David Malsher-Lopez
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David Malsher-Lopez

David Malsher-Lopez is Motorsport.com’s U.S. editor, covering the NTT IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Since completing journalism college in 1994, he has worked for Autosport, TRMG, Motor Sport, Autosport (again) and Racer, before joining Motorsport.com in 2015… where he has found himself enjoying a third spell writing for Autosport. Over the course of those 27 years, he has served as a journalist, sub-editor, features editor, deputy editor and editor. In 2015, he also wrote Will Power’s biography. David lives with his wife Sophia in California and when not writing about racing, he will be found reading about planes and classic cars, attending airshows, listening to a wide variety of music or watching cop shows from the ’70s. He intends to one day own a grand piano, an Airedale terrier and a vintage Pontiac. He doesn’t do Facebook and doesn’t understand Instagram but can be found @DavidMalsher on Twitter.

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Rossi rejoins Wayne Taylor Racing for Watkins Glen 6 Hours

IndyCar ace Alexander Rossi will return to the cockpit of the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 for this weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

IndyCar confirms 16-race season after Toronto cancellation Toronto
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IndyCar confirms 16-race season after Toronto cancellation

The NTT IndyCar Series has confirmed that this year’s Toronto round will not directly be replaced, thereby reducing the schedule from 17 to 16 rounds.

Palou will continue aggressive approach despite points lead

Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda driver Alex Palou says he will continue to “drive as I’ve been driving” and won’t become cautious in his quest for the IndyCar championship.

Adapting driving style, fast stops earn Herta second place

Colton Herta said that he was “super-happy” with a runner-up finish at Road America, despite not having the pace to match Josef Newgarden and Alex Palou.

“Now we will claw,” says Newgarden after heartbreaking loss Road America
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“Now we will claw,” says Newgarden after heartbreaking loss

Josef Newgarden has declared himself ready to fight his way back into title contention, after a dominant Road America run was ended by gearbox failure.

Palou: A win always feels awesome, even if it’s your lucky day Road America
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Palou: A win always feels awesome, even if it’s your lucky day

Road America winner Alex Palou says that he’s thrilled by his latest triumph with Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda, even though it was inherited when dominant leader Josef Newgarden’s gearbox failed.

Road America IndyCar: Palou wins, Newgarden robbed by car issue Road America
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Road America IndyCar: Palou wins, Newgarden robbed by car issue

Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda ace Alex Palou snatched his second IndyCar win when dominant leader Josef Newgarden suffered a gearbox issue on the final restart with two laps to go.

Road America Indy Lights: Malukas wins, regains points lead

David Malukas is leading the championship battle again after winning at Road America just a day after a Lap 1 Turn 1 battle sent him to the back of the field.

Road America IndyCar: Herta tops final practice

Colton Herta topped the last 30min practice session ahead of tomorrow’s REV Group Grand Prix as drivers tried to gauge their pace dropoff on red and black tires.

Road America Indy Lights: Kirkwood wins, avoids early mayhem

Kyle Kirkwood scored his fourth win of the Indy Lights season in Race 1 at Road America and took the championship lead after the front-row starters clashed ahead of him.

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.

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.

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.

Wright Motorsports shuffles IMSA driver line-up

Wright Motorsports has replaced Ryan Hardwick with Trent Hindman as a full-time driver alongside Patrick Long in its GT Daytona class Porsche 911 GT3 R.

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.

Penske: IMSA return to Indy “high on the list” of targets
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Penske: IMSA return to Indy “high on the list” of targets

Roger Penske says he expects Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course will be the venue for an IMSA race, while playing down the idea of an imminent return by Formula 1.

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.

NTe Sport Audi returns for Six Hours of the Glen Watkins Glen
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NTe Sport Audi returns for Six Hours of the Glen

NTe Sport will return to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship action in next week’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, albeit with a different line-up than was seen in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

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 Indy Lights: Kirkwood wins again, closes title fight

 Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood delivered a perfect drive from third on the grid to sweep the weekend in Indy Lights and move to within four points of championship leader Linus Lundqvist.

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.

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.

Detroit IMSA: Magnussen, van der Zande win in Ganassi Cadillac Detroit
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Detroit IMSA: Magnussen, van der Zande win in Ganassi Cadillac

Chip Ganassi Racing scored a second high-profile win at Detroit within just a few hours, as Kevin Magnussen and Renger van der Zande delivered a brilliant IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship triumph in their Cadillac.

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 Indy Lights: Kirkwood beats Lundqvist for second win

Kyle Kirkwood of Andretti Autosport led from pole to checkered flag in Indy Lights’ first race of the weekend to score his second win of the season, but Linus Lundqvist kept him under pressure all the way to the end.

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.

Detroit IMSA: Magnussen beats Tincknell to pole by 0.021s

Kevin Magnussen earned his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole position for the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac team in Detroit, edging the Mazda of Harry Tincknell when a red flag ended the session early.

Detroit IMSA: Magnussen heads Cadillac 1-2-3 in FP2 Detroit
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Detroit IMSA: Magnussen heads Cadillac 1-2-3 in FP2

Kevin Magnussen put Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac on top with his final flyer in IMSA’s 100-minute second practice session around Detroit's bumpy Belle Isle course.

Detroit IMSA: Vautier puts JDC-Miller Cadillac on top in FP1

Tristan Vautier sent the Sebring-winning JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac to the top of the times in opening practice for tomorrow’s IMSA Detroit SportsCar Classic at Belle Isle.

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.

GM will reveal sportscar programs for 2023 “soon”

General Motors’ plans for Prototypes and GT3 from 2023 onward will be revealed soon, according to Laura Wontrop Klauser, GM’s sportscar racing program manager.

Veach tests positive for COVID, will miss IMSA Detroit race Detroit
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Veach tests positive for COVID, will miss IMSA Detroit race

Zach Veach will be absent from the Vasser Sullivan Lexus this weekend at Detroit, after testing positive for COVID-19.

Special edition Corvette Stingray commemorates IMSA glory

Chevrolet has revealed the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition to celebrate the car’s dominance in its first season in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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.