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Daly continues with ECR for 2021 road and street course IndyCar events

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Conor Daly will continue for a second year as the road and street course driver of the #20 Ed Carpenter Racing machine during the 2021 IndyCar season. Daly will also again race the squad's third car in U.S. Air Force livery in the Indianapolis 500, while team owner Carpenter will take the wheel of the #20 car for the other three oval events. Carpenter told Autosport earlier this month that his priority was to retain Daly for 2021, rather than signing a Formula 1 exile, like Kevin Magnussen or Romain Grosjean. During 2020, Daly contested the non-Indy 500 oval events for Carlin and scored his best result of the year in the season-opening Texas race with a sixth place finish, while he qualified on pole for the first Iowa contest. His best result for ECR was 12th and he finished 17th in the final standings. "It feels incredible to have another year together with the U.S. Air Force and Ed Carpenter Racing," stated..

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Long Beach IndyCar round moves from April to 2021 finale, due to COVID-19

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email IndyCar's 2021 Long Beach round has been moved to become the category's season finale due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials from IndyCar have announced. The move from the event's traditional April date creates a three-race west coast swing to conclude the IndyCar season, beginning at Portland International on 12 September, followed by Laguna Seca the next weekend, and concluding on the streets of Long Beach on 26 September. The Long Beach event was originally due to be the third round on the 2021 schedule, and was planned for 18 April. "It is important to have Long Beach rescheduled to continue the history and tradition for one of the series' hallmark events in one of the nation's premier media markets," Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said. "Further, it's a tremendous opportunity to wrap up the season with three straight iconic venues for what we believe wil..

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AJ Foyt Racing signs Dalton Kellett to second IndyCar seat

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Dalton Kellett will contest the full IndyCar schedule with A.J. Foyt Racing next season, after completing a partial campaign with the team in 2020. The 27-year-old Indy Lights graduate made eight appearances in Foyt's #14 entry, which he shared with Sebastien Bourdais and Tony Kanaan. Kellett scored six podium finishes in his four years of Indy Lights but suffered with testing being non-existent during the COVID-impacted season, which restricted his on-track time to race weekends. The Canadian was never able to finish higher than 20th as he grappled with an unfamiliar car. He also entered the Indianapolis 500 in a third Foyt entry, but crashed out on lap 82 and was classified 31st. He will partner Bourdais full-time next season, replacing Charlie Kimball in the #4 machine. Team president Larry Foyt said: "We are very happy to have Dalton back with the team and more importantly that he will be driving full-tim..

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Fittipaldi aims for IndyCar return alongside F1 reserve role

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Pietro Fittipaldi, currently subbing for Romain Grosjean in the Haas Formula 1 team, is hoping to return to IndyCar in 2021 while remaining as a reserve driver in F1. The 2017 World Series Formula V8 3.5 champion ran six races for Dale Coyne Racing in 2018, but had his schedule disrupted by a heavy crash in a World Endurance Championship car at Spa that left Fittipaldi with broken legs. That meant he missed the Indianapolis 500 and was driving in considerable pain when he returned to IndyCar in July. Despite this, late in the season, he was named as test and reserve driver for Haas F1, combining this with DTM and F3 Asia drives. Following Grosjean's horror accident in Bahrain Bahrain, Fittipaldi was drafted into Haas' race seat alongside Kevin Magnussen for the final two rounds of the 2020 F1 season. "I am using this opportunity to help me secure deals for next season," the 24-year-old Brazilian responde..

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Ex-F1 ace Montoya returns to McLaren for ’21 Indy 500 bid

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Ex-Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya will return to McLaren in 2021 to race a third Arrow McLaren SP car in the Indianapolis 500. The Colombian legend, who won the race for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2000 and for Team Penske in 2015, will join the team's full-timers Patricio O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist at IndyCar's flagship event. Montoya departed full-time open-wheel racing at the end of the 2016 IndyCar season, but returned to Penske for the Indy 500 in 2017, which is his most recent IndyCar race. Montoya first joined McLaren in 2005 in F1 and took three grand prix victories, though quit the team and F1 midway through the 2006 campaign. "I'm very excited to be joining Arrow McLaren SP for the Indianapolis 500," said Montoya. "I have some great history with McLaren from my F1 days and I'm looking forward to making some more at next year's Indianapolis 500." Arrow McLaren SP co-owner Sa..

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IndyCar race winner Herta switches to #26 Andretti car for 2021

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Andretti Autosport has announced that Colton Herta will switch to the IndyCar team's #26 car, taking over the car piloted by James Hinchcliffe towards the end of 2020. Herta raced under the Harding Steinbrenner Racing banner in his rookie season of 2019, with the team nominally only an Andretti satellite operation, but this became Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport in 2020. For next season, Herta, who already has three race wins to his credit, takes over the Gainbridge-sponsored #26 Andretti Autosport-Honda. From 2018, this entry was piloted by Zach Veach who relinquished the cockpit to Hinchcliffe for the last three rounds of 2020. Herta scored one win in his sophomore season, which was Andretti's sole triumph of 2020, but his remarkable pace, consistency and relative absence of error when the team was struggling in the first half of the season helped him finish third in the points race, beaten onl..

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Indycar still in talks with Ferrari on building 2023 engine – Penske

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Penske Entertainment says that conversations are ongoing with Ferrari over building an IndyCar engine when the series switches to 2.4-litre hybrids in 2023. In May this year, Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto said that the Scuderia was evaluating the possibility of entering IndyCar when F1's budget cap comes into force. Rather than make employees redundant, Binotto explained that Ferrari would seek to find series that fit the marque's criteria, as it "feels a lot of social responsibility towards its employees and we want to be sure that for each of them there will be a workspace in the future". IndyCar was due to adopt its new engine formula in 2022, but this was deferred by a year to spread out costs for teams impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and to allow prospective new entrants to join Honda and Chevrolet, the manufacturers of the current 2.2-litre twin-turbo V6 engines. Reports in ..

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Brown: O’Ward and Rosenqvist have “superstar” status in IndyCar

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email McLaren CEO Zak Brown believes the 2021 Arrow McLaren SP line-up of Pato O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist holds a "superstar" status, and that the team hit its targets for 2020. Speaking to the media ahead of this weekend's Sakhir Grand Prix, the penultimate round of the 2020 Formula 1 season, Brown declared himself content with the first year of the Arrow McLaren SP programme. Despite this being his first full season in IndyCar, O'Ward claimed a remarkable fourth in the IndyCar drivers' championship, finishing four races on the podium and claiming a pole position. With Oliver Askew (who also claimed a podium) now gone, the second car will be driven by Rosenqvist in 2021. The Swedish driver claimed his first IndyCar victory this year driving for Chip Ganassi Racing, when he hunted down and passed O'Ward in the second Road America race (pictured above), overtaking the Mexican 20-year-old on t..

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Carpenter targets retaining Daly over F1 exiles for 2021

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Ed Carpenter says he's focused on retaining Conor Daly and the US Air Force sponsorship for 2021 rather than chasing a Formula 1 star. With a selection of experienced F1 names and promising F2 drivers coming to the end of their current contracts, there has been much speculation that one or two might make the move to IndyCar. The F1 drivers with unconfirmed futures include Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez, Daniil Kvyat and Romain Grosjean, while Callum Ilott, currently second in the F2 championship ahead of the Bahrain finale this weekend, also has no F1 options available. Ed Carpenter Racing was thought to be particularly attractive to European drivers given that spot is open in the #20 car for road and street courses only, since Carpenter himself races that entry on the ovals. In addition, ECR is known for the quality of its operation, with Josef Newgarden at the wheel ECR was a championship contender as rece..

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Autosport 70: How AJ Foyt scaled racing’s greatest heights

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email AJ Foyt's career is one very few can beat in terms of success and none can rival for longevity. In an article originally published in Autosport magazine on 26 August 2010, Charles Bradley rewinds the clock with the American legend to tell his amazing story When it came to his fellow racers, AJ Foyt bruised many a rival's ego. And if they put him in the wall, or called him a punk to his face, the no-nonsense Texan wouldn't think twice about bruising their faces too. No one has a career record quite like Anthony Joseph Foyt Jr; and, for sure, no one ever will. Four Indianapolis 500 victories from 35 consecutive starts. A Le Mans 24 Hours victory at his first (and only) attempt. A Daytona 500 and 24 Hours winner in NASCAR and Porsche 935 respectively. A two-time IROC champion. The most wins in USAC history - across Indycars, midgets and sprint cars - and the most titles, too. Love him or loathe him (pl..

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