lap, the fastest of the month so far. JR Hildebrand, who was in the first group, finished up second-fastest at 232.985mph, and was the lone interloper among an otherwise all-Penske top five: immediately behind him were Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya. Schmidt’s James Hinchcliffe was fastest of the Honda-powered drivers, and sixth-fastest overall, at 231.649mph. Further weather disruptions are possible during qualifying, with radars indicating that showers are expected to move through the Indianapolis area [...]

All-female Indy 500 team launched

May 15th, 2015

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An all-female team has announced plans to enter next year’s Indianapolis 500 to help promote technology and engineering as a career path for young women. The team, which was launched in Indianapolis on Friday under the Grace Autosport banner, has been assembled with females holding all senior positions, starting with team principal Beth Paretta, aerodynamicist and race engineer Catherine Crawford, and design engineer Jessica Rowe. Katherine Legge has been signed up to drive the car. “Gender inclusion is an important issue,” said Paretta. “Since the Indianapolis 500 began, there have only been 11 different women who have competed, women like Janet Guthrie and Lyn St James. “For their hard work, for their challenging days, we say thank you. Without them, there would be no today. “The Brickyard has been the [...]

Second aerial crash in Indy practice

May 15th, 2015

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Josef Newgarden was uninjured after a heavy crash during Indianapolis 500 practice on Thursday. The CFH driver lost the rear of his car on the entry to Turn 1 and slammed into the safety barrier backwards before becoming airborne. Thursday Indy 500 practice report The Dallara-Chevrolet landed on its airbag and eventually slid to a halt along the short chute. “It’s still early for me, I am still trying to gather my thoughts from it,” Newgarden said. “I got around pretty quick in Turn 1, it definitely surprised me. “I am just lucky that everything is good, the Dallara tub held up pretty well. “I want to see what the damage is and see what we can do going forward. VIDEO: NEWGARDEN CRASH “It was a hard hit. I feel [...]

Pagenaud tops Thursday Indy session

May 15th, 2015

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Simon Pagenaud topped the times at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday as practice continued for next weekend’s Indy 500. The Team Penske driver secured the top of the speed charts with a fastest lap average of 228.793mph. “Today was a really good day,” Pagenaud said. “We’ve been focusing on understanding what the car does in qualifying runs. “Very happy to see the preparation from Penske and how fast the #22 car is. So far, so good.” Andretti’s Carlos Munoz was second-fastest at 228.126mph ahead of Ganassi trio Sage Karam, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan. “Today we were really just focusing on pack racing and long runs with my team-mates,” said Munoz. “The car feels really comfortable – I’m really happy. I feel that I’m competitive, more competitive than last year. [...]

Vautier will qualify not race in 500

May 14th, 2015

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James Davison will race the #19 Dale Coyne Racing entry for next week’s Indy 500, but Tristan Vautier will qualify the car due to a scheduling conflict. Davison is already committed to drive in a sportscar race in Canada this weekend, so Vautier, who raced full-time in IndyCar in 2013 with Schmidt, will deputise for him before heading to Silverstone to prepare for next week’s Blancpain Endurance Series round. “It’s an interesting trade-off,” said Vautier. “Obviously, we’re not going to get out there trying to break records but work toward the qualifying. “It’s an interesting task to be in an Indycar and qualifying it for another driver, but I’m approaching it like I would any other race. “I have to thank James and Dale for trusting me for this job. [...]

Munoz fastest on day four at Indy

May 14th, 2015

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Carlos Munoz took Honda to the top of the timesheets for the first time in the Month of May by going fastest in the fourth day of practice for next weekend’s Indianapolis 500. The Andretti driver reeled off his 230.121mph lap six minutes before the chequered flag. It marked the first time this year that the cars have topped 230mph; a benchmark that was not achieved last year until Fast Friday, when the boost levels are increased from 130 kPa to 140 kPa. “Really, we were not looking for a tow, we just made a change and said, ‘OK let’s go in the group and see if we can just cop a tow and feel the car in traffic a little bit’,” Munoz said. “I went back to the pack [...]

Dixon calls for faster IndyCar reviews

May 13th, 2015

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Scott Dixon has called upon IndyCar to react faster to on-track incidents after Helio Castroneves was issued a post-race penalty four days after the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course race. Castroneves was docked eight points after a post-race review by series officials determined that he made avoidable contact when he hit Dixon in the first corner, triggering a multi-car accident. “The downside is that we’re talking about it several days later when we should be talking about the biggest race in the world,” Dixon said. “I was pretty heated at the time. In my view, the penalty that fits the crime was a drive-through. “We would have been done with it in the first five minutes of the race. It should have been addressed right away. “All the [post-race] penalties [...]

Castroneves uninjured in practice shunt

May 13th, 2015

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Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves has walked away from an airborne crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500 on Wednesday. The day three pacesetter was running into Turn 1 when his car snapped around and made contact with the wall, launching tail-first into the air. It completed a 180-degree flip and landed back on its wheels before sliding to a halt. Castroneves was able to climb from the car unassisted. “The car was really good and I am very blessed,” he said. “Unfortunately I still do not understand what happened. I got loose in Turn 1 and spun out. “The good news is the impact wasn’t very strong and the landing was smooth as well. In all aspects, I have to say I was very lucky there was no big [...]

Castroneves penalised for Indy clash

May 13th, 2015

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Helio Castroneves has been penalised eight championship points following a post-race review by IndyCar officials of last weekend’s encounter on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The Team Penske driver was determined to have breached Rule 9.3.3 (avoidable contact) when he clipped Scott Dixon at the first corner, triggering a chain reaction that resulted in further contact and spins among the cars behind. “Following every event, the IndyCar race stewards conduct a review of all racing incidents utilising all the tools available – including car data, video replays and interviews with the competitors involved,” said Derrick Walker, IndyCar president of competition and operations. “With the benefit of additional camera angles during our post-race review of Saturday’s race, the stewards determined actions of the #3 car (Castroneves) were the cause of [...]