IndyCar returning to video games with “GRID 2”

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For the first time in a decade, IndyCar fans will get to enjoy a console video game based on their favorite series.

If you pre-order Codemasters’ “GRID 2” at Best Buy, you can choose the IndyCar edition of the game that features the Dallara IndyCar and Pace Car. The game will hit the racks on May 28 in North America for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Windows PC platforms.

Just in case you’re wondering how much authenticity Codemasters is going for with the IndyCar edition,’s Marshall Pruett reports that Honda-powered Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports (with driver Simon Pagenaud) lent live engine audio to the British developer this past week at Sonoma Raceway and Chevrolet is also providing the series with audio from its own powerplant to use in future games.

Codemasters, which also creates games featuring Formula One, produced “IndyCar Series” and “IndyCar Series 2005” for the previous generations of the Xbox and Playstation consoles. Recently, IndyCar has been primarily represented in simulation racing through outlets like and Simraceway.

While IndyCar has been offered suggestions on how to grow its overall presence, the series appears to be already getting more active toward courting younger fans. Its new video game can only help those efforts, but an even bigger boost may come in July with the release of Dreamworks Animation’s “Turbo,” which will feature the series and was a key project of former CEO Randy Bernard.

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.