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Third IndyCar engine supplier “will happen” amid Ferrari speculation – Frye

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email IndyCar president Jay Frye says he remains confident that a third engine manufacturer will join Chevrolet and Honda in the IndyCar Series, as speculation increases that it will be Ferrari. Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto told SkySport Italia in mid-May that the company was evaluating the viability of an IndyCar project as F1 introduces budget caps, freeing up financial and human resources for other projects. Roger Penske, who currently owns both IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, said earlier this month that Ferrari is "definitely interested in coming", and now Frye says he believes a third manufacturer will happen "sooner or later". Frye told Autosport: "As you know, there have been conversations going on with various manufacturers for a few years, but now with Roger being here, that adds another new and very positive element for us. "I hate saying anything because people will say, &#039..

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Rosenqvist: Tight IndyCar field is hard for rookies and veterans

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email IndyCar's newest winner Felix Rosenqvist says that the extreme compression between fastest and slowest drivers on any given weekend makes success extremely tough for all drivers. Even on IndyCar's longest circuit, the 4.014-mile Road America track, the gap between the front rear of the 23-car grid was two seconds, while on the 2.439-mile road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the gap between first and last was 1.3s. Rosenqvist, who won the second Road America race from seventh on the grid, commented: "I think in IndyCar right now the concept is just so tight. "You look at qualifying. You have the top 15 within three or four tenths [of a second]. That's the difference of making a really good lap and an exceptional lap. It's so little difference. "You're on the right side of that, you have a good chance to win that day. If you're on the wrong side, you start 15th! Maybe you nee..

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IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 to run at 25 percent crowd capacity

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced that attendance for the 104th edition of the Indianapolis 500 will be approximately 25 percent of capacity, with face coverings for all attendees. Ticket sales will not be permitted after 24 July, further limiting the number of people who will attend. IMS has prepared a detailed plan that provides guidelines and protocols and this will be released tomorrow ahead of a conference call with Speedway officials. "In June, we announced the race was on and that attendance would be limited to no more than 50 percent of capacity," said Penske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO Mark Miles. "We also made clear we intended to do things differently this year. "By offering credits to fans who had previously purchased tickets, encouraging those over 65 to stay at home, limiting attendance in the infield, reducing tickets in our suites and promising fans their decision to not attend ..

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IndyCar Iowa: Newgarden wins second race from pole

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Josef Newgarden became the first IndyCar driver to win from pole position at Iowa, as the reigning series champion dominated on his way to his first win of the season. Newgarden, who finished fifth in Friday night's first encounter at the 0.8-mile Iowa short oval, held position at the start ahead of Penske team-mate Will Power and Carlin's Conor Daly - the #1 Chevrolet powered machine easing into a comfortable lead. The first green-flag pitstops came slightly earlier than in the first race, with the likes of Simon Pagenaud, Colton Herta and Felix Rosenqvist triggering a flurry of stops after their first visits to pit-road on lap 51. Leading duo Newgarden and Power responded on laps 58 and 59, respectively, with the former relinquishing the lead momentarily to Scott Dixon as the cycle shook out. By lap 100, Power had fallen to fourth behind Arrow McLaren SP's Pato O'Ward and Daly, with O'Wa..

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Pagenaud credits “never give up” attitude for Iowa victory

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Simon Pagenaud believes a "never give up" attitude by his Penske team played a crucial role in securing his and the team's first IndyCar win of the season at Iowa. Pagenaud had been unable to qualify due to faltering fuel pressure and was forced to start from the back in last night's race, but eventually came through the pack before a well-timed caution - caused by his team-mate Will Power losing a wheel, immediately followed by another yellow for a crash between Colton Herta and Rinus VeeKay - worked in the 2016 champion's favour. Over the final stint, he held off championship leader Scott Dixon and kept his head despite cars on fresher tyres unlapping themselves in the closing stages. "We unloaded really well, this morning [practice], was really fun," Pagenaud said. "Qualifying was disheartening, but these guys never give up, and that's what this team is all about. "It's amazing... I hav..

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IndyCar Iowa: Pagenaud fights back from last to win from Dixon

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud used an aggressive fuel strategy to claim his first win of the IndyCar season in the first race at Iowa, after starting last on the grid. Pagenaud's #22 Dallara-Chevrolet suffered a fuel pressure issue in qualifying, leaving the 2016 series champion last on the 23-strong car grid. Pagenaud begun to quickly move his way through the field on the 0.8-mile oval, rising to 15th by lap 25 and climbing to sixth on lap 100 after the first round of green-flag pitstops had shaken out. Takuma Sato had assumed control of the race by being the first driver to pit and benefiting from fresher tyres - a theme throughout the race. The events that allowed Pagenaud to adopt the aggressive fuel strategy began after an incident befell his Penske team-mate Will Power shortly after his second green-flag stop on lap 144. Lapping a backmarker, the 2014 champion's car veered into the outside wall..

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IndyCar Iowa: Daly scores his and Carlin’s maiden pole for Race 1

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Conor Daly scored a maiden IndyCar Series pole position in qualifying for the first race at Iowa, with reigning champion Josef Newgarden on pole for the second race. Carlin driver Daly, who had never previously qualified inside the top 10 on an oval circuit, also took the team's first pole position since its arrival in Indycar in 2018. The 28-year-old was the early pace-setter in a rejigged qualifying format, where a driver's first green flag lap counted for grid positions for Friday night's opening race, and their second forming the line-up for Saturday's second encounter. Chevrolet-powered Daly was the ninth car of 22 to take to the 0.8-mile oval circuit, and was the first driver to break the 175mph barrier. Newgarden and his Team Penske team-mate Will Power came closest to usurping Daly's 18.37s, but fell just short - Newgarden by 0.008s. The Carlin driver slowed slightly on his second ..

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Rossi: Condensed 2020 IndyCar schedules are causing team errors

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi says that reduced on-track time is causing the apparent proliferation of errors among all IndyCar teams in the paddock, pitlane and on the race tracks. Rossi, who took his first podium of the season in Sunday's race at Road America said that ironing out all bugs and "finding limits" is often not possible before the crucial qualifying sessions and races. The COVID-19 pandemic-affected season has had a radical effect on IndyCar protocol, and in order to keep teams on site en masse for as little time as possible at last weekend's Road America round, despite it being a double-header weekend (another result of the pandemic), the schedule was tightly-compacted. There were just two hours between 75-minute practice and the qualifying session on Saturday and barely more than that between qualifying and the race on both days, and on Sunday there was no practice at all. "I ..

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O’Ward “ecstatic” but “disappointed” after falling short of maiden IndyCar win

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Arrow McLaren SP's Patricio O'Ward has been left with mixed emotions after dominating at IndyCar's second round of the Road America double-header only to ultimately lose out to Felix Rosenqvist. The 21-year-old Mexican edged Colton Herta for his maiden IndyCar pole position in the morning session, and went on to lead 43 of the race's 55 laps, only relinquishing P1 during pit stops. However, in the final third of the race, Chip Ganassi's Rosenqvist hunted him down and on the penultimate lap wrested the lead away at Turn 5. O'Ward admitted that he was delighted with his first podium finish, but also frustrated that he came so close to victory in only his 12th IndyCar start. "I think on one side I'm ecstatic because it's my first IndyCar podium, second place and I led almost whole thing," O'Ward said. "We were a few laps short of winning the race. We were just unlucky in t..

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Rosenqvist beats O’Ward to snatch first IndyCar win at Road America

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Felix Rosenqvist claimed a maiden IndyCar race victory with a penultimate lap overtake on the pole-sitting Arrow McLaren SP of Pato O'Ward in the second race at Road America. The final race of the double-header weekend quickly became a two-way fight, with Chip Ganassi Racing's Felix Rosenqvist hunting down long-time race leader O'Ward with both drivers looking for their first win in the series. Rosenqvist's victory chances were dented with a slow second pitstop, but he soon recovered the time to set up a showdown with the 2018 Indy Lights champion in the final stint. Formula E convert Rosenqvist opted for a fresh set of black, harder compound tyres while O'Ward bolted on a used albeit-faster set of the red-walled soft tyres. This proved to be a mistake for O'Ward, who had earned the newly formed McLaren SP team its first pole position earlier in the day, as Rosenqvist soon caught the ..

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