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Contract year at Penske won’t affect how Power drives

The 2014 IndyCar champion and 2018 Indy 500 winner finished fifth in last year’s championship after two wins, five poles, a string of misfortunes and a couple of driving errors. Now as he approaches contract renewal time, Power says talk about his future won't affect his style or approach to the season his 13th with Penske, his 12th as a full-timer with the legendary squad. “No, it ...Keep reading

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Rahal: IndyCar enjoying a ‘golden era’ for driver talent

With the arrival of Scott McLaughlin from Supercars, Jimmie Johnson from NASCAR and Romain Grosjean from Formula 1, Rahal says that he believes every driver in the IndyCar Series has the potential to win. This makes it very different from his debut year at the top level, driving for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing in Champ Car, the series’ final year before it reunited with the Indy Racing League ...Keep reading

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Hinchcliffe never had doubts over full-time IndyCar return

The Canadian was abruptly dropped by Arrow McLaren SP at the end of 2019, leaving him scrambling to find a ride for 2020. Genesys, a “global leader in cloud customer experience and contact center solutions” stepped up to sponsor him in the #29 Andretti Autosport-Honda for three races – at Texas Motor Speedway, the Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indy 500. When Zach Veach ...Keep reading

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Herta confident working with strategist father can work

Since retiring from racing in 2008, 1993 Indy Lights champion Herta Sr has concentrated on team ownership with his eponymous Bryan Herta Autosport squad famously running Dan Wheldon to victory in the 2011 Indianapolis 500. Herta Sr has been a part-owner and strategist for the #98 Andretti-run car driven in recent seasons by Marco Andretti, but with the third-generation racer opting to take a ...Keep reading

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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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