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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.

Gold Star winner eyeing Supercars future

Newly-crowned Gold Star winner Joey Mawson is keen on a future in Supercars as he looks to re-settle on Australian soil.

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

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.

Sargeant, Fittipaldi complete FIA F3 grid with Charouz

Charouz Racing has completed its FIA Formula 3 driver lineup by announcing 2020 F3 title contender Logan Sargeant and Enzo Fittipaldi ahead of this weekend’s season opener in Barcelona.

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.

Calderon ruled out of Autopolis Super Formula round

Tatiana Calderon will not be able to take part in next weekend’s Autopolis Super Formula round after contesting last weekend’s Spa FIA World Endurance Championship opener.

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.

Sydney S5000: Mawson wins Gold Star despite early scare

Joey Mawson won the coveted Australian Drivers' Championship despite an early scare in the S5000 finale at Sydney Motorsport Park.

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.

Sydney S5000: Golding dominates opener

James Golding dominated the opening S5000 race at Sydney Motorsport Park.

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.

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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.

Trident confirms Viscaal for full F2 season

Trident has confirmed Bent Viscaal will contest the full FIA Formula 2 Championship for the Italian squad.

How newlywed Fukuzumi has come of age in Super Formula

Moving from one side of the Dandelion Racing garage to the other in 2021, and some important off-track changes, have served to make Nirei Fukuzumi a true contender for Super Formula title honours this year.

Albert Park, Gold Coast added to S5000 schedule

The Australian Grand Prix and the Supercars finale on the Gold Coast have been added to the 2021/22 S5000 Australian Drivers' Championship schedule.

Shwartzman to address qualifying pace concerns after F2 test

Title contender Robert Shwartzman left the Formula 2 Championship in-season Barcelona test “not completely satisfied” admitting his qualifying pace needs to improve.

Matsushita brands return Super Formula race a "disaster"

Nobuharu Matsushita has branded his return Super Formula race a "disaster" after finishing in a disappointing 13th at Suzuka on Sunday.

Runaway points leader Nojiri still feels "sense of danger"

Mugen driver Tomoki Nojiri insists that he still feels a "sense of danger" despite building a large lead at the head of the Super Formula points standings with two wins from the opening two races of the season.

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”.

Calderon left perplexed by backwards step at Suzuka

Tatiana Calderon was at a loss to explain a sudden loss of form during last weekend's second round of the Super Formula at Suzuka, as she qualified and finished at the rear of the field.

Alesi reflects on 'long and tough day' at Suzuka

Giuliano Alesi says he is satisfied to have come away with a points finish in his Super Formula debut for TOM'S after finishing ninth in last weekend's Suzuka race.

Yamamoto admits current poor form "embarrassing"

Defending Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto admits his current form in the series is "embarrassing" after a disappointing eighth-place finish at Suzuka last weekend.

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 Indy Lights: Malukas holds off Kirkwood in Race 2

David Malukas scored his second win of the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires season, but only after holding off a strong late challenge from Kyle Kirkwood.

UNI-Virtuosi's Drugovich ends Barcelona F2 test on top

Felipe Drugovich ended the three-day FIA Formula 2 in-season test on top after posting the fastest time overall on the final day of running in Barcelona.

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.

Fukuzumi devastated to lose win after "perfect" weekend Suzuka
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Fukuzumi devastated to lose win after "perfect" weekend

Nirei Fukuzumi says he was devastated to have lost a clear shot at a first victory in Super Formula after a "perfect" weekend at Suzuka.

Suzuka Super Formula: Nojiri scores second straight win Suzuka
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Suzuka Super Formula: Nojiri scores second straight win

Mugen driver Tomoki Nojiri became Super Formula’s first back-to-back race winner in three years at Suzuka after poleman Nirei Fukuzumi suffered a puncture while leading.

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.