IndyCar
Apr 14

IndyCar: Montoya places fourth in second race back

Juan Pablo Montoya has competed in Formula 1, NASCAR and Sports Cars since his last days in IndyCar, and many questioned whether he would be able to return to his championship-winning form behind an IndyCar again. (Photo: Leland Hill/LAT Photographic)

Juan Pablo Montoya has been away from IndyCar for 14 years, leaving many to wonder whether he can return to his championship-winning form. (Photo: Leland Hill/LAT Photographic)

Many in the IndyCar garage have been curious to see whether Juan Pablo Montoya could still race with the same championship-winning pace as he had in the series 14 years ago, and Sunday’s result was certainly a positive sign that things are heading in the right direction.

With his fourth place finish at Long Beach, Montoya sits eighth in the IndyCar points standings as the series heads to Barber Motorsports Park.

Apr 14

IndyCar announce changes to Indy 500 qualifying format

The 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on May 25, 2014 with Tony Kanaan as the defending champion. (Photo: Scott R LePage/LAT Photographic)

The 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on May 25, 2014 with Tony Kanaan as the defending champion. (Photo: Scott R LePage/LAT Photographic)

The new qualifying format for the Indianapolis 500 now allows any entry that has not made the field at the end of the first day a chance to make the last row of the grid on the second day.

The IndyCar Series announced the changes Monday.

Apr 13

IndyCar: Conway Wins Wild Race At Long Beach

Mike Conway celebrates after winning the IndyCar race at Long Beach. (Photo: Lesley Ann Miller)

Mike Conway celebrates after winning the IndyCar race at Long Beach. (Photo: Lesley Ann Miller)

Tempers flared all around the streets of Long Beach, where drivers declared friendships over after a surprisingly physical race.

Simon Pagenaud refused to accept a post-race apology from Will Power, and Justin Wilson was furious with Scott Dixon. James Hinchcliffe tried to be diplomatic but failed to hide his displeasure with teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay.

The one team smiling at the end of Sunday’s race? Ed Carpenter Racing, which got an unexpected victory from Mike Conway.

Apr 13

Video: Massive Pileup Claims Several Top Contenders In Long Beach

Sunday’s IndyCar race on the streets of Long Beach was setting up to be an instant classic before a multi-car wreck eliminated several of the top contenders, including race leader Josef Newgarden, pole-sitter Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe.

With 24 laps to go, Newgarden exited pit lane with the race lead ahead of Hunter-Reay and Hinchcliffe, but had colder tires than the two Andretti Autosport teammates. As they raced into Turn 4, Hunter-Reay made a bold move by trying to pass Newgarden on the inside, and it proved to be costly.

Apr 12

IndyCar: Ryan Hunter-Reay On Pole In Long Beach

Ryan Hunter-Reay fights his car around the Long Beach circuit, en route to claiming pole position for Sunday's race. (Photo: Phillip Abbott/LAT Photographic)

Ryan Hunter-Reay fights his car around the Long Beach circuit, en route to claiming pole position for Sunday’s race. (Photo: Phillip Abbott/LAT Photographic)

Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe made it an all-Andretti Autosport front row for the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Hunter-Reay snatched the pole away from his teammate with a late qualifying lap on Saturday at 1 minute, 7.8219 seconds on the temporary IndyCar course through the streets of downtown. Hinchcliffe wound up second after his lap at 1 minute, 7.9403 seconds.