There’s been a pair of Verizon IndyCar Series tests in the last week, at the one-mile oval of Phoenix International Raceway and at Sonoma Raceway.
And luckily, there’s been a pair of on-board videos captured from a lower angle than the usual over airbox on-board you’ll see on race weekends themselves.
At Phoenix, Graham Rahal debuted some GoPro footage from the new HERO5 Black camera that, while having a slight technical glitch in the mph in corners, showed just what 190 mph average on a one-mile oval looks like from the cockpit of his No. 15 United Rentals Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
Meanwhile, Spencer Pigot and Ed Carpenter Racing teammate JR Hildebrand tested at Sonoma earlier this week. Here’s a view over the left shoulder as Pigot works his No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet. This video is via the @RaceSonoma Twitter account.
This hopefully shows how talented these drivers are and what beasts these cars are to drive.
The season opens in St. Petersburg on March 12 and resumes on NBCSN in Long Beach on April 9.
SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.
Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.
Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.
Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.
Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.
With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.
Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.
Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.
GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.