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O’Ward grabs shock maiden IndyCar pole for second Road America race

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Arrow McLaren SP's Pato O'Ward earned a shock maiden IndyCar pole position for the second race of the Road America double-header. O'Ward clocked a 1m44.897s in the dying moments of the second session to edge rookie Alex Palou, fresh from claiming his first IndyCar podium at the circuit on Saturday. McLaren is making its full-time series return this season for the first time since the 1970s, in partnership with experienced IndyCar outfit Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. In Saturday's opening race at Road America, 21-year-old O'Ward was involved in two separate clashes with Conor Daly and 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud but eventually came away with an eighth-place finish. Ex-Red Bull junior O'Ward will share the race two front row with his 2018 Indy Lights title rival Colton Herta. Andretti Autosport's Herta, who became the youngest-ever pole-sitter at last year's ra..

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Dixon expects rivals to copy “aggressive” undercut strategy in second Road America race

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Scott Dixon expects the strategy employed by Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing in the first of this weekend's IndyCar races at Road America will be copied in race two. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver maintained his unbeaten start to the season despite only qualifying 10th, leading Team Penske's Will Power and rookie Alex Palou. Power revealed the benefit of the undercut when he stopped on lap 12 to switch from Firestone's softer alternate compound to a set of primary tires, and vaulted from 10th to third. Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh's Palou did the same, and he too moved forward from ninth to fourth. Ganassi appeared to learn swiftly from such tactics and pulled Dixon in early at the second round of stops, where polesitter Josef Newgarden dropped out of contention after stalling in the pits. Five-time series champion Dixon then found himself second to Power, and went on to win after a fumb..

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Road America IndyCar: Dixon maintains unbeaten start, pitstop woe for Newgarden

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Five-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon earned his third successive victory of the 2020 season in the first of two races this weekend at Road America. The Chip Ganassi Racing driver had moved up to sixth from ninth on the grid in the opening stages before vaulting into second when he undercut the majority of front runners after the second pitstops. Long-time race leader and pole-sitter Josef Newgarden lost a comfortable race lead and fell outside of the top 10 after stalling twice in the pits during his second stop. The reigning IndyCar's champions plight left a two-way duel for the lead between his Team Penske stablemate Will Power and championship leader Dixon, who had won the previous two races at Texas and the Indianapolis Grand Prix. The first caution at Road America in three years was required after Meyer Shank Racing's Jack Harvey - who started from the front row for the second successive ra..

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Newgarden beats Harvey to pole for IndyCar Road America opener

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden has taken pole position for the first of the two races at Road America this weekend. Qualifying for the first race of the double-header - which will be held in front of fans for the first time this season - saw the field split across two 14-minute sessions, with the fastest driver from the quickest session starting from pole. Newgarden topped the second session on a 1m45.519s, which was two-tenths faster than session one pacesetter Jack Harvey. This marks Newgarden's second pole of the year after clocking the fastest time at the opener in Texas, and the second successive weekend that Michael Shank Racing's Harvey has been narrowly pipped to his maiden IndyCar pole by a Team Penske driver. Last weekend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course it was Newgarden's team-mate Will Power who claimed pole, and he was amongst the pole favourites prior to qualif..

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Dixon: Indy GP favoured Ganassi’s aggressive strategy

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Grand Prix of Indy winner Scott Dixon says the timing of the race's only full-course caution meshed ideally with Chip Ganassi Racing's "aggressive" race strategy. The five-time IndyCar Series champion dominated the second half of Saturday's race after making his second pitstop just before the yellows came out for an accident to Oliver Askew's Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet. That - and some modifications to his car's handling at the pitstop - allowed Dixon on alternate tyres to hunt down the two-stopping RLL-Honda of Graham Rahal who at that stage was leading with Firestone's primary rubber. After sweeping past Rahal shortly after the caution period, Dixon pulled a lead of nearly 10s before making his final stop and extended his advantage thereafter to win by 20s. "I think we kind of got a little bit lucky, but I think it also played into our strategy," said Dixon, who had finished runner-..

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Dixon: Indy GP favoured Ganassi’s aggressive strategy

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Grand Prix of Indy winner Scott Dixon says the timing of the race's only full-course caution meshed ideally with Chip Ganassi Racing's "aggressive" race strategy. The five-time IndyCar Series champion dominated the second half of Saturday's race after making his second pitstop just before the yellows came out for an accident to Oliver Askew's Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet. That - and some modifications to his car's handling at the pitstop - allowed Dixon on alternate tyres to hunt down the two-stopping RLL-Honda of Graham Rahal who at that stage was leading with Firestone's primary rubber. After sweeping past Rahal shortly after the caution period, Dixon pulled a lead of nearly 10s before making his final stop and extended his advantage thereafter to win by 20s. "I think we kind of got a little bit lucky, but I think it also played into our strategy," said Dixon, who had finished runner-..

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Dixon eases to GP of Indy victory as caution period thwarts Power

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Scott Dixon eased to his first win on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course after a caution period thwarted polesitter Will Power in the second IndyCar race of the season. Power dominated the opening stages of the Grand Prix of Indy until the Arrow McLaren SP of Oliver Askew slid backwards into the barriers at the flatout final corner just before the halfway mark. Rookie Askew's stricken car brought out a caution period which could not have come at a worse time for Team Penske's Power as he ended up dropping down to 13th after making his second pitstop. Power's recovery attempts were hampered by a sloppy final pitstop, when he stalled exiting his box as he eventually finished down in 20th place. Dixon, who had finished runner-up in the previous three Indianapolis road course races, had already made his second pitstop prior to the caution period and ran in fourth place when the race re-started...

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Power denies Harvey maiden IndyCar pole at GP of Indy

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Team Penske's Will Power denied Jack Harvey a maiden IndyCar pole position on the Indianapolis road course, as last year's winner Simon Pagenaud struggled to a lowly 20th position. Three-time winner of the Grand Prix of Indy Power earned his 58th career pole position in the second race of a belated IndyCar season, which is taking place at Indianapolis Motor Speedway alongside NASCAR on the same weekend for the first time. Until Power's late 1min10.178s effort demoted him to second on the grid, Meyer Shank Racing driver Harvey was set for his first pole in the series at the circuit where he scooped his and the team's maiden podium last season. The margin between them was just 0.187s at the end of the session, as Power ensured his record of scoring at least one pole in every season since his US open-wheel debut in 2006 continued. Andretti Autosport's Colton Herta (below) qualified in a stron..

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Alonso reveals livery for Indianapolis 500 return with McLaren

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email The Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar Series team has revealed the colours of Fernando Alonso's challenger for the delayed 2020 Indianapolis 500 in August. The two-time Formula 1 world champion and double 24 Hours of Le Mans winner will be making his third attempt at the Indy 500, as he continues his bid to become only the second person to win the Triple Crown after Graham Hill. Autosport70: How Hill set Alonso a challenge for the future The Spaniard skipped the Monaco Grand Prix to contest Indycar's flagship race with Andretti Autosport in 2017, when he led 27 laps before a blown engine forced him out, but failed to qualify on his return last year in a McLaren Racing-run entry. Alonso, who commenced talks with McLaren boss Zak Brown after talks to rejoin Andretti's Honda-affiliated team came to naught, remarked after signing that "loyalty" had been been a key factor in his decision to rejoin McLaren, which ..

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Ex-NASCAR champion Johnson to test Chip Ganassi Racing IndyCar on IMS road course

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Jimmie Johnson will get his first test in an IndyCar next week when he drives a Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course. The test comes as the IndyCar Series prepares for the second round of its 2020 season, the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis to be held this weekend on the 2.439-mile 13-turn road course at IMS. Until the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the 2020 season, Johnson had originally been due to test the Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet at Barber Motorsports Park. This year is set to be Johnson's final full-time season of NASCAR racing, and he has made it clear on several occasions his interest in trying other forms of racing, including IndyCar road courses. I get to test an @IndyCar next week! A big thanks to my friends @CGRIndyCar & @GanassiChip for the opportunity. Now back to the gym for a crash course in IndyCar specific strength training. pic.twitter.com/Bc7J..

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