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NBC Sports reveals 2021 IndyCar telecast schedule

NBC Sports has announced the full 2021 NTT IndyCar Series telecast schedule, featuring a record nine races on broadcast network NBC.

Jimmie Johnson: The NASCAR legend's IndyCar challenge

Jimmie Johnson is one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time, yet has decided to take on the NTT IndyCar Series for 2021. He tells David Malsher-Lopez why, while Ganassi managing director Mike Hull explains the challenges.

Grosjean “more confident” after second IndyCar test
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Grosjean “more confident” after second IndyCar test

Ex-Formula 1 racer Romain Grosjean says he’s made “good progress” in becoming accustomed to the driving style necessary for an IndyCar, after a solid day of testing at Laguna Seca.

O’Ward leads Jones, Grosjean in eight-car Laguna Seca test

Arrow McLaren SP’s Patricio O’Ward led a small group of IndyCar testers at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Monday, while Dale Coyne Racing's Ed Jones and debutant Romain Grosjean also showed strong pace.

Marco Andretti considering IMSA LMP3 outings with cousin

Marco Andretti says he could team up with cousin Jarett in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s LMP3 class this year, after testing the car at Sebring last week.

Rosenqvist: O’Ward "one of the quickest" in the world

Felix Rosenqvist says that new teammate Pato O’Ward is a huge talent, and believes that while it’s too early to compare driving styles, that might not ultimately be so relevant.

Arrow McLaren SP reveals dual liveries for 2021 IndyCar season

Patricio O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist will race notably different colorschemes on their Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolets in 2021.

The best IndyCar colorschemes from McLaren and Schmidt Peterson

Ahead of tomorrow's Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet livery launch, we trawled for images of our favorite colorschemes from the Indy car histories of both McLaren and the Schmidt Peterson team.

Bourdais’ “analytical approach” is paying off for Foyt

AJ Foyt Racing’s technical director Mike Colliver says Sebastien Bourdais’ talent, experience and attitude, and the engineering group “pulling in the same direction”, has resulted in the IndyCar team making big strides.

Grosjean: “I used to be an asshole as a teammate”
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Grosjean: “I used to be an asshole as a teammate”

Ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says he’s already appreciating the friendly atmosphere within IndyCar, and has told new teammate Ed Jones that he’d prefer to be friends, despite wanting to beat him.

McLaughlin remains harsh critic of his IndyCar adaptation

Scott McLaughlin says he’s not astonished by his pace in an IndyCar because “I’m my own harshest critic” and “there’s areas where I’m OK and areas where I’m still really bad!”

VeeKay tops test at Barber, Grosjean within one second

Rinus VeeKay put Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet on top in the 12-car IndyCar test at Barber Motorsports Park, while Romain Grosjean finished his first IndyCar test within one second of top spot.

Grosjean content with IndyCar test despite spin and soreness

Ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says he’s “really happy” with his first morning of testing an IndyCar, despite spinning off and feeling soreness in his arms and recovering burnt left hand.

Jimmie Johnson’s Carvana IndyCar livery unveiled

Chip Ganassi Racing has unveiled the Carvana colorscheme that will grace Jimmie Johnson’s #48 CGR-Honda as he embarks on his first IndyCar season.

RLL reveals new five-race primary sponsor for Sato

Digital Ally will serve as sponsor for Takuma Sato’s #30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda in five IndyCar rounds this year, promoting the company’s health protection products.

Is Arrow McLaren SP ready for IndyCar’s title fight? Prime

Is Arrow McLaren SP ready for IndyCar’s title fight?

With Patricio O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist leading its line-up, 2021 could be the year Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet joins the IndyCar elite, writes David Malsher-Lopez.

Opinion: Why safety cars are an outdated institution

The above headline might make some people feel uncomfortable. After all, we have become so used to seeing more races with safety cars (SC) nowadays than those without them, so we have never really dared to question it.

Sato unveils second image on Borg-Warner Trophy

Takuma Sato has unveiled his second likeness on the legendary Borg-Warner Trophy that bears the image of every Indianapolis 500 winner.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan reveals Sato’s new Indy 500 livery

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced today that PeopleReady has returned as primary sponsor of two-time Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato’s entry for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Schmidt: Arrow McLaren SP ready to complete IndyCar “Big Four”

Sam Schmidt believes Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet can join Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Penske and Andretti Autosport in the top echelon of the NTT IndyCar Series in 2020.

Hinchcliffe to run Capstone sponsorship in six races

Capstone Turbine Corporation will return to Andretti Autosport-Honda in 2021 as primary sponsor for James Hinchcliffe at six of the seven races in which he isn’t sponsored by Genesys.

Jenkins reduces Indy 500 duties as he tackles brain cancer

Bob Jenkins, former TV and Indianapolis Motor Speedway announcer, has revealed he is suffering brain cancer.

United Rentals reveals new livery for Rahal in 2021

Graham Rahal will this year run a special United Rentals livery that echoes the colorscheme used by his father Bobby Rahal in his final year as a racecar driver.

Meyer Shank adjusts Castroneves’ six-race IndyCar schedule

Helio Castroneves will compete in this year’s Music City Grand Prix on the Nashville street course, but will not race the season-opener at Barber Motorsports Park.

Foyt team now “engineering-led” after lacking consistency

Larry Foyt, president of AJ Foyt Racing, says that team members are now “all pulling in the same direction” and that a new-found consistency in personnel should reap dividends.

Kimball rejoins AJ Foyt Racing for Indy 500 and Indy GP

Charlie Kimball will make his 11th run at the Indianapolis 500 from behind the wheel of a Tresiba-backed AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet.

IndyCar: OEMs “positive” over 2023 regs despite Ferrari rejection

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says the Scuderia has now pulled out of talks with IndyCar, but series bosses say they remain optimistic of landing a third engine supplier.

Dale Coyne picks the Top 10 drivers in his giant-slaying team Prime

Dale Coyne picks the Top 10 drivers in his giant-slaying team

Over 37 seasons, Dale Coyne has run no fewer than 80 Indy car drivers – including himself! Ahead of his first season running Romain Grosjean, we asked Coyne to pick the best 10 drivers ever to compete for him. By David Malsher-Lopez.

Top 10 F1 to Indy car converts ranked

As Romain Grosjean becomes the latest former Formula 1 driver to make the switch to the NTT IndyCar Series with Dale Coyne Racing in 2021, picks out the 10 converts who made the best impression Stateside.

Newgarden excited by Nashville prospects, track build begins

Construction has begun on IndyCar’s new street course in Nashville, and local star Josef Newgarden says he’s excited to race in front of his home fans – and on a truly unique layout.

Grosjean’s talent key to sponsor appeal, say Coyne, Ware

Romain Grosjean’s pace will make him a hit with sponsors in IndyCar, according to his new team bosses Dale Coyne and Rick Ware who hope to confirm his primary backer by month’s end.

Marco Andretti enters new SRX series

Marco Andretti is the latest big-name signing for the new Superstar Racing Experience series which is to run six events in this, its inaugural season.

Grosjean plans to wear helmet designed by his children

Romain Grosjean plans to wear the helmet design that his children originally designed for his final Formula 1 race when he tests an IndyCar for the first time.

Why Grosjean chose IndyCar – but won’t race Indy or Texas

Despite his terrifying F1 crash in Bahrain, Romain Grosjean still loves open-wheel racing and is heading to IndyCar but won’t race superspeedways because “I can’t put my kids through that again.” David Malsher-Lopez reports.

Grosjean signs with Coyne for IndyCar road and street races

Ex-Formula 1 star Romain Grosjean will switch to IndyCar this season, driving a Honda-powered Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing entry.

O’Ward tops 14-car IndyCar test at Sebring

Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet driver Patricio O’Ward landed top time in the third day of IndyCar testing this year, heading Alexander Rossi and Josef Newgarden.

Chevrolet: Improving Indy 500 performance has been priority

Chevrolet’s IndyCar program manager Rob Buckner says that retaliating after a Honda-dominated Indy 500 in 2020 has been Chevy’s focus in the offseason.

Coyne partners with Rick Ware for two IndyCar entries

Dale Coyne Racing announced today that it is entering into a collaboration with Rick Ware Racing for a full-time entry and a part-time entry in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series.

Coyne "would love to have" Grosjean on 2021 IndyCar team

Dale Coyne says he would “love to have” ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean join his IndyCar team for the 2021 season, and is targeting an announcement next week.

“No worries” for Jones as he returns to IndyCar

Ed Jones, who will race the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan-Honda in this year’s IndyCar championship, says he’s confident he can quickly get up to speed, including on ovals.

Ed Jones returns to IndyCar with DCR Vasser Sullivan

Dale Coyne Racing, Jimmy Vasser and James ‘Sulli’ Sullivan announced today that Ed Jones will drive the #18 entry for the entire 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season.

Hinchcliffe: Andretti team will be fast from start of season

James Hinchcliffe believes that in 2021 Andretti Autosport-Honda can avoid the struggles that plagued it at the start of last IndyCar season, and instead can run as competitively as it did in the final rounds of 2020.

Hinchcliffe makes full-time return to IndyCar with Andretti

Six-time IndyCar race-winner James Hinchcliffe will become a full-time Andretti Autosport-Honda driver in 2021, as Genesys steps up its commitment to the popular Canadian racer.

McLaughlin to run PPG livery on #3 Penske-Chevy at 10 races

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s IndyCar rookie Scott McLaughlin will carry the blue-and-white colors of PPG at 10 of the 17 rounds in the 2021 season.

IndyCar qualifying, practice moves to Peacock Premium this year

Peacock Premium will become the new streaming home of the NTT IndyCar Series this year, coverage moving from NBC Sports Gold’s “IndyCar Pass”.

American sports channel NBCSN to close at end of 2021

American sports cable channel NBCSN, which airs many of the nation’s top racing series including NASCAR and IndyCar, is to be closed down at the end of 2021.

IndyCar season-opener pushed back to mid-April

IndyCar officials have announced the NTT IndyCar Series season-opener at Barber Motorsports Park has been rescheduled from Sunday, April 11 to Sunday, April 18.

Bourdais excited by IndyCar and IMSA prospects in 2021

Sebastien Bourdais believes he can drive AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet “towards the front” in IndyCar and that he and his JDC-Miller Motorsports teammates are Rolex 24 victory contenders.

Rossi tests IndyCar and IMSA Prototype in same day

Alexander Rossi enjoyed the rare opportunity to wheel both his Andretti Autosport-Honda and Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 in a day of testing at Sebring Raceway.

Rossi leads nine-car IndyCar test at Sebring

Alexander Rossi finished on top in a second day of IndyCar testing at Sebring short course, edging Andretti Autosport-Honda teammate Colton Herta by 0.1sec.

Why enigmatic Marco Andretti will be missed Prime

Why enigmatic Marco Andretti will be missed

Last Friday, Marco Andretti announced he is withdrawing from fulltime IndyCar racing. David Malsher-Lopez explains how this third-gen racer was a puzzle in the car, but a straight shooter off-track.

De Silvestro returns to Indy 500 with women-managed team

Popular former IndyCar driver Simona De Silvestro will return to the Indy 500 this season, with a Paretta Autosport-Chevrolet that will receive technical support from Team Penske.

Dixon leads Ganassi 1-2-3 in first IndyCar test of 2021

Six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon led his Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda teammates in today’s seven-car test at Sebring International Raceway.

HPD offers Super Formula scholarship to FR Americas champion

Honda Performance Development has announced the creation of a scholarship fund worth $600,000 for the winner of this year's Formula Regional Americas championship to race in Super Formula.

Andretti car count TBD, but Herta remains committed

Marco Andretti’s decision to withdraw from full-time IndyCar competition does not affect Bryan Herta’s commitment to the Andretti Autosport-Honda team, despite joint ownership of the #98 entry.

Michael Andretti “supports and respects” Marco’s career decision

Michael Andretti says that he is fully behind his son Marco’s decision to reduce his IndyCar commitments and branch out into other forms of motorsport.

Marco Andretti switches to part-time in IndyCar, considers IMSA

Marco Andretti has announced he will no longer be a full-time IndyCar driver, but is targeting Indy 500 glory and other marquee races in other branches of the sport.

Hunter-Reay confirmed for 12th season at Andretti Autosport

Andretti Autosport-Honda today confirmed Ryan Hunter-Reay will continue with the team in 2021 and for the 11th year with DHL support.

Ferrucci to race part-time NASCAR Xfinity schedule in 2021

Santino Ferrucci has joined NASCAR Xfinity team Sam Hunt Racing to run a part-time schedule this year.

Roger Penske pays tribute to Pat Patrick

Motorsport icon and owner of IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Roger Penske has paid tribute to former rival team owner Pat Patrick who died yesterday.