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Newgarden masterclass turns IndyCar championship battle on its head

Advantage Josef Newgarden. Entering the Harvest Grand Prix with a 72-point deficit to championship leader Scott Dixon, the Team Penske driver aced Round 1 at the IMS road course with the title on the line. Not only will the fight continue into Saturday’s 75-lap race, but it’s fair to say momentum has shifted in favour […]

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“I want to keep racing, but it has to be something good” – Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya isn’t sure where he’ll be driving next year, but he knows he wants to continue after Acura Team Penske shutters its three-year IMSA program at the end of the season. The Colombian’s credentials are well known: F3000 champion, two-time Indy 500 winner, CART IndyCar Series champion, a winner in Formula 1, NASCAR, […]

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Sato earns second Indianapolis 500 victory

Takuma Sato climbed to a higher level of immortality Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning the 104th Indianapolis 500 and becoming just the 20th driver to capture “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” at least twice. Sato, from Japan, won the race under caution in the No. 30 Panasonic/PeopleReady Honda fielded by Rahal Letterman Lanigan […]

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Andretti wins first Indy 500 pole for family in 33 years

Marco Andretti was 2 months old the last time his venerable racing family led the field to green at the Indianapolis 500. In this strange pandemic-plagued season, he ended a 33-year Andretti drought by winning the pole. That darned “Andretti Curse” has haunted three generations of racers at Indianapolis Motor Speedway since 1969, when Mario […]

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Alonso unhurt in Indy crash

Fernando Alonso became the first driver to crash during practice for the 2020 Indianapolis 500. The Spaniard made a mistake by dipping his left-front tire below the white line in Turn 4, making contact with the curb that separates the racing surface from the grass. The Arrow McLaren SP driver climbed from the No. 66 […]

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Indy 500: Fernando Alonso begins quest in practice and qualifying

Fernando Alonso’s third attempt to win the Indianapolis 500 and complete motorsport’s Triple Crown has begun ahead of qualifying for the US racing showpiece this weekend. With the Indy 500 programme for 2020 condensed and rescheduled from its usual ‘Month of May’ slot due to the coronavirus pandemic, all the track action at the famous […]

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Texas top three reflect on the good and bad of a one-day show

Part of the unique challenge in IndyCar’s return to racing amid the COVID-19 pandemic was the necessity for the Texas Motor Speedway event to be compressed into one day, with just a single practice session leading into qualifying and the race a couple hours later. For the three drivers who wound up on the podium […]

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Andretti calls on Ferrari to join IndyCar

Motorsport legend Mario Andretti has said that Ferrari should consider entering the NTT Indycar Series as a manufacturer, after team princial Mattia Binotto admitted the team could look to join racing another series. The Ferrari boss said that the team could look to deploy their “racing DNA” away from Formula 1 if the budget cap […]

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MAGNIFICENT MONTOYA THRIVED IN ANY MACHINE AT INDY

Race fans worldwide are fascinated by drivers who can climb into any kind of racing machine and succeed. Drivers like A.J. Foyt and Mario Andretti raced sprint cars on dirt tracks and Indy cars on asphalt routinely on the same weekend in the 1960s, with forays into NASCAR, sports cars and other series. But the […]

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THE FOUR FOUNDING FATHERS OF THE INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY

CARL G. FISHER (Jan 12, 1874-July 15, 1939) was an energetic impresario who overcame poor eyesight and a meager upbringing to spearhead the building of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1909. This extraordinary man also developed Miami Beach from out of swamplands; headed up the Lincoln Highway commission, which raised the funds to build the […]

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Indy 500-Charlotte 600 double an adventure for NASCAR drivers

Eight times drivers have attempted to run both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day on Memorial Day weekend. Only five times have they actually started and finished both races on the same day. Kurt Busch will attempt to become the fourth driver to start both events on the same day […]

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Indy 500 postponed to August; Indy GP to run as NASCAR double-header on July 4

The Indianapolis 500 has been postponed from May 24 to August 23 due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. The Indianapolis Grand Prix, which normally runs prior to the 500, is now set for July 4, setting up the first-ever IndyCar/NASCAR double-header. It marks the first time in 103 editions of the 500-mile event where the […]

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Alonso: “Indy 500 is the greatest race in the world”

Fernando Alonso believes the Indianapolis 500 is the “greatest race in the world” ahead of his third attempt to claim the triple crown with Arrow McLaren SP. The 2005 and 2006 Formula One World Champion announced moments ago that he will take part in the 104th running of the Indy 500, with the Arrow McLaren […]

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Alonso confirms Indy return with Arrow McLaren SP

Fernando Alonso’s love for the Indianapolis 500 has weathered a blown engine while contending for victory, not to mention a failure to qualify for the greatest American race, but the Spaniard will be chasing a more positive outcome when he partners with Arrow McLaren SP to return and make his third attempt to win in […]

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Fernando Alonso’s only wise choice for Indy 500 leads back to McLaren

If and when two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso finally announces he has a ride for the 104th Indianapolis 500, it likely will be on the same team where his search began. The wisest choice for Alonso would be at Arrow McLaren Racing SP, where he would be reunited with McLaren CEO Zak Brown and Sporting […]

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There’s Over $15 Million in Prize Money Up For Grabs at This Year’s Indy 500

This year’s Indy 500 purse has increased by $2 million, making it the largest prize pool in history. And even better news? Road & Track is a sponsor of the race. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway just announced a bunch of plans it has for the month of May leading up to the 2020 Indianapolis 500. The […]

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THE RIGHT GUY WON THE INDYCAR CHAMPIONSHIP, BUT HE ALMOST DIDN’T

Josef Newgarden was just a couple of positions away from losing the title he controlled all year Josef Newgarden only spent one race outside of the IndyCar Series championship lead this season. The best team won the IndyCar championship on Sunday at Laguna Seca, but it came really close to giving it away. Josef Newgarden captured the […]

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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 […]