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Road America IndyCar: Newgarden takes pole with ace strategy

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Josef Newgarden landed his 13th pole and his third at Road America to best the field after sticking with Firestone’s harder primary tires in the final segment of qualifying.

Road America IndyCar: Newgarden leads Herta in second practice

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Josef Newgarden dominated the times in second practice for the REV Group GP at Road America, proving fastest on both of Firestone’s tire compounds, and heading Colton Herta by 0.1331sec.

O’Ward: Title fight will “get even tighter than it is now” Road America
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O’Ward: Title fight will “get even tighter than it is now”

Pato O’Ward is urging the Arrow McLaren SP team to keep pushing because he believes the IndyCar championship battle is going to become even closer in the weeks ahead.

Hunter-Reay, Newgarden seek more grip as Road America cools Road America
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Hunter-Reay, Newgarden seek more grip as Road America cools

Both Ryan Hunter-Reay and Josef Newgarden are hoping to find more grip from tomorrow’s second practice session at Road America, after finding major tire drop-off in Friday’s heat.

Road America IndyCar: Grosjean leads practice, Askew stars Road America
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Road America IndyCar: Grosjean leads practice, Askew stars

Romain Grosjean topped opening practice for IndyCar’s REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, but no less impressive was Oliver Askew delivering P9 as he subs for the injured Rinus VeeKay.

Magnussen ahead of IndyCar debut: “Every day is a dream”

Former Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen says he’s “super-excited” to make his NTT IndyCar Series debut this weekend, despite the lack of preparation.

The winners and losers in IndyCar 2021 – Mid-season review Prime

The winners and losers in IndyCar 2021 – Mid-season review

At the halfway point in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season, we've had seven winners in eight races, spread between five teams – none of them Team Penske. In this unusual season, even by IndyCar standards, who’s excelling and who’s dragging their heels? David Malsher-Lopez reports.

Racing won't need to go all-electric to stay relevant to OEMs

Roger Penske says that he doesn’t believe motorsport needs to become all-electric by 2030 to remain relevant to OEMs, and says that vehicle manufacturer interest in IndyCar’s hybrid formula remains high.

IndyCar at Road America – facts, figures, entry list

All you need to know ahead of the ninth round of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series – the REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR, at one of the country's greatest racetracks, Road America.

Perez: O’Ward can race the very best drivers in the world

Sergio Perez believes compatriot Pato O’Ward has the ability “to race against the very best drivers in the world” after his impressive start to the new IndyCar season.

IndyCar at Road America: REV Group GP weekend schedule

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series’ ninth round of the season is this Sunday on the legendary Road America road course. Here’s the three-day schedule for all the on-track action.

The joy that exposes F1’s key weakness Prime

The joy that exposes F1’s key weakness

Long-awaited wins for ex-Formula 1 drivers Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen in IndyCar and IMSA last weekend gave F1 a reminder of what it is missing. But with the new rules aimed at levelling the playing field, there’s renewed optimism that more drivers can have a rewarding result when their day of days comes

Penske IndyCar aces are options for Porsche drives in 2023
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Penske IndyCar aces are options for Porsche drives in 2023

Roger Penske says he hopes that his current IndyCar drivers will be part of the endurance race line-ups when Porsche Penske Motorsport's LMDh cars start competing in IMSA and WEC in 2023.

Kevin Magnussen to make IndyCar debut at Road America Road America
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Kevin Magnussen to make IndyCar debut at Road America

Kevin Magnussen will drive the #7 Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet at this weekend’s ninth round of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series.

Oliver Askew to sub for injured VeeKay at Road America Road America
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Oliver Askew to sub for injured VeeKay at Road America

Oliver Askew will drive for his second IndyCar team in a week when he hits Road America in the #21 Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet, subbing for the injured Rinus VeeKay.

IndyCar on reasons behind Detroit cautions, stoppages, non-calls

IndyCar has explained the reasoning behind some of the seemingly debatable decisions made during last weekend’s Detroit Grand Prix double-header.

VeeKay’s Road America participation “pending” after injury Road America
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VeeKay’s Road America participation “pending” after injury

Rinus VeeKay has suffered a clavicle injury after a bicycle accident in training, his Ed Carpenter Racing team has revealed.

Cody Ware to make IndyCar race debut at Road America

NASCAR driver Cody Ware will race a second Dale Coyne Racing with RWR-Honda this weekend at Road America.

Herta, Rahal puzzled by O’Ward’s restart pace, Palou less so

Both Colton Herta and Graham Rahal expressed surprise at how easily Detroit Race 2 winner O’Ward was able to pass them, but Alex Palou says he and the Ganassi team believe they’ve figured it out.

Newgarden: “Hard not to be disappointed” to dominate and lose

Josef Newgarden says he feels “pretty sad” to have led 67 of 70 laps in the second race of the Detroit Grand Prix and lose out to the charging Patricio O’Ward.

O’Ward dedicates Detroit win to Rosenqvist and Ojjeh

Patricio O’Ward dedicated his victory in the second Detroit Grand Prix race to his injured teammate Felix Rosenqvist, and McLaren’s longtime partner Mansour Ojjeh who died this week.

Detroit IndyCar: O’Ward's late charge defeats Newgarden

Patricio O’Ward scored his second IndyCar win of the year, the Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet driver charging forward after two late restarts to beat dominant polesitter Josef Newgarden of Team Penske.

Detroit IndyCar: Newgarden takes pole, Ferrucci shunts Detroit
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Detroit IndyCar: Newgarden takes pole, Ferrucci shunts

Josef Newgarden brought some joy to Team Penske-Chevrolet this weekend with the 12th pole position of his career, but Santino Ferrucci drilled the concrete with the front-left corner of his Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda.

Oliver Askew to replace Rosenqvist in Race 2 at Belle Isle

Oliver Askew will replace Felix Rosenqvist in the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet Sunday at Belle Isle.

Ericsson's Detroit win is what he worked at for eight years

Marcus Ericsson says his first thought when he saw Will Power’s car fail to re-fire on pitlane at the Detroit GP was, “This is my day, this is the day I've been working eight years [for].”

Rosenqvist remains in hospital overnight after Detroit shunt

Felix Rosenqvist will be held overnight at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital following his huge crash in the first race of IndyCar’s Detroit Grand Prix.

Power blows up at “dumb decisions” by IndyCar

Will Power erupted at IndyCar’s race control after he was robbed of victory in Detroit when his car failed to start after the second red-flag period.

Detroit IndyCar: Ericsson scores first win, Power robbed Detroit
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Detroit IndyCar: Ericsson scores first win, Power robbed

Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s Marcus Ericsson became the fourth new winner in IndyCar this year, after longtime leader Will Power’s ECU cooked when the race went under its second red flag.

Huge shunt for Rosenqvist halts IndyCar race at Detroit

IndyCar has red-flagged the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race 1 following Felix Rosenqvist’s heavy accident at Turn 6.

Detroit IndyCar: O’Ward beats Rossi, Grosjean to Race 1 pole

Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren SP-Chevy earned his second pole of the season, edging two former F1 drivers Alexander Rossi and rookie Romain Grosjean in qualifying for Race 1 of the Detroit GP double-header.

Johnson: “Nothing got me ready” for Detroit in an IndyCar Detroit
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Johnson: “Nothing got me ready” for Detroit in an IndyCar

NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson has admitted the intricacies of the Belle Isle track in Detroit can’t be learned on a simulator.

Power wants fights off the track, no “wankers” on the track Detroit
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Power wants fights off the track, no “wankers” on the track

Will Power says vengeance is coming for the driver who held him up in practice, and suggests fighting is the way for disputes to be settled.

Detroit IndyCar: Power tops practice as Chevrolet goes 1-2-3 Detroit
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Detroit IndyCar: Power tops practice as Chevrolet goes 1-2-3

Will Power headed Sebastien Bourdais and Pato O’Ward in an entertaining practice session ahead of IndyCar’s only double-header.

O’Ward: How to beat Dixon to the championship is no mystery

Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet drivers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist say there’s no magic to beating IndyCar’s “master of consistency” Scott Dixon across a championship season.

IndyCar’s Detroit GP – facts, figures, schedule, entry list

All you need to know ahead of the seventh and eighth rounds of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series – the double-header Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, around Belle Isle Park.

Palou to suffer six-place grid penalty at Detroit Detroit
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Palou to suffer six-place grid penalty at Detroit

NTT IndyCar Series points leader Alex Palou will start six places behind wherever he qualifies for the first of the Detroit Grand Prix races this weekend.

GP St. Pete extends contract through 2026 and sets dates

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will remain on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule at least through 2026, following an extension by the city council.

Ferrucci returns to Detroit, where he made his IndyCar debut Detroit
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Ferrucci returns to Detroit, where he made his IndyCar debut

Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda will run a third entry for Santino Ferrucci in IndyCar’s double-header at the Detroit Grand Prix this weekend.

IndyCar and IMSA Chevrolet Detroit GP – weekend schedule

The seventh and eighth rounds of the NTT IndyCar Series and fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are held this weekend at Belle Isle, Detroit. Here’s the schedule.

Frye: IndyCar’s blue-flag procedure “being looked at”

IndyCar president Jay Frye says the series will examine its rules regarding blue flags, following leading runners expressing their frustration over the behavior of backmarkers.

Johansson “not overly concerned” by Rosenqvist’s struggles

Felix Rosenqvist’s manager, Stefan Johansson says it’s mainly a combination of misfortune and the “insanely close” 2021 NTT IndyCar Series that has stymied his protégé’s progress in 2021.

IndyCar’s 2.4-liter hybrids to start testing in early 2022

Chevrolet and Honda will begin testing their 2023 IndyCar engines next spring, as the series takes aim at the 900hp mark with its next-gen units.

Big Machine to sponsor IndyCar’s August race at IMS

Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers will become the title sponsor of the NTT IndyCar Series’ race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course in August.

Indy 500 has its highest viewing figures in five years Indy 500
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Indy 500 has its highest viewing figures in five years

NBC has revealed that Sunday’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 saw a 51 percent increase in viewership over the delayed August 2020 edition.

Castroneves: How I kept it under control to make Indy 500 history

Helio Castroneves’ overwhelming vivaciousness outside the cockpit belies a hardcore racer who knows how to plot his moves – and then recall it all for us. A day after his fourth Indy 500 win, Helio explained his tactics to David Malsher-Lopez.

How 'chess master' Castroneves cemented his Indy legend status

Helio Castroneves joined AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears with the most Indianapolis 500 wins after sweeping around the outside of Alex Palou on the penultimate lap in a thrilling climax. In one race, he validated Michael Shank's and Jim Meyer's faith in him, and Helio himself discovered there's life after Penske after all.

ECR's Indy 500 bid unravels after leading the most laps Indy 500
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ECR's Indy 500 bid unravels after leading the most laps

Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay and Conor Daly said they loved leading their first laps at the Indianapolis 500, but issues in the second half stopped them challenging for the win.

Rahal's missed shot at Indy 500 win "is going to sting" Indy 500
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Rahal's missed shot at Indy 500 win "is going to sting"

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver Graham Rahal says his exit from the 2021 Indianapolis 500 is "going to sting for a while" after the American crashed out due to a loose rear wheel.

O’Ward: “We just weren’t fast enough” to win Indy 500 Indy 500
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O’Ward: “We just weren’t fast enough” to win Indy 500

Pato O’Ward says there’s “more to be done” at his Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet team if he is to contend for victory in next year’s Indianapolis 500 after he finished fourth on Sunday.

Helio just gave me 10 more years of my career, says Pagenaud Indy 500
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Helio just gave me 10 more years of my career, says Pagenaud

The 2019 Indy winner Simon Pagenaud says Helio Castroneves’ victory in today’s Indy 500 has elongated his own IndyCar career by proving the elder generation still has what it takes.

Palou: “I didn’t expect second place would hurt that much” Indy 500
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Palou: “I didn’t expect second place would hurt that much”

Indy 500 runner-up Alex Palou says he’s proud of his performance but that it “hurts a lot” to fall half a second short of beating Helio Castroneves for victory.

Indy winner Castroneves: “I’ve still got it, don’t you think?” Indy 500
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Indy winner Castroneves: “I’ve still got it, don’t you think?”

Indy 500’s newest four-time winner Helio Castroneves used NBC’s TV broadcast to take a swipe at the regular talk of the current youth movement in IndyCar racing.

Indy 500: Castroneves beats Palou, scores famous fourth win Indy 500
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Indy 500: Castroneves beats Palou, scores famous fourth win

Helio Castroneves has become the fourth four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 after his Meyer Shank Racing-Honda finished half a second ahead of Alex Palou’s Chip Ganassi Racing entry in a tense duel in the closing laps.

The 33-car line-up for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500

On Sunday at 12.45pm ET, the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 gets underway at the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. These are the 33 IndyCars that will take the green.

Penske hopes for “full house” at 2022 Indy 500

Roger Penske says he hopes today’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 will “help our country moving forward” as it recovers from the effects of the COVID pandemic.

BorgWarner honors Al Unser, celebrates two of four Indy wins

Indy car legend Al Unser has been presented with a ‘Baby Borg’ to honor his two Indianapolis 500 victories in the Vel’s Parnelli Jones “Johnny Lightning Special” entries. David Malsher-Lopez reports.

Confident Pagenaud thrilled by car: “She’s a beauty!” Indy 500
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Confident Pagenaud thrilled by car: “She’s a beauty!”

2019 Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud reckons despite Team Penske’s struggles in qualifying, he can charge forward in tomorrow’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Dixon, Power at odds over desired weather for Indy 500

Scott Dixon and Will Power are hoping for different weather and track conditions as they tackle the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 from opposite ends of the grid.

2021 Indy 500 Pace Car: What is it and who’s driving it?

Regardless of who’s competing, there’s always one car that leads at the Indy 500 – the pace car. Find out what it is, who’s driving and more.

Penske, Shell aim to drive decarbonization, sustainability
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Penske, Shell aim to drive decarbonization, sustainability

Shell Oil Company, the Penske Corporation and Team Penske have announced a strategic collaboration to reduce emissions “across multiple touchpoints in their supply chains” and to reduce IndyCar’s carbon footprint.