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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 […]

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Fernando Alonso eyes gains after ‘least important qualifying of my life’

Fernando Alonso remains confident that United Autosports can find more pace in race trim after he qualified in 13th position for this weekend’s Daytona 24 Hours. Alonso has linked up with United Autosports – the outfit co-owned by McLaren chief Zak Brown – for the endurance event, with a view to using the outing as […]

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F1 veteran Fernando Alonso meets Jimmie Johnson, states desire to try NASCAR

The two legends share tremendous respect for each other Fernando Alonso doesn’t watch much NASCAR on television, but he’s very familiar with the sport’s active seven-time champion, Jimmie Johnson. In fact, his appreciation for the future NASCAR Hall-of-Famer actually goes back further than his record-tying seven championships or 83 Cup Series victories. Alonso was a […]

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Bourdais Refutes Steiner’s Claims of American Drivers Not Being Ready for F1

After claims by Guenther Steiner that there are no American drivers ready to race in Formula 1, current Verizon IndyCar Series racer and former Scuderia Toro Rosso driver, Sebastien Bourdais, feels those claims are unfair and unwarranted.The Frenchman believes those involved in Formula 1 are ‘in their own little bubble’, and as such do not […]

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Le Mans-winning engineer Leena Gade joins SPM, IndyCar

Leena Gade brings an impressive resumé to IndyCar: an Ambassador for the FIA Commission for Women in Motorsport; a three-time Le Mans-winning race engineer in LMP1 with Audi; Bentley Racing engineer; now James Hinchcliffe’s race engineer at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. In addition to her impressive resumé, her trophy case includes, the FIA World Endurance Championship […]

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Alonso doubts more F1 drivers will follow into sports cars

Fernando Alonso doubts that more F1 drivers will follow his lead and increase interest in sports car racing events in the future.Fernando Alonso doubts his entry to the Rolex 24 at Daytona will open the door for more Formula 1 drivers to follow his lead and try their hand at sports car racing. Alonso will […]

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Why the Triple Crown matters to the talented Mr. Alonso

Fernando Alonso hit the banking at Daytona last weekend as the Spaniard kicked off his sportscar  preparation for this month’s 24-hour endurance classic.Interestingly, during last Friday’s media conference, Alonso revealed that his presence at Daytona was mainly justified by his need to test himself before likely undertaking the bigger task of racing at Le Mans […]

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IndyCar: Series still targeting international races for February

IndyCar is not giving up on their idea of international races for the series in February according to president of competition and operations Jay Frye. The last few years of racing have provided a bit of a renaissance for the Verizon IndyCar Series. With increasing car counts, new chassis and aero kits, and increased support […]

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Power wins chaotic Texas IndyCar shootout

 Will Power won a chaotic IndyCar race at the Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, holding his nerve to prevail in an accident-disrupted marathon that saw only nine cars finish. The 36-year-old Australian Team Penske driver claimed his second win of the season after a 248-lap race that was repeatedly interrupted after crashes involving multiple cars. One […]

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Fellow drivers support Takuma Sato after writer’s racist tweet, calling it ‘small-minded,’ ‘immature’ and ‘unfortunate’

 Before Takuma Sato moves around the 14-turn temporary street course on Belle Isle for this week’s Detroit Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 winner will try to move past a tweet that cost Denver Post sports writer Terry Frei his job. Sato on Sunday became the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500. Frei tweeted: “Nothing […]

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Indy 500 banquet controversy: Fernando Alonso wins Rookie of the Year

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso earned Rookie of the Year honors for the 101st Indianapolis 500 on Monday night during the post-race banquet, but many within the motorsports industry felt the honor should have gone to Ed Jones instead.   The award is decided by selected media members, based off four criteria. Those include: […]

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Fernando Alonso insists he will ‘definitely’ return to the Indy 500

Fernando Alonso says he will “definitely” be returning to the Indy 500 to have another shot at winning the event after he came so close on Sunday, only for a Honda engine failure to deny the Spaniard seeing the chequered flag. The McLaren-Andretti racer had led the event for 25 laps before falling back to […]

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Sato wins Indianapolis 500 as Fernando Alonso forced to retire

Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500 as F1 star Fernando Alonso was forced to retire with smoke billowing from his car with just 21 laps of the 200 lap race remaining.Andretti Autosport driver, Sato, took the lead in the closing stages as he edged three-time Indy 500 winner Helio […]