Open wheel News and Analysis
Prior to last weekend's Motegi round, it had been four years since Mugen’s Red Bull-liveried #15 car won a Super Formula race. Here’s how unheralded rookie Hiroki Otsu managed to do what his more esteemed predecessors couldn’t.
Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar driver Pato O’Ward says he would “be lying” if he denied interest in a future switch to Formula 1 ahead of his maiden test in Abu Dhabi.
Tatiana Calderon has revealed her comeback Super Formula race last weekend at Motegi was plagued by throttle issues, which she suspects contributed to her race-ending crash.
Outgoing Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto has taken the blame for the crash that took he and Ryo Hirakawa out of Sunday's Motegi race, admitting he "lost focus" on his rival due to another incident up ahead.
Newly-crowned Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri has admitted he has felt an "inferiority complex" for much of his career owing to a lack of title success prior to this season.
Mugen Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri wrapped up the 2021 Super Formula title with a fifth place finish at Motegi, as teammate Hiroki Otsu clinched his maiden race victory.
Firestone says the increased power and weight of a 2023-spec IndyCar won’t dramatically increase tire wear, although the company is still aiming to make modifications to its compounds.
Saturday, Oct. 16th, marks the 10th anniversary Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500.
Saturday 16 October marks 10 years to the day double Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon tragically died in an IndyCar crash at the Las Vegas season finale.
Super Formula points leader Tomoki Nojiri says he wants to put on a performance in Sunday's Motegi race befitting of a champion, as he seeks to wrap up the title with a race to spare.
Ryo Hirakawa believes he made the right call to switch to wet tyres following his Q2 elimination in qualifying for this weekend's Motegi Super Formula round, but concedes his Impul team was "too slow" to decide.
Mugen Honda driver Hiroki Otsu scored his first Super Formula pole position for this weekend's penultimate round of the season at Motegi after opting for slick tyres on a drying track.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship has announced a record 14-round calendar for the 2022 season that will comprise of 28 races on the Formula 1 support bill.
Jack Harvey’s move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate, but their combined strength could prove golden, says David Malsher-Lopez.
After testing a variety of potential new Firestone road course tires for 2023, Josef Newgarden says he’s spoken to IndyCar leaders about the increasing weight of the cars.
HWA Racelab has revealed it will withdraw from the FIA Formula 2 Championship at the end of the current season.
Kazuki Nakajima says he was "half happy" to see his TOM'S Super Formula replacement Giuliano Alesi perform well in his absence as he returns to the cockpit this weekend at Motegi.
Against a backdrop of dwindling fan interest and disillusioned drivers, it's clear Super Formula has hit a low ebb in 2021. Bold action is needed to restore Japan's premier single-seater series to its former greatness, says Jamie Klein.
Andretti Autosport race engineer Ray Gosselin says he and the team “couldn’t be happier” with the way potential Indy Lights graduates Kyle Kirkwood and Devlin DeFrancesco adapted to IndyCars in their first test.
Jack Harvey says his move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda was so tempting because of the team’s consistency and its ability to get its drivers to the front on racedays.
Van Amersfoort Racing has been selected to join the FIA Formula 3 grid for the next three seasons, replacing HWA Racelab.
Veteran United States Auto Club (USAC) driver and executive Levi Jones will be the new director of the Indy Lights series, it was announced today.
Jack Harvey has at last been confirmed as a Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda driver, joining incumbent Graham Rahal in what is described as a multi-year deal.
Sacha Fenestraz says he is under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge he faces on his return to Super Formula action this weekend at Motegi after nine months away from the series.
Firestone believes that data and feedback from Helio Castroneves and Pato O’Ward in Friday’s test at Indy has provided a good pointer regarding the tire construction/compound needed for the 2023-spec IndyCars.
Alfa Romeo Formula 1 boss Fred Vasseur has played down the prospects of F2 front-runner Oscar Piastri getting a chance with his team next year.
After a disastrous 2020 in FIA Formula 3 with Hitech, Dennis Hauger began to doubt himself - with the self-belief he had built through success in junior series evaporating. But after regrouping, he stormed to the F3 title in 2021. Here’s how he did it...
Romain Grosjean, who had his first test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today, said he’s excited by the prospect of racing with his new Andretti Autosport teammates and learning from four-time winner Helio Castroneves.
NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson is “as close as I’ve ever been” to adding IndyCar ovals to his schedule for 2022, after nearing the end of his Rookie Orientation Program at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today.
Scott McLaughlin says he pulled the pin on his Bathurst 1000 drive out of fear it would be a "half-arsed" campaign due to travel restrictions.
Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong résumé and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear. By David Malsher-Lopez.
Tatiana Calderon says the final two races of the Super Formula season will be critical in deciding if she stays on in Japan for a third season in 2022, as she gets set to return to the series at Motegi.
Romain Grosjean and Jimmie Johnson will turn their first laps of Indianapolis Motor Speedway in an IndyCar this week.
Toyota Super Formula driver Ritomo Miyata says he still harbours ambitions of earning a Formula 1 superlicence this season, even though he concedes an eventual move to grand prix racing is unlikely.
Kyle Kirkwood has become the first driver to win all three categories of the Road To Indy, after clinching the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires championship, but he made it difficult in a strange and wet finale, while Linus Lundqvist made his third victory look easy.
Kyle Kirkwood led from pole position to checkered flag to score his 10th win of the Indy Lights season, and now needs only to finish in the Top 10 in tomorrow’s finale to clinch the championship.
The Indy Lights championship battle between Kyle Kirkwood and David Malukas will be resolved at Mid-Ohio this weekend, and both have realistic hopes of breaking into IndyCar in 2022.
Having by his own admission "blown my chances" of reaching Formula 1, Dan Ticktum is facing an uncertain future. A driver of unquestioned ability who has at times been his own worst enemy, can he apply his lessons and rebuild his career hopes?
Colton Herta’s father Bryan, his strategist at Andretti-Herta Autosport, says that he believes the “potential” was there to fight with new IndyCar champion Alex Palou for the 2021 title.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown believes that defeated IndyCar title challenger Pato O’Ward nonetheless is one of the fastest drivers in the sport, and can get even better.
Alex Palou has captured Chip Ganassi Racing's 14th IndyCar drivers' championship, and in truly stellar manner. David Malsher-Lopez explains what made the Palou-Ganassi combo so potent so soon.
Formula 2 and Formula 3 drivers have thrown their support behind a raft of format changes for 2022, returning to two races per weekend and reduced gaps between events.
Sacha Fenestraz is finally set to return to Super Formula action for next month’s penultimate round of the season at Motegi after being issued a Japanese visa.
IndyCar’s new Rookie of the Year Scott McLaughlin believes his next steps are to finish in the top 10 in the championship, and compete for Indy 500 victory.
Oscar Piastri will use the two and half month break between Formula 2 rounds to discuss his future, admitting a Formula 1 reserve driver role at Alpine next year would be helpful.
Chip Ganassi, who today saw Alex Palou score his team’s 14th drivers’ title, says this latest triumph means a huge amount to the #10 crew and paid tribute to members working behind the scenes.
Colton Herta says his Long Beach triumph is special because he regards the race as IndyCar’s biggest event outside of the Indianapolis 500.
Colton Herta stormed from 14th to victory at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, beating Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon, while Alex Palou came home a solid fourth to claim his first NTT IndyCar Series title.
Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet’s Pato O’Ward has lost his shot at the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series title at the Long Beach finale due to transmission failure, which occurred 17 laps after he was punted into a spin at the end of the opening tour.
Stephanie Tindall, who helps run the Carlin team, believes that one of the squad’s current Formula 2 stars Dan Ticktum, would be ideal for the NTT IndyCar Series.