Clint Bowyer fails to realize IndyCar doesn’t have push-to-pass on ovals


We write this post purely in good fun, because chances are Clint Bowyer is speaking for the approximately 99 percent of folks in this country who aren’t diehard Verizon IndyCar Series fans, or know the ins-and-outs of the IndyCar Dallara DW12 chassis and its components.

Bowyer finished 16th in Sunday’s Brickyard 400 and then proceeded to tweet about his difficulty passing other cars. He now sits 10th in points after the race.

However, what this next tweet gains in down-home, folksy, Bowyer-esque Twitter gusto it fails in the actual “fact” department:

Bowyer’s right in noting “them Indy car things” have a push-to-pass button, an extra horsepower boost that works as an overtake assist for the spec chassis.

Where IndyCar does not utilize the push-to-pass button is, fittingly, on ovals.

The passing that occurs at the Indianapolis 500 is due to the massive hole in the air punched by this new design of IndyCar chassis, that then creates a giant tow effect where cars draft up and can then pass the car in front based on the run they get. No push-to-pass button is needed to complete this or any oval overtake. Nice try, though.

I will say that I’d love to see Bowyer – who has branched out into sports car racing before by racing a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 in the Rolex 24 at Daytona – give a crack at “the double” of an Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in one day.

Because then he could see and sample how “them Indy car things” function in reality.

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.