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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.
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.
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.
How does an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship racer who was arguably the best in class in 2019 – and whose erstwhile engineer ranks him with two modern-day IndyCar legends – end up still seeking a ride for 2020 as we head into November? David Malsher makes the case for Richard Westbrook.
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.
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.
The merged force of McLaren Racing and Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has formally unveiled its new logo and released a form of mission statement.
Team Penske-Chevrolet's Josef Newgarden earned his second IndyCar title in three years, but as well as the usual suspects – including Indy 500-winning teammate Simon Pagenaud – Newgarden faced strong opposition from a couple of brilliant rookies. Meanwhile, nine wins from Penske wasn't enough to stop Honda beating Chevrolet to the manufacturers' crown for the second straight year. David Malsher reflects on another entertaining season.
One of the newest team owners in the NTT IndyCar Series, Trevor Carlin, says that allowing the bigger teams to grow unchecked will drive the smaller teams away as they struggle to achieve the kind of results that attract sponsors.
Plenty of hope and promise, not enough points and too many drivers – Carlin’s sophomore season in the NTT IndyCar Series was bewildering. The one constant was its team principal’s determination and his employees’ hunger for success. Trevor Carlin tells David Malsher how the team got through it and how the work ethic hasn’t changed for 2020.
The Arrow McLaren SP team – formerly Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports – is sending personnel to the Mexican and US Grands Prix as guests of the McLaren Formula 1 team, but the team denies that this suggests an imminent announcement regarding Patricio O’Ward.
IndyCar’s new-for-2020 aeroscreen is a welcome step forward in terms of cockpit protection – but it brings with it some technical challenges, as James Hinchcliffe’s race engineer at Arrow McLaren SP, Will Anderson, explains to David Malsher.
New IMSA president John Doonan says that encouraging cooperation between sportscar governing bodies to aid teams who want to participate in more than one series is on his wish list.
Josef Newgarden says he grew accustomed to IndyCar’s aeroscreen after just 30-40 laps of Richmond Raceway, as he and Scott Dixon began testing at the 0.75-mile oval which returns to the NTT IndyCar Series in 2020.
Andretti Autosport, the team that took Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew to the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires titles over the past two seasons, has announced four drivers for this weekend’s Chris Griffis Memorial Open Test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
Bill Auberlen was in reflective mood after clinching his record-equaling 60th IMSA victory, along with Robby Foley and Dillon Machavern, when the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 passed the Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3 on the final lap of Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans.
Alessandro Pier Guidi says that his Motul Petit Le Mans GTLM victory in Risi Competizione’s Ferrari 488 GTE with James Calado and Daniel Serra will remain a special memory.
Ryan Briscoe, who finished GT Le Mans class runner-up at Petit Le Mans along with fulltime teammate Richard Westbrook and endurance partner Scott Dixon, believes the Chip Ganassi Racing squad “did everything right” at Road Atlanta.
Action Express Racing trio Pipo Derani, Felipe Nasr and Eric Curran won a thrilling Petit Le Mans after a late yellow, but it wasn’t enough to stop Acura Team Penske’s Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya from winning the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title.
The #5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R was leading the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship finale, the Motul Petit Le Mans, after eight of the 10 hours, until making a pitstop handing the lead back to Mazda, while Risi Competizione has wrested the GTLM lead away from Ford.
Oliver Jarvis’ Mazda RT24-P is leading the AXR Cadillac of Filipe Albuquerque and Simon Pagenaud in the #6 Acura Team Penske with four hours to go, while Scott Dixon continues to head GT Le Mans for Ford, and Riley Motorsports heads GT Daytona.
Despite a pit entry miscue for Felipe Nasr in the dominant #31 Action Express Cadillac, he is now getting back on strategy in the Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, although teammate Joao Barbosa leads, and Ganassi’s Ford GTs run 1-2 in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship finale.
Action Express Racing's Felipe Nasr demolished his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opposition in the opening stint at Road Atlanta, and teammate Pipo Derani has continued his good work, while the second AXR Cadillac is holding second.