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Foyt: Signing Hildebrand for Indy “a no-brainer… He could win”

Larry Foyt says hiring JR Hildebrand for the fourth AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet at the Indianapolis 500 made “all the sense in the world”.

O’Ward: A Mexican IndyCar race would be “sold out”
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O’Ward: A Mexican IndyCar race would be “sold out”

The NTT IndyCar Series’ newest winner Pato O’Ward believes a Mexican race would be a hugely popular addition to the schedule.

Mario Andretti: Riding along with IndyCar’s coolest chauffeur

Formula 1 world champion, Indy 500 and Daytona 500 winner, four-time Indy car champion Mario Andretti has been the star driver of the IndyCar Experience two-seater program for over 15 years. In this time, all manner of celebrities and dignitaries got the chance to lap a racetrack, chauffeured by this legendary racing icon, just before the start of each IndyCar race.

Wickens still aims to return to “elite level” of motorsport
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Wickens still aims to return to “elite level” of motorsport

Robert Wickens says he’s still targeting a return to a top-rank racing series, and feels his injuries are costing him years at his prime.

Stefan Wilson plans to apply lessons learned from Justin

Stefan Wilson says he’s aiming to adopt his brother late Justin’s mentality as he approaches the third Indianapolis 500 of his career.

Jimmie Johnson to join Danica Patrick on Indy 500 coverage

NBC Sports announced today that Jimmie Johnson will join Mike Tirico and Danica Patrick for its studio coverage of the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge.

Wickens back in racecar, drives BHA Hyundai at Mid-Ohio
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Wickens back in racecar, drives BHA Hyundai at Mid-Ohio

Robert Wickens, who is fighting back from a spinal injury following his IndyCar crash at Pocono in 2018, returned to a racecar for the first time today, testing a Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster TCR car at Mid-Ohio.

Andretti confirms Wilson in sixth Indy 500 entry

Stefan Wilson will enter the Indianapolis 500 for a third time, and for a second time driving an Andretti Autosport-Honda.

Foyt counts the cost of disastrously unlucky Texas weekend Texas
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Foyt counts the cost of disastrously unlucky Texas weekend

AJ Foyt Racing president Larry Foyt says the team was left reeling from an “unbelievable” IndyCar double-header that saw its pair of cars suffer three lots of crash damage.

“No one quite like Bobby Unser,” says Roger Penske

Roger Penske and IMS track president J. Douglas Boles have paid tribute to Bobby Unser, who died Sunday at the age of 87.

O’Ward excited by Formula 1 test but "heart's with IndyCar" Texas
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O’Ward excited by Formula 1 test but "heart's with IndyCar"

Texas IndyCar winner Pato O’Ward says he will hold McLaren CEO Zak Brown to his promise of a post-season test in a Formula 1 car, but isn't actively seeking an opportunity to switch series.

Three-time Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser dies

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser has passed away at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Sunday from natural causes, his family has announced. He was 87.

O’Ward’s rivals admit they were powerless to beat him Texas
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O’Ward’s rivals admit they were powerless to beat him

Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal and Scott Dixon were left wrong-footed by the pace and fuel mileage that Pato O’Ward’s Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet showed as he scored his first IndyCar win.

Texas IndyCar: O’Ward beats Newgarden, Rahal to score first win Texas
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Texas IndyCar: O’Ward beats Newgarden, Rahal to score first win

Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet’s Pato O’Ward passed Josef Newgarden in the final stint of the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway to score his first win, and the team’s first for almost three years.

Six-car shunt mars start of second Texas IndyCar race

A six-car crash at Texas Motor Speedway put the fourth round of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series under yellow right from the start.

How IndyCars line up for Texas Motor Speedway’s second race

How they line up for the XPEL 375, second race in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series' double-header at Texas Motor Speedway. Positions set by championship entrant points after Race 1 due to rain causing cancelation of qualifying.

McLaughlin on TMS shock: “Most happy I’ve ever been finishing 2nd” Texas
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McLaughlin on TMS shock: “Most happy I’ve ever been finishing 2nd”

Team Penske-Chevrolet rookie Scott McLaughlin admitted he had never scored a more satisfying runner-up finish, after taking second in his first IndyCar oval race.

Dixon on verge of matching Mario Andretti’s win tally Texas
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Dixon on verge of matching Mario Andretti’s win tally

Scott Dixon’s latest Texas Motor Speedway win means he has scored at least one victory in 19 straight IndyCar seasons and it has brought him within one of Mario Andretti’s all-time win tally.

Rahal wants “man-to-man talk” with Harvey over defensive move

Graham Rahal was left elated with a charging drive to fifth at Texas Race 1, but also aggravated by Jack Harvey’s defending as he passed him following a restart.

Palou “really happy” with first top-five finish on an oval

Erstwhile championship leader Alex Palou said he was gratified to finish fourth in his first IndyCar oval race for Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda.

Texas IndyCar: Dixon dominates, McLaughlin stars to score NZ 1-2 Texas
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Texas IndyCar: Dixon dominates, McLaughlin stars to score NZ 1-2

Scott Dixon led 206 of 212 laps in the Genesys 300 to score his fifth Texas Motor Speedway win, while Scott McLaughlin delivered a brilliant second in his first oval race.

McLaughlin doing a “great job” as a rookie, says Mears

Team Penske-Chevrolet driver advisor Rick Mears says he’s been impressed with the squad’s rookie driver Scott McLaughlin after his first three races in the IndyCar Series.

How IndyCars line up for Texas Motor Speedway's first race

How they line up for the Genesys 300, first race in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series' double-header at Texas Motor Speedway. Positions set by championship entrant points, due to rain causing cancelation of qualifying.

Texas IndyCar: Kanaan leads O’Ward in practice

Tony Kanaan returned to NTT IndyCar Series action with top time in the only practice session ahead of tonight’s Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Rain delays force IndyCar to set Texas grid by points

IndyCar’s efforts to squeeze the first race of the Texas Motor Speedway double-header between showers will see the grid set by entrant points, and the green flag brought forward.

Kanaan: Rivals “will know that I don't have a lot to lose” Texas
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Kanaan: Rivals “will know that I don't have a lot to lose”

Tony Kanaan has vowed to be aggressive with his rivals in IndyCar’s Texas double-header this weekend and take advantage of the fact that he doesn’t need to consider championship points.

Colton Herta – America's next racing hero Prime

Colton Herta – America's next racing hero

Last Sunday, Colton Herta demolished his IndyCar opposition in the second round of the season. David Malsher-Lopez explains why Andretti Autosport’s youngest ace bears all the hallmarks of becoming the country’s next homegrown motorsport hero.

IndyCar’s Texas double-header – facts, figures, schedule

All you need to know ahead of the third and fourth rounds of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series at Texas Motor Speedway.

Qualifying with race downforce at Texas will aid TMS novices

Scott McLaughlin and Pietro Fittipaldi agree their efforts at this weekend’s IndyCar double-header at Texas Motor Speedway will be somewhat simplified by parc ferme rules.

Watch: Takuma Sato receiving ‘Baby Borg’

Takuma Sato and team co-owners Bobby Rahal, David Letterman (in absentia) and Mike Lanigan received the miniature replica of the iconic Borg-Warner Trophy last weekend.

Ruoff becomes associate sponsor for Andretti Autosport

Ruoff Mortgage will serve as associate sponsor for all four full-season Andretti Autosport-Honda entries as well as Marco Andretti’s #98 at the Indianapolis 500.

Fittipaldi to run Gateway IndyCar race, not Le Mans Gateway
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Fittipaldi to run Gateway IndyCar race, not Le Mans

Pietro Fittipaldi will enter all four oval races in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series, and will thus be forced to skip the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Mario Andretti: America would "go crazy" over Herta in F1

Racing icon Mario Andretti believes IndyCar star Colton Herta is “Formula 1 quality” and he’s “pushing like hell” to find an opportunity for the 21-year-old with a top F1 team.

Daly confirmed for oval IndyCar races with Carlin
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Daly confirmed for oval IndyCar races with Carlin

Conor Daly will again take the wheel of the #59 Carlin-Chevrolet for the NTT IndyCar Series’ oval races, outside of the Indianapolis 500.

Shank hails Harvey’s “awesome job” at St. Petersburg

Meyer Shank Racing team co-owner Mike Shank says that Jack Harvey’s run to fourth place in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg was “great for morale”.

Newgarden: Herta “seems like the top gun” at Andretti

Josef Newgarden says he’s expecting St. Petersburg winner Colton Herta to be Andretti Autosport’s main contender for the championship.

Beaten Penske drivers still draw satisfaction from St. Pete

All four Team Penske-Chevrolet aces were left satisfied by their race day performances at St. Petersburg, although none of them appeared to have an answer for winner Colton Herta’s pace.

Herta: “Once or twice a year you have a car that dominant”

St. Petersburg winner Colton Herta says his dominant fourth NTT IndyCar Series victory was a result of strong pitstops, good strategy – and a perfect Andretti Autosport-Honda.

Rossi and Rahal defuse potential conflict after crash

Alexander Rossi and Graham Rahal have played down their collision in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg that caused both drivers to lose potential top-five finishes.

St. Pete IndyCar: Herta dominates for fourth career win St. Pete
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St. Pete IndyCar: Herta dominates for fourth career win

Andretti Autosport-Honda's Colton Herta led 97 of the 100 laps in St. Petersburg to clinch his fourth career win, his first on a street course, and defeat the Penske-Chevrolets of Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud.

Remembering Michele Alboreto: F1 ace, Le Mans winner and good man
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Remembering Michele Alboreto: F1 ace, Le Mans winner and good man

In a rancid 2001 season that lost us the great Dale Earnhardt in February and sportscar legend Bob Wollek in March, Michele Alboreto perished in an accident in April. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute to the Formula 1 ace and Le Mans 24 Hours winner.

St. Pete IndyCar: Herta leads Sato in warm-up

Polesitter Colton Herta led the final practice session for this afternoon’s Firestone GP of St. Petersburg which was full of trips to runoff zones.

Firestone denies IndyCar tire “lottery” at St. Petersburg

Firestone says that its tires have not caused the handling difficulties and inconsistencies encountered by some IndyCar drivers this weekend at St. Petersburg.

Harvey: If the opportunity is there to win, we’ll go for it

Jack Harvey has vowed to strike the right blend between aggression and playing it smart when he starts IndyCar’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from the front row.

Pole-winner Herta puzzled by tires, happy with family ties St. Pete
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Pole-winner Herta puzzled by tires, happy with family ties

St. Petersburg pole-winner Colton Herta says the behavior of Firestone’s softer tires surprised his team, but he was happy to deliver his first pole with his father Bryan as strategist.

St. Pete IndyCar: Herta beats Harvey to pole position St. Pete
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St. Pete IndyCar: Herta beats Harvey to pole position

Andretti Autosport-Honda’s Colton Herta snatched pole from his semi-teammate Jack Harvey in the dying seconds of an IndyCar qualifying session full of surprises.

Wheldon brothers join Andretti team’s development program

Sebastian and Oliver Wheldon, sons of the late IndyCar ace Dan Wheldon, have joined Andretti Autosport’s driver development program.

St. Pete IndyCar: Newgarden tops FP2, threatens lap record St. Pete
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St. Pete IndyCar: Newgarden tops FP2, threatens lap record

Josef Newgarden kept Team Penske-Chevrolet at the top of the St. Petersburg times with a 60.0622sec lap of the 1.8-mile street and runway track.

IndyCar could crack one-minute mark at St. Pete

Both Josef Newgarden and Colton Herta believe IndyCars could break the one-minute mark at St. Petersburg when they switch to Firestone’s softer alternate compound tires on Saturday.

St. Pete IndyCar: Newgarden heads Penske-Chevy 1-2

Defending Firestone GP St. Petersburg winner Josef Newgarden led teammate Will Power in opening practice for the second round of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season.

Hunter-Reay opens up on aeroscreen’s role after Barber crash
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Hunter-Reay opens up on aeroscreen’s role after Barber crash

Andretti Autosport-Honda’s Ryan Hunter-Reay has given more insight into the wreck at Barber Motorsports Park in which his aeroscreen protected his head from Josef Newgarden’s front wheel.

The master manager who juggled Prost and Senna simultaneously

One of the most influential – and yet low profile – people in the Formula 1 world turns 70 today [April 23rd], and yet he remains relatively unknown outside the confines of the paddock.

Firestone GP of St. Petersburg - facts, figures, entry list

All you need to know ahead of the second round of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series – the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Firestone GP of St. Petersburg – the weekend schedule

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series’ second round of the season is this weekend at St. Petersburg. Here’s the three-day schedule for all the on-track action. All IndyCar sessions can be livestreamed on Peacock.

40 percent crowd capacity allowed for this year’s Indy 500 Indy 500
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40 percent crowd capacity allowed for this year’s Indy 500

The 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge will run with up to 40 percent of venue capacity permitted, totaling approximately 135,000 fans.

How good is Palou and is he Dixon’s strongest title rival? Prime

How good is Palou and is he Dixon’s strongest title rival?

Last Sunday, Alex Palou delivered his first IndyCar victory on his Chip Ganassi Racing debut. Is the young Spaniard going to become his legendary teammate Scott Dixon’s biggest title threat? David Malsher-Lopez reports.

Dixon predicts "hell of a fight" with IndyCar teammate Palou Birmingham
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Dixon predicts "hell of a fight" with IndyCar teammate Palou

Six-time IndyCar title winner Scott Dixon has predicted "a hell of a fight" with new Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Alex Palou, following the Spanish driver's run to victory at Barber.

Brown open to idea of third full-time Arrow McLaren SP entry

Zak Brown, McLaren CEO, says the Arrow McLaren SP team would welcome the chance to add a third full-time car but says it would need to be for a “championship-caliber” driver rather than a "rent-a-driver".

Foyt “glad to see the #14 leading the race for a change” Birmingham
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Foyt “glad to see the #14 leading the race for a change”

Racing legend A.J. Foyt has commended his new full-time ace Sebastien Bourdais for his stunning drive through the field at Barber Motorsports Park to claim fifth with a damaged car.

Hunter-Reay: Aeroscreen “likely saved my life” in crash
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Hunter-Reay: Aeroscreen “likely saved my life” in crash

Andretti Autosport ace Ryan Hunter-Reay says he’s “extremely grateful” for IndyCar’s aeroscreen, after showing alarming onboard images of his shunt in the season-opening race at Barber Motorsports Park.