indycar News and Analysis
With the Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda team running better than for many years, Graham Rahal’s well-known proficiency around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and a clipped schedule, the pieces appear to be in place for this second-gen driver to conquer the biggest race in the world. David Malsher-Lopez explains the reasoning.
Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud says the condensed practice schedule for this year’s race leaves far less leeway for experimenting with setups.
IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have released the entry list for next week’s Indianapolis 500, confirming the last two entries in this three-month delayed edition of the iconic race.
Practice for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 begins next Wednesday. Here's what's happening when, and how to watch it.
Both five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon and Ben Bretzman, Team Penske race engineer for last year’s Indy 500 pole sitter and race winner Simon Pagenaud, believe the extra boost for Indy qualifying this year will more than compensate for additional drag caused by the aeroscreen.
Three-time Indy 500 pole-winner Ed Carpenter will carry the livery of America’s new military branch when it rolls out on track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next week to begin practice for the 104th running of the Indy 500.
Dale Coyne Racing’s third entry in the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be for James Davison, in partnership with Rick Ware Racing, BYRD and Belardi Auto Racing.
Cole Pearn, the former NASCAR Cup championship-winning crew chief with Martin Truex Jr., says his deal with Ed Carpenter Racing for the Indianapolis 500 is not a sign that he wants to get back into racing full-time.
RC Enerson has considered venturing into NASCAR competition for some time but he certainly picked the direct approach for his debut.
A third seat at Dale Coyne Racing has become the focus of attention for three Indy 500 hopefuls as the field for the 104th running edges towards the traditional 33-car figure.
A.J. Foyt, the first and one of only three four-time winners of the Indianapolis 500, says he’s sad the race is going to be held behind closed doors, but believes it was the right decision in the circumstances.
Helio Castroneves says that he is targeting a full-time ride in the NTT IndyCar Series next season but that he expects this month’s Indianapolis 500 will be his final drive for Team Penske in open-wheel racing.
Next week’s NTT IndyCar Series double-header at Mid-Ohio has been postponed due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic which is still surging in several areas of the USA.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown says Fernando Alonso’s Indianapolis 500 chances – and those of the whole Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet team –have improved hugely in 2020, after last year’s failure to qualify.
Sam Schmidt says that Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew have performed better than expected for Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet considering their level of experience and the lack of in-season testing for IndyCar drivers.
Conor Daly’s #47 U.S. Air Force ECR-Chevrolet for the Indy 500 will be run by Cole Pearn, the crew-chief who helped turn Martin Truex and Furniture Row Racing into one of the most formidable combinations in NASCAR Cup.
Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson drove a Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda for over 120 laps of Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course, leaving himself overwhelmed with enthusiasm and impressing the team’s managing director Mike Hull and five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.
Team co-owner Sam Schmidt says he’s been impressed with the way Penske Entertainment has led the NTT IndyCar Series through the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, following the latest revisions to the 2020 schedule.
The unusual qualifying process introduced by IndyCar for its double-header at Iowa Speedway will again be adopted for its races at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway next month, in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500.
Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course will open its gates to spectators on a limited basis for the NTT IndyCar Series’ Honda Indy 200, but the venue’s grandstands, paddock and pits will remain closed.
The NTT IndyCar Series will not compete at either Portland International Raceway nor WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 2020, and is going to run double-headers at Mid-Ohio, World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course.
The NTT IndyCar Series’ next race event, to be held at Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course in two weeks, will be a double-header, with the extra round effectively replacing this year's Grand Prix of Portland.
IndyCar president Jay Frye says he remains confident that a third engine manufacturer will join Chevrolet and Honda in the NTT IndyCar Series, as speculation increases that it will be Ferrari.