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Ex-F1 driver Ericsson extends Ganassi deal to remain in IndyCar

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Chip Ganassi Racing has renewed its deal with ex-Formula 1 racer Marcus Ericsson, and the Swede will continue with the IndyCar team on a multi-year contract. After a solid rookie season with what was then Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, highlighted by a runner-up finish in Detroit, Marcus Ericsson left to join Ganassi for his sophomore year. Although there were no more podiums this season, he earned a fourth place at Road America and fifths at Gateway and Mid-Ohio to claim 12th in the points race, 15 points shy of team-mate and compatriot Felix Rosenqvist. Ericsson, who started 97 F1 grands prix with the Caterham and Sauber teams, stated "I'm very happy to continue my relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing, Honda and HPD into 2021 and beyond. I want to thank Chip and the whole CGR organization for their trust in me. "Chip Ganassi Racing is one of the best teams in motorsports and I'm proud to be part ..

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Dixon: O’Ward is “one of the best guys on the track” in IndyCar

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Newly crowned six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon said he was left highly impressed by Arrow McLaren SP's Patricio O'Ward in the Mexican's first full season in the series. The 2018 Indy Lights champion, O'Ward came into the season with just eight IndyCar starts to his name, having driven only half a season with Carlin in 2019 combined with select Formula 2 and Super Formula outings. O'Ward's runner-up finish in Sunday's season finale at St Petersburg - separating Dixon from race winner Josef Newgarden - was his fourth podium finish of the year and earned him fourth in the championship. It was announced before St Petersburg that O'Ward will remain with the team next year. He will be paired with a new team-mate, as Oliver Askew is not being retained. "I'm pretty impressed with Pato, he did a hell of a job all year," Chip Ganassi Racing driver Dixon told Autosport. ..

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McLaughlin upbeat despite crash on IndyCar debut

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Reigning Australian Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin says his IndyCar debut was "awesome" despite crashing out of the St Petersburg season finale. McLaughlin, who will join Team Penske full-time in the US series next season, made steady progress in the first half of the race moving from his 21st starting spot to 17th just before half distance. However, the three-time Australian Supercars champion's maiden appearance came to an abrupt end on lap 47 following a restart as he attempted to pass Marco Andretti which led to contact that tipped the Kiwi into a spin. That left him him in the path of Rinus Veekay and the subsequent damage forced McLaughlin out of the race, while the Dutchman was able to continue. Despite not seeing the finish, McLaughlin was happy with his long-awaited IndyCar debut. "It was awesome. Far out, best day of my life bar my wedding," McLaughlin said. "The Shell V-Power Nitro+ IndyCar wa..

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Dixon: Foyt’s seven titles record “obviously going to be the goal”

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Newly-crowned IndyCar champion Scott Dixon says AJ Foyt's outright title record of seven championships is "obviously going to be the goal" next season. Dixon and title rival Josef Newgarden survived a chaotic and bruising 100-laps at the St Petersburg Grand Prix to move from 11th and eighth on the grid to finish third and first respectively. But the Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda driver's points lead going into the race was enough to leave him with a 16-point cushion at the top of the championship table. Even with Newgarden's Team Penske-Chevrolet winning his second consecutive St Petersburg race, Dixon needed only to finish in the top nine to claim his sixth title. "It definitely got pretty close there!" he told NBC after the race. "Credit to Josef and Team Penske, they drove the last part of the season flawlessly, and scored so many points. "It was awesome to race them again. We know next year is goin..

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St Petersburg IndyCar: Newgarden wins as Dixon claims sixth title

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Scott Dixon clinched his sixth IndyCar championship in a thrilling final race of the season at St Petersburg, which was won by Dixon's main title rival Josef Newgarden. The 2019 series champion was the only driver who could prevent Dixon from claiming his sixth title, but he needed to win the race and for Dixon to finish in 10th place or lower. Newgarden's title hopes weren't helped when he qualified down in eighth position on the grid in Saturday's qualifying session - albeit three places ahead of points leader Dixon. Newgarden's Team Penske team-mate Will Power led away from pole position at the start of the race, but he dropped down to fourth place with downshift woes just a few laps later. This promoted Andretti Autosport star Alexander Rossi into the race lead, with his team-mates Colton Herta and James Hinchcliffe rounding out the top three. Rossi weathered three successive caution p..

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VeeKay to remain at Ed Carpenter Racing for 2021 IndyCar season

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Rinus VeeKay, who will today earn IndyCar's Rookie of the Year title, will remain at Ed Carpenter Racing for a second season in 2021. Last year's Indy Lights runner-up has started turning his pace and aggression into results in recent races and his highlight came in the Harvest Grand Prix's first race three weeks ago, when he took pole position and went on to claim his first podium. Now ECR has announced the Dutchman will remain the full-time driver of the #21 Chevrolet next season. "I am very happy to be back with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2021," proclaimed 20-year-old VeeKay. "I feel like an entirely different driver than I was at the beginning of the year. "The team has been so patient with me and given me every opportunity to learn as much as possible. "I have a great group of guys around me and I can't wait to have that same amazing support next year." By starting fourth in the Indianapolis 5..

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Newgarden won’t moderate approach for IndyCar title decider

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Josef Newgarden says he has not changed his approach to the IndyCar finale at St Petersburg, despite needing to win to have any chance of denying Scott Dixon the title. Neither driver made it through to the final 'Fast Six' segment of qualifying and will start from eighth (Newgarden) and 11th positions respectively. Defending series champion Newgarden believed the setup change made to his Team Penske Chevrolet ahead of Q2 went in the wrong direction, while Dixon felt brake-bias issues and problems generating tyre temperature on his Chip Ganassi Racing Honda had left him on the back foot. Newgarden heads into the race 32 points behind Dixon, who can clinch his sixth title with a ninth place regardless of where his rival finishes. As a result, Newgarden won't be moderating his approach to the race and plans to attack from the start knowing nothing less than a victory will do. "If this was any other we..

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Power willing to give up St Pete Indycar win to help Newgarden

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Will Power says that he's willing to give up a victory in the IndyCar Series finale at St. Petersburg to help title-challenging team-mate Josef Newgarden if the situation arises. Team Penske driver Newgarden is the only driver who can prevent Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon from clinching a sixth title, having trimmed the Kiwi's championship advantage from 117 points to 32 in the last four races. However Dixon can still win the title with a ninth place finish, even if Newgarden wins the race and gains the two bonus points for leading the most laps. The pair will start from eighth (Newgarden) and 11th (Dixon) after a disappointing qualifying topped by Power, who is embroiled in a scrap for third in the standings with Colton Herta and Pato O'Ward. Speaking after securing his fifth pole of the 2020 campaign ahead of Alexander Rossi and Herta, 2014 champion Power said he would be prepared to sacr..

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St Petersburg Indycar: Power takes pole as title chasers struggle

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Will Power topped the final qualifying session of the 2020 IndyCar season at St Petersburg, where title contenders Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon will start from eighth and 11th respectively. Team Penske driver Power set two laps good enough for pole position in the final 'fast six' qualifying session, with his last effort of a 1m01.0369s earning the 2014 champion his fifth pole of the year. Power also topped the penultimate stage of qualifying with a time that was some seven-tenths quicker than his pole time. Team-mate Newgarden, who trails Dixon by 32 points, was capitalise on the Chip Ganassi Racing driver setting the slowest time of the 12 drivers who reached the second stage of qualifying. However, he was boosted one place on the grid from ninth to eighth after a spin from team-mate Simon Pagenaud cost him his two best laps and dropped him to the rear of the Q2 order, one place behind Dixon. The Ki..

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St Petersburg Indycar: Herta tops practice, rookie McLaughlin impresses

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Colton Herta headed an Andretti Autosport 1-2 in opening practice for the IndyCar season finale on the streets of St Petersburg as Scott McLaughlin impressed on his series debut. Seven months after the season was due to get underway at the track, before the escalating COVID-19 pandemic caused the event to be postponed and rescheduled as the season finale, Chip Ganassi Racing's Felix Rosenqvist was the first driver to duck into the 61sec bracket with a 1min01.8248s lap. That was soon beaten by Team Penske's Will Power, while a fired-up Sebastien Bourdais soon went second in his AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet after outbraking himself at Turn 3. But it was three-time Supercars champion McLaughlin, making first IndyCar start for Penske ahead of a full-season in 2021, who impressed most after strapping on fresh primaries and all-but matching Power's effort. Andretti driver James Hinchcliffe had a short-lived s..

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