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Top Numbers From The 2015 Season

Championship Update: Hamilton Clinches at USGP

Formula E Preview: Round One

Honda Testing 2016 Aero Kit Components at Road America

Honda spent some time at last week's Road America test working with new possible components for their 2016 aero kit. Although the manufacturer isn't confirmed for a return to IndyCar next year, they are still working on car development.

Mercedes Use Remaining Tokens for Monza Engine Upgrades

If you thought Mercedes was fast before, think again. Mercedes introduced a new-spec power unit for the Italian Grand Prix this weekend. They spent their remaining seven tokens on this upgrade.

Debris on Track Reason for Failures, Says Pirelli

After conducting an investigation following the Belgian Grand Prix tire failures, Pirelli have concluded that debris on track caused the increase in tire cuts during the race weekend. They refuted the claim that their tires had structural integrity issues.

Monza Engineering Guide

Formula One heads to Italy this weekend for the fastest race of the season. Teams need low downforce and high engine power to win. Let's take a look at the Engineering Guide for Monza, the 12th round of the 2015 Formula One season.

Tech Link: Honda Says Engine is 25 Horsepower Ahead of Renault

In an interview with Autosport, Honda's Chief of Motorsport Arai has said that he believes their engine has 25 more horsepower than the Renault engines. Arai cited the "size zero" aero package as the prime reason for McLaren's woes this year. He also added that there's less than a 30 horsepower gap to Ferrari and 40-50 horsepower separating McLaren from Mercedes.

You can read the full article on Autosport here.

Bourdais Tests LED Wheel Display

IndyCar and Sebastien Bourdais tested out an LED wheel display system during Friday practice before the season finale in Sonoma. The No. 11 machine ran with lights on both the front and rear wheels.

Sonoma Raceway Engineering Guide

IndyCar heads to Sonoma for the season finale this weekend with six drivers still eligible for the championship. Let's take a look at the Engineering Guide for Sonoma Raceway in California.

Tech Focus: Honda Teams Haven't Run Smaller Endplates on Flaps

Through just two races of the season, IndyCar teams are still figuring out what works and what doesn't with their aero kits. Honda, after being outpaced in most of the practice sessions, were able to claim their first win via a lucky/good (depending on how you look at it) strategy call by James Hinchcliffe. 

Aero Kit Tech to Watch For This Weekend

2015 Honda Aero Kit

Renderings of the 2015 Honda Aero Kit.

2015 Chevrolet Aero Kit

Renderings of the 2015 Chevrolet Aero Kit.

Graham Rahal Stopped Montoya's Historic Championship Run

What 'Lead Changes' Mean For Montoya's Triple Crown Campaign

Harvesting Blackbox Data in Formula One

Significant Numbers From The First Nine Races of the Inaugural Formula E Season

Why Marco Andretti Lost Detroit Race #1

A Look At Daniil Kvyat's Alternative Pit-Stop Strategy in Monaco

Indy GP of Louisiana: Technical Image Collection

A collection of technical images from the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana race weekend. All photos courtesy of INDYCAR PR photographers, unless otherwise watermarked.

How Chevy and Honda Reinforced Their Aero Kits

IndyCar mandated that both Chevy and Honda reinforce their aero kits before the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana this weekend. We got a chance to see these changes first hand during the free practice sessions on Friday. Here's a look at what each manufacturer did to combat the debris problem we saw in St. Petersburg.

IndyCar Mandates Structural Upgrades to Manufacturer's Bodywork Components

IndyCar announced on Thursday that it has "mandated structural upgrades to strengthen designated Honda and Chevrolet bodywork components" ahead of this weekend's race at NOLA Motorsports Park, according to a press release.

Chevrolet Penalized for Engine Regulation Infraction

Chevrolet, who earned 128 points in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 29, has been penalized 220 points per Verizon IndyCar Series regulations.

Tech Focus: Rear Exhaust of Chevy's Aero Kit

We finally got our first look at aero kits on track and racing during the Grand Prix of St. Pete last Sunday.

Indy 500 pace car stolen, crashed through dealership window

Race Notes: Grand Prix of Louisiana

Rain showers likely during qualifying and race

Rahal looking to bring momentum to Louisiana

Indy grand prix of Louisiana track guide

Honda allowed to reinforce aero kit after St. Pete debris

Car preservation is more critical this year - Hawksworth

Andretti confirms De Silvestro for round two

Hildebrand to run CFH's third car in Indy 500

JR Hildebrand will drive CFH's third car for the 2015 Indianapolis 500 in May and pilot the No. 6 Preferred Freezer Services machine. 

Poll: Will a Penske car win the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana?

Nasr looking forward to scoring points again in China

Power says aero kits require less contact

Maldonado Expects Reliability Issues to be Resolved by China

Highlights From The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Race highlights from the 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg; round one. 

Power Ranking The IndyCar Field After St. Petersburg

Each week, eleven IndyCar bloggers come together to power rank the IndyCar field after that weekend's race. 

2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: Live Blog, Analysis

Race Notes: Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

The 2015 IndyCar season gets rolling in St. Petersburg for the fifth year in a row on Sunday.

Race Notes: Malaysian Grand Prix

Formula One heads to Malaysia on Sunday with Lewis Hamilton in control of the points so far. The Briton won the event last year on his way to claiming his second world driver's championship. He'll be looking for more of the same this year. 

Qualifying: Saturday, 5 a.m. ETRace: Sunday, 3 a.m. ET

Supplement Your IndyCar Viewing Experience With Our Live Blog

The IndyCar season gets started this Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg. It's the start of the battle for the 2015 championship which Will Power will hope to win for the second year in a row. Single Seater will be trying something new for the race. In addition to our race notes which will come out on Saturday, we will host a live blog for the race itself.

But no, this won't be your average, generic live blog. At Single Seater, we are devoted to data journalism and statistics, and that's exactly what our live blog will be like. Turn on the TV and pull up our stat-based live blog as a nice supplement.  

Instead of just highlighting what's going on in the race, our live blog will talk about statistics, race strategy, and other interesting topics surrounding the race. We'll talk about tire data, caution stats, and why Will Power pitted when he did. If you have any questions throughout the race, you can leave them in the comments during the live blog and we'll tr…

A Look Inside an IndyCar Cockpit

IndyCars have some of the most advanced cockpits of any racing series. There are paddle-shifters, gear lights, fuel-map switches, and a plethora of other buttons to deal with. At the open test at Barber Motorsports Park, we got a chance to look inside some of the cockpits of the cars and see just how busy they really are. 

Below are some shots of the cockpits of the machines. Hover over images for more information. All photos courtesy of Chris Owens, IndyCar PR.

Technical Image Collection: Barber Motorsports Park Testing - Tuesday

A look at some technical images from aero kit testing at Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday, March 17th.

Hover over images to read a description of the picture and click the image to enlarge it.

All photos courtesy of Chris Jones, Chris Owens/IndyCar PR.

Tech Focus: Onboard Track Position Indicator Being Tested

IndyCar has been experimenting with an onboard position indicator during testing sessions at Barber Motorsports Park. The eight by seven inch panel will sit on either side of the airbox and show the driver's current position on track. The panel is supposed to help fans not near a scoring pylon or video screen. 

The screen will show current place, positions lost or gained on a given lap, and when push to pass is being used (via a green screen) depending on the setup. Brightness can be changed based on time of day, speed, and location on the track for the best viewing experience. The board being tested is three millimeters thick, barely adding a profile to the airbox. 

Technical Image Collection: Barber Motorsports Park Testing - Monday

A look at some technical images from aero kit testing at Barber Motorsports Park on Monday, March 16th.

Hover over images to read a description of the picture and click the image to enlarge it.

All photos courtesy of Chris Jones, Chris Owens/IndyCar PR, and Mike Kitchel (third image).

Tech Focus: Schmidt Peterson Runs Two Different Top Flicks in Testing

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports tested two different flick designs at NOLA Motorsports Park on Saturday during the open testing session. James Hinchcliffe and James Jakes each took their cars out to run laps throughout the day.

The two machines featured different designs of the top flick element. Jakes ran the stock Honda aero kit look with a full flick on top of the rear bumper. You can see that design below. Hinchcliffe's car had no top flick at all, the rear bumper was flush with the tire and had no mount on top of it. 

Tech Focus: Chip Ganassi Racing Remove Upper Flick from Aero Kit

IndyCar teams had a chance to test their aero kits for the first time on Saturday at NOLA Motorsports Park in Louisiana. One of the features of aero kits this year is the ability for teams to remove and change components on their car to separate themselves from other teams with the same manufacturer. 

Chip Ganassi Racing was one of the first teams we saw that chose to make changes to their kit. CGR removed the upper flick element that sits on the side-pod of Chevy's kit. The No. 9 machine ran without the component for all of the session on Saturday. 

Technical Image Collection: NOLA Motorsports Park Testing - Saturday

A look at some technical images from aero kit testing at NOLA Motorsports Park on Saturday, March 14th. 

Hover over images to read a description of the picture and click the image to enlarge it. 

All photos courtesy of Chris Owens/IndyCar PR 

Race Notes: Australian Grand Prix

The 2015 Formula One season kicks off this Sunday in Melbourne, Australia, with the Australian grand Prix. Nico Rosberg won the race last year on his way to coming second in the driver's championship, and he'll be looking for a successful start to 2015 again. 

Qualifying: Saturday, 2 a.m. ETRace: Sunday, 1 a.m. ET

The Numbers Behind Renault's 2015 Power Unit

Mercedes power dominated the 2014 Formula One season and powered Mercedes AMG Petronas to both a driver's and constructor's championship. Renault lagged behind for most of the year and only challenged with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

On Wednesday, Renault released some interesting numbers regarding their 2015 power unit and how it compares to last year's. Right off the bat managing director Cyril Abiteboul said "last year we went to Melbourne in a very different frame of mind, but in 2015 we are much happier in our own skin." Renault will be looking to close the gap to Mercedes this year.

Lotus Is Switching To Mercedes Power At The Right Time

On Friday, Romain Grosjean said that he believes the 2015 season "will be very much about reminding people how good Lotus F1 Team and Romain Grosjean can be." This comes after a disastrous previous season that saw Lotus only pick up ten points in the constructor's championship.

Sorry, Will Power: You Probably Won't Win the 2015 Championship

Will Power won the 2014 IndyCar championship. A great feat, sure, but repeating it this year would be something really remarkable.

Which IndyCar Driver Takes the Twitter Checkered Flag?

Drivers, start your fingers!

Twitter has become the primary source for all sorts of people to connect with each other. With 140 characters, you can send out your thoughts in an instant along with pictures, videos, and links to websites or anything, really.

This means of communication has become especially powerful for celebrities and athletes, including IndyCar drivers. The ability to respond to others' tweets is easy and fast, connecting the fan and driver together. But which IndyCar driver is harnessing this power the best? We took a look at current IndyCar drivers and their Twitter profiles to see who is getting the most following on Twitter.  

Pirelli Stick With Same Compounds as 2014 for Australia

Pirelli, the official tire supplier of Formula One, announced the tire nominations for the first four races of the 2015 season earlier today.

For the Australian grand Prix, Pirelli has nominated the soft compound (yellow markings) and the medium compound (white markings) for use. This is the same choice of tires that were used during last year's race. 

Feature Focus: Rear Wing Endplates

Chevy revealed their Aero Kit for the 2015 IndyCar season on Tuesday at IndyCar media day. The release saw some interesting design and technical features on the car.

First Technical Analysis: Chevy's Aero Kit

The Chevy IndyCar team revealed their Aero Kit for the 2015 season on Tuesday at IndyCar Media Day. Honda has yet to show off their plans or any images of the car.

A collection of photos from the release as well as a breakdown of the parts and design features can be found below. 

James Jakes' Sole Podium Performance

James Jakes will drive for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) for the 2015 IndyCar season. The team announced Jakes as their second driver on Monday to partner with James Hinchcliffe.

Jakes raced in the IndyCar series in 2013 with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. The 2013 season was also the year when the Englishmen secured his first and only podium in the series.

Is Reliability Really Improving in F1?

McLaren Suffer Cooling Pressure Issues at Jerez

McLaren was forced to retire from the third day of testing at Jerez after a cooling pressure failure on the car.  The team managed 32 laps in the morning session making day three their most productive yet.

The problem forced McLaren to take the engine out of the car, ending the day's testing session.

Day Two at Jerez: Technical Roundup

Day two of preseason Formula One testing saw Sebastian Vettel once again lead the time tables. The Ferrari machine logged 89 laps on Monday and set a best time of 1:20.984 seconds, nearly eight tenths faster than the Sauber piloted by Felipe Nasr.

The second day of testing with the new 2015 cars also produced a fair share of mechanical troubles as one might expect. New cars, changes being made, and the unreliability that is inherently in motor racing all contributed to the three main technical talking points of day two.

Formula One Test at Jerez: Live Tweets, Times, Results

Formula One will have its first official test of 2015 at the Jerez circuit in Spain February 1st through 4th. Eight teams are set to attend the testing sessions with Force India, Marussia, and Caterham being the three teams that will not be there. 

Follow along below with live tweets, results, and more from the four days of testing at Jerez: 

Ferrari Reveal the Numbers Behind the SF-15T

The 2015 Ferrari car for the Formula One series was revealed this Friday. The SF-15T will be driven by Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in the upcoming season. Much like the other cars that have been released, the Ferrari machine has a longer front nose than last year's cars, per the new regulations in this category.

Ferrari's technical director, James Allison, said the team is trying to combat the "unacceptably large gap in our performance" last season as compared to the rival teams. The team will be looking for their first win since the Spanish Grand Prix in 2013 after going win-less last season. 

Numbers in Motorsport News: First Edition

Each week, we take a look at numbers, stats, and other pieces of data that come up in Motorsport coverage. From Formula One to IndyCar and all in between, we'll search around and find the most significant pieces of information from the week.

In the news this week: IndyCar schedule changes, Luca Filippi added to CFH Racing, Formula One cars unveiled, and the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

IndyCar Drivers Showed Their Dominance in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona

This past Saturday and Sunday, 14 Indy 500 starters took to Daytona International Speedway to compete in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. The 24 hour endurance race featured 53 teams in total across all of the series; Prototype, GT Le Mans, Prototype Challenge, and GT Daytona.  

The IndyCar drivers were spread out among 12 different teams and the four different classes. Karam, Kimball, Kanaan, and Dixon all raced for IndyCar team Chip Ganassi Racing, with the former two being in the #01 machine and the latter two in the #02.  A full list of the IndyCar drivers that competed is below: