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BROWN: ALONSO WOULD BE AN OUTSTANDING TALENT IN INDYCAR

McLaren’s return to Indycar next year is a done deal, now the question of drivers is a hot topic and inevitably Fernando Alonso is being linked to the project despite the Spaniard’s known reluctance to do a full season. McLaren CEO Zak Brown is clearly keen to have Alonso on board, explaining his stand on […]

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McLaren partners with Arrow SPM for full-time IndyCar program

The McLaren Racing team will make its full-time return to IndyCar competition next season in a partnership with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports under the Arrow McLaren Racing SP banner. The two-car program, utilizing the current Arrow SPM staff and a new group of McLaren personnel assembled specifically for the IndyCar project, will debut in 2020 […]

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Hybrid engines coming to INDYCAR in 2022

Hybrid engine technology is coming to INDYCAR in 2022, making the series relevant to today’s modern automotive marketplace. INDYCAR announced Thursday morning that it will implement a single-source hybrid system in its race cars for the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season that will provide key enhancements ranging from competition to safety.  Current engine manufacturers Honda […]

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ROSSI ANNIHILATES COMPETITION TO TAKE DOMINANT WIN AT ROAD AMERICA

Alexander Rossi has taken a dominant victory in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix at Road America. The Californian took the lead of the race at turn one after starting in second place and would go on to lead every lap of the race and securing the win by a margin of twenty-eight seconds. After a […]

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A Full-Time IndyCar Program in 2020 Isn’t ‘Likely’ for McLaren After Its Indy 500 Failure

The 2019 Indianapolis 500 was meant to be a gauge for McLaren, to see where it sat in terms of starting a full-time IndyCar program—possibly as soon as next year. But it turned into much more than that with McLaren’s failure to qualify and overall disastrous try, and it seems like that’s impacted its timeline. Racer published an interview with McLaren Racing […]

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Brown wants Alonso and McLaren to return to Indy

Although McLaren insist they are to blame for Fernando Alonso failing to qualify for this year’s Indy 500, Zak Brown hopes the Spaniard gives them another chance next season.Alonso tried to enter this year’s Indianapolis 500 with McLaren with the team partnering with Chevrolet for a single-car entry. Bad weather and electronic problems cost the […]

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Why Now Is the Time for Fernando Alonso to Abandon a Dazed and Confused McLaren

Getting bumped from the Indy 500 starting grid is only the latest in a series of missteps between Alonso and McLaren, but it could be the worst. It’s become evident in the past decade that two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso has turned into the master of “wrong place, wrong time.” After picking up […]

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Pagenaud takes electrifying Indy 500 victory

Simon Pagenaud completed his May mission with the biggest win of his racing life, capturing the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in a duel for the ages and extending Team Penske’s dominance in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Pagenaud edged Alexander Rossi by 0.2086 of a second following a thrilling clash over the final […]

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Why Indy is both frustrating and rewarding

Fast Friday preparing for Saturday’s Indianapolis 500 qualifying provided plenty of challenges for even the most experienced drivers and teams as the universal aero package, track temperatures, and traffic combined to leave plenty scratching their heads. Conor Daly grabbed the headline time late on Friday with a lap at 231.704mph, but his no-tow speed was […]

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Alonso fails to qualify for Indy 500, after last-gasp Kaiser run

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso failed to qualify for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he was bumped out of the field by Kyle Kaiser, driving for the minnow Juncos team, with the very last run of the Last Row session. In the rain delayed session, which began at 16:30 local time, Alonso managed a four-lap […]

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IndyCar: Will Pippa Mann bounce back from Indy 500 disappointment?

Pippa Mann was one of two IndyCar drivers who failed to qualify for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 last year. Will she bounce back this year? The entry list for the 102nd running of IndyCar‘s most prestigious race, the Indianapolis 500, featured 35 drivers, the highest driver total on an entry list for […]

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Alonso uninjured after crash during Indy 500 practice

The double Formula One world champion’s No. 66 McLaren Racing Chevrolet slid into the wall on the exit of Turn 3 before skidding across the track and into the interior barrier and striking the outside barrier again. When his car came to a stop, the 37-year-old managed to get out unassisted and was later checked, […]

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Indy 500 win could be most important of my career – Alonso

Fernando Alonso believes victory in this year’s Indianapolis 500 could be the most important of his career because of the difficulty in achieving motorsport’s Triple Crown. McLaren returns to the Brickyard with its own entry following Alonso’s attempt in 2017 in a McLaren-run Andretti Honda, during which he led for nearly 30 laps before an […]

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Andretti reflects on 200th team win

Alexander Rossi’s storming victory in the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach was especially significant for team owner Michael Andretti, as it marked the 200th win for Andretti Autosport across all of its team platforms – this year alone, IndyCar, Indy Lights, GT4 America, Rallycross, Formula E and the Supercar Championship. “I’m so proud of […]

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When the ‘Alabama Gang’ took on the Indy 500

Times have changed in these parts. In a state known for college football and NASCAR, it’s college basketball and IndyCar racing that will be the main attraction this weekend in this state that takes pride in its Southern culture. Nearly 50 years ago, it was much different. There were stock car tracks all over the […]

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Marcus Ericsson: IndyCar is more of a driver’s championship than F1

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver Marcus Ericsson believes the NTT IndyCar series is much more of a driver’s championship than Formula 1Ericsson moved across from F1 after getting dropped from a race seat at the now renamed Alfa Romeo team (formerly Sauber), he is now set to drive the #7 entry for the 2019 NTT […]

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Barrichello relishing Rolex 24 return

He’s sharing the spotlight at this weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24 with a number of his fellow former Formula 1 drivers including Fernando Alonso, Alex Zanardi, Juan Pablo Montoya and Sebastien Bourdais, but that’s just fine with Rubens Barrichello. The 46-year-old Brazilian — an 11-time F1 winner — will be starting his fourth Rolex […]

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With Fernando Alonso at the Indy 500, everyone’s a winner

With Fernando Alonso set to race a McLaren-Honda-Andretti at the Indy 500 this year, Luke Smith looks at how everyone benefits – but could the Spaniard win the race? Fernando Alonso, you’ve done it again. Just when your glittering career filled with success and surprises appeared to be nearing its closing years, you decided to […]

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Road to Indy middle step renamed Indy Pro 2000 Championship

The middle step on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel driver development ladder is being rebranded as the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires for the 2019 season.Debuting as Star Mazda in 1991, then reformed as Pro Mazda in 2013 when Andersen Promotions took the helm after the previous administration […]

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McLaren partners with Chevy for Alonso Indy 500 program

Fernando Alonso’s second Indianapolis 500 campaign will be powered by Chevrolet. “It will be a privilege to wear the Bowtie Brand at the 2019 Indy 500,” Alonso said. “Having Chevrolet power behind me means we’re putting ourselves in the best possible position to compete at the front. I had a bit of a taste of […]

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IndyCar officials to visit Australia amid interest in series’ return

IndyCar CEO Mark Miles is flying to Australia to discuss the series’ possible return to Surfers Paradise. With recent interest expressed by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in having IndyCar race on the Gold Coast, Miles and members of his executive team will explore whether reviving the popular event is feasible. “Will Power was in Australia for […]

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IndyCar denies claims of Brazil return

IndyCar has denied claims by Rio de Janeiro mayor Marcelo Crivella that the series will return to Brazil in 2020. Crivella took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce a street race around the city’s Sambodrome. A short accompanying video showed Crivella being joined by a number of Brazilian officials and reporters, along with animation depicting a […]

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STUWIE ON ROAD TO INDY

White takes SA Formula 1600 title Saturday proved a dream come true for Stuart White, as the Bloemfontein teenager White cruised to the 2018 Investchem Formula 1600 championship to not only claim the R200K cash prize, but he also picked up the hallowed ticket to represent South Africa and compete in the Road to Indy […]

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‘SCOTT DIXON DAY’ DECLARED AT INDIANAPOLIS

Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett has officially declared Monday, September 24, 2018, to be ‘Scott Dixon Day’, ahead of the world premiere of a documentary about the New Zealand-born IndyCar champion.The documentary, Born Racer, was shown for the first time at the Indiana State Museum. The film is a behind-the-scenes look at Dixon’s 2017 season and […]

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Newgarden still hopes to win second straight IndyCar title — but it won’t be easy

 Coming into last year’s season-ending IndyCar race at Sonoma Raceway, Josef Newgarden would ultimately not be denied the championship, his first as an IndyCar driver.Newgarden clinched the title by finishing second in the race to Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud, who himself had won the IndyCar championship the season before. Now, Newgarden is faced with […]

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IndyCar championship battle to come down to the wire again

For the 13th consecutive IndyCar season, the championship is set to be decided in the season finale, which is set to be hosted by Sonoma Raceway this year. In every IndyCar season from the 2006 season until the 2017 season, multiple drivers entered the season finale with a chance to win the championship. That will not change […]

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TAKUMA SATO ON PORTLAND WIN: “IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL RACE”

Verizon IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato has stated that the Sunday of the 2018 Grand Prix of Portland was “one of the most beautiful days in my life” after having taken his third career win. The Japanese driver held off a late charge from Ryan Hunter-Reay to take the victory; his first in over a year and his first with Rahal Letterman Lanigan […]

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JULIAN ENDS ON A HIGH

Cape Town racer Julian van der Watt ended his US Formula 2000 season in fine style with a maiden podium in the final race of the year at the Portland International Raceway over the weekend. Julian was quick from the get-go in practice before qualifying eighth for both races and ended up ninth in the […]

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Paul Tracy Has No Taste for ‘Vanilla’ IndyCar Racing

Paul Tracy wants drivers to get a little nastier. Back when he was racing, Tracy was famously involved in dustups, notably with fellow drivers Alex Tagliani and Sebastien Bourdais, going so far as to criticize them for keeping their helmets on during confrontations. Tracy won 31 times in IndyCar and has no regrets about how he handled […]

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Alexander Rossi – Unexpected Results at Iowa Speedway

After strong pre-race testing for Andretti Autosport, Alexander Rossi went into the 300-lap Iowa Corn 300 with high hopes of a victory or podium finish.  He started P5 on the grid, the highest in his three years racing at Iowa Speedway. But the compressed weekend schedule made it tough to predict race conditions. Saturday evening’s […]

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IRL: Newgarden controls the day to win KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America

He made it look easy, but Josef Newgarden said winning the KOHLER Grand Prix was anything but that on Sunday.The reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion led all but two laps to claim victory at the iconic Road America circuit. Driving the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Newgarden won by 3.3759 seconds over Ryan Hunter-Reay […]

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INDY 500 RESULTS: WILL POWER USES SKILL, STRATEGY TO WIN HIS BIGGEST RACE

Will Power’s career as one of the fiercest Verizon IndyCar Series drivers of his era now includes the one accomplishment he wanted the most: a victory in the Indianapolis 500. Power became the first driver from Australia to win the “World’s Biggest Race” when he used a combination of calculated strategy, supreme skill and a fast […]

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Danica Patrick leaves racing with a claim to be the best female driver in American history

No matter what she does in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, Danica Patrick will be the most successful woman at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Patrick has six top-10 finishes in seven starts at Indy, including a third-place finish in 2009 and a fourth in her first Indy trip in 2005. The third is the best a woman has […]

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JULIAN IMPRESSES AT INDY

Cape Town driver Julian van der Watt enjoyed a fruitful maiden weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the weekend as he scored a seventh and an 8th over the two heats of the second round of the USF2000 Powered by Mazda championship at the Brickyard’s Grand Prix circuit. Van der Watt moved up to […]

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JULIAN OFF TO INDIANAPOLIS

Julian van der Watt is eyeing continued progress as he races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second round of his US Formula 2000 road to Indy campaign over the 10-12 May weekend. The reigning South African Formula 1600 champion heads to the Indianapolis Grand Prix circuit that runs partly on the oval and […]

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A Vision for the Turbine-Powered IndyCar of the Future

Keith Hylton would like to take the technology from the Indy 500’s most famous machines and bring it forward as the core of the sport’s next-generation race car. The former open-wheel team owner has commissioned conceptual designer Andries Van Overbeeke to create the T1 turbine, which takes a page from the STP Turbines and Lotus […]

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Bourdais proving he is still among the best in world

Sebastien Bourdais was once considered among the best drivers in the world. In case you forgot, refer to the breathtaking pass he made Sunday on the streets of Long Beach to move into second place that will make every highlight reel this season. OK, so IndyCar ruled the pass illegal and made Bourdais return the […]

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Commentary: IndyCar on upswing as NASCAR stumbles over itself

By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press  Josef Newgarden celebrates after winning IndyCar’s second race of the season in a nail-biting finish Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. IndyCar has had two competitive races and renewed energy and excitement surrounding the series, while one has to wonder if NASCAR is falling off its rails. […]

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JULIAN’S ROAD TO INDY

South African Investchem Formula 1600 champion Julian van der Watt is ready to race in the United States 2018 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda, starting at St. Petersburg this 10-11 March weekend. Camps Bay, Cape Town driver van der Watt, who dominated the South African championship with 13 wins out of 14 starts […]

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NASCAR drivers can learn from Alonso’s grace

Fernando Alonso doesn’t like every aspect of his job but understands professionals have obligations they must meet. For the two-time Formula One world champion it meant daily press briefings during his stints in the Indianapolis 500 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona. He flew to North Carolina to promote the sports car race, made a […]