Articles By: Steph Wallcraft

New year, new beginnings for Hinchcliffe

New year, new beginnings for Hinchcliffe

With a new sponsor, a new engineering team, a new powerplant, and a new promotional gig with Honda Canada to contend with in 2014, James Hinchcliffe is looking at a lot of change for the coming season. But he’s taking it all very much in stride.

Simona’s void must not be filled in haste

Simona’s void must not be filled in haste

Simona de Silvestro’s departure for F1 will no doubt ignite discussion of whether IndyCar needs another female racer on the grid when the series lands in St. Petersburg. MFW’s Steph Wallcraft argues that artificially wedging in a replacement would undermine women in all corners of the sport.

Seven-month season with earlier, international start planned for 2015: Miles

Seven-month season with earlier, international start planned for 2015: Miles

Hulman and Co. CEO Mark Miles recently spoke to MFW’s Paul Dalbey regarding plans to begin the 2015 IndyCar Series schedule earlier, possibly as early as January, with a stint of three international races. He also revealed plans for an expanded Leaders Circle program and said he would be “disappointed” if a title sponsor is not in place for 2014.

Michigan International Speedway and ISC “as a whole” interested in IndyCar: MIS President

Michigan International Speedway and ISC “as a whole” interested in IndyCar: MIS President

Earlier today at the Performance Racing Industry trade show in Indianapolis, Michigan International Speedway President Roger Curtis told MFW’s Paul Dalbey that MIS and ISC “as a whole” are interested in bringing IndyCar back to their racetracks. He also said he expects to see IndyCar back at MIS in three to five years, though not before 2016.

Help us with our 100th podcast and win a Tony Kanaan die-cast!

Help us with our 100th podcast and win a Tony Kanaan die-cast!

We’ve got a Tony Kanaan 2013 Indianapolis 500 die-cast to give away courtesy of Toronto Motorsports — and we need your help!

Belardi becomes first USF2000 team to finalize 2014 program

Belardi becomes first USF2000 team to finalize 2014 program

Belardi Auto Racing has become the first USF2000 team to formally finalize its lineup for 2014 with its announcement of Nico Jamin as the fourth and final driver for the squad.

On street courses, double-file restarts have overstayed their welcome

On street courses, double-file restarts have overstayed their welcome

Steph posits that while double-file restarts were absent at the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, no one really missed them. It’s time to improve concrete canyon racing by letting them go.

Hot quotes from the Kanaan/Ganassi/Chevrolet announcement

Hot quotes from the Kanaan/Ganassi/Chevrolet announcement

Earlier today, Chip Ganassi Racing confirmed that the team has signed Tony Kanaan to compete in a fourth entry in 2014 that will be sponsored by NTT Data. Click here to find a selection of quotes from the media availability following the announcement.

Bid on Justin Wilson’s boots to help us raise more donations for the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana

Bid on Justin Wilson’s boots to help us raise more donations for the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana

The auction for Justin Wilson’s racing gloves has ended, but don’t be sad if you missed out — we’ve now got a pair of Justin’s (very large) racing boots up for bid to raise more donations for the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana!

United SportsCar schedule released; 2014 IndyCar schedule begins to take shape

United SportsCar schedule released; 2014 IndyCar schedule begins to take shape

The inaugural United SportsCar Racing series schedule was released today and features 12 events, two in conjunction with IndyCar. Here, Steph lays out the implications.

Bid on Justin Wilson’s race-worn gloves to help us raise donations for the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana

Bid on Justin Wilson’s race-worn gloves to help us raise donations for the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana

We’re ramping up our next charity support weekend — this time, we’re raising funds for the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana! IndyCar’s Justin Wilson has made some donations to help us reach our goal.

The Bowyer penalty: What would IndyCar do?

The Bowyer penalty: What would IndyCar do?

Steph looks at the penalty issued yesterday by NASCAR to Michael Waltrip Racing for attempting to alter the outcome of a race and asks: What would IndyCar do?