Recent IndyCar Series News
The fact is, Juan Pablo Montoya is one of the most talented racers on the planet. Not many drivers throughout history can boast of wins in IndyCar, Formula One, CART and stock car racing (NASCAR). What’s more, JP is one of only two active demons behind the wheel that have claimed two legs of the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’ – claiming victories in both the Indianapolis 500 and the ultra prestigious Monaco Grand Prix. If that’s not badass in itself, what is? But looking at the past few seasons in America’s beloved NASCAR series, it has been easy to forget that someone with as much international fame and pedigree has been gracing Sprint Cup’s ovals/tracks every week.
Scott Dixon is most definitely back. Oakley’s long-time IndyCar driver returned to former glory after claiming his third title at Fontana to wrap up a dazzling season. With past series crowns in 2003 and 2008 in the bag, a small drought screeched to a halt with a string of consistent results in 2013. “Once it’s all said and done and I’m done with racing and I can look back and say, Hey, I achieved this,’” Scott said following his fifth place finish at Auto Club Speedway to wrap up the year. “That will be the time for that. Right now, I love racing. I just want to race. … I’m not really a person that (dwells on accomplishments).” But, as always, getting through to the end of the heated 250-lap grind in one piece was no walk in the park.
Being thrown into the fire with the ‘Big Boys’ after riding high with an Indy Lights title at age 20 isn’t easy. But after taking his lumps, Josef Newgarden has finally broken through. The young racer, who’s been facing a less-than-ideal season with his Sarah Fisher Hartman crew, clawed his way to his first IndyCar podium finish in Baltimore this past Saturday – emphatically grabbing second place following a grueling battle. Smashing through extreme heat, six extended caution periods and multiple crashes, the young phenom found glory despite the extreme challenges before him. Starting in fifth, Josef fell back as far as 19th before powering his way forward through the field.