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Kanaan: No excuses not to win IndyCar races at Ganassi

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Tony Kanaan says that his return to Chip Ganassi Racing's IndyCar team adds pressure to win, but that it is a "great problem to have". The Brazilian veteran, who raced for Ganassi from 2014 through '17, was confirmed this morning as the oval driver of the #48 CGR-Honda for the next two years. He will share the car with NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson, who will compete in the road and street courses. Kanaan said that returning to a team that has just earned its 13th drivers' championship and its sixth with Scott Dixon is more demanding but he welcomes having a realistic opportunity to add a second Indy 500 crown to the one he earned with KV Racing in 2013. "My entire career was racing under pressure, and I think I perform better when I'm under pressure," said the 2004 IndyCar champion. "It adds a lot to it. "The enjoyment is always going to be there. Once you're driving a racecar, in my opinio..

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Kanaan returns to Ganassi for 2021 ovals to extend IndyCar career

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Indianapolis 500 winner and 2004 IndyCar champion Tony Kanaan will return to Chip Ganassi Racing after signing a multi-year deal to race the four ovals on the calendar in 2021. Kanaan raced for CGR in the American open-wheel series from 2014 through to 2017, scoring a win at the 2014 Fontana finale and 10 other podiums before departing for AJ Foyt's team in 2018. The Brazilian had planned to call time on an IndyCar career that began in 1998 following an oval-only schedule in 2020, in which he scored a best result of ninth at the first Gateway race, but told Autosport that he wasn't comfortable with finishing his career in a pandemic-afflicted season without fans in attendance and was eyeing another deal for 2021. PLUS: The departing IndyCar hero who can't let go He has now signed a deal to return to Ganassi with another oval-only programme racing the #48 machine that seven-time NASCAR Cup champion J..

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Coyne: Palou “will be strong” at Ganassi in 2021 IndyCar season

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Dale Coyne is expecting Alex Palou to shine at Chip Ganassi Racing, especially when IndyCar reverts to a more normal race weekend schedule, allowing more track time. This year's batch of IndyCar rookies (Palou, Rinus VeeKay, Oliver Askew and Dalton Kellett) suffered greatly from the knock-on effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, with not only zero in-season testing, but also reduced amount of track time allowed on any given race weekend - though all four scored podiums. This was almost entirely due to the series trying to compress most events into two days primarily to minimise the teams' potential exposure to the virus, as well as keeping costs down. Now Palou has moved on from Dayle Coyne Racing to CGR's four-car line-up for 2021, Coyne says the 23-year-old Spaniard will be missed at DCR. "Alex did a good job for us in what was a tough year for rookies," Coyne told Autosport. "He was very impressive c..

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Castroneves returns to IndyCar with Meyer Shank in 2021

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves will join the Meyer Shank Racing team for a part-time season in the 2021 IndyCar Series. Castroneves' deal with MSR is understood to be for six IndyCar races - including Long Beach, Barber Motorsports Park, the Indy 500, the new-for-2021 second race on the IMS road course in August, Portland and Laguna Seca. The 45-year-old had been looking to make a return to IndyCar having not competed full-time in the series since 2017, only competing in the Indy 500 and IMS events since. MSR, which in the last off-season switched its technical alliance from what was previously known as Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to Andretti Autosport, became a full-time IndyCar team for the first time this year, running one car driven by Jack Harvey (below). The squad has gradually increased its presence in the series, which started with just the Indy 500 in 2017, six races in 2018 and ..

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Hunter-Reay set to continue at Andretti Autosport for 2021 IndyCar season

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2012 IndyCar champion and 2014 Indy 500 winner, will soon be confirmed as remaining with Andretti Autosport next season, Autosport understands. Andretti Autosport's contract with both Hunter-Reay and title sponsor DHL was up for renewal at season's end and, with the 2020-21 'silly season' proving to be one of considerable upheaval, speculation had circled around the future of one of IndyCar's long-standing and most prominent driver/team/sponsor combinations. It's understood Hunter-Reay was high on the list of candidates at Arrow McLaren SP to replace Oliver Askew - a seat now taken by Felix Rosenqvist. In addition, with Marco Andretti's #98 entry failing to earn IndyCar's Leader Circle support (the $1m granted by the series to each of the top 22 full-time entries in the championship) for 2021, there was speculation that Andretti Autosport might have to ..

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Palou “super lucky” to sign with Ganassi Racing for 2021 IndyCar season

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Alex Palou says he's feels "super lucky" to sign with Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2021 IndyCar Series after just one season in the category. The Spaniard spurned the opportunity of a second season in Japan's Super Formula championship - after winning a race, rookie of the year title and almost clinching the title in 2019 - this season and instead joined Dale Coyne Racing in America. Palou scored a podium finish at Road America - only his third IndyCar outing - and other highlights included qualifying third for the second round at Road America and setting the fastest single lap in qualifying for the Indy 500. His chance to join Ganassi came when the team did not take up the option to keep Felix Rosenqvist for a third season, and has instead installed Palou alongside reigning champion Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson and Jimmie Johnson (with the seven-time ex-NASCAR champion's entry to be driven by a diff..

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Da Costa “curious” to race in IndyCar after impressing in first test

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Formula E champion Antonio Felix da Costa said he was impressed by his first test of an IndyCar at Barber Motorsports Park and was "curious" to contest a race. The Portuguese appeared as the sole representative for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and completed 75 laps, logging the 12th fastest time in the 21-car test ahead of all four Team Penske drivers. His best effort, a 1m06.375s, was 0.7606s slower than the ultimate pace set by Ed Carpenter Racing's Rinus VeeKay. In addition to da Costa, NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson continued his adaption to single-seaters with Chip Ganassi Racing, while Felix Rosenqvist (Arrow McLaren SP) and Alex Palou (Ganassi) had their first tests with their new teams. Speaking afterwards to Autosport, da Costa admitted he found the cars physically challenging to drive, but said he "would love to race IndyCar" in the future, adding that he would be happy to contest oval races. "A lo..

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Jimmie Johnson “shaving seconds off at a time” in IndyCar test at Barber

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson says he's still carving huge chunks from his lap times at Barber Motorsports Park as he gets up to speed in IndyCar. Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Johnson will take part in the 13 road and street races in the 2021 IndyCar campaign for Chip Ganassi Racing. While Johnson's initial test for Ganassi on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course in July was a solo affair, today he has had the opportunity to test alongside 20 other Indycars at the 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park road course. "There's so many things that are foreign to me, working through a lot of those little technicalities with the car, with the cockpit, procedures, then trying to get some laps in there as well," said Johnson, who will end a 19-season full-time Cup career at Phoenix this weekend. "I was able to get probably 20 or 30 laps this morning. Shaving seconds off at a time, so I&#03..

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McLaughlin completes Indy 500 rookie orientation programme

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin has fulfilled the requirements for rookies entering next year's Indianapolis 500 by completing a series of laps of the oval. While reigning Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato of Rahal Letterman Lanigan and two-time series champion Josef Newgarden were carrying out aero tests for IndyCar, track time was made available for three-time Supercars champion McLaughlin to complete the requirements of all newbies at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Last Sunday in IndyCar's season finale St. Petersburg, the 27-year-old New Zealander became the first driver to make his IndyCar race debut with Team Penske's legendary operation since Gonzalo Rodriguez at Detroit in 1999. On the Friday before the race weekend, it was also confirmed that he would be racing a fourth Penske-Chevrolet full-time in the 2021 IndyCar Series, alongside Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud. After his ini..

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Chip Ganassi Racing expands to four cars for 2021 IndyCar season with Palou

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Chip Ganassi Racing will expand to four cars for the 2021 IndyCar season, with Alex Palou replacing Felix Rosenqvist in the #10 machine. It will be the first time Ganassi has run four cars since 2017, after Wednesday's announcement that Marcus Ericsson will continue in the #8 car, joining six-time champion Scott Dixon and seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. The Spaniard, who became a sensation in his rookie Super Formula season in Japan in 2019, then earned a podium finish in only his third IndyCar race, driving for Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh. Aside from that result in the first of Road America's rounds, the 23-year-old's other highlights included qualifying third for the second round at Road America, and setting the fastest single lap in qualifying for the Indy 500. "To say I'm thrilled or excited to be making this step in my career would be an understatement," said Palou. "Driving..

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