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David Malsher-Lopez

David Malsher-Lopez

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The best IndyCar colorschemes from McLaren and Schmidt Peterson

Ahead of tomorrow's Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet livery launch, we trawled for images of our favorite colorschemes from the Indy car histories of both McLaren and the Schmidt Peterson team.

Bourdais’ “analytical approach” is paying off for Foyt

AJ Foyt Racing’s technical director Mike Colliver says Sebastien Bourdais’ talent, experience and attitude, and the engineering group “pulling in the same direction”, has resulted in the IndyCar team making big strides.

Grosjean: “I used to be an asshole as a teammate”
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Grosjean: “I used to be an asshole as a teammate”

Ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says he’s already appreciating the friendly atmosphere within IndyCar, and has told new teammate Ed Jones that he’d prefer to be friends, despite wanting to beat him.

McLaughlin remains harsh critic of his IndyCar adaptation

Scott McLaughlin says he’s not astonished by his pace in an IndyCar because “I’m my own harshest critic” and “there’s areas where I’m OK and areas where I’m still really bad!”

VeeKay tops test at Barber, Grosjean within one second

Rinus VeeKay put Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet on top in the 12-car IndyCar test at Barber Motorsports Park, while Romain Grosjean finished his first IndyCar test within one second of top spot.

Grosjean content with IndyCar test despite spin and soreness

Ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says he’s “really happy” with his first morning of testing an IndyCar, despite spinning off and feeling soreness in his arms and recovering burnt left hand.

Roe joins Turn 3 Motorsport in Indy Pro 2000 series

Irishman James Roe has signed with Turn 3 Motorsport for the 2021 Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires.

Jimmie Johnson’s Carvana IndyCar livery unveiled

Chip Ganassi Racing has unveiled the Carvana colorscheme that will grace Jimmie Johnson’s #48 CGR-Honda as he embarks on his first IndyCar season.

RLL reveals new five-race primary sponsor for Sato

Digital Ally will serve as sponsor for Takuma Sato’s #30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda in five IndyCar rounds this year, promoting the company’s health protection products.

Is Arrow McLaren SP ready for IndyCar’s title fight? Prime

Is Arrow McLaren SP ready for IndyCar’s title fight?

With Patricio O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist leading its line-up, 2021 could be the year Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet joins the IndyCar elite, writes David Malsher-Lopez.

Sato unveils second image on Borg-Warner Trophy

Takuma Sato has unveiled his second likeness on the legendary Borg-Warner Trophy that bears the image of every Indianapolis 500 winner.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan reveals Sato’s new Indy 500 livery

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced today that PeopleReady has returned as primary sponsor of two-time Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato’s entry for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Schmidt: Arrow McLaren SP ready to complete IndyCar “Big Four”

Sam Schmidt believes Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet can join Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Penske and Andretti Autosport in the top echelon of the NTT IndyCar Series in 2020.

Hinchcliffe to run Capstone sponsorship in six races

Capstone Turbine Corporation will return to Andretti Autosport-Honda in 2021 as primary sponsor for James Hinchcliffe at six of the seven races in which he isn’t sponsored by Genesys.

John Force Racing confirms its return to action

The 21-time NHRA championship-winning team John Force Racing will start the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series with next month’s opening round of the season.

Jenkins reduces Indy 500 duties as he tackles brain cancer

Bob Jenkins, former TV and Indianapolis Motor Speedway announcer, has revealed he is suffering brain cancer.

Andretti, Jourdain join forces in Super Copa championship

Michael Andretti will join forces with former Indy car competitor Michel Jourdain to enter a team in the Mexico-based Super Copa Championship.

United Rentals reveals new livery for Rahal in 2021

Graham Rahal will this year run a special United Rentals livery that echoes the colorscheme used by his father Bobby Rahal in his final year as a racecar driver.

Meyer Shank adjusts Castroneves’ six-race IndyCar schedule

Helio Castroneves will compete in this year’s Music City Grand Prix on the Nashville street course, but will not race the season-opener at Barber Motorsports Park.

Mazda to end IMSA Prototype program in October

This will be the final season for Mazda Motorsports in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's Prototype category, it was announced today.

Foyt team now “engineering-led” after lacking consistency

Larry Foyt, president of AJ Foyt Racing, says that team members are now “all pulling in the same direction” and that a new-found consistency in personnel should reap dividends.

Kimball rejoins AJ Foyt Racing for Indy 500 and Indy GP

Charlie Kimball will make his 11th run at the Indianapolis 500 from behind the wheel of a Tresiba-backed AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet.

IndyCar: OEMs “positive” over 2023 regs despite Ferrari rejection

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says the Scuderia has now pulled out of talks with IndyCar, but series bosses say they remain optimistic of landing a third engine supplier.

Dale Coyne picks the Top 10 drivers in his giant-slaying team Prime

Dale Coyne picks the Top 10 drivers in his giant-slaying team

Over 37 seasons, Dale Coyne has run no fewer than 80 Indy car drivers – including himself! Ahead of his first season running Romain Grosjean, we asked Coyne to pick the best 10 drivers ever to compete for him. By David Malsher-Lopez.

Era Motorsport commits to full IMSA season in LMP2

Era Motorsport, the team that conquered the LMP2 class in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, will run the full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Force Indy announces Rowe as USF2000 driver for 2021

Myles Rowe will take his first step on the Road To Indy program in 2021, having landed a ride with the new Force Indy team in USF2000.

Enzo Fittipaldi to race Andretti-supported RP car in IP2000

Enzo Fittipaldi has signed a contract with RP Motorsport to race fulltime in this year’s Indy Pro 2000 championship, with Michael Andretti supporting the move with an Indy Lights offer for 2022.

Newgarden excited by Nashville prospects, track build begins

Construction has begun on IndyCar’s new street course in Nashville, and local star Josef Newgarden says he’s excited to race in front of his home fans – and on a truly unique layout.

Grosjean’s talent key to sponsor appeal, say Coyne, Ware

Romain Grosjean’s pace will make him a hit with sponsors in IndyCar, according to his new team bosses Dale Coyne and Rick Ware who hope to confirm his primary backer by month’s end.

Rolex 24 winners Era hire Laskaratos for Asian Le Mans Series

Era Motorsport, which won the LMP2 class at last week’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, will be joined by Andreas Laskaratos for its debut in the Asian Le Mans Series next week.

Marco Andretti enters new SRX series

Marco Andretti is the latest big-name signing for the new Superstar Racing Experience series which is to run six events in this, its inaugural season.

Juncos signs Kyffin Simpson to Indy Pro 2000 team

Kyffin Simpson will race part-time for Juncos Racing in the 2021 Indy Pro 2000 championship, joining USF2000 graduate Reece Gold.

IMSA hails “sensational” Rolex 24, NBC reveals record viewership

IMSA president John Doonan has written to thank WeatherTech SportsCar Championship stakeholders after NBC announced vastly improved viewing figures for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

Why Grosjean chose IndyCar – but won’t race Indy or Texas

Despite his terrifying F1 crash in Bahrain, Romain Grosjean still loves open-wheel racing and is heading to IndyCar but won’t race superspeedways because “I can’t put my kids through that again.” David Malsher-Lopez reports.

Grosjean signs with Coyne for IndyCar road and street races

Ex-Formula 1 star Romain Grosjean will switch to IndyCar this season, driving a Honda-powered Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing entry.

Garcia on emotional Rolex 24 win after bereavements and COVID

Rolex 24 winner Antonio Garcia was left crying from “emotion and rage” after missing the celebrations due to a positive COVID-19 test, soon after the deaths of his grandfather and former mentor Adrian Campos.

Mercedes started Rolex 24 “average” but became “fantastic”

HTP Winward Racing and Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing were left stunned by their GT Daytona-class triumph in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Era revels in victory on first anniversary of Rolex 24 debut Daytona 24
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Era revels in victory on first anniversary of Rolex 24 debut

Sportscar veteran Ryan Dalziel says he knew there was “something special” about Era Motorsport even before the team won LMP2 in only its second Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, last Sunday.

O’Ward tops 14-car IndyCar test at Sebring

Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet driver Patricio O’Ward landed top time in the third day of IndyCar testing this year, heading Alexander Rossi and Josef Newgarden.

Taylor “super upset” by Garcia missing Corvette celebration

Jordan Taylor says GT Le Mans class victory in the Rolex 24 Hours was made bittersweet by his Corvette Racing teammate Antonio Garcia having to depart the track after testing positive for Covid-19.

Van der Zande on agonizing defeat: “We didn’t deserve this” Daytona 24
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Van der Zande on agonizing defeat: “We didn’t deserve this”

Renger van der Zande says Chip Ganassi Racing deserved a far better reward than fifth place in the Rolex 24 Hours, after a puncture in the closing minutes dropped the Cadillac DPi-V.R out of winning contention.

Rolex 24 GTLM winner Garcia tests positive for COVID-19

One of Corvette Racing’s Rolex 24 GT Le Mans winners Antonio Garcia has tested positive for Covid-19, which forced him to miss the most of the race.

Rolex 24: Wayne Taylor Acura wins, heartbreak for Ganassi Daytona 24
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Rolex 24: Wayne Taylor Acura wins, heartbreak for Ganassi

Filipe Albuquerque, Ricky Taylor, Alexander Rossi and Helio Castroneves delivered Wayne Taylor Racing a fourth Rolex 24 at Daytona win in five years, after the pursuing Ganassi Cadillac blew a tire with seven minutes to go.

Rolex 24, H21: WTR Acura leads, Dixon charging for Ganassi

Filipe Albuquerque is holding a 12sec lead for Wayne Taylor Racing with three hours to go, but Scott Dixon is charging the Ganassi Cadillac back into contention as he recovers from a penalty.

Rolex 24, H9: Jimmie Johnson leads but under pressure Daytona 24
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Rolex 24, H9: Jimmie Johnson leads but under pressure

Jimmie Johnson’s Ally Action Express Racing Cadillac is leading the Rolex 24 at Daytona after nine hours, but is under intense pressure from the Chip Ganassi Racing machine of Renger van der Zande.

Rolex 24, H6: Bourdais leads Dixon at quarter-distance

Sebastien Bourdais in the JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac heads IndyCar rival Scott Dixon in the Chip Ganassi Racing Caddy after six hours of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, while Corvette continues to dominate GT Le Mans.

Rolex 24, H3: JDC-Miller Cadillac leads, Corvette heads GTLM

Tristan Vautier in the JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac is leading the 59th Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona after three hours, while the Corvette C8.Rs are running 1-2 in GT Le Mans.

Rolex 24: Nasr leads at start, trouble strikes key runners Daytona 24
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Rolex 24: Nasr leads at start, trouble strikes key runners

Polesitter Felipe Nasr took his Action Express Racing Cadillac into the lead at the start of the race, but there was trouble for both the Mazda Prototype and the sole GT Le Mans-class Porsche.

Chevrolet: Improving Indy 500 performance has been priority

Chevrolet’s IndyCar program manager Rob Buckner says that retaliating after a Honda-dominated Indy 500 in 2020 has been Chevy’s focus in the offseason.

Rolex 24: Duval leads Magnussen in final Rolex 24 practice

Loic Duval’s JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac edged to the top of the times by 0.012sec ahead of Kevin Magnussen of Chip Ganassi Racing in the final practice for the Rolex 24 Hours.

Coyne partners with Rick Ware for two IndyCar entries

Dale Coyne Racing announced today that it is entering into a collaboration with Rick Ware Racing for a full-time entry and a part-time entry in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series.

Rolex 24: Ganassi Cadillac leads night practice at Daytona

Chip Ganassi Racing's Renger van der Zande set a startling lap time to head the field by 0.313sec at the end of a 105-minute third practice session for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Rolex 24: Allmendinger leads FP2 in Meyer Shank Acura

A.J. Allmendinger proved he hasn’t lost his sportscar chops, topping second practice for the Rolex 24 at Daytona by more than a quarter second in the Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05.

GTD Pro class for GT3 cars to replace GTLM in 2022

This year will mark the final season of GTLM in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as the series switches to two GT3-based series in 2022.

Rolex 24: Ganassi Cadillac leads very close first practice

Renger van der Zande’s Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac went fastest in opening practice for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, but the top four cars were covered by less than 0.2sec.

Late changes for Wright Motorsport following crash

A hard shunt for Ryan Hardwick in yesterday’s Michelin Pilot Challenge practice has forced Wright Motorsports to pull its entry from that race and hire Trent Hindman to sub for Hardwick in the Rolex 24 Hours.

“No worries” for Jones as he returns to IndyCar

Ed Jones, who will race the Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan-Honda in this year’s IndyCar championship, says he’s confident he can quickly get up to speed, including on ovals.

Heylen says Wright Porsche is a Rolex 24 victory contender

Wright Motorsports’ Porsche can fight for IMSA GT Daytona-class honors in the Rolex 24 Hours, according to the team’s Michelin Endurance Cup ace, Jan Heylen.

Magnussen enjoying Cadillac after “easy to drive” F1 cars

Kevin Magnussen says he gets more satisfaction from driving an IMSA Prototype than a Formula 1 car – especially now he’s able to contend for victories.

Ed Jones returns to IndyCar with DCR Vasser Sullivan

Dale Coyne Racing, Jimmy Vasser and James ‘Sulli’ Sullivan announced today that Ed Jones will drive the #18 entry for the entire 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season.