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Fenestraz stands by early slick call despite spin

Sacha Fenestraz maintains his decision to switch to slick tyres early in last weekend’s Motegi Super Formula race was the right thing to do, despite his spin.

How Otsu ended a Red Bull losing streak dating back to Gasly

Prior to last weekend's Motegi round, it had been four years since Mugen’s Red Bull-liveried #15 car won a Super Formula race. Here’s how unheralded rookie Hiroki Otsu managed to do what his more esteemed predecessors couldn’t.

O’Ward: ‘I’d be lying’ to deny interest in future F1 move
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O’Ward: ‘I’d be lying’ to deny interest in future F1 move

Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar driver Pato O’Ward says he would “be lying” if he denied interest in a future switch to Formula 1 ahead of his maiden test in Abu Dhabi.

Calderon's Super Formula comeback plagued by throttle issues

Tatiana Calderon has revealed her comeback Super Formula race last weekend at Motegi was plagued by throttle issues, which she suspects contributed to her race-ending crash.

Yamamoto takes blame for Hirakawa incident: "I lost focus" Motegi II
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Yamamoto takes blame for Hirakawa incident: "I lost focus"

Outgoing Super Formula champion Naoki Yamamoto has taken the blame for the crash that took he and Ryo Hirakawa out of Sunday's Motegi race, admitting he "lost focus" on his rival due to another incident up ahead.

Nojiri admits to "inferiority complex" after taking SF title Motegi II
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Nojiri admits to "inferiority complex" after taking SF title

Newly-crowned Super Formula champion Tomoki Nojiri has admitted he has felt an "inferiority complex" for much of his career owing to a lack of title success prior to this season.

Motegi Super Formula: Nojiri seals title, Otsu wins race Motegi II
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Motegi Super Formula: Nojiri seals title, Otsu wins race

Mugen Honda driver Tomoki Nojiri wrapped up the 2021 Super Formula title with a fifth place finish at Motegi, as teammate Hiroki Otsu clinched his maiden race victory.

Natori beats Alesi to Super Formula Lights title

Teppei Natori clinched the Super Formula Lights title with a race to spare at Motegi on Sunday morning, putting the prize beyond reach of nearest rival Giuliano Alesi.

2023 IndyCar won’t take major toll on tires, says Firestone

Firestone says the increased power and weight of a 2023-spec IndyCar won’t dramatically increase tire wear, although the company is still aiming to make modifications to its compounds.

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing win Prime

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing win

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.

Podcast: IndyCar champion Scott Dixon remembers Dan Wheldon

Saturday 16 October marks 10 years to the day double Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon tragically died in an IndyCar crash at the Las Vegas season finale.

Nojiri wants to have race 'worthy of a champion' at Motegi Motegi II
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Nojiri wants to have race 'worthy of a champion' at Motegi

Super Formula points leader Tomoki Nojiri says he wants to put on a performance in Sunday's Motegi race befitting of a champion, as he seeks to wrap up the title with a race to spare.

Hirakawa was "too slow" with Motegi qualifying tyre call

Ryo Hirakawa believes he made the right call to switch to wet tyres following his Q2 elimination in qualifying for this weekend's Motegi Super Formula round, but concedes his Impul team was "too slow" to decide.

Motegi Super Formula: Tyre gamble propels Otsu to first pole

Mugen Honda driver Hiroki Otsu scored his first Super Formula pole position for this weekend's penultimate round of the season at Motegi after opting for slick tyres on a drying track.

Formula 2 announces monster 2022 calendar of 28 races

The FIA Formula 2 Championship has announced a record 14-round calendar for the 2022 season that will comprise of 28 races on the Formula 1 support bill.

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Prime

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Jack Harvey’s move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate, but their combined strength could prove golden, says David Malsher-Lopez.

"Seamless" test, but Newgarden voices 2023 IndyCar weight concern
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"Seamless" test, but Newgarden voices 2023 IndyCar weight concern

After testing a variety of potential new Firestone road course tires for 2023, Josef Newgarden says he’s spoken to IndyCar leaders about the increasing weight of the cars.

HWA reveals it will exit F2 at the end of 2021 season
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HWA reveals it will exit F2 at the end of 2021 season

HWA Racelab has revealed it will withdraw from the FIA Formula 2 Championship at the end of the current season.

Nakajima "half happy" about Alesi's success in his absence Motegi II
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Nakajima "half happy" about Alesi's success in his absence

Kazuki Nakajima says he was "half happy" to see his TOM'S Super Formula replacement Giuliano Alesi perform well in his absence as he returns to the cockpit this weekend at Motegi.

Opinion: Super Formula needs to change to ensure its survival

Against a backdrop of dwindling fan interest and disillusioned drivers, it's clear Super Formula has hit a low ebb in 2021. Bold action is needed to restore Japan's premier single-seater series to its former greatness, says Jamie Klein.

Andretti impressed at first IndyCar runs by Kirkwood, DeFrancesco
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Andretti impressed at first IndyCar runs by Kirkwood, DeFrancesco

Andretti Autosport race engineer Ray Gosselin says he and the team “couldn’t be happier” with the way potential Indy Lights graduates Kyle Kirkwood and Devlin DeFrancesco adapted to IndyCars in their first test.

Harvey: RLL enticing because it’s “very good across the board”
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Harvey: RLL enticing because it’s “very good across the board”

Jack Harvey says his move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda was so tempting because of the team’s consistency and its ability to get its drivers to the front on racedays.

Van Amersfoort to replace HWA on FIA F3 grid from 2022
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Van Amersfoort to replace HWA on FIA F3 grid from 2022

Van Amersfoort Racing has been selected to join the FIA Formula 3 grid for the next three seasons, replacing HWA Racelab.

IndyCar reveals Jones as new director of Indy Lights
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IndyCar reveals Jones as new director of Indy Lights

Veteran United States Auto Club (USAC) driver and executive Levi Jones will be the new director of the Indy Lights series, it was announced today.

Harvey confirmed in RLL’s #45 Hy-Vee IndyCar for 2022

Jack Harvey has at last been confirmed as a Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda driver, joining incumbent Graham Rahal in what is described as a multi-year deal.

Fenestraz braced for tough comeback Super Formula races

Sacha Fenestraz says he is under no illusions as to the scale of the challenge he faces on his return to Super Formula action this weekend at Motegi after nine months away from the series.

Firestone positive over 2023 IndyCar simulation test at Indy

Firestone believes that data and feedback from Helio Castroneves and Pato O’Ward in Friday’s test at Indy has provided a good pointer regarding the tire construction/compound needed for the 2023-spec IndyCars.

Alfa Romeo boss downplays F1 2022 graduation for Piastri

Alfa Romeo Formula 1 boss Fred Vasseur has played down the prospects of F2 front-runner Oscar Piastri getting a chance with his team next year.

McLaughlin wants New Zealand Grand Prix start

IndyCar Rookie of the Year Scott McLaughlin has a New Zealand Grand Prix start on his bucket list.

From zero to hero: How F3's 2021 champion bounced back

After a disastrous 2020 in FIA Formula 3 with Hitech, Dennis Hauger began to doubt himself - with the self-belief he had built through success in junior series evaporating. But after regrouping, he stormed to the F3 title in 2021. Here’s how he did it...

Grosjean excited to share data with new teammates and Castroneves
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Grosjean excited to share data with new teammates and Castroneves

Romain Grosjean, who had his first test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today, said he’s excited by the prospect of racing with his new Andretti Autosport teammates and learning from four-time winner Helio Castroneves.

Johnson closer to committing to full season after Indy oval test

NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson is “as close as I’ve ever been” to adding IndyCar ovals to his schedule for 2022, after nearing the end of his Rookie Orientation Program at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today.

McLaughlin didn't want "half-arsed" Bathurst campaign

Scott McLaughlin says he pulled the pin on his Bathurst 1000 drive out of fear it would be a "half-arsed" campaign due to travel restrictions.

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting Prime

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting

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.

Final two Super Formula races key to Calderon's future

Tatiana Calderon says the final two races of the Super Formula season will be critical in deciding if she stays on in Japan for a third season in 2022, as she gets set to return to the series at Motegi.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan bids farewell to Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has announced Takuma Sato is leaving the team, for whom he scored four of his six IndyCar wins, including the Indianapolis 500.

DJR confirms McLaughlin won't race at Bathurst

Dick Johnson Racing has confirmed that Scott McLaughlin won't drive for the team at the Bathurst 1000 this year.

Grosjean, Johnson to take Indy 500 rookie test on Wednesday

Romain Grosjean and Jimmie Johnson will turn their first laps of Indianapolis Motor Speedway in an IndyCar this week.

Toyota's Miyata still targeting F1 superlicence this season

Toyota Super Formula driver Ritomo Miyata says he still harbours ambitions of earning a Formula 1 superlicence this season, even though he concedes an eventual move to grand prix racing is unlikely.

Mid-Ohio Indy Lights: Lundqvist dominates, Kirkwood is champ

Kyle Kirkwood has become the first driver to win all three categories of the Road To Indy, after clinching the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires championship, but he made it difficult in a strange and wet finale, while Linus Lundqvist made his third victory look easy.

Mid-Ohio Indy Lights: Kirkwood wins Race 1, has one hand on title

Kyle Kirkwood led from pole position to checkered flag to score his 10th win of the Indy Lights season, and now needs only to finish in the Top 10 in tomorrow’s finale to clinch the championship.

Vital weekend for Indy Lights’ new IndyCar aces-in-waiting

The Indy Lights championship battle between Kyle Kirkwood and David Malukas will be resolved at Mid-Ohio this weekend, and both have realistic hopes of breaking into IndyCar in 2022.

What next for "too politically incorrect" for F1 Ticktum? Prime

What next for "too politically incorrect" for F1 Ticktum?

Having by his own admission "blown my chances" of reaching Formula 1, Dan Ticktum is facing an uncertain future. A driver of unquestioned ability who has at times been his own worst enemy, can he apply his lessons and rebuild his career hopes?

Bryan Herta: Hard to believe Colton finished year only fifth
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Bryan Herta: Hard to believe Colton finished year only fifth

Colton Herta’s father Bryan, his strategist at Andretti-Herta Autosport, says that he believes the “potential” was there to fight with new IndyCar champion Alex Palou for the 2021 title.

Detroit GP aims to move race downtown for 2023

The IndyCar and IMSA races in Detroit could shift from Belle Isle to a new downtown layout as soon as 2023.

2021 IndyCar season most watched in NBC’s tenure

NBC has announced that this year’s NTT IndyCar Series saw the best combined broadcast/cable season in five years.

McLaughlin set to call off Bathurst 1000 return

Scott McLaughlin has all but confirmed that he won't return to Australia for the Bathurst 1000 in December.

Brown: 2021 was a great season for O’Ward despite title loss

McLaren CEO Zak Brown believes that defeated IndyCar title challenger Pato O’Ward nonetheless is one of the fastest drivers in the sport, and can get even better.

2021 IndyCar title is just the start for Ganassi's newest star Prime

2021 IndyCar title is just the start for Ganassi's newest star

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.

F2 and F3 drivers back return to two-race format for 2022
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F2 and F3 drivers back return to two-race format for 2022

Formula 2 and Formula 3 drivers have thrown their support behind a raft of format changes for 2022, returning to two races per weekend and reduced gaps between events.

Fenestraz set for Super Formula return after visa breakthrough Motegi II
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Fenestraz set for Super Formula return after visa breakthrough

Sacha Fenestraz is finally set to return to Super Formula action for next month’s penultimate round of the season at Motegi after being issued a Japanese visa.

Rookie of the Year McLaughlin targets Indy 500 win in 2022
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Rookie of the Year McLaughlin targets Indy 500 win in 2022

IndyCar’s new Rookie of the Year Scott McLaughlin believes his next steps are to finish in the top 10 in the championship, and compete for Indy 500 victory.

Pagenaud confirmed at Meyer Shank Racing for 2022
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Pagenaud confirmed at Meyer Shank Racing for 2022

Simon Pagenaud’s move to Meyer Shank Racing-Honda for next year has been confirmed the day after the 2021 season closed.

Piastri to use 10-week F2 break to discuss future plans

Oscar Piastri will use the two and half month break between Formula 2 rounds to discuss his future, admitting a Formula 1 reserve driver role at Alpine next year would be helpful.

Ganassi: Palou’s title triumph is “as big as it gets” Long Beach
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Ganassi: Palou’s title triumph is “as big as it gets”

Chip Ganassi, who today saw Alex Palou score his team’s 14th drivers’ title, says this latest triumph means a huge amount to the #10 crew and paid tribute to members working behind the scenes.

Herta: “Can’t believe” he won Long Beach at his second try Long Beach
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Herta: “Can’t believe” he won Long Beach at his second try

Colton Herta says his Long Beach triumph is special because he regards the race as IndyCar’s biggest event outside of the Indianapolis 500.

Champion Palou: “Let’s get another one now!” Long Beach
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Champion Palou: “Let’s get another one now!”

The 2021 IndyCar champion Alex Palou says he’s already thinking in terms of retaining his title next year.

Long Beach IndyCar: Herta beats Newgarden, Palou is champion Long Beach
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Long Beach IndyCar: Herta beats Newgarden, Palou is champion

Colton Herta stormed from 14th to victory at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, beating Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon, while Alex Palou came home a solid fourth to claim his first NTT IndyCar Series title.

O’Ward taken out of IndyCar title fight early in series finale Long Beach
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O’Ward taken out of IndyCar title fight early in series finale

Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet’s Pato O’Ward has lost his shot at the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series title at the Long Beach finale due to transmission failure, which occurred 17 laps after he was punted into a spin at the end of the opening tour.

Ticktum would make a great IndyCar driver, says Carlin

Stephanie Tindall, who helps run the Carlin team, believes that one of the squad’s current Formula 2 stars Dan Ticktum, would be ideal for the NTT IndyCar Series.