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Pigot loses his ride with Ed Carpenter Racing

Spencer Pigot has been let go by Ed Carpenter Racing after three-and-a-half seasons with the team, and without personal sponsors he faces a struggle to find any full-time ride in the NTT IndyCar Series.

Ganassi honored with exhibition at Petersen Automotive Museum

“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success, 30th Anniversary Tribute” will open at Los Angeles’ Petersen Automotive Museum in December, honoring the modern-day legend’s IndyCar, IMSA and NASCAR triumphs.

Promoted: The first 100 laps of Arrow McLaren SP’s bold new era

Patricio O’Ward, the 2018 Indy Lights champion, turned his first laps in an Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet IndyCar this week. Circumstances weren’t ideal but driver, race engineer and managing director are already excited about their collective prospects, reports David Malsher.

Legendary Indy engine builder, Sonny Meyer, dies aged 89

Louis "Sonny" Meyer Jr., one of the most accomplished and successful engine builders in Indianapolis 500 history, died Saturday, Nov. 9 in Crawfordsville, IN.

Meyer Shank goes full-time for 2020 with Andretti alliance

Meyer Shank Racing and driver Jack Harvey will be full-time NTT IndyCar Series entrants in 2020, and the Ohio-based team has formed a technical partnership with Andretti Autosport.

Michael Olinger, former IndyCar medical director, dies aged 69

Michael Olinger, M.D., who served as IndyCar’s medical director from 2006 to 2018, died November 7.

Why Roger Penske will transform IndyCar and Indianapolis Speedway Prime

Why Roger Penske will transform IndyCar and Indianapolis Speedway

By acquiring Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series, Roger Penske has landed his greatest deal, and now faces one of his toughest jobs. But there is no better man to provide the adrenaline shot needed by U.S. open-wheel racing, writes David Malsher.

Mark Miles to remain key IndyCar figure after Penske takeover

Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., will continue to play a key role in the future of IndyCar, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IMS Productions once Penske Entertainment completes its purchase of these assets.

Bourdais impressed by “remarkable” IndyCar aeroscreen

IndyCar wrapped up its own trial runs of the aeroscreen with a simulated street course test at Sebring Raceway today, and Sebastien Bourdais says he was left deeply impressed by the quality of the work.

O’Ward thrilled by IndyCar return, fairly happy with aeroscreen

Patricio O’Ward had his first IndyCar test since departing the series in June, turning around 100 laps at Sebring Raceway in the Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet, but said getting airflow toward the helmet with the aeroscreen in place is something that still needs to be addressed.

Penske foresees no conflict of interest as IndyCar, IMS owner

Roger Penske hopes that his “credibility” will help avoid being accused of a conflict of interest now that his Corporation is buying Hulman & Company, which owns Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series and IMS Productions.

Penske willing to “take a risk” on future Indy events

Penske Entertainment, the new owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar, will conduct business case studies for a more adventurous roster of events at IMS – including a possible IndyCar/NASCAR double-header, a 24-hour race or even Formula 1.

Penske can attract OEMs and sponsors to IndyCar, says Miles

President of Hulman & Co. Mark Miles believes that the Penske Corporation’s purchase of the parent company for Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the NTT IndyCar Series will make U.S. open-wheel racing more attractive to manufacturers and big-name sponsors.

Penske subsidiary buys IndyCar, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Penske Entertainment has purchased the NTT IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway among other assets from the previous owners, Hulman & Company.

Brown explains change of heart over Hinchcliffe

McLaren CEO Zak Brown says that Arrow McLaren SP had intended to run incumbent James Hinchcliffe in 2020 but that all stake-holders decided to take a “long-range view” and went for Oliver Askew and Patricio O’Ward.

McLaren hints at F1 test for Indy recruits O'Ward, Askew

McLaren's newly-signed young IndyCar drivers Patricio O'Ward and Oliver Askew could be called up for Formula 1 tests in 2020.

IndyCar has held 'exploratory discussions' about Sydney race

IndyCar series officials have held 'exploratory discussions' about staging a race in Sydney.

Bridgestone Americas promotes Adams to director

Cara Adams, former chief engineer for Bridgestone Americas Motorsports, has been named director, race tire engineering and production, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO) and Firestone Racing.

Hinchcliffe aiming to “salvage full 2020 IndyCar campaign”

A “shocked” James Hinchcliffe says he’s still hoping to land a full-time seat in the NTT IndyCar Series, after losing his ride with the Arrow McLaren SP team.

Alonso "an option" for third Arrow McLaren SP at Indy

Team co-owner Sam Schmidt says that he expects Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet to enter a third car for next year’s Indianapolis 500, with two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso a possibility.

Schmidt: “Gut-wrenching decision” to let Hinchcliffe go

Team co-owner Sam Schmidt says it was painful to replace James Hinchcliffe in the reconstituted Arrow McLaren SP team, but that he has “every faith” that the Canadian star will find a full-time ride for 2020.

Arrow McLaren SP confirms O’Ward, Askew as Hinchcliffe exits

Popular IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe is out of a ride for 2020 as the newly branded Arrow McLaren SP has signed 2018 Indy Lights champion Patricio O’Ward and reigning Indy Lights champion Oliver Askew for next season.

Coyne “close” to new Ferrucci deal, revised engineering line-up

Dale Coyne says he’s optimistic that a new deal with Santino Ferrucci will be signed soon, as he also seeks to expand his team’s engineering line-up.

Arrow McLaren SP approaches IndyCar with “humility and ambition”

The merged force of McLaren Racing and Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has formally unveiled its new logo and released a form of mission statement.