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Improving the racing at Indy: How it's done, why it’s tricky
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a temple of speed, but must also provide enthralling action. IndyCar’s head of aero development Tino Belli explains the changes for Indy in 2021 and the ethos behind them. By David Malsher-Lopez.
IndyCar’s re-introduction of a universal aerokit in 2018 saw the aesthetic appeal of the series take a monumental leap forward, and also brought an end to the days of countless meaningless passes in the Indianapolis 500. All the 500s that we witnessed in the DW12 era – 2012-’14 with its standard aerokit, 2015-’17 with the ugly manufacturer kits – were entertaining, without question. But the cars ran in packs, and the passes looked too easy: the guy in front – providing he didn’t throw a vicious block – pretty much had to give way to his challenger.'
In the DW12, no one wanted to lead for long and would relinquish position to save fuel. Here the 'battle' is between Ryan Briscoe's Team Penske-Chevy and James Hinchcliffe's Andretti Autosport-Honda in 2012.
Saturday, Oct. 16th, marks the 10th anniversary Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500.
Jack Harvey’s move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate, but their combined strength could prove golden, says David Malsher-Lopez.
Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong résumé and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear. By David Malsher-Lopez.
Alex Palou has captured Chip Ganassi Racing's 14th IndyCar drivers' championship, and in truly stellar manner. David Malsher-Lopez explains what made the Palou-Ganassi combo so potent so soon.
One of motorsport’s worst-kept secrets now out in the open, and Romain Grosjean has been confirmed as an Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver in 2022. It marks a remarkable turnaround after the abrupt end to his Formula 1 career, and is a firm indication of his commitment to challenge for the IndyCar Series title
The 2021 IndyCar silly season is one of the silliest of all, but it’s satisfying to see so many talented drivers in play – including Callum Ilott. David Malsher-Lopez reports.
The ace 20-somethings in IndyCar have risen to become title contenders, but the best of the series veterans are digging deep and responding – and will continue to do so over the next couple of years, says David Malsher-Lopez.
Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves
IndyCar to test new aero parts to improve Indy 500 action
Ericsson renews deal with Chip Ganassi Racing