Sunday, April 30, 2017

Winners and Losers: Phoenix

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame winner following the 2017 Dessert Diamond Grand Prix at Phoenix:

Winners

Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud collects his first win on an oval and asserts himself as the new championship leader, which is a place he is very familiar with. Many wondered if he would continue the pace he showed last year, and it is very clear that Pagenaud will be a serious threat to win the championship again.


Will Power
Will Power finally finishes a race in a good position, but he still wasn't too happy about that because he thought he had the best car out there. Still, Power, who will need a great Month of May, is still not out of the championship.


JR Hildebrand
If your drinking term was "broken hand" like it was in our household, than I hope you are feeling well today. JR Hildebrand suffered a broken hand at Long Beach, but was back in the car at Phoenix and was easily the most entertaining driver out there. In his first career podium (if you're Paul Tracy, otherwise the rest of us count the 2011 Indianapolis 500 as his first actual podium) for Hildebrand should give him some confidence after a shaky start to the season.


Chevrolet
Chevrolet was close to a top-five lockout at Phoenix, which would be a welcome change after consistently being beaten by Honda so far this year (yes they won Barber, but Honda wasn't exactly slow there).



Losers

Mikhail Aleshin
Mikhail Aleshin was the obvious choice for the Cone of Shame this week, but why go for the obvious choice? Aleshin made a pretty bad mistake and ruined four other drivers' races. Add this to his growing lack of success this season and his lack of friendliness with other drivers, and I think Aleshin is going to find himself in hot water soon.


Honda
Well, not only did they get a beat down by Chevrolet, but in the five car accident to start the race, all five just happened to be Hondas, which is a terrible stroke of luck. Only a late race mixup by Josef Newgarden allowed Honda to crack the top-five.


Andretti Autosport
For the second time in four races this season, all four Andretti Autosport cars failed to finish. Marco Andretti made it 10 seconds into the race before getting collected in the first lap crash. Takuma Sato crashed. Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay both brushed the wall in two separate incidents, ending both of their races. The team that should be the favorite at Indianapolis is having a rough go of things at the moment.


Josef Newgarden
Late race contact with lapped traffic Ryan Hunter-Reay meant Josef Newgarden had to pit for a new front wing. This sent him down to ninth place, despite being in the top-five all day. Newgarden still proving to be very good in his first season at Team Penske.



Cone of Shame



IndyCar
While this Phoenix Grand Prix was a tad bit better than the monstrosity we were subjected to last year, it was still pretty brutal. IndyCar had a full year to make the necessary changes to the tires, aero package, etc. to help improve the product at Phoenix. But instead, the kept the same package for whatever reason. As the old Chinese proverb states, "If you do not change your direction, you may end up where you are headed." IndyCar failed to make the changes to the cars at Phoenix, and we were once again treated to a shit show. If I am a fan who went to Phoenix and I wasn't impressed with the race for a second straight year, why would I come back for a third? I mean, the average fan who attended the race probably has no idea that the cars will all be changing next year, but what does that mean to them? I would save my money. Not a good showing from IndyCar on this one.


Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Winners and Losers: Barber

Here are your winners, losers, and Cone of Shame winner following the 2017 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama:

Winners

Josef Newgarden
Well, the question of "how long will it take Josef Newgarden to win his first race at Team Penske?" was answered on Sunday. It took just three starts for Newgarden to claim victory in the deuce car. On top of that, Newgarden looks fully ready to make a championship run, which is surprising given the lack of success most drivers experience in their first year at Penske.


Scott Dixon
What will it take for Scott Dixon to win at Barber? That's now six second-place finishes at Barber. If not for a late move by Newgarden, Dixon would have been in prime position to win.


Simon Pagenaud 
Simon Pagenaud continues to look like a champion. He's consistently been fast, and if the consistency continues, he will be tough to stop.


Alexander Rossi
Don't look now, but Alexander Rossi has been great so far this season, consistently outpacing where he was at this time last year. If not for a mechanical failure at Long Beach, Rossi would be right in the thick of the championship battle.



Losers

Will Power
It just looks like it's not going to be Will Power's year. Despite being insanely fast this season, trouble has followed Power everywhere this season. Can Power turn it around at Phoenix? Indianapolis will be vital for Power to jump back into the championship battle.


Ed Carpenter Racing
Ed Carpenter Racing looked modest at best this past weekend. Spencer Pigot, who continues to impress, spun out, throwing away a good result. Zach Veach, who made his first start filling in for the injured JR Hildebrand, did all the right things, but didn't finish up in the order. Time for Ed to flex his muscles at Phoenix.


AJ Foyt Racing
Despite all the hype before the season after their switch to Chevy, AJ Foyt Enterprises continues to look slow to start the season. Drivers Conor Daly and Carlos Munoz probably can't wait to get on the ovals, as the road courses haven't been to their liking so far. Maybe what the squad needs is a quick exit to 2018, where the cars will be equal again.


Marco Andretti
Gearbox stuck in first gear on the parade laps? Marco Andretti, who was quick all weekend, once again leaves the weekend empty handed. Despite being consistently fast, Andretti has nothing to show for this season.



Cone of Shame



Jenna Fryer
Well, so there was no obvious candidate for Cone of Shame after Barber, we will give it to Jenna Fryer for her opinion piece on how IndyCar could have done better than Fernando Alonso. Sure she's entitled to her opinion, but she was flat wrong, and she was promptly called on her bullshit by most of the racing community, even by some who usually stay out of the firefights, like Mario Andretti and Josef Newgarden. When she was ridiculed on it, did she retract her statement or correct some of the info her article? No. She played the victim card. I lost any respect I had for her.


Let me know what you think!

-Matthew Hickey

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fantasy IndyCar Picks: Barber

Here are the Fantasy IndyCar Picks for the 2017 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (championship leader highlighted in green, those in the elimination zone highlighted in red):


Name Twitter Handle                                      Barber
Alan Stewart _alanstewart Dixon Power Andretti Newgarden RHR
Andy Nagel Gabbahey75 Sato Newgarden Hinch Bourdais Jones
Chris Blackburn  chblackburn23 Newgarden RHR Pigot Rahal Kimball
Chris Mienaltowski CPMski Rahal Dixon Hinch Power Andretti
Conor Daly conordaly22 Sato Pagenaud Rossi Hinch Aleshin
David Leiting Jr. Dlite_47 Kimball Newgarden Chilton Rahal Dixon
David Redner IndyCART Pagenaud Dixon Kanaan Power RHR
DJ Jordan Indycardj32 Dixon RHR Newgarden Andretti Rahal
Eric Hall Erock_in_Indy Newgarden Helio Bourdais Jones Rossi
Jake Neely indycarfan25 Rossi Rahal Andretti Newgarden Dixon
James Alban TheKing0fSwing Power Newgarden Pigot Kanaan Jones
James Sedlmayr dfd827 Jones Rahal Newgarden Aleshin Kanaan
Jason McVeigh JaseKM1 RHR Dixon Newgarden Rahal Hinch
Jerry Cruz Indycar_Raider RHR Dixon Power Hinch Jones
Jessica Baker bakerjm13 Newgarden Rossi Munoz Rahal Helio
Josh Shimizu MayorofShimtown Rahal Newgarden Dixon Rossi Hinch
Kieran Brughelli  kieranbrughelli Rahal Newgarden Rossi Jones Helio
Kyle Lewis kylelewis1 Rahal RHR Kimball Newgarden Pagenaud
Lynn Weinberg lynnweinberg Andretti Dixon Helio Rahal Newgarden
Mathew Gruenholz IndycarSTIG Dixon Hinch Kimball Rahal Power
Matthew Hickey Indycar_MN Newgarden Pagenaud RHR Rahal Hinch
Michael Friedman mfriedman_63 Hinch Bourdais Jones Aleshin RHR
Mike Crawford 7BigMike Kanaan Newgarden Pagenaud Rahal Power
Morgan Polizzi morganpolizzi Newgarden RHR Rahal Andretti Dixon
Paige Hill paigehilll Newgarden Veach Jones Rossi Munoz
Rick Snodie  rickfromwi RHR Pigot Jones Newgarden Daly
Sam Klein sklein31 RHR Newgarden Rossi Dixon Rahal
Sandy Lamparello npssandy Helio Hinch Rahal Power Newgarden
Sarah Connors sarah_connors Jones Rahal Hinch Veach Helio
Sarah Hall SarahHall_528 Dixon RHR Newgarden Power Rahal
Sean Kennedy _6thgear_ Rossi Rahal Chilton Dixon Power
Stephen King stephenVking Newgarden RHR Rahal Daly Veach
Steven Jenkins ukindyfan RHR Chilton Sato Andretti Jones


Penalties: Sean Kennedy (violation 13.1)

Follow along with #FantasyIndyCar.

-Matthew Hickey

The Castroneves Chronicles

If any of you followed me on Twitter, you would know that I am not too fond of Helio Castroneves. Is he good driver? Sure. Is he one of the best to ever race at Indianapolis? Absolutely. But is he an all-time great driver that should be included in the same sentence as other elite drivers? That's an emphatic no. It's an emphatic no because any driver who should even be considered all-time great is a driver that should have won a championship. This should be a 100% given if all but two season were spent with Team Penske, the greatest team in IndyCar history, since 1998.

My arguments against Helio Castroneves are a mix of statistically based and personal beef with him. He's never won a championship, he makes rookie mistakes 20 years after his rookie season, his race craft is average, especially on road courses, and he always seems to qualify better than he races, which is a mark of a guy at a good team who can string a handful of laps together well but can't put it together consistently in the race.

So, I decided to do some digging into Helio Castroneves' past seasons to see where he went wrong so many times, because frankly, as good as his stats are, he should have at least three championships, maybe even more. I list how many points he earned, how many points he was behind the champion, where he finished in the championship, and a description of his season as well as some of the places where he went wrong.


1998 CART FedEx Championship

Points - 36 (-239)
Championship Standing - 17th

Helio Castroneves (then known as Helio Castro-Neves) emerged on the scene in IndyCar with Bettenhausen Racing, owned by Tony Bettenhausen Jr. This small team coupled with a rookie meant the expectations were pretty low for his rookie season. Still, Helio was impressively quick in many races. The highlight of his season was capturing a second place finish at Milwaukee.


Helio Castroneves 1998 (Photo: ChampCar.com)


1999 CART FedEx Championship

Points - 48 (-164)
Championship Standing - 15th

Helio Castroneves once again opened some eyes in the IndyCar world, proving once again that he was incredibly fast and talented enough for a bigger ride. Castroneves switched teams to Hogan Racing, where he captured his first career pole. Along with this, he recorded the fastest lap in five races, one shy of championship winner Juan Pablo Montoya. Despite the speed, Castroneves ran into mechanical troubles at just about every race in the season, throwing away many chances at a great finish. But one thing remained clear, Castroneves could be a championship contender given better equipment.


Helio Castroneves 1999 (Photo: Rich Zimmerman)


2000 CART FedEx Championship

Points - 129 (-39)
Championship Standing - 7th

After some late shuffeling in the offseason, Castroneves walked into a gift from Team Penske to drive the #3 Marlboro Car. For any driver, it's a dream come true. For the young, passionate Brazilian, it was a chance of a lifetime. While Castroneves was strong in his opening season at Team Penske, he was never really a championship threat. A series of mechanical failures and accidents derailed any chance he had. This seat opened up and was given to him in the closing stages of the offseason as Greg Moore, who was set to take the seat, died in the final race of the 1999 season. Helio was chosen to drive along side Gil de Ferran, who would win the 2000 CART Championship for Roger Penske. Still, Helio showed plenty of potential, including a couple of wins, the first of his young career.


Helio Castroneves 2000 (Photo: Geoff Miller)


2001 CART FedEx Championship

Points - 141 (-58)
Championship Standing - 4th

2001 is the year that I believe Helio Castroneves really established himself as a consistent threat in IndyCar. He started off the season well in CART, collecting two wins in the first six races. He also ran in the IRL Series with Roger Penske in a couple of races, but the big one was the Indianapolis 500, where in his first attempt at getting his face on the Borg Warner Trophy, Helio was triumphant. There was no denying Helio's place in history now, even though he was only 27 with many years ahead of him. Back on earth, however, Helio was once again outmatched by teammate Gil de Ferran, who would once again win the championship. Helio only DNFed twice, so it wasn't a matter of doing something wrong, he just wasn't consistent enough.


Helio Castroneves 2001 (Photo: Peter Burke)


2002 Indy Racing League 

Points - 511 (-20)
Championship Standing - 2nd

Roger Penske shocked everyone when he announced he would not be bringing back his iconic Marlboro cars to the CART Series. Instead, they would be moving over to the oval-only Indy Racing League. Helio Castroneves had about as good of a season as you could have. He only finished outside of the top-ten once, and yet he still lost the championship to Sam Hornish Jr. Sam finished outside the top-ten three times, but he won five races to Helio's two, which was one of the deciding factors. Helio would win his second Indianapolis 500, although it was fraught with controversy. But not winning enough races, as well his auspicious performance at Richmond in which he finished 19th where he hit the wall on the eighth lap of the race, doomed him.

Helio Castroneves 2002 (Photo: IndyCar)


2003 IndyCar Series

Points - 484 (-23)
Championship Standing - 3rd

There was nowhere for Helio to hide in 2003. The now two-time Indianapolis 500 champion was no longer facing the CART-less fandom that he faced last year, as heavy hitters Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti-Green Racing were now full-time in the IRL. Castroneves had another solid season again, but again, he was a) not consistent enough to beat the champion, Scott Dixon b) could not best his teammate Gil de Ferran, who won his first and only Indianapolis 500 and would retire after the final race. While he failed to finish three times (twice because of mechanical issues), his failure to avoid a spinning Roger Yasukawa at Motegi proved to be his only accident on the season.


Helio Castroneves 2003 (Photo: IndyCar)

2004 IndyCar Series

Points - 446 (-172)
Championship Standing - 4th

Once again, nothing on paper said that Helio Castroneves had a bad season: he had no DNF's, his worst finish was 12th (x3), but every other finish was in the top-ten. Unfortunately, Helio finished in the top-five six times, versus Tony Kanaan, the champion, who finished in the top-five in fifteen of the sixteen rounds. While it may have been the case that no one was going to beat Kanaan this year, Castroneves' lack of top-fives is dooming his championship hopes.


Helio Castroneves 2004 (Photo: SpeedSport Magazine)


2005 IndyCar Series

Points - 440 (-188)
Championship Standing - 6th
This was the first rough season for Helio Castroneves since his first year with Penske. While the wins followed again, a series of rough finishes were spread throughout the season. It began early, with a crash at St. Petersburg with lapped traffic in the form of AJ Foyt IV a mere 12 laps into the race. He also crashed near the end of the race at Motegi, tangled with teammate Sam Hornish Jr. at Milwaukee, had an altercation with rookie Tomas Enge at Watkins Glen (on the last lap), and got wrecked by rookies Danica Patrick and Ryan Briscoe at Sonoma. Even if he had finished in these races, he was nowhere close to the pace or form of champion Dan Wheldon, who crushed everyone.


Helio Castroneves 2005 (Photo: IndyCar)


2006 IndyCar Series

Points - 473 (-2)
Championship Standing - 3rd

In the most heartbreaking fashion yet, Helio Castrroneves lost the championship to teammate Sam Hornish Jr. by a mere two points. Equally more frustrating, Castroneves only failed to finish one race. For however critical I am of Castroneves, I will never deny his talents at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 2006 was one of the rare mishaps for Castroneves at Indy, as he and Buddy Rice crashed. The valuable loss of points proved to be fatal to his championship efforts. Two points is the difference between a one to two place finish at most races. A crash that took away at minimum a top-ten effort crushed Helio and took away his best shot at a championship yet.


Helio Castroneves 2006 (Photo: Honda)
2007 IndyCar Series

Points - 446 (-191)
Championship Standing - 6th

After his closest chance yet at a championship, Helio had his worst season with Team Penske yet because of a middle portion of the season plagued with incidents. With an average field size of 19 cars, Helio racked up a 16, 16, 8, 11, and 18 place finish between Milwaukee and Watkins Glen. A rear wing failure while leading at Milwaukee was out of his hands. A big wreck at Texas collected Castroneves and several others. While leading at Watkins Glen, Castroneves crashed after facing pressure from Scott Dixon. He would get into more trouble later on in the year with a big crash with Vitor Meira (in which Helio went on a humorous tirade back to the pits) and he got into a feud with Tomas Scheckter after a crash in Detroit. Looking back on it, I am surprised Helio wasn't let go by Penske after the season.


Indy 500 Practice
Helio Castroneves 2007 (Photo: Darrell Ingham / Getty Images North America)

2008 IndyCar Series

Points - 629 (-17)
Championship Standing - 2nd

2008 marked the merger of the Champ Car Series and the IndyCar Series, once again leaving one open-wheel championship in America after 12 years apart. It was another heartbreaking 2nd place in the championship for Helio Castroneves in the 2008 season. Castroneves had no DNFs and finished on the podium in 11 of the 17 races. Unfortunately, he only won two races, while champion Scott Dixon won six, making that the ultimate difference in the championship. Still, Helio had a great season, including a thrilling win in the finale at Chicago. Castroneves received a penalty in qualifying for crossing the white line, sending him to last (28th) on the grid (another example of a rookie mistake). He fought his way from the back to beat Dixon at the line. Dixon got the last laugh by winning the title.


Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Helio Castroneves in 2008 (Photo: Marc Serota / Getty Images North America)


2009 IndyCar Series

Points - 433 (-183)
Championship Standing - 4th

2009 was the most bizarre season for Helio Castroneves, because many weren't sure if Helio would be on the racetrack at all. During the offseason, Castroneves was indicted on charges of tax fraud by the US Government. Without a plea agreement or verdict, Castroneves was not allowed to race in round one of the season at St. Petersburg (he actually hadn't reported to the team since October of the 2008 calendar year). He was replaced by new teammate Will Power. After St. Petersburg, all charges were dropped on Helio Castroneves and he was reinstated into the team. While valuable points were lost, he was still a threat on the track. He went on to win the 2009 Indianapolis 500, his third of his career. The rest of the season was less than flattering. He was nowhere near the championship fight which ended with Dario Franchitti winning the title. Helio finished 171 points behind teammate Ryan Briscoe.


Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Qualifying
Helio Castroneves 2009 (Photo: Ezra Shaw / Getty Images North America)


2010 IZOD IndyCar Series

Points - 531 (-71)
Championship Standing - 4th

After 2009, Team Penske officially became Will Power's team. Power quickly established himself as the man to beat, while Castroneves faded to the background. Helio finished in the top-ten in all but two races, and in those two races, Castroneves crashed in both. Contact with fellow Brazilians Mario Moraes and Vitor Meira at Texas and Toronto forced Helio out. He also got massively screwed by race control at Edmonton, denying him of his win. While he was within reach of the championship, he was consistently schooled by Power, especially on road courses. And he was still no match for Chip Ganassi Racing.


Japan 300 Practice and Qualifying
Helio Castroneves 2010 (Photo: Jonathan Ferrey / Getty Images North America)

2011 IZOD IndyCar Series

Points - 312 (-261)
Championship Standing - 11th

2011 was the worst season for Helio Castroneves since joining Team Penske. Helio, who despite the lack of championships is a consistent fixture in the top-ten, had a brutal year. Early on in the season, he was the punchline of a joke by Justin Wilson's team, creating a list of cars Helio wrecked through the first three races (there were a lot). In the first turn of the season, Helio started a crash that saw Marco Andretti end up flipping over. Several others were involved. See the gag below.

Photo: IndyCar
Nothing seemed to go right for Castroneves, who didn't collect a win in the season. And despite the results, Helio only failed to finish once, meaning he was just blatantly average all season. Teammates Will Power and Ryan Briscoe did very well throughout the season, constantly outperforming Helio. Despite this, Helio continued on at Penske.


The Milwaukee Mile
Helio Castroneves 2011 (Photo: Robert Laberge / Getty Images North America)



2012 IZOD IndyCar Series

Points - 431 (-37)
Championship Standing - 4th

2012 was a much better year for Helio Castroneves. The introduction of the new Dallara DW-12 seemed to suit Castroneves, as the car was much more conducive to road course racing. Castroneves showed his muscles by winning the first ever race in the DW-12 era at St. Petersburg. Despite finishing every race and posting a large amount of top-tens, he again fell just short of a championship. The problem once again was failure to accumulate more wins and podiums then his other championship rivals.


Edmonton Indy - Day 1
Helio Castroneves 2012 (Photo: Jonathan Ferrey / Getty Images North America)

2013 IZOD IndyCar Series

Points - 550 (-27)
Championship Standing - 2nd

You would think after thirteen years with Team Penske, a championship would have happened for Helio Castroneves. Despite another good season, Castroneves fell just short once again. He was consistent in a season full of inconsistencies. I sound like a broken record, but he had two major shortcomings, the first of which was the usual inability to convert a couple of top-tens into top-fives or podiums. His only win came at Texas, but his car was deemed illegal after the race. The win was still credited to him. The second shortfall was the doubleheader at Houston, where Castroneves could have locked up the championship against Scott Dixon. Heading into the two-race weekend, Castroneves had a 49 point lead over Dixon. Back-to-back races of mechanical failures, coupled with Dixon finishing first and second in the weekend meant Dixon came out of the weekend with a 25 point lead over Castroneves. That's a 74 point swing in the span of two days. In the finale, Castroneves failed to win and Dixon crossed the line in fifth, giving him the title. Surely next year would be the year for Helio.


Honda Indy Toronto: Day 2
Helio Castroneves 2013 (Photo: Robert Laberge / Getty Images North America)

2014 Verizon IndyCar Series

Points - 609 (-62)
Championship Standing - 2nd

Another solid season for Castroneves at Team Penske, though he once again fell short of winning the championship. The championship this year went to Will Power, another guy who had championships elude him despite competing very strong. Castroneves also had to worry about the infamous Juan Pablo Montoya, who was now at Penske. Helio's biggest undoing in this season? He was too inconsistent, which is normally where he succeeds. He missed the top-ten in eight of the eighteen races, including finishing out the year with five straight sub-top-ten finishes. Quite frankly, the only reason he finished as high as he did was two second place finishes in double points races, creating an inflated point count.


Indianapolis 500 - Practice
Helio Castroneves 2014 (Photo: Michael Hickey / Getty Images North America)

2015 Verizon IndyCar Series

Points - 453 (-103)
Championship Standing - 5th

Helio Castroneves backed up his brutal finish to the 2014 season with another brutal finish to the 2015 season, missing the top-ten in the last four races, including a 15th at Sonoma, a double-points race. The only thing saving him from being last at Team Penske was newby Simon Pagenaud, who struggled in his first year with the team. Helio did not win a race this season for the second time since joining Team Penske.


Indianapolis 500 - Coors Light Carb Day
Helio Castroneves 2015 (Photo: Jamie Squire / Getty Images North America)

2016 Verizon IndyCar Series

Points - 504 (-155)
Championship Standing - 3rd

In the final entry of the Castroneves Chronicles, Castroneves was once again bested by his teammates for the championship. Rented-mule Simon Pagenaud swiftly overcame his depressing first season at Penske by destroying the field all season, leading to a landslide victory in the championship. Pagenaud finished in the top-two in the first five races, and was a couple of engine failures and a wreck at Pocono away from a near-perfect season. Power finished second in the points even after missing the first race of the season, and Montoya finished P8 in the championship after a sluggish season. Castroneves failed to collect any wins for the second straight season.


GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
Helio Castroneves 2016 (Photo: Lachlan Cunningham / Getty Images North America)

So after all of this, what conclusions can we come to? Is it possible for us to put Castroneves in the same sentence as guys like Rick Mears, Michael Andretti, or AJ Foyt when he never won a championship. Given that he's on the best team in IndyCar, the lack of championship success is staggering. To me, Castroneves is a good driver overall, an elite driver at Indianapolis, and perhaps one of the best drivers at qualifying. However, he is not a great driver because he consistently makes key mistakes that costs him championships.

Please don't label me as a hater, as this is my justification as to why I don't like Helio as driver and why I think he is very overrated. If you have a counter-argument, please fell free to share it with me.

-Matthew Hickey

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Racing World Reacts to Alonso News

Twitter is great for days like yesterday. Rapid reaction flew around the world as two-time Formula 1 Champion Fernando Alonso and his team McLaren announced that the Spaniard would withdraw from the Monaco Grand Prix and instead race in the 101st Indianapolis 500. My reaction was something like "holy fucking balls" as I checked the twenty-three text messages I had received telling me of the news. Here are some of the reactions from many drivers, mainly from IndyCar, as well as others from the racing community:



































































































































































Thanks for reading!

-Matthew Hickey