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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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IndyCar Indianapolis: Newgarden claims Harvest GP win and narrows gap to Dixon

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden dominated the first race of the Harvest Grand Prix double-header on the Indianapolis road course, slashing Scott Dixon's championship lead to 40 points. Newgarden, who started on the front-row alongside rookie polesitter Rinus VeeKay, ran in third place in the early stages as Ed Carpenter driver VeeKay and Harding Steinbrenner's Colton Herta diced for the lead. VeeKay then steadily increased his lead over the chasing Herta and Newgarden until lap 14 of 86 when the first round of green-flag pitstops were triggered, with Herta switching from black Firestones to the softer red tyres. VeeKay responded three laps later, changing to blacks, but the powerful undercut allowed the two to race side-by-side through the opening segment of the 2.4-mile circuit with Herta slicing by the Dutchman at Turn 7 on lap 20 with a late switchback move. This battle cost the duo time to ..

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F1 owner Liberty invests in IMSA and IndyCar team Meyer Shank Racing

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Meyer Shank Racing has announced that Formula 1 majority shareholder Liberty Media has made a minority equity investment in the team. MSR became a full-time one-car IndyCar team this year after gradually building up its number of outings in the series, and switching partner teams from Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (as it was then) to Andretti Autosport. This was in line with Arrow McLaren SP becoming a Chevrolet-powered team, and Michael Andretti's team remaining with Honda. This also reflected MSR's continued alliance with Honda Performance Development, for whom it runs - with title-winning success - Acura NSX GT3s in the GTD class of the IMSA SportsCar Championship. Next year, MSR returns to the Prototype class to run one of the Acura ARX-05 entries, as Team Penske departs. Today's statement from MSR said that Liberty's investment "will go towards the growth of Meyer Shank Racing's ..

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Have a go hero: When a Le Mans winner’s Champ Car crusade fell flat

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email A cut-and-shut car without a full-time engineer was hardly the ideal platform for a Le Mans winner four years out of single-seaters to make his Champ Car bow. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Guy Smith doesn't recall his 2004 cameo fondly, as he tells MATT KEW Guy Smith and co-drivers Tom Kristensen and Rinaldo Capello had romped to victory in the 2003 Le Mans 24 Hours aboard their Bentley Speed 8 by two laps over their team-mates. The 1995 Formula Renault 2.0 UK champion had then followed that up with second place in the French enduro in a Veloqx Motorsport Audi the following year, alongside Le Mans Series champions-elect Johnny Herbert and Jamie Davies. But despite his success at La Sarthe, there was no full-time drive in the offing for 2004. That meant Smith, who had an itch to scratch in US single-seaters after a race-winning Indy Lights campaign in 1998, leapt at the chance to fill a Champ Car vacancy at Rockets..

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IndyCar Indianapolis: VeeKay claims maiden pole for opening Harvest GP race

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Rinus VeeKay took his maiden IndyCar series pole position in qualifying for the first race of the Harvest Grand Prix double-header on the Indianapolis road course, just pipping Colton Herta. VeeKay, in his first season in the IndyCar series driving for Ed Carpenter Racing, was one of 13 drivers to run in the second group of a split qualifying session at the 2.4-mile 14-turn circuit with the Dutchman improving his pace on the softer Firestone Red tyres, after the group had posted Black tyre benchmark times. The #21 Chevrolet powered machine posted a 1m09.6903s during a flurry of times late in the session, which no other driver could match. Herta, driving for the Harding Steinbrenner Andretti Autosport-affiliated squad, had held top spot following the Black tyre runs, but the Honda-powered #88 entry could not find as much time as VeeKay on the Red tyres, and fell 0.0145 seconds short of usurping VeeKay's time, ..

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IndyCar reveals 2021 calendar, two ovals gone

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email The IndyCar Series has released a 17-race calendar for the 2021 season which does not include the oval rounds at Iowa and Richmond. The 2021 season-opener on 7 March on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, is the first of nine races on NBC network television - a schedule that also includes the historic Grand Prix of Long Beach in April. Following Wednesday's announcement that Texas Motor Speedway will hold a double-header in May, the other 2019 IndyCar race in Texas at Circuit of The Americas has been deleted from the schedule. Other notable shifts include the Detroit double-header moving to the second weekend in June, and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course moving up to the 4 July weekend. IndyCar will hold a second race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, joining NASCAR for the Brickyard weekend on Saturday 14 August, while the Indianapolis 500 will take up its usual slot on the weekend of 30 May...

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British engineer Salters becomes new HPD president as Klaus retires

Share this article on Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Honda Performance Development has announced British engineer David Salters will become its new president with Ted Klaus set to retire after 30 years with Honda. HPD, which leads all Honda and Acura high-performance racing programs in North America, hired Salters from Ferrari in 2015 as a chief engineer and engine technical leader. He has served as technical director since 2019. He started his motorsport career at Cosworth as a development/design engineer for its CART Indy car programme, before moving to Ilmor to head up Mercedes' Formula 1 engine development programme and then performing the same function at Ferrari, winning the world championship double in 2007. As HPD president, Salters will have responsibility for overseeing Honda's racing and engineering activities and working directly with the company's racing teams and sponsors. Salters, who among his duties will oversee the development of a n..

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