Power on pole in Texas


Will Power has secured his second pole position of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series season, on Friday at Texas Motor Speedway. It’s his first since the season opener at St. Petersburg in March.

The two styles of tracks could not be any more different. At the 1.5-mile oval in Texas, Power nearly hit the rev limiter on his lap but managed to avoid it and not lose any mph. As a result, the Verizon Team Penske driver averaged more than 219 mph, and was a full 1.6 mph up on second-placed Marco Andretti.

“Our race car has been pretty good,” Power told IndyCar Radio. “It was wide open, trimmed out, and the gear was right. I think Marco should have been on pole, but he hit the rev limiter.”

Power seems optimistic for the race. He has his only career oval win there in the second half of the twin races held in 2011.

“It’s going to be an interesting race,” he said. “The downforce level is about right. Some cars will go out more than others. Hopefully we’re at the front of all that.”

Andretti was second ahead of his Andretti Autosport teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dario Franchitti and E.J. Viso, who was the first car to run.

The rest of the top 10 on the grid includes: Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden, Charlie Kimball, Ed Carpenter and James Jakes.

Grid positions aren’t entirely important given how fast the Firestones will go off over a course over a stint, and how well drivers manage the tires and hold onto the car with the current level of downforce.

Oriol Servia clocked in 18th, Pippa Mann 21st, in their first qualifying runs since Indianapolis.

Also of note, Simona de Silvestro will lose 10 spots from her 12thh place qualifying effort due to an engine change, while Takuma Sato (missed spot in pre-qualifying tech inspection) and Tristan Vautier (engine change) did not make qualifying attempts and will start at the back.

IndyCar disappointed by delay of video game but aiming to launch at start of 2024

IndyCar video game 2024

An IndyCar executive said there is “absolutely” disappointment that its long-awaited video game recently was delayed beyond its target date, but the series remains optimistic about the new title.

“Well, I don’t know how quick it will be, but the whole situation is important to us,” Penske Entertainment president and CEO Mark Miles said during a news conference Monday morning to announce IndyCar’s NTT title sponsorship. “Motorsport Games has spent a lot of money, a lot of effort to create an IndyCar title. What we’ve seen of that effort, which is not completely obvious, is very reassuring.

“I think it’s going to be outstanding. That’s our shared objective, that when it is released, it’s just widely accepted. A great credit both to IndyCar racing, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, something that our fans love.”

In June 2021, IndyCar announced a new partnership with Motorsport Games to create and distribute an IndyCar video game for the PC and Xbox and PlayStation consoles in 2023.

But during an earnings call last week, Motorsport Games said the IndyCar game had been delayed to 2024 to ensure high quality.

Somewhat compounding the delay is that IndyCar’s license for iRacing expired after the end of the 2022 season because of its exclusive agreement with Motorsport Games.

That’s resulted in significant changes for IndyCar on iRacing, which had provided a high-profile way for the series to stay visible during its 2020 shutdown from the pandemic. (Players still can race an unbranded car but don’t race on current IndyCar tracks, nor can they stream).

That’s helped ratchet up the attention on having a video game outlet for IndyCar.

“I wish we had an IndyCar title 10 years ago,” said Miles, who has been working with the organization since 2013. “We’ve been close, but we’ve had these I think speed bumps.”

IndyCar is hopeful the Motorsports Game edition will be ready at the start of 2024. Miles hinted that beta versions could be unveiled to reporters ahead of the time “to begin to show the progress in a narrow way to make sure we’ve got it right, to test the progress so that we’re ready when they’re ready.”

It’s been nearly 18 years since the release of the most recent IndyCar video game for console or PC.

“(We) better get it right,” Miles said. “It’s something we’re very close to and continue to think about what it is to make sure we get it over the line in due course.”