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With the W Series season opener just weeks away, here’s a look at the 18 drivers and 4 reserves that are travelling the world with F1 this summer. Some of the most experienced female drivers, alongside rookies, are just starting their careers, who couldn’t be excited for the start of the 2021 season.

2021 drivers:

Ayla Ågren, Norway, 27

New to W Series in 2021, Agren will hope to make a real impact on the series. She has previously raced in F1600 and F2000 in the United States on the Road to Indy programme. Her best result to date is a first-place finish in the 2014 F1600 championship.

Jamie Chadwick, UK, 23

 2019 W Series champion Chadwick scored 110 points in the inaugural season. She will hope to retain the title in 2021 while also competing in Extreme E for Veloce Racing. The Williams F1 team development driver is a real talent and one to watch for the future of females in motorsport.

Sabré Cook, USA, 27

Cook is starting her second year in W Series and will be hoping to improve on her 12th place championship finish from 2019. She is another driver who’s hoping to reach IndyCar in the future, although funding issues may stand in her way. Having competed in various American categories, she should be prepared for the challenge of the W Series this year.

Abbie Eaton, UK, 29

Eaton is taking part in her first W Series season in 2021 using her experience from Mazda MX-5 and British GT. She is currently leading the 2021 GT Cup Championship championship and will hope to reach the same fate in W Series. Her best results are 1st in the 2009 Production Tour Car Championship and 2014 Mazda MX-5 Supercup. When not behind the wheel, she is an ambassador for Racing Pride, an LGBT rights charity working in the motorsport industry to promote inclusivity throughout the sport.

Belén García, Spain, 21

2021 will see Belen’s W Series debut, where she will build on her experience from various F4 championships. Having only started karting in 2015, she continues to build on her experiences and grow as a driver. Having taken the female trophy in the Spanish F4 championship in 2019, with an overall finishing position of 15th, this will be her first F3 championship.

Marta García, Spain, 20

Unlike her namesake, Marta has W Series experience, having competed in the 2019 championship, finishing 4th. Having started well with a podium in the first race, her form dipped to a P8 and P9 finish in the last two races. She will hope to improve on that in 2021 to take the title.

Jessica Hawkins, UK, 26

Aston Martin Cognizant F1 team driver ambassador Hawkins is returning for another chance at the W Series title this year. After finishing the last season in 11th, she will use her touring car experience to try and move up the championship order. Her best result to date was 2nd in the 2017 Mini Challenge UK Championship with 727 points.  

Emma Kimiläinen, Finland, 31

Another driver returning this year is Kimiläinen, who finished 5th in the 2019 season. The Finish driver has so much experience that she will want to take the title this year. With success in Formula Ford and Scandinavian Touring Car Championships since 2005, she will be one to watch this season.

Miki Koyama, Japan, 23

Koyama is also hoping to improve on her 2019 championship position after finishing 7th. Having competed in Japanese F4 and Asian F3 since 2015 with varied but improving success, she will hope to continue building on this success in the 2021 W Series season.

Nerea Martí, Spain, 19

At 19 years old, Martí has only recently started her professional racing career. She has previously competed in Spanish F4, where she finished 16th in the 2019 championship, although she scored a podium on debut. She will hope to bring that experience to W Series that year and continue to grow her racing career.

Sarah Moore, UK, 27

On the other hand, Moore is a very experienced driver who has been competing in a variety of series since 2007. Having finished 8th in the 2019 W Series Championship, she will want to move up the grid and take the title as she did in the 2018 Britcar Endurance Championship. She is also an ambassador for Racing Pride alongside Sarah Moore.

Vicky Piria, Italy, 27

Piria is hoping to build on her 2019 season as well, having finished 9th in the championship. Having competed since 2009 in a variety of series, she can build on this to continue her W Series career and move towards the front of the grid.

Alice Powell, UK, 27

Another W Series veteran is Alice Powell, hoping to improve on her P3 finish in the 2019 championship. As another driver who has experience throughout motorsport, she will hope to take the championship away from fellow Brit Chadwick this year. Her last series win was in the 2014 Asian Formula Renault Series.

Gosia Rdest, Poland, 28

A late change in the driver line-up brings Gosia Rdest back to W Series as she replaces Tasmin Pepper after changes to the South African Coronavirus travel policy. Having finished 14th in 2019 and then taking a year break from single-seaters, she may take some time to come to terms with the car again after being a late call-up for the 2021 season.

Irina Sidorkova, Russia, 17

The young Russian driver will have turned 18 the day after she competes in W Series for the first time on the 26th of June. After success in junior categories in Russia, the 2021 season is her first step into a larger series. Having competed in Asian F3 to finish 22nd, W Series gives her another chance to make that leap towards her important role in the future of women in motorsport.

Bruna Tomaselli, Brazil, 23

The final W Series rookie on the grid this year is Tomaselli, who was also on the Road to Indy programme taking part in F2000 between 2017 and 2019. Having attempted to join the 2019 lineup but ultimately being unsuccessful on evaluation day, this season will give her the chance to take part in the series and make the next step towards her future in motorsport.

Beitske Visser, Netherlands, 26

Visser finished just 10 points behind champion Jamie Chadwick in 2019 and will be hoping to take the title in 2021. In recent years, she has become successful in LMP2 cars, taking part in Le Mans 2020 before competing in the WEC this year. She finished 9th on both occasions. With such rich experience, Visser is a real favourite to fight for the title.  

Fabienne Wohlwend, Liechtenstein, 23

Finishing 6th in 2019, Wohlwend is another driver who will want to move up the order in the 2021 season. Having seen success in Ferrari Challenge Europe in recent years, she’s another driver with a lot of experience who can play a major role in the series this year.

Reserve drivers:

With the pandemic constantly causing a change in restrictions and the location of races, we will likely see more of these drivers than in a usual season. As seen with Rdest already, the line-up will change as drivers battle the restrictions in place.  

Tasmin Pepper, South Africa, 30

Having competed in W Series in 2019, Pepper is well-qualified for the challenge of taking a seat at the last moment. With lots of Formula VW and Volkswagen Polo Cup experience in South Africa, she is well-placed to take any opportunities that come her way throughout the season.

Abbi Pulling, UK, 18

With Alice Powell as her driver coach, Pulling is in a good position to take the place of a driver, if necessary, this season. Having recently taken 6th place in the 2020 British F4 championship, she is a real talent, and she will play a role in the future of women in motorsport alongside her coach.

Naomi Schiff, Rwanda, 27

Alongside her commentary and presenting duties this year, Schiff will have a reserve driver role this year. Having finished 16th in 2019, she did get some points after two 10th place finishes and will be ready to take up the role if required this year.

Caitlin Wood, Australia, 24

Like Pepper and Schiff, Wood took part in the 2019 season and will be well-prepared to take the place of a driver this year. With experience in various cars, she is ready for any scenario that may arise throughout the season.

After a pandemic-affected 2020, the Indycar championship is enjoying a renaissance in 2021. The series is back on its regular calendar, and it is thrilling fans all over the world. After the IRL/CART civil war that destroyed open-wheel racing in America, it finally feels like the Indycar series is on stable footing. Under the management of the Penske Corporation, the premier class of single-seater racing in the Americas is returning to prominence.

Exciting action, close competition and unpredictability are fueling this upturn in popularity. The recent Indy 500 was the most-watched sports event that weekend; the race beat the NBA and Baseball in TV ratings. The series is in good health, and here are five reasons to watch the white-knuckle, wheel-to-wheel action that is Indycar.

The Fiercest Competition

Indycar is famous for its competition

Quite simply, Indycar is the most competitive series in racing. So far, in 2021, the series has crowned five different race winners in five races. With all teams using the same standard chassis, control electronics and tyres, the drivers and teams must make the difference. Indycar champions its drivers making the difference on a race weekend.

That is why a driver like Colton Herta can struggle in race one at Alabama and then pitch up a week later to dominate on the streets of Florida. At the start of every Indycar race, a genuine feeling of not knowing who the winner will be, exists. With only 16 races on the calendar, every race feels like a prizefight. However, the way Indycar regulates its technical regulations to keep the cars close allows the drivers to shine. That is why there is so much unpredictability as the grid boats an enormous amount of depth.

The Youth Movement

Pato O’Ward is one of Indycar’s brightest young talents

One of the biggest things driving Indycar’s popularity is the Indy youth movement. The quartet of Alex Palou, Colton Herta, Rinus Veekay and McLaren’s Pato O’Ward are all race-winners under 25. These four drivers bring their panache and style to the championship. Veekay’s fearlessness allied with his daredevil/entertainer character makes him a must-watch TV. Herta’s laid-back, fun-loving smooth racing style will see him get positioned as the American face of the championship. Finally, Ex-Super-Formula pedaller Alex Palou couples quiet confidence with a disregard for veteran drivers.

Lastly, former Red Bull young driver O’Ward is the most exciting driver on the grid. The Mexican with the Irish name possesses insane car control; the Indycar paddock has started calling him the Ninja. Watching O’Ward’s onboard camera is box-office. There is nothing better than watching young drivers come into a championship and shake everything up; these four drivers are here to turn the Indycar series upside down. This stable of youngsters can drive Indycar to more success with their fan-friendly attitude and insane talent.

The Calendar

The Long Beach GP is one of the prestigious events on the calendar

Nowadays, most new race tracks are barren tarmac locales shorn of atmosphere. Luckily, the US race tracks still boast the old-school feel with plenty of atmospheres. After the roaring success of the ‘500, Indycar goes back to another banner event this weekend. The Dual in Detroit returns after missing out last year due to the pandemic. The bumpy, high-speed circuit lined with concrete walls tests drivers to the limit as they perform double-duty by racing on Saturday and Sunday. The Detroit streets will test the drivers’ skill, bravery and eye-balls as they trawl across the uneven roads in the Motor City.

After this weekend, the series will head north to tackle the stunning Road America racetrack at Elkhart Lake. The racetrack often gets labelled as the Spa-Francorchamps of North America, except that gravel and grass still line the outer edge of the track. Add a return to Laguna Seca, another oval race in St.Louis (where a certain Romain Grosjean makes his oval debut) and a season finale at the iconic Long Beach GP, the Indycar calendar will push the drivers. Yet, at the same time, it will serve up high-octane racing on unsanitised, old-school tracks. These circuits are great for wheel-to-wheel racing; plus, they could create some unexpected circumstances that will shape the championship.

The Championship Battle

Scott Dixon is the reigning Indycar champion

After a disastrous Indy 500 reigning champion, Scott Dixon is no longer the championship leader. The six-time champion was making serene progress to a seventh title until the cruel mistress of Indianapolis scuppered his ambitions on race day. While Dixon tumbled, his teammate Alex Palou surged to the top of the standings with a second-place finish. Dixon’s troubles also allowed Pato O’Ward to haul himself into contention. As a result, the top three are now separated by 37 points, with 50 points on offer for a race win; the championship dynamics could dramatically shift as the season hits its busy period through the summer.

Watching how the two youngsters battle with a legend down the home straight for the championship will be fascinating to watch. But, finally, it would be foolish to rule out Simon Pagenaud, Rinus Veekay and two-time champion Josef Newgarden who currently sit fourth, fifth and sixth in the standings. The championship chase for the coveted Astor Cup could get wild in the white-heat of battle this summer.

The On-Track Action

The on-track action in Indycar is almost unrivalled

The actual on-track action in Indycar is fantastic. The similarity across the cars and the constant push to improve overtaking has created an exciting formula in 2021. After two years of racing with the aeroscreen, Indycar has started to iron out its turbulent air problem. Now, the series is back to showcasing breathtaking racing. Rinus Veekay displayed his racing skills as he scythed past the traffic and Romain Grosjean to win the Indianapolis GP.

Josef Newgarden and Colton Herta waged a race-long war for the victory in Florida. At the same time, Pato O’Ward screamed past his opponents on the slippery, dusty tarmac at Texas Motor Speedway. Whether it is on an oval, racetrack or street circuit, Indycar offers stunning action as cars race side-by-side for two hours. It is a spectacle watching Alexander Rossi race around the outside of another driver or witness Scott Dixon dissect his way through traffic. So if you’re after tons of action, brave racing, and exciting overtaking, Indycar is the series to watch.

Extreme E returned last weekend, after an almost two-month gap, and it didn’t disappoint, with action and drama throughout. The Odyssey cars took to the beaches of Senegal for the Ocean X-Prix, where the sand was once again the terrain standing between the drivers and a successful weekend. As we saw in Saudi Arabia, weekends were made or ruined by a minor mistake, and this can happen to any team when competing in such a new category. Here’s a rundown of what happened in Senegal, as RXR dominated once again.

Qualifying:

Q1:

Team X44 were impressive during the first part of qualifying on the beach, taking the fastest time, although the top 3 were only separated by 10 seconds. Loeb and Gutierrez outpaced the Chip Ganassi car of Price and LeDuc by 4.23 seconds. The Abt Cupra car qualified 3rd but was moved to 4th after a driver change infringement as replacement Kleinschmidt took over from Ekström, leaving Rosberg X Racing to take the third position in the standings. JBXE took 5th with Button’s replacement of Kevin Hansen, using his rally experience to get quickly up to speed in the electric SUV. After a poor Round 1 in Saudi Arabia, Veloce’s Chadwick was finally given her chance in the car, finishing 6th alongside Sarrazin, with Xite Energy taking a trouble-free 7th. The same cannot be said for the Andretti United and Acciona Sainz teams.  Sanz stopped on track after a heavy impact caused an electrical issue, and although she was able to get the car going briefly before it stopped once again, leaving them with a lot of work to do in Q2. The same also occurred to Timmy Hansen in the Andretti United car, although he could restart the car, leaving them over 3 minutes off the pace, but with a time on the board.


Q2:

The second round of qualifying was also dominated by X44, who set the only sub-11-minute time of the session. They were followed by Abt Cupra, who clearly had a point to prove after their penalty during Q1, finishing 10 seconds back. RXR rounded out the top-3 after another safe but quick performance from the Rosberg team. JBXE finished in 4th again, with Andretti United able to recover some of their time to finish 5th, followed by Acciona Sainz in 6th, although this wasn’t good enough for either team to reach the end semi-finals. Veloce ended the second qualifying in 7th, but the early issues for the two teams ahead of them meant that they were through to their first semi-final, something good to see after such a disastrous Desert X-Prix. Xite Energy took the final spot in the semi-finals, despite finishing 8th in the second qualifying session. Chip Ganassi finished the session in a disappointing 9th after their car also had an issue on the track, causing them to stop and restart the car. This shows just how vital it is to ensure the car doesn’t stop on course, with all three teams ruled out of any further success over the weekend because of this.

Classification after Qualifying:

1. X44 (Gutiérrez/Loeb) 21m44.856s

2. Rosberg X Racing (Taylor/Kristoffersson) +27.58s

3. Abt Cupra (Kleinschmidt/Ekström) +35.95s

4. JBXE (Åhlin-Kottulinsky/Hansen) +40.57s

5. Veloce Racing (Sarrazin/Chadwick) +1m20.51s

6. Xite Energy (GZ/Bennett) +1m51.60s

7. Chip Ganassi (LeDuc/Price) +3m56.95s

8. Andretti United (Munnings/Hansen) +4m12.21s

9. Acciona Sainz (Sanz/Sainz) +1 Lap

Semi-finals:

Semi-final 1:

This weekend, a new semi-final system was in place that saw the top 3 together in the first round and the mid-3 teams together in the second semi-final, meaning a top placing team was to lose out on the final. This was how the weekend began to fall apart for Abt Cupra, who were leading into the driver switch but lost out on two places due to a radio issue, meaning they finished last and were ruled out of the final. The round was won by Taylor and Kristoffersson in the RXR car, who beat the X44 into the first gate, with Kristoffersson taking a wide line to undercut Loeb and then kept the position throughout the race.

Semi-final 2:

With two places left for the final and three worthy teams fighting for them, semi-final 2 was set up to be a good one. Hansen in the JBXE started well to take the lead, with Chadwick and Bennett duelling behind. Chadwick kept P2 from the Xite Energy car behind her, but an issue with the pit limiter for Veloce gave Bennett an advantage. While the JBXE continued to put time between themselves and the rest of the field, the fight continued behind them. Despite technical issues continuing for Veloce, Sarrazin was able to win the fight, ending the weekend for the Xite Energy team.

Shootout:

With three teams who were not expected to be in the shootout battling each other for the final few points, this race was never going to be disappointing. Timmy Hansen took the lead into the first corner with Price in P2 with Sainz behind her. The experience of Sainz meant he was able to fight back, however, to take the lead going into the driver switch, but this didn’t last for long. LeDuc, who had started his stint in third, fought back strongly, overtaking Munnings for second then going on to take the win from Sanz. An outstanding performance from the Chip Ganassi Racing driver who will be disappointed to have missed out on showing this skill in a final in both of the first two rounds of X-Prix.

Final:

4 teams were left to line up for the final, but two cars made it to the end of the first lap. After colliding with the RXR car when fighting for the lead, Gutierrez’ X44 had suspension damage, bringing an early close to the Hamilton team’s impressive weekend. A bump in the terrain left the JBXE car in a similar position, with the car stopping with suspension issues which ultimately blocked the track and led to a red flag on the race. With Veloce and RXR both left confused during the driver change as a red flag was called, the best option was to do another standing start as Kristoffersson and Chadwick began their laps. The RXR driver was able to take the lead immediately and kept it, with both drivers successfully finishing their laps. However, the Swedish driver was 14.676 seconds ahead of his British counterpart by the end of the lap.

Championship Standings:

Rosberg X Racing (Johan Kristoffersson / Molly Taylor) 71 points

X44 (Sébastien Loeb / Cristina Gutiérrez) 57 points

JBXE (Jenson Button / Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky) 44 points

Andretti United Extreme E (Timmy Hansen / Catie Munnings) 37 points

XITE ENERGY RACING (Oliver Bennett / Christine GZ) 37 points

ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team (Carlos Sainz / Laia Sanz) 36 points

ABT Cupra XE (Mattias Ekström / Claudia Hürtgen) 35 points

Veloce Racing (Stéphane Sarrazin / Jamie Chadwick) 31 points

Segi TV Chip Ganassi Racing (Kyle LeDuc / Sara Price) 30 points

Another exceptional weekend for the RXR team leaves them with a large gap in the championship, with X44 and JBXE rounding out a top-3 entirely managed by legends of the F1 world. After an outstanding first weekend, then an abysmal second round, Andretti move to 4th, although the Xite Energy team couldn’t be closer to them, with Acciona Sainz only one point behind both teams in 6th. The bottom 6 teams are split by just 7 points, showing how much there is still to gain and fight for in the next 3 rounds of the new series.

Helio Castroneves won an emotional and evocative fourth Indy 500 last Sunday. The Brazilian legend joined the four-time club 20 years on from his maiden ‘500 win. The 46-year-old came into Indy after he got let go by Team Penske; Castroneves scrambled for a one-race deal with Indycar minnows, Meyer Shank Racing. The win was the team’s first Indycar win, and they triumphed at the biggest race in the world. The win cemented Castroneves’ legacy as an Indycar legend and left him on the brink of history. But, we’ll come back to that later.

The Speedway Gets Its Soul Back

The 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 was a historical, emotional event. Firstly, 135,000 fans returned to the Brickyard. That number marked the highest attendance for a sporting event since the pandemic started. Seeing race fans return to their cathedral of speed made the pageantry all the more special. After last year’s empty ‘500, the soul and spectacle returned for the 2021 edition.

The emotional singing of ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’ and the electricity of the driver introductions heightened the atmosphere. Add all the pomp and circumstance to the level of talent on the grid, and the race couldn’t come soon enough. The field of 33 were the fastest qualifiers in Indy history, while nine former winners were on the grid. The blend of youthful exuberance and veteran experience created an exciting cocktail of drama. It didn’t take long; After his twirl at the driver introduction, young Dutchman Rinus Veekay overtook Scott Dixon and Colton Herta to surge into an early lead. Veekay got followed by young American Herta in the early stages. The drivers settled in for the early stint until a dramatic twist shook things up.

A Dramatic Twist and Scott Dixon’s Bad Luck

Scott Dixon is a six-time Indycar champion; he’s won over 50 races, the Kiwi is a bonafide legend. Yet, Dixon has only drunk milk in victory lane once in his legendary career. That sole victory in 2008 looked like it might get joined after Dixon took a phenomenal pole position. Unfortunately, Stefan Wilson’s crash in the pitlane caused an early safety car period. Dixon was waiting to pit a tad later than Herta and Veekay.

Instead, race control closed the pits, and Dixon needed to complete one more lap around the track. Eventually, he was allowed in for an emergency stop. As the Iceman pulled in, his car spluttered to a halt. Dixon went a lap down and tumbled to the last position in their desperate efforts to restart the car. The favourite, the reigning champion, saw his Indy hopes get ripped away from him in an instant. Indianapolis often picks its winner; lady luck was definitely not on Dixon’s side this year.

The early safety car brought Conor Daly into play. The Indiana born-and-raised driver emerged into the leading pack after the pace car period. When the green flag finally waved, Daly went into hyperdrive. Daly took second place away from Herta; he then passed his teammate going into turn three; the roar from the Indiana faithful was deafening. The boy born 20 miles from the speedway was now in the lead; however, Indianapolis and its 230mph Russian roulette would once again change everything.

A Horrifying Crash, Hometown Heartbreak and the Ninja

As the laps continued to fly by, Graham Rahal was quietly moving into contention. The Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver went on a long stint in an attempt to overcut several cars. His team won the race last year with Rahal’s teammate Takuma Sato, and Rahal’s desire to emulate his father and win the Indy 500 was fueling him. Rahal came to a stop, time was of the essence, and his mechanics hurried their way through.

Devastatingly for Rahal, he left without the left-rear wheel tightened; as he accelerated out of the pitlane, the wheel rolled off, and Rahal crashed into the wall. It was eerily similar to Alex Zanardi’s horrific crash in 2001. Luckily, Rahal was ok. The loose wheel ricocheted back onto the racing line and struck Conor Daly’s car. The aeroscreen arguably saved Daly’s life; however, the resulting damage on his car would prove his undoing. Add that to a late pitstop, and the Indiana racer was out of contention.

Daly’s teammate Veekay was struggling with fuel-saving; it seemed as if the race was down to four drivers: Helio Castroneves, Alex Palou, Pato O’Ward and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Captain America ruled himself out as he got a pitlane speeding penalty. The race had come down to two fearless youngsters and the grizzled veteran.

The Legend’s Flying Finish, but the Young Guns Are Here to Stay

As the race reached its dramatic denouement, the front three were racing for the win. It looked like the Honda-powered cars of Palou and Castroneves held a power advantage. O’Ward got placed on the periphery due to his Chevrolet engine’s power disadvantage. Palou and Castroneves traded places until the penultimate lap when Castroneves pounced. The Brazilian swept around the outside of turn one to pass Palou;

Castroneves then negotiated the longest three corners of his career to cross the yard of bricks before everyone else. The charismatic Castroneves then celebrated in signature style by climbing the fence. Once again, the crowd’s roar was incredible as they showed their affection and admiration for one of the sports biggest stars.

At various points, the Indy 500 got led by Alex Palou, Rinus Veekay, Colton Herta and Pato O’Ward. All four of these drivers are race-winners; all four of them are under-25; these fearless young bucks will get plenty of opportunities to come back and win at Indy. Although it won’t be easy, Castroneves said the old guys have still got it, citing Tom Brady and Phil Mickelson as examples. Spiderman will almost certainly return in 2022 to take a crack at winning ‘500 number five. That would place Castroneves into an exclusive club of one, and a packed house at Indy may erupt. But, the young guys are coming for him and his crown. Can it be May 2022 already? Please?

Linsay Winkler is a 19-year-old young woman who has been working in motorsport as a mechanic since she was 15.

She already gained a lot of experience in different teams and racing classes and aims to be an engineer in the future. I was delighted to sit down with this young technical talent to ask her a few questions about her current role and her experiences working within motorsport.

You clearly have a passion for motorsport, how did you come into contact with the sport, and why did you choose the technical side of it?
To start at the very beginning, my father has always worked in motorsport. He was a manager of a driver, mechanic and team boss; he stopped doing this when I was about 12 years old. In addition, my parents have a go-kart track, so of course, I already learned things. I was never really interested in motorsport myself, and instead, I was doing a different sport at a high level, which I was very busy with. When Max Verstappen won the Spanish Grand Prix (if I remember correctly), a few days later, the Max Verstappen racing days took place in Zandvoort. After Max’s win, my father was invited and naturally also wanted to take a look, so I went with him. There I met a lot of people, which increased my interest enormously. A few months later, Jos Verstappen took us to the Formula One test days, and my father took me to a Formula 4 race weekend where I immediately fell in love with the sport. I wanted to join the F4 team every weekend, from Thursday to Sunday evening. There were two free practice sessions, a qualifying session and three races per weekend where I went into the pit lane to see everything; during the sessions, I had nothing to do because, of course, I was there as a guest. I asked the other technicians to ask if I could do something, and I got into it because I was allowed and able to do more and more.

Could you tell me more about your role and the duties?
A mechanic is actually responsible for the car before, during and after the sessions. Basically, they make changes that are communicated by the driver or engineer and make sure the car is ready to race. We also adapt the car to the driver, so each driver has a different seat that must be made; the pedals are different for each driver as well due to their length, and each driver has a different driving style with the corresponding adjustments. In addition, we naturally replace parts and repair them if necessary. This may sound logical, but actually, we are constantly working on the car to get the best out of the car and ensure that everything is mounted perfectly.

You are currently studying Aeronautical Engineering; isn’t that very different from motorsport? Why did you choose this study?
The aeronautical engineering study is the perfect study to understand race car aerodynamics. Many people think this is something completely different, but almost most engineers have followed this study. My father always said that I first had to know the technical (mechanic) side of the car and then, with this knowledge, become a more complete engineer. Last year was, therefore, the perfect time to gain more knowledge in addition to working as a mechanic by following the study of aeronautical engineering.

Your work seems to me to be both physically and mentally intense because the performance of others partly depends on your performance. How do you train yourself in this? How do you keep yourself sharp?
 If you work in motorsport, you work long days and make short nights, so I prepare myself for this all year round by trying to get as much energy from my sleep as possible and getting up on time. So, during a race weekend, this won’t feel like a completely different pattern.
In addition, it is also a physical burden. I don’t perform pit stops in the W Series like in Formula 1. If I did, the physical aspect would be even more enormous. I can say the mechanics train all year round to be physically as strong as possible. I also train throughout the year to get as much out of my body as possible physically. But for me, the most important thing is that a race weekend is physically (little sleep and hard work) affected as little as possible by the changes compared to, for example, when I have classes.

What does a typical race week look like for you? Are there any routines you can tell more about? 
Every race weekend actually has a kind of fixed routine, but no two weekends are the same. Usually, the weekend starts on Monday or Tuesday when we travel to the track. Then on Wednesday, we pitch the tent and start working on the cars. On Thursday, we prepare the cars for training and qualifying on Friday. Free practice’s and qualifying are on Friday. After Friday, we prepare the cars for the race on Saturday or Sunday in the evening. Every weekend is obviously different; when a car is damaged, you work differently than when the car is perfectly adjusted, and the driver does not require any adjustments.

Do you have a moment in your career so far that you are proud of? Or very exciting moments?
The race at Assen with the W Series in 2019 was really cool! I was there for the first time with the W Series, and as a mechanic, I got to win with Megan Gilkes. On Saturday evening, we were told that we could be on pole in the reverse grid race on Sunday, which was very exciting. On Sunday, Megan won the race with +0.034 seconds, if I’m correct. The last laps I have been biting my nails and shaking like crazy because I was so nervous, but in the end, I was very proud of her that she had just won the race!

You work in a sport that is mainly dominated by men; how do you keep your position strong in this world among men? And how do you manage to inspire other women with this?
I think basically everyone I have worked with always says that I am a very hard worker. In addition, many people (mechanics, engineers, drivers) really enjoy working with me, which is a very nice compliment, and thankfully I also enjoy working with them! I don’t see myself as someone who inspires other women, but I do hope that women who doubt they can see me and think if I can, they can do this too!

Do you have any advice for someone who wants to work as a Mechanic / Engineer? 
Just do it! I believe that you can achieve anything if you work hard enough and do something that you enjoy!

On behalf of Grid Talk, I would like to thank Linsay for taking the time to talk to me about her experiences in and around the paddock! We hope this inspires you to follow your dreams.

Almost two years since the 2019 W Series season ended at Brands Hatch; the all-female racing series returned to the UK for testing last week. With varied weather conditions and rookie drivers learning how to drive these cars for the first time, there was a lot for everyone to learn.

COVID rescheduling:

Like everything in the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic affected W Series hugely. After cancelling the 2020 season, the announcement in December 2020 that the women would return to the grid this year excited everyone. The series was then given another blow when it became clear that their pre-season testing in Valencia could not go ahead during the final week in April due to COVID restrictions in Spain. Therefore, the decision was made to move the testing to Wales, meaning it could be completed with plenty of time before the season begins in Austria on the 26th of June.

Testing:

During the 5-day test, 4,723 laps were completed by the drivers, an incredible 15,918 kilometres in distance. The drivers battled through sun, wind and rain throughout the week, something they were pleased to experience. With clear conditions during the first two days, the drivers were able to learn a lot much more quickly than they could have expected. Racing Director Dave Ryan discussed how keen all the drivers were to get started, having had little track time since August 2019. The drivers, therefore, pushed themselves exceptionally hard to prepare themselves for the season. This became particularly helpful as the weather deteriorated towards the end of the week, and they had new wet weather data to collect.

Jamie Chadwick, the 2019 W Series champion, expressed how pleased she was with these varied conditions. She stated that “it’s really good to get wet testing if [they] can” because it is “so different to the dry conditions”. This is a sentiment that was shared throughout the paddock, with drivers desperate to be back in the cars and learning as much as possible. With the weather so poor in the UK, they were able to gain a lot from that experience under wet conditions, although the stormy weather became too dangerous during Day 4 of testing, meaning it had to be called off. This did not hinder the drivers too much, though. They were back out on Day 5, learning all they could about their F3 spec cars ahead of their busy calendar of races over the summer.

The Anglesey circuit is short but undulating, making it a useful stage for these tests. The 3.4km circuit boasts fast sections, as well as hairpin bends and mid-range corners, meaning a lot can be learned about how to best prepare and use the cars for hugely varied circuits they will compete at around the world.

Looking to Austria:

With testing complete, there is so much to look forward ahead of the start of the season in June. Dave Ryan’s sentiment that “all the drivers will travel to Austria feeling confident” is reciprocated by many throughout the paddock. Emma Kimiläinen, a 2019 race winner, made it clear that she feels “like she could race tomorrow”, going on to say it “shows how good the preparation has been”. Every driver went on to share their excitement on social media, with many thanking the series for providing such incredible facilities and engineers. It is good to see how hard everyone is working to make the series as successful as possible. The W Series team, as well as motorsport fans around the world, are counting down the days until the competition begins at the Red Bull Ring in a month’s time.   

Indiana is a landlocked state in America’s heartland. It is a quiet, sleepy place full of great people. Unfortunately for the Indiana natives, this hidden gem gets unnoticed for 11 months of the year. Illinois, Michigan and Ohio take the attention. Add all that to a long, harsh winter and, understandably, most ordinary folks ignore this place. That is, except for one group of people. To race fans, Indiana is the Mecca in which they worship. The 200mph altar is where petrolheads make their pilgrimage. Every Spring, Indiana waves goodbye to the Winter, and it welcomes the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

The Indianapolis 500 is one of the oldest, most famous races in the world. Sine 1911, they’ve raced around the hallowed walls to the delight of fans from around the world. For one month, the eyes of the racing world stay glued to the state of Indiana. One can ignore Indiana for 11 months; however, when the cars’ noise hits, the track begins to reverberate, no one can forget Indy in May. Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen; it’s Indy 500 season.

The Greatest Show on Earth

The pre-race scene prior to the start of the Indy 500

From the driver introductions, the singing of ‘Back Home Again in Indiana’ and the throngs of fans making their way through the turnstiles, Indy 500 race day is special before the green flag waves. It is the biggest single-day sporting event globally; half a million people pack into the grandstands and infield to witness history. The tradition, the ceremony and spectacle make the race into an event that transcends sports. Quite simply, the Indy 500 is the biggest race in the world. There is something dangerously primal about watching a car weave past the concrete at an average speed of 215 mph—all in the pursuit of racing immortality. Hill, Stewart, Clark, Rutherford, Andretti, Fittipaldi, Villeneuve, Montoya, Wheldon and Castroneves are some of the fabled names who have their faces on the Borg-Warner trophy.

The tradition, the celebration of history and the storied racers that have come before them is unparalleled across all sports. After last year’s race got held without fans, and in August, the first authentic 500 under Penske management promises to be something special. Already, the drivers are out promoting the race and engaging with the fans from Indiana.

The Wheel to Wheel Action Is Unrivalled

For wheel to wheel racing, nothing comes close to the Indy 500

If you are after thrilling motorsports action, the 500 is the only race to watch. The cars whizz by in a blur of noise and colour. The average speed is 215mph, and they follow each other nose-to-tail in the slipstream. To pass someone requires enormous bravery and skill as drivers must thread the needle as they move off the racing line and up alongside the concrete to overtake their rivals. With the Indycar’s all sporting the low downforce oval package, the cars spend most of the race grouped in packs. The drivers dance their cars on an asphalt knife-edge. It is the ultimate test of skill and bravery. Nothing comes close to seeing Alexander Rossi move to the outside and overtake three cars in one action.

Don’t Forget About the Indy Road Course

The Indianapolis GP is the first staging point in the month of May

The Indianapolis Grand Prix is the first event of the month. The oft-forgotten about race forms a vital part of the festivities. The track that hosted F1 between 2000 and 2007 is an entirely different test for teams and drivers. The slow infield complex is a stark contrast to the super-speedway layout for the 500. It is a race that tests the drivers’ endurance as well as a teams strategy. It is a technical challenge that must get mastered. In 2019, Simon Pagenaud won the Indy GP to set up a clean sweep as he subsequently took pole and won the Indy 500. A win in this race can build significant momentum; the race can’t get ignored.

This Year’s Entry List Is Elite

Former two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya is back as he races for Arrow Mclaren SP

Unless something dramatic happens in qualifying, this year’s field is one of the very best in Indy 500 history. Six-time Indycar champion Scott Dixon is the headline name. Former Indy 500 winners Tony Kanaan, Helio Castroneves, and Juan Pablo Montoya return for another battle with the Brickyard. Then there is the current batch of established racers. Alex Rossi is desperate to add another race win to his sole triumph in 2016. Penske’s Simon Pagenaud is under pressure to keep his drive in 2022; a strong performance this month could save him. His teammate Will Power emerged victorious in 2018; after conquering his oval fear, Power is hungry for more.

Finally, Indycar’s young guns are also fighting for glory. Mclaren’s Pato O’Ward is finally a race winner; the Mexican took a stunning win in Texas, and his Mclaren looked hooked up on the oval at Texas Motor Speedway. Colton Herta is already a race-winner this year, plus his dad is now his race engineer. Bryan Herta masterminded Dan Wheldon’s win in 2011 as well as Alex Rossi’s win in 2016. Add those drivers to the likes of Josef Newgarden (former two-time champion), Alex Palou ( race-winner in 2021), Takuma Sato ( twice a 500 winner), and the ingredients are there for a great month of racing.

The Final Line

The location is unique; the track is historically special, it is a 100-year monument to the pursuit of speed, and finally, the grid boasts a level of talent we’ve rarely seen. From veterans to champions and the young guns, the month of May is ready to entertain millions of fans worldwide. Strap yourselves in; the three-week extravaganza in Indiana is here.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The month of May in Indianapolis means one thing; the Indianapolis 500. The Greatest Spectacle in Racing takes place next Sunday, while qualifying will happen this weekend. The ‘500 is the first checkpoint in the Indycar season. Therefore, it is the perfect time to recap what’s happened so far in 2021.

Crashed Cars, Near-Misses and a Maiden Victory

Alex Palou took his maiden Indycar victory in race one of the 2021 season

After a delayed start due to the global pandemic, Indycar roared into life on the rollercoaster-like Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Reigning champion Scott Dixon came into the race as the driver to beat; however, his young teammate would steal the spotlight. Alex Palou perfected a two-stop strategy to take the checkered flag; first, it was the first win in his career, and it was the first race with new team Chip Ganassi.

The Spaniard broke Mclaren hearts as he denied pole-sitter Pato O’Ward a first win in the championship. Two-time Indycar champion Josef Newgarden caused a massive crash on lap one; that pile-up accounted for several drivers. The podium got rounded out by those two Antipodean veterans.

Team Penske’s Will Power snatched second; meanwhile, Scott Dixon got his campaign off to a solid start with a third place. Rookies Romain Grosjean, Scott Mclaughlin and Jimmie Johnson all made their Indycar debut’s plus they scored points. Round one set the tone; the series quickly moved onto the streets of St. Petersburg for round two.

The All-American Kid Gets Andretti Autosport Back on the Top Step

Colton Herta dominated in St. Petersburg to win his first race since 2019

Colton Herta finally tasted the winner’s champagne after a barren 2020. The Andretti Autosport youngster drove all weekend brilliantly on the Floridian streets to claim the victory. As expected, the race was an attritional affair; Herta stayed calm and patient as he managed the pace-car periods and restarts to perfection. Josef Newgarden enjoyed a bounce-back weekend after sending his Penske machine into the barriers after two corners in Alabama. The Tennesee native harried and chased Herta but to no avail.

Nonetheless, it got his championship kickstarted after a DNF in race one. Penske’s third driver Simon Pagenaud got a much-needed podium to ease the pressure on himself. Briton Jack Harvey shone as he grabbed an exceptional fourth place. Scott Dixon continued to hold the championship lead as the veteran went home with fifth place. He knew his car wasn’t quick enough to win; Dixon took the points and fought another day. Ultimately, the weekend belonged to Herta.

His performance magnified the struggles of the rest of the Andretti drivers. Alex Rossi, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay finished outside of the top ten. Herta looks like a laid-back, shaggy-haired beach bum; however, he laid down a marker in Florida. He’s not racing for Andretti, just to support someone else’s championship challenge.

The Iceman Stayed Cool In the Texas Heat; Dixon Dominates Race One

Scott Dixon claimed another win at Texas Motor Speedway

We inhabit a world of inevitability. Morning always follows night; rain always follows a sunny afternoon in England, and Mercedes always say that they’re in trouble before winning the first F1 race of the season. Therefore, it surprised no one that Scott Dixon got back to victory lane as he crushed the opposition in Texas. The former Indy 500 winner raced in a league of his own to re-confirm that he is the driver to beat in Indycar. Indycar rookie Scott Mclaughlin impressed everyone as the former Aussie V8 ace broke his oval-racing virginity with a podium finish. Once again, Mclaren’s Pato O’Ward took another podium as he looked comfortable on the tricky Texas track. That performance served as a precursor.

Everyone Remembers Their First Time

After so many near misses, Pato O’Ward sealed his first win in Texas and Mclaren’s first win since returning

Texas Motor Speedway hosted a double-header, the drivers all came back to do it again on Sunday after Dixon’s win on Saturday. This time, one of the younger drivers took home the headlines and winners trophy. After so many close calls, Pato O’Ward finally broke through to snatch his first Indycar win. The former Indy Lights champion and Red Bull rookie looked fast all race; he then pulled off some stunning overtakes to get past Graham Rahal and Josef Newgarden. After taking the lead, O’Ward sprinted home as he left his rivals behind in a cloud of Papaya and Black dust.

Also, it was Mclaren’s first win since returning to Indycar, and in O’Ward, the team has a young superstar. The Mexican now gets a test for the F1 team in Abu Dhabi later this year, although he’s said that his heart belongs in Indycar. Overall, O’Ward looked fearless, fast and relentless on the oval in Texas. Indycar’s got a new superstar to lead the championship around the world.

Veekay Denies Grosjean a Perfect Weekend in Indianapolis

Rinus Veekay secured his first Indycar win last weekend at the Indy GP

Move over, Max Verstappen; there is another racing sensation from the Netherlands. Rinus Veekay dashed his way to glory in the Indy GP. The young Dutch racer paired great strategy with some daring overtakes to win at the Brickyard. Veekay was the season’s third new winner out of five races. The performance proved too good for pole position man Romain Grosjean.

The ex-F1 racer stunned everyone as he bagged his first pole since 2008. Grosjean led the early stages; sadly for him and his fans, a slow stint on the harder tyre coupled with traffic was his downfall. Nonetheless, as a rookie driver in Indycar, months after escaping THAT crash, Grosjean underlined how fast he is. Grosjean will now take a few weeks off before he returns for the doubleheader in Detroit. The mercurial Frenchman announced himself as a contender for race wins. Alex Palou finished third as three European drivers stepped onto the podium.

Current Championship Standings

1Scott DixonChip Ganassi Racing176
2Alex PalouChip Ganassi Racing163
3Josef NewgardenTeam Penske148
4Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SP146
5Graham RahalRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing137
6Rinus VeekayEd Carpenter Racing135
7Simon PagenaudTeam Penske130
8Scott McLaughlinTeam Penske123
9Will PowerTeam Penske118
10Colton HertaAndretti Autosport117
11Marcus EricssonChip Ganassi Racing99
12Takuma SatoRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing98
13Jack HarveyMeyer Shank Racing97
14Alexander RossiAndretti Autosport91
15Romain GrosjeanDale Coyne Racing with RWR81
16Sebastien BourdaisA.J. Foyt Enterprises79
17Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti Autosport75
18Felix RosenqvistArrow McLaren SP71
19Ed JonesDale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan67
20James HinchcliffeAndretti Steinbrenner Autosport56

With the FIA Formula 3 Championship starting this weekend in Barcelona, what more could you need than a quick stop guide with everything you might need to tune into the opening rounds in Spain.

What is Formula 3?
In 2019, the FIA Formula 3 Championship launch dived into our lives, an ambitious new project from the FIA and the former GP3 Series Organisation to form another step in the Road To F1 ladder. The series combines the GP3 and European F3 to create an entry point for young talent on their path to join their inspirations in the paddock and get to the top. Success in this series can lead to making the step up to FIA Formula 2, which happens under the watchful eye of the F1 paddock on race weekends.

The Cars
As the championship is a spec series, all teams compete with an identical Dallara F3 2019 chassis and three tyre compounds developed by Pirelli, designed to provide the most suitable compound for every circuit. Each car will be powered by a 3.4L naturally aspirated V6 engine, which Mecachrome has developed.

Format – Schedule
The FIA Formula 2 and Formula 3 Championships have had a huge format change for the 2021 Season due to Covid-19 and cost-cutting reasons. This year, the two series will alternate race weekend appearances rather than both series supporting the Formula 1 races. Both the series will host three races per weekend, with a single feature and two sprint events. Practice and qualifying take place on Friday, and Race 1 and 2 on Saturday. Race 1’s grid is set by reversing the top 12 finishers of Friday’s Qualifying session. Race 2 will be determined by reversing the top 12 finishers of Saturday’s Race 1. The final classification of Fridays Qualifying sets race 3’s grid – I promise it will get less confusing the more you watch. This means that managing the weekend as a whole to maximise points becomes crucial.

More races in a weekend mean fewer tracks, with only 7 different destinations being confirmed for this year’s calendar.

8-9 May – Circuit De Barcelona-Catalunya
26-27 June – Circuit Paul Ricard
3-5 July – Red Bull Ring
31-1 August – Hungaroring
28-29 August – Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
4-5 September – Circuit Zandvoort
23-24 October – Circuit of the Americas

Both Zandvoort and COTA are making its FIA Formula 3 Debut for the 2021 season.

Who To Watch Out For
A few graduates made the step up to Formula 2 for the 2021 season, but some familiar names remain. Mercedes Junior Fredrik Vesti had 3 race wins and had consistent results giving him a solid fourth in the championship standings in his rookie season. He also has the Formula Regional European title to his name, and I definitely believe he could be one of the fastest drivers on the grid this year.

Arthur Leclerc will make the step up to F3 this year from FREC after narrowly missing out on the title, this F3 season will be his fourth single-seater racing series, and he’s yet to finish out of the top five of any of them. This season, the Ferrari Driver Academy Member will drive for Prema Racing with Dennis Hauger and Olli Caldwell.

One of the main stories of this year’s FIA Formula 3 Championship is Juan Manuel Correa’s return to single-seater racing after his tragic accident at Spa-Francorchamps in 2019. In the last year, he has documented his recovery from fractures to both of his legs and a minor spinal injury. In an Instagram Live on the F3 page this morning, Correa says he “feels great” when you see just how far he has come and that the “rehab has kept improving and improving.” He tells his fans how he “didn’t come here to win this championship” and how his return is more about transitioning back into motorsport. The American driver has dreamed of being an F1 driver since he was 7 years old, and says “that’s still my dream, and that’s why I’m here in F3.”

Regardless of JM’s results on return, one thing is for sure; it will be a heartwarming moment for motorsport fans and everyone involved in the sport.

How To Watch
Sky Sports F1 broadcasts the FIA Formula 3 Championship in the UK as part of its Formula 1 package. Highlights of the series are available on the official F1c channel over the race weekend.

IndyCar and Formula One aren’t that different, right? Racing in circles, some of the fastest drivers in the world speeding through circuits at over 200mph? Wrong.

Both elite racing series in their own right, I’m here to bring you the essential guide for watching IndyCar ahead of their doubleheader in Texas this weekend.

Drivers

In IndyCar, there is no limit on how many or how few drivers can race for each team; for example, Max Chilton returns to Carlin for his fifth season in IndyCar this year and is the only entry for the team. Compared to Team Penske, who has four entries, a solid line-up, I must add.

There are some incredible names in IndyCar. Championships everywhere. Two-time IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden, current reigning six-time IndyCar Series champion and Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon, to name a few. As well as some exciting talent in Pato O’ward, who is returning with Arrow McLaren SP after an incredible season in 2020. Let’s not forget that Romain Grosjean is beginning his IndyCar career, too, with Dale Coyne Racing this year, racing in all of the street and road courses for the team.

Circuits

IndyCar is known for its astounding, diverse circuits. These drivers race on road and street circuits to short ovals and long ovals. This season will feature 3 ovals and 14 road or street courses. Even more amazing is the ability to configure the cars between these three types of track, from brake ducts to front and rear wings; these changes are there to bring the best setup for each car.

The Car

Dallara is the exclusive chassis supplier for IndyCar, it’s made of carbon fibre and other composites and weighs around 1700lbs or 770kg. Chevrolet and Honda are the two engine suppliers in the series, giving competitors 2.2-litre turbocharged V-6 engines that produce an estimated 550-700 horsepower depending on the type of track.

In Formula One, the cars have the halo. In IndyCar, it’s the aeroscreen. This is a new safety innovation that provides extra driver cockpit protection. It was only introduced into the sport last season. There was a lot of controversy surrounding this new feature. However, endless testing reported it doesn’t make any difference in speed, the temperature in the cockpit and drivers visibility. The Aeroscreen comes with tear-offs like drivers helmets in case it gets dirty – this would be done in the pits if needed. In terms of extraction, in case of a car overturning, endless investigations from the AMR IndyCar Safety Team have been implemented and have proven no difference in extracting.

Tyres

Again, just like Formula One, IndyCar has a sole tyre provider. In F1, it’s currently Pirelli, but in Indy, they use Firestone. These tyres are specifically engineered for the type, of course, they’ll be used on. Oval tracks will use just one type of tyre, whilst road and street circuits can use all three types – primary, alternate and rain. Primary tyres (black) offer a balance between speed and cornering. These tyres can be used on all 3 types of circuit. The Alternate (red) tyres have a softer compound, allowing faster speeds but quicker wear, so these tyres are to be used on road and street tracks only. Of course, we have rain tyres. These were developed for wet conditions and use a grooved tread pattern that improves grip and control in those tricky conditions; again, these are only used on street and road courses.

Pit Stops

IndyCar pit stops can’t be that different to Formula One, can they? The answer: YES! Unlike F1, where around 16 team members assist during a pit stop, only six crew members are allowed ‘over the wall’ during a stop. These include four tyre changes, a fueler and the person responsible for the air jack – a few of these crew members have several roles, like the inside rear tyre changer also helps push the car out of the pits after changing the tyre. Whether they are over the wall or not, each crew member must wear fire suits, fire-resistant footwear, fire-resistant gloves, and helmets. During a typical pit stop, the crew will change the four tyres, add 18.5 gallons of Speedway E85R and make adjustments in less than 10 seconds.

Race Weekend Format

Buckle in; this might get confusing! The format of race weekends changes from race to race. However, the most common is that there are two practice sessions on the Friday, practice and qualifying on a Saturday, and the race on a Sunday – with an additional warm-up session at the road and street courses.

Oval Qualifying: For oval circuits, each car is permitted two warm-up laps before the timed qualification laps. Then, they are allowed two consecutively timed laps. The aggregate time is recorded, and the fastest time earns the pole position – simple!

Road/Street Qualifying: This is broken into three segments to narrow down the field to determine the pole winner progressively. In the first segment, there will be two groups determined by the top time of each car in the final practice session. Each of the two groups receives ten minutes of track time, with the fastest lap by each car determining its qualifying position. The six fastest cars from each group advance to segment two; twelve cars receive another ten minutes of track time again, with the fastest lap determining their qualifying position. The fastest six cars from this group will then go into the Firestone Fast Six shootout (sounds fancy, huh?) The final six cars receive six minutes of track time to get the fastest lap and gain that pole position.

In terms of the race itself, the amount of laps determines race to race. Each race begins with a rolling start in two wide or three wide alignments during the final parade lap. Something else worse mentioning for the race is Push-To-Pass. It’s used in IndyCar on road and street circuits since 2009. It gives drivers a short horsepower boost that assists with overtaking.

Point Scoring

Unlike Formula One, in IndyCar, you are given points for all finishing positions. First – 50 points, second – 40 points, third – 35 points and so on. The lowest amount of points you can get in IndyCar for finishing is 5. There are also extra points up for grabs; pole position gives you an extra 1 point, leading at least one lap, you also get an extra point, and most laps led gets you a cheeky extra 2.

I hope I’ve provided you with all the information you need to tune into the IndyCar Genesys 300 and the IndyCar XPEL 375 this weekend!

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