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Castroneves hopeful of securing 2021 deal in “next four weeks”

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves is aiming to announce his 2021 plans in the next four weeks, with a return to IndyCar "the ideal" option. Castroneves, who is currently focusing on his IMSA title challenge with Acura Team Penske alongside Ricky Taylor, has been speaking with several IndyCar teams about returning full-time to the series next season. When asked by Autosport for an update on his 2021 prospects, Castroneves replied: "Hopefully we'll have an announcement very soon. The goal is within the next four weeks." Asked if it would be IndyCar, he replied: "I don't know but that would be the ideal." The Brazilian's full-time role for Team Penske shifted from IndyCar to IMSA at the end of the 2017 season, although he raced three Indy 500s and two Grands Prix of Indianapolis for the squad between 2018-'20. However, Castroneves had not been completely happy about the career switch af..

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Arrow McLaren SP drops IndyCar rookie Askew for 2021 season

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Oliver Askew will not be retained by Arrow McLaren SP for 2021, but may still race for the team in the IndyCar finale at St. Petersburg. Reigning Indy Lights champion Askew had scored a podium at Iowa Speedway and was leading the rookie standings up until the August Indianapolis 500 when he suffered a heavy crash while avoiding an accident. Although he then raced in the double-headers at Gateway and Mid-Ohio, he reported to the IndyCar Medical Team afterwards that he was suffering from balance issues. Following tests, he was not cleared to drive at the Harvest Grand Prix double-header at Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course, where his place was taken by three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves. An Arrow McLaren SP statement confirmed that the Florida-born 23-year-old will race for the squad at his 'home' race at St. Petersburg "subject to him being declared fit to race by the IndyCar me..

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Penske yet to make decision on McLaughlin or Supercars future

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Roger Penske says his team's Supercars plans and the future of Scott McLaughlin are still undecided, ahead of the Kiwi's entry into IndyCar's season finale in a fourth Penske-run car. Toward the end of 2014, Penske entered the Supercars championship after buying a 51% stake in Dick Johnson Racing. The rebranded DJR Team Penske ran one car in 2015 for initially Marcos Ambrose and then Scott Pye, before expanding to two with Fabian Coulthard joining Pye and the pair scoring two podiums each. Then in 2017 McLaughlin joined the team, and after finishing as runner-up in their initial year together, the DJRTP/McLaughlin combination has dominated since then, recently scoring its third consecutive title. McLaughlin has long been interested in racing in the US for Team Penske and in switching to open-wheel racing. He was due to make his debut in IndyCar's Grand Prix of Indianapolis but the May event was..

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Power will help influence design of new Toowoomba home circuit

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email 2014 IndyCar champion Will Power will have a hand in the design of a new $175 million circuit in his hometown of Toowoomba. Plans for the Will Power Centre for Motorsport and Driver Training Excellence were formally unveiled last week, the Wagner Corporation leading the development with a $95 million pledge. The Queensland state government has since tipped in another $40 million, and called on the federal government to match that spend to get the project moving. Power's involvement isn't superficial, either, with the 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner set to act as a consultant on the circuit design. "They want me to give input on the circuit, looking at examples from tracks around the world," he said. "I was out there looking at what they were talking about and there's a lot of elevation change. They could do a Bathurst-style mountain if they want." When pressed on his early thoughts on design, Power add..

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Dixon: “A lot of work to do” after missing out on sealing IndyCar title early

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email After another frustrating weekend five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon says the Chip Ganassi Racing team still has a tough job ahead to clinch the title at St Petersburg. Following on from two 10th place finishes at Mid-Ohio, Dixon could only bag a ninth and an eighth from the two races on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course - a venue where he won back in July. By contrast, his championship rival Josef Newgarden scored a win and a fourth place for Team Penske this weekend, to trim Dixon's lead from 72 points to 32. Dixon still remains in command even if Newgarden wins the season finale at St Petersburg and gains all the bonus points for fastest lap, pole and most laps led, with Dixon only needing to come home ninth. Unlike in recent years, this year's finale does not offer double points. "Still a lot of hard work to do there," Dixon told NBC after the second race this weekend in which he..

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IndyCar Indianapolis: Power holds off Herta for Harvest GP race 2 victory

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Will Power converted pole into victory at IndyCar's Harvest Grand Prix at Indianapolis despite intense pressure from Colton Herta, as Josef Newgarden trimmed Scott Dixon's points lead. Penske driver Power made a strong start to maintain the lead as Herta locked up at Turn 1 - but maintained second ahead of Andretti Autosport stablemate Alexander Rossi. With the race set at 75 laps, opposed to Friday's 85-lap race, most drivers were planning on just two stops and were therefore having to save fuel. Power elected to manage the gap up front, holding a 1.6s lead by the 14th lap as Herta began to fall into the clutches of Rossi and Pato O'Ward. This allowed the Australian driver to build a further break, adding another four seconds to his lead before the pit window for the two-stoppers opened up. Power and Herta went a lap longer than Rossi and, although Power comfortably retained his lead, Rossi wa..

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IndyCar delays hybrid power units to 2023

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email IndyCar has pushed back the introduction of its hybrid power unit formula to 2023 in an effort to spread out costs for teams and manufacturers in an uncertain economy. The hybrid formula is part of a multi-year contract extension IndyCar has reached with Honda and Chevrolet, which promises a continuation of manufacturer competition and also provides opportunities for additional manufacturers to join the series. The newly designed powertrain system also will provide a departure from the traditional, manual handheld starters and will let drivers restart the car quickly should it stall on the track. This will benefit the AMR IndyCar Safety Team as it reduces exposure time on track and aims to improve the fan experience by reducing the number of caution flags on track. Ted Klaus, president of Honda Performance Development, said: "Honda welcomes this step to the future by IndyCar, action that mirrors Honda's effor..

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IndyCar Indianapolis: Power on pole for second Harvest GP race

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Will Power took pole at the Indianapolis road course for the second Harvest Grand Prix race, while championship contenders Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon will start ninth and 15th respectively. In the first qualifying group, Alex Palou of Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh used two fresh sets of red tyres to set a 1m09.2s lap and then followed up with a 1m09.1584s effort. Colton Herta then responded with a 1m09.1017s which remained unmatchable, although Andretti stablemate Ryan Hunter-Reay drew within one-tenth of the pair to land P3. Herta thus grabbed a championship point for his efforts and secured a guaranteed front-row start. Felix Rosenqvist was fourth for Chip Ganassi Racing, but Race 1 polesitter Rinus VeeKay was only seventh after making a mistake on his quickest lap. In the second group, 2020 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato went straight out on the red-walled tyre and set a 1m09.7584s, while Team Penske's..

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IndyCar owner Penske announces new steps in diversity initiative

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email IndyCar owner Penske Entertainment has announced significant steps in its Race for Equality & Change initiative to improve diversity within the series and at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. These include a major expansion of its relationship with NXG Youth Motorsports (NXG), a non-profit organisation that introduces minority students to motorsport, and the appointment of a chief diversity officer. Since its inception in 2006, NXG has introduced more than 1,000 boys and girls ages 11 to 16 to the educational benefits that can be derived from performance driving. It uses racing as a training tool for life-skill development, engaging participants in classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction. Participants are introduced to motorsports career opportunities such as engineering, marketing, management, food service, and health and fitness. "NXG uses the world of motorsports to provide students access to STEM curriculum,..

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Newgarden needs “perfect days” to beat Dixon and retain IndyCar crown

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden says he has "no room to be mediocre" and a "perfect" run if he is to beat Scott Dixon to the 2020 title. Newgarden claimed his third victory of the season in Friday's opening Harvest GP race on the Indianapolis road course, when Chip Ganassi Racing's five-time champ Dixon could only salvage ninth - and the gap between them shrank from 72 points to 40. However, with two rounds to go and the finale no longer being worth double points, Newgarden acknowledges he has an uphill battle to retain his crown, so his approach will remain the same. "It's no different," said Newgarden. "Without a doubt, we still have to have perfect days for the next two races. We have to. "We can't afford to have a bad day tomorrow, we can't afford to have a bad day in St. Pete. "We're always going to maximise our performance, the only difference is that we don't hav..

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