David Malsher-Lopez

David Malsher-Lopez

David Malsher-Lopez is Motorsport.com’s U.S. editor, covering the NTT IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Since completing journalism college in 1994, he has worked for Autosport, TRMG, Motor Sport, Autosport (again) and Racer, before joining Motorsport.com in 2015… where he has found himself enjoying a third spell writing for Autosport. Over the course of those 27 years, he has served as a journalist, sub-editor, features editor, deputy editor and editor. In 2015, he also wrote Will Power’s biography. David lives with his wife Sophia in California and when not writing about racing, he will be found reading about planes and classic cars, attending airshows, listening to a wide variety of music or watching cop shows from the ’70s. He intends to one day own a grand piano, an Airedale terrier and a vintage Pontiac. He doesn’t do Facebook and doesn’t understand Instagram but can be found @DavidMalsher on Twitter.

Latest articles by David Malsher-Lopez

IndyCar’s newest winner Palou “in love” with Dixon, Johnson Birmingham
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IndyCar’s newest winner Palou “in love” with Dixon, Johnson

Barber Motorsports Park winner Alex Palou says he’s in love with his champion teammates, Scott Dixon and Jimmie Johnson, but doubts they reciprocate the feeling when he’s pestering them.

Power: Palou’s pace, fuel mileage “blew my mind” Birmingham
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Power: Palou’s pace, fuel mileage “blew my mind”

Will Power, who finished runner-up at IndyCar’s season-opener at Barber Motorsports Park, admits that winner Alex Palou’s combination of speed and fuel mileage initially convinced him he was on a different pitstop strategy.

Barber IndyCar: Palou holds off Power, Dixon for first win Birmingham
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Barber IndyCar: Palou holds off Power, Dixon for first win

Alex Palou scored his first NTT IndyCar Series victory in his opening race for the Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda team, comfortably holding off Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Will Power and his own teammate and reigning champion, Scott Dixon.

Barber Indy Lights: Malukas beats Lundqvist to win Race 2

David Malukas shook off his disappointment from Saturday’s Race 1 DNF by scoring a dominant victory at Barber Motorsports Park, easily holding off Race 1 winner Linus Lundqvist.

Barber IndyCar: Rahal leads Grosjean in warm-up

Graham Rahal led the final session at Barber Motorsports Park before the opening round of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season, ahead of debutant Romain Grosjean.

O’Ward: Pole a result of hustling a car with perfect balance

Barber Motorsports Park pole-winner Pato O’Ward says that his second IndyCar P1 Award came as a result of wringing the potential from a faithful handling car.

Barber IndyCar: O’Ward beats Rossi to pole

Pato O’Ward landed his second IndyCar pole for the Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet team, beating Alexander Rossi by less than 0.1sec to claim top spot for tomorrow’s Honda Indy GP of Alabama.

Newgarden stymied by lost steering wheel, lost power, lost laps

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s two-time champion Josef Newgarden was left frustrated in second practice at Barber Motorsports Park by a run of problems that prevented him showing his true pace.

Barber IndyCar: Rossi tops disrupted second practice

Alexander Rossi sent Andretti Autosport-Honda to the top of the times at Barber Motorsports Park, some consolation for the team as it rebuilds the front end of the crashed car of teammate Colton Herta in time for qualifying.

Barber Indy Lights: Lundqvist dominates Race 1

The first Indy Lights race for 18 months saw Global Racing Group with HMD score a 1-2, Linus Lundqvist leading Benjamin Pedersen, as one of the championship favorites Kyle Kirkwood made a Turn 1 blunder.

Barber IndyCar: Palou puts Ganassi on top in FP1

The opening session of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season saw Alex Palou lay down a new track record at Barber Motorsports Park to top the times in practice for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

Johnson won’t let expectations affect IndyCar debut

NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson says he’s avoiding setting expectations that might prevent him performing at his best in his IndyCar debut at Barber Motorsports Park.

Hunter-Reay adopts same mindset, regardless of contracts

Ryan Hunter-Reay says talks over his future haven’t and won’t affect his race-by-race approach, his driving nor his determination.

Rossi confident he and Andretti team have bounced back

Alexander Rossi says he believes that he and Andretti Autosport-Honda can approach all but one race with confidence in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series, after both he and the team made big improvements.

IMS Museum to open Rick Mears exhibit in May

Sunday, May 2, will see Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum opening a new featured exhibit honoring one of the Indianapolis 500’s living legends, “Rocket Rick Mears presented by Racemaker Press.”

Chevrolet: IndyCar fans will approve of hybrid power jump

Chevrolet’s IndyCar program manager Rob Buckner says the 2023 engine regulations of 2.4-liter V6s with KERS units will provide a noticeable bump in power, although he wouldn’t specify how much.

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Preview: Why IndyCar in 2021 is too close to call

The fight for supremacy in the NTT IndyCar Series will be as intense as ever. David Malsher-Lopez is your guide to the main contenders and six intriguing sub-plots.

IndyCar announces new international broadcast partners

The NTT IndyCar Series has announced a new round of international broadcast partnerships today that extends its global reach.

Toronto contingency plan “most likely” a double-header event

Penske Entertainment CEO Mark Miles says replacing IndyCar’s in-jeopardy Toronto race would likely involve turning an extant round into a double-header rather than filling the Canadian city’s slot on the schedule.

Honda Indy GP of Alabama – facts, figures, entry list

All you need to know ahead of the first round of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series – the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

IndyCar commentator line-up for NBC + Peacock in 2021

Who are the folks behind the microphones for the 17 races in the 2021 IndyCar races, the third year of NBC’s exclusive deal to cover the NTT IndyCar Series?

Ganassi: Johnson could “maybe squeak a win out” in IndyCar

Chip Ganassi has described seven-time NASCAR Cup legend Jimmie Johnson as a “damn hard worker” and believes he has “all the talent you need” to become a winner in IndyCar.

56 cars hit the Road To Indy trail at Barber this weekend

The Road To Indy presented by Cooper Tires starts this weekend, supporting the NTT IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park, with double-headers for each of the three categories.

Pennzoil becomes official partner of IndyCar

Pennzoil has become the official motor oil and lubricant partner of IndyCar and the NTT IndyCar Series, replacing Speedway fuels after just two years.

What made Dan Gurney one of racing’s ultimate heroes

Dan Gurney, one of the sport's greatest innovators and free-thinking spirits, as well as a world-class driver who survived and excelled in one of racing's most deadly eras, should have turned 90 today. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute.

Honda Indy GP of Alabama – the weekend schedule at Barber

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series’ opening round of the season is this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. Here’s the schedule for all the on-track action. All IndyCar sessions can be livestreamed on Peacock.

Why Sir Stirling Moss was ‘Mr. Motor Racing’
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Why Sir Stirling Moss was ‘Mr. Motor Racing’

One of the greatest and most versatile drivers of all time has left a legacy of brilliance and indomitability that may never be matched, writes David Malsher-Lopez.

Nine former winners among 36 expected to enter Indy 500

Nine former winners will be among the likely 36 drivers attempting to qualify for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 – and add their likeness to the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy.

Newgarden: Chevrolet “definitely made improvements” for Indy

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden is satisfied that Chevrolet has stepped up in terms of power but says it won’t be until May that he’ll have an idea of whether fuel mileage has also improved.

Montoya not as comfortable as he looked in Indy 500 test

Two-time Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya says his run to second fastest in the test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway came despite some alarming moments.

Newgarden leads three former winners in Indy 500 test

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Josef Newgarden topped the second day of Indy 500 testing, ahead of Takuma Sato, Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Dixon

“Couple of weeks” before IMS can define Indy 500 crowd situation

Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J. Douglas Boles has admitted that the plan for handling a large crowd at next month’s Indy 500 remains fluid for now.

Daly heads Indy test Friday morning, all rookies cleared

Conor Daly again put his US Air Force Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet on top in testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday morning, while all rookies have now completed their orientation practice.

“Refresher” Bourdais sets fastest speed in Indy 500 testing

Four-time Champ Car title winner Sebastien Bourdais had to complete the Rookie and Refresher practice session at Indy, but made the most of it to set a 224.427mph lap.

Daly leads first IMS test session, Herta tops no-tow speeds

Conor Daly led the opening Indy 500 test session, some consolation for the Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet team that saw his teammate Rinus VeeKay hit the wall.

VeeKay has big shunt in opening minutes of Indy 500 test Indy 500
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VeeKay has big shunt in opening minutes of Indy 500 test

Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet’s Rinus VeeKay suffered a hard collision with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway SAFER barrier on his fifth lap in today’s Indy 500 test, sustaining a broken finger.

Ganassi reveals American Legion livery for Kanaan at Indy

Tony Kanaan’s 20th run in the Indy 500 will come at the wheel of an American Legion-sponsored #48 Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda.

Hildebrand to race Foyt tribute car in Indy 500

J.R. Hildebrand will pilot a fourth AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet in the Indianapolis 500 with a paint scheme echoing that on A.J. Foyt’s first Indy winning car, 60 years ago.

How Jim Clark's stats still hold up, more than 50 years on
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How Jim Clark's stats still hold up, more than 50 years on

On the 53rd anniversary of Jimmy Clark’s death in a Formula 2 race at Hockenheim, David Malsher-Lopez explains why, despite regular changes in championship formats and points systems, the two-time World Champion’s brilliance shines through in the numbers.

Watkins Glen gains extra IMSA race, Canadian round canceled

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will race twice at Watkins Glen in the space of six days, following the cancelation of the round at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

XPEL ups primary sponsorship of Newgarden to three races

XPEL, a provider of protective films and coatings, will increase its partnership with Team Penske and Josef Newgarden this year, as well as sponsoring the second Texas race.

32-car, 13-hour Indy 500 test to be streamed on Peacock

Fans can livestream all 13 hours of this week’s two-day Indianapolis 500 test via NBCUniversal’s new streaming service, Peacock.

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Why a Mazda IMSA Prototype title would bring bitter joy

Can Mazda win this year’s IMSA Prototype championship? Undoubtedly. But it will be the culmination of an achingly hard struggle, after which the brand has decided to quit. David Malsher-Lopez tells the story of a bizarre blend of heartache and positivity.

IndyCar reveals renewed international broadcast partnerships

The NTT IndyCar Series has unveiled its line-up of renewed TV contract details for the international market, but “new broadcast partners in other nations and regions will be announced soon.”

Ferrucci to race third RLL-Honda in Indy 500

Santino Ferrucci, 2019 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, will make his return to IndyCar next month when he races the Memorial Day Weekend classic in a Hy-Vee sponsored Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda.

Montoya to run #86 at Indy to honor Revson’s pole for McLaren

Juan Pablo Montoya’s Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet will carry #86 at next month’s Indianapolis 500 to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of Peter Revson’s record-breaking pole run in the McLaren M16.

Sir Jack Brabham – a unique F1 champion

Sir Jack Brabham, who would have turned 95 today, has earned a unique place in Formula 1 history. This is his story.

Coyne encouraged by test for Fittipaldi and Ware in Texas

Dale Coyne says he’s satisfied with both IndyCar returnee Pietro Fittipaldi and future rookie Cody Ware after a day’s testing at Texas Motor Speedway.

Primary sponsor revealed for De Silvestro in Indy 500

The Paretta Autosport-Chevrolet entered for Simona De Silvestro in this year’s Indianapolis 500 will be sponsored by Rocket Pro TPO.

“A bloody good day!” says McLaughlin after Texas IndyCar test

Team Penske-Chevrolet rookie Scott McLaughlin was left elated by the experience of group running at Texas Motor Speedway in today’s 17-car IndyCar test.

O’Ward leads 17-car IndyCar test at Texas

Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet driver Pato O’Ward continued his strong form in IndyCar off-season testing by topping the speed charts at Texas Motor Speedway today.

Carlos Reutemann – a bright star of F1 but never its champion

Carlos Reutemann starred in Formula 1 for a decade, driving for Brabham, Ferrari, Lotus and Williams. He won 12 grands prix in almost 150 starts, but although he got within touching distance of the title in 1981, he was never crowned world champion.

Ed Carpenter Racing reveals Daly’s USAF B-2 livery for 2021

The U.S. Air Force’s iconic Northrop Grumman B-2 Spirit stealth bomber will be celebrated in Conor Daly’s livery for the #20 Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet IndyCar this year.

“Dedicated” Grosjean still faces "big challenge" in IndyCar

Romain Grosjean’s race engineer Olivier Boisson says he’s impressed with the ex-Formula 1 driver’s progress in IndyCar, but isn’t underestimating how challenging it will be for the rookie to make a big impression.

Rossi: Aero tweaks, not power boost, improve Indy 500 action

Alexander Rossi says that IndyCar’s new aerodynamic configuration for Indianapolis Motor Speedway will improve the racing at Indy, and says a power boost from KERS energy isn’t necessary.

“More questions than answers” after IndyCar’s mock KERS test

IndyCar president Jay Frye admits that today’s test at IMS to simulate the effects of the hybrid units had not been wholly satisfactory, but had offered some “good learning” to the series’ technical team.

Fans to choose Johnson’s Carvana livery at six IndyCar races

Fans are being invited to determine the colorscheme of the #48 Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda at five IndyCar events – six races – this year, thanks to Carvana online interaction.

Why hybrids can make IndyCar more thrilling in 2023

Friday's IndyCar test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a crucial step in the series’ move toward hybrid KERS power in 2023. VP of competition Bill Pappas explained the implications to David Malsher-Lopez.

Ricky Taylor to make ELMS debut with DragonSpeed

DragonSpeed has announced that reigning IMSA Prototype champion Ricky Taylor will join its WEC drivers Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman for the ACO European Le Mans Series season-opener.

IndyCar IMS test to simulate hybrid boost with push-to-pass

Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host a four-car IndyCar test on Friday as the series simulates hybrid power for the 2023 regulations, using push-to-pass boost.