News for the Week of April 16 – April 22, 2018

The Open Wheel’s Sunday IndyCar Barber photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s Parker Hall’s photo gallery of Sunday race day Verizon IndyCar Series action at the 2018 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (4/22/2018)

Conclusion of Barber race postponed to Monday – Heavy rain postponed the conclusion of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama to 12PM ET on Monday. Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden leads after Lap 23 of 90. The rest of the Top 5 is Bourdais, Hunter-Reay, Rossi, and Hinchcliffe. Full running order here. – The Open Wheel – (4/22/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Lights photo gallery from Barber – The Open Wheel’s Parker Hall’s photo gallery from the 2018 Indy Lights Mazda Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by Cooper Tires at Barber Motorsports Park is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (4/21/2018)

O’Ward leads start to finish in dominant Lights Race 2 win at Barber – Andretti Autosport’s Patricio O’Ward led every lap of a wet Indy Lights Race 2 at Barber Motorsports Park for a sweep of the weekend. The rest of the Top 5 was Franzoni, Herta, Telitz, and Urrutia. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (4/22/2018)

Weather forces INDYCAR to move up Lights and IndyCar races at Barber – “With threatening weather looming in the area today, INDYCAR has revised the schedule for today’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by America’s First at Barber Motorsports Park. The command for drivers to start their engines for the Verizon IndyCar Series race has been moved to 3:01 p.m. ET (2:01 p.m. local), with the green flag expected to wave at 3:08 p.m. ET. The race is scheduled for a distance of 90 laps on the 2.3-mile permanent road course…Another schedule change for today advances the start of the race in Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires — the top level of the Mazda Road to Indy development ladder — to 11:45 a.m. ET. A live stream is available at RaceControl.IndyCar.com.” – INDYCAR – (4/22/2018)

O’Ward grabs pole for Lights Race 2 at Barber – Andretti Autosport’s Patricio O’Ward earned the pole for Indy Lights Race 2 at Barber Motorsports Park with a lap of 1:13.3288. The rest of the Top 5 was Franzoni, Herta, Urrutia, and Telitz. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (4/22/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Saturday IndyCar Barber photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s Parker Hall’s photo gallery of Saturday Verizon IndyCar Series action at the 2018 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (4/21/2018)

Newgarden earns pole at Barber – Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden won the pole for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park with a lap of 1:07.4413. The rest of the Firestone Fast 6 order was Power, Bourdais, Hunter-Reay, Hinchcliffe, and Dixon. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (4/21/2018)

O’Ward wins Lights Race 1 at Barber – Andretti Autosport’s Patricio O’Ward won Indy Lights Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park. The rest of the Top 5 was Herta, Urrutia, Franzoni, and Norman. Telitz didn’t complete a lap for the third time in three races as he was the victim of a first lap incident caused by Kellett. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (4/21/2018)

The Open Wheel’s IndyCar livery page from Barber – The Open Wheel’s Parker Hall’s collection of livery photos from 2018 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (4/21/2018)

Barber qualifying groups – The qualifying groups for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park are available at the link. – INDYCAR – (4/21/2018)

Power fastest in Practice 3 at Barber – Team Penske’s Will Power was fastest in Practice 3 for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park with a lap of 1:07.3430. The rest of the Top 5 was Wickens, Dixon, Hunter-Reay, and Rossi. Incidents for Jones and King brought out red flags in the session. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (4/21/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Lights livery page from Barber – The Open Wheel’s Parker Hall’s collection of livery photos from 2018 Indy Lights Mazda Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by Cooper Tires at Barber Motorsports Park is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (4/21/2018)

Herta grabs pole for Lights Race 1 at Barber – Andretti Steinbrenner Racing’s Colton Herta won the pole for Indy Lights Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park with a lap of 1:12.5766. The rest of the Top 5 was O’Ward, Urruita, Telitz, and Franzoni. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (4/21/2018)

Newgarden fastest in Practice 2 at Barber – Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden was fastest in Practice 2 for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park with a lap of 1:07.4345. The rest of the Top 5 was Pigot, Bourdais, Power, and Rossi. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (4/20/2018)

Urrutia leads only Lights practice at Barber – Belardi Auto Racing’s Santi Urrutia was fastest in the only Indy Lights practice session of the weekend at Barber Motorsports Park with a lap of 1:14.5255. The rest of the Top 5 was Herta, Telitz, O’Ward, and Franzoni. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (4/20/2018)

Power tops Practice 1 at Barber – Team Penske’s Will Power topped the charts in Practice 1 for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park with a lap of 1:07.5987. The rest of the Top 5 was Newgarden, Dixon, Chilton, and Jones. Incidents for Rossi and Newgarden brought out red flags in the session. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (4/20/2018)

INDYCAR.com profiles new Juncos Lights driver Celis – Joey Barnes has posted a nice piece on INDYCAR.com profiling Alfonso Celis Jr., the new Indy Lights driver for Juncos Racing making his series debut this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. Full story at the link. – INDYCAR – (4/20/2018)

’19 Corvette ZR1 unveiled as Indy 500 pace car – “The 2019 Corvette ZR1 is the official Pace Car for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and will lead drivers to the green flag Sunday, May 27 for the 102nd Running of the legendary race. It marks the 15th time a Corvette has served as the official Pace Car, starting in 1978, and the 29th time a Chevrolet has led the field, dating back to 1948, when a 1948 Fleetmaster Six convertible paced the race.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (4/19/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Barber preview – The Open Wheel’s Dylan Reynolds’ preview of the Verizon IndyCar Series and Indy Lights weekend at Barber Motorsports Park is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (4/19/2018)

Barber entry list – The official INDYCAR entry list for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (4/18/2018)

Barber Lights entry list – The official Indy Lights entry list for the Mazda Grand Prix of Alabama Presented by Cooper Tires at Barber Motorsports Park is available at the link. There are only eight cars entered as neither Team Pelfrey entry from St. Pete is on the list but Juncos Racing’s Alfonso Celis is back on the entry list after missing out at St. Pete. – Indy Lights – (4/18/2018)

Barber spotter guide – The official INDYCAR spotter guide for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (4/18/2018)

Andretti announces continuation of partnership with RelaDyne/DuraMAX – “Cincinnati-based national lubricants and fuel distributor, RelaDyne, will continue its partnership with Andretti Autosport into the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The red and blue colors of RelaDyne’s automotive brand, DuraMAX, will be proudly displayed on the No. 28 DHL Honda, driven by 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, as the team heads into Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.” Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (4/18/2018)

Miler’s Mailbag 4/18/18 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (4/18/2018)

Trackside podcast 4/17/18 – 1070 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 4/17/18 is a great listen as always. – 1070 The Fan – (4/18/2018)

Andretti announces new Kerauno liveries for Nos. 27 & 98 at Barber – “Indianapolis-based Kerauno will grace the sidepods of both Marco Andretti and Alexander Rossi’s racing machines for Sunday’s 90-lap race at Barber Motorsports Park. The communications workflow software company has been a long-time partner of the race-winning team through its sister company Axia Technology Partners, which has provided Andretti Autosport with voice and managed networks services for six years.” See the liveries on our No. 27 and No. 98 livery pages. Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (4/17/2018)

Belle Isle protesters at it again – The Detroit Free Press has an article detailing another wave of protests against the Verizon IndyCar Series race weekend and related setup and tear down time at Belle Isle Park in Detroit. Protesters displayed banners reading “Penske Park” and “Belle Isle is a park, not a racetrack!” Full story at the link. – Detroit Free Press – (4/16/2018)

Monday Musings: Long Beach – The Open Wheel’s Dylan Reynolds’ “Monday Musings” piece on the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (4/16/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Sunday Long Beach photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery from Sunday Verizon IndyCar Series action at the 2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (4/15/2018)

Rossi dominates en route to victory at Long Beach – Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi dominated the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach to earn his first victory of 2018. The rest of the Top 5 was Power, Jones, Veach, and Rahal. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (4/15/2018)

The Open Wheel’s Saturday Long Beach photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery from Saturday Verizon IndyCar Series action at the 2018 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (4/14/2018)

Rossi earns the pole at Long Beach – Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi won the pole for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with a lap of 1:06.5528. The rest of the Firestone Fast 6 was Power, Pagenaud, Dixon, Rahal, and Newgarden. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (4/14/2018)

Foyt partners with Byrd-Hollinger-Belardi to enter Davison for Indy 500 – “James Davison has been named to drive the No. 33 Chevrolet in the Indianapolis 500; the car has been entered by Foyt Racing with partners Jonathan Byrd’s Racing, Hollinger MotorSport and Belardi Auto Racing.” Full release at the link. – AJ Foyt Racing – (4/13/2018)

DRR officially announces Hildebrand as driver of No. 66 for Indy 500 – Dreyer & Reinbold Racing has announced they will enter a second car for the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race as JR Hildebrand will pilot their No. 66 machine. See the livery on our No. 66 livery page here. – DRR – (4/12/2018)

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