David Malsher-Lopez
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David Malsher-Lopez

David Malsher-Lopez is Motorsport.com’s U.S. editor, covering the NTT IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Since completing journalism college in 1994, he has worked for Autosport, TRMG, Motor Sport, Autosport (again) and Racer, before joining Motorsport.com in 2015… where he has found himself enjoying a third spell writing for Autosport. Over the course of those 27 years, he has served as a journalist, sub-editor, features editor, deputy editor and editor. In 2015, he also wrote Will Power’s biography. David lives with his wife Sophia in California and when not writing about racing, he will be found reading about planes and classic cars, attending airshows, listening to a wide variety of music or watching cop shows from the ’70s. He intends to one day own a grand piano, an Airedale terrier and a vintage Pontiac. He doesn’t do Facebook and doesn’t understand Instagram but can be found @DavidMalsher on Twitter.

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Johnson: “Nothing got me ready” for Detroit in an IndyCar Detroit
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Johnson: “Nothing got me ready” for Detroit in an IndyCar

NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson has admitted the intricacies of the Belle Isle track in Detroit can’t be learned on a simulator.

Power wants fights off the track, no “wankers” on the track Detroit
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Power wants fights off the track, no “wankers” on the track

Will Power says vengeance is coming for the driver who held him up in practice, and suggests fighting is the way for disputes to be settled.

Detroit IndyCar: Power tops practice as Chevrolet goes 1-2-3 Detroit
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Detroit IndyCar: Power tops practice as Chevrolet goes 1-2-3

Will Power headed Sebastien Bourdais and Pato O’Ward in an entertaining practice session ahead of IndyCar’s only double-header.

Detroit IMSA: Magnussen beats Tincknell to pole by 0.021s

Kevin Magnussen earned his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole position for the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac team in Detroit, edging the Mazda of Harry Tincknell when a red flag ended the session early.

Detroit IMSA: Magnussen heads Cadillac 1-2-3 in FP2 Detroit
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Detroit IMSA: Magnussen heads Cadillac 1-2-3 in FP2

Kevin Magnussen put Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac on top with his final flyer in IMSA’s 100-minute second practice session around Detroit's bumpy Belle Isle course.

Detroit IMSA: Vautier puts JDC-Miller Cadillac on top in FP1

Tristan Vautier sent the Sebring-winning JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac to the top of the times in opening practice for tomorrow’s IMSA Detroit SportsCar Classic at Belle Isle.

O’Ward: How to beat Dixon to the championship is no mystery

Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet drivers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist say there’s no magic to beating IndyCar’s “master of consistency” Scott Dixon across a championship season.

IndyCar’s Detroit GP – facts, figures, schedule, entry list

All you need to know ahead of the seventh and eighth rounds of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series – the double-header Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear, around Belle Isle Park.

GM will reveal sportscar programs for 2023 “soon”

General Motors’ plans for Prototypes and GT3 from 2023 onward will be revealed soon, according to Laura Wontrop Klauser, GM’s sportscar racing program manager.

Veach tests positive for COVID, will miss IMSA Detroit race Detroit
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Veach tests positive for COVID, will miss IMSA Detroit race

Zach Veach will be absent from the Vasser Sullivan Lexus this weekend at Detroit, after testing positive for COVID-19.

Special edition Corvette Stingray commemorates IMSA glory

Chevrolet has revealed the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition to celebrate the car’s dominance in its first season in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Palou to suffer six-place grid penalty at Detroit Detroit
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Palou to suffer six-place grid penalty at Detroit

NTT IndyCar Series points leader Alex Palou will start six places behind wherever he qualifies for the first of the Detroit Grand Prix races this weekend.

GP St. Pete extends contract through 2026 and sets dates

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will remain on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule at least through 2026, following an extension by the city council.

Ferrucci returns to Detroit, where he made his IndyCar debut Detroit
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Ferrucci returns to Detroit, where he made his IndyCar debut

Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda will run a third entry for Santino Ferrucci in IndyCar’s double-header at the Detroit Grand Prix this weekend.

IndyCar and IMSA Chevrolet Detroit GP – weekend schedule

The seventh and eighth rounds of the NTT IndyCar Series and fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are held this weekend at Belle Isle, Detroit. Here’s the schedule.

Frye: IndyCar’s blue-flag procedure “being looked at”

IndyCar president Jay Frye says the series will examine its rules regarding blue flags, following leading runners expressing their frustration over the behavior of backmarkers.

Johansson “not overly concerned” by Rosenqvist’s struggles

Felix Rosenqvist’s manager, Stefan Johansson says it’s mainly a combination of misfortune and the “insanely close” 2021 NTT IndyCar Series that has stymied his protégé’s progress in 2021.

IndyCar’s 2.4-liter hybrids to start testing in early 2022

Chevrolet and Honda will begin testing their 2023 IndyCar engines next spring, as the series takes aim at the 900hp mark with its next-gen units.

Big Machine to sponsor IndyCar’s August race at IMS

Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers will become the title sponsor of the NTT IndyCar Series’ race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course in August.

Indy 500 has its highest viewing figures in five years Indy 500
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Indy 500 has its highest viewing figures in five years

NBC has revealed that Sunday’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 saw a 51 percent increase in viewership over the delayed August 2020 edition.

Castroneves: How I kept it under control to make Indy 500 history

Helio Castroneves’ overwhelming vivaciousness outside the cockpit belies a hardcore racer who knows how to plot his moves – and then recall it all for us. A day after his fourth Indy 500 win, Helio explained his tactics to David Malsher-Lopez.

How 'chess master' Castroneves cemented his Indy legend status

Helio Castroneves joined AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears with the most Indianapolis 500 wins after sweeping around the outside of Alex Palou on the penultimate lap in a thrilling climax. In one race, he validated Michael Shank's and Jim Meyer's faith in him, and Helio himself discovered there's life after Penske after all.

Helio just gave me 10 more years of my career, says Pagenaud Indy 500
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Helio just gave me 10 more years of my career, says Pagenaud

The 2019 Indy winner Simon Pagenaud says Helio Castroneves’ victory in today’s Indy 500 has elongated his own IndyCar career by proving the elder generation still has what it takes.

Indy winner Castroneves: “I’ve still got it, don’t you think?” Indy 500
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Indy winner Castroneves: “I’ve still got it, don’t you think?”

Indy 500’s newest four-time winner Helio Castroneves used NBC’s TV broadcast to take a swipe at the regular talk of the current youth movement in IndyCar racing.

Indy 500: Castroneves beats Palou, scores famous fourth win Indy 500
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Indy 500: Castroneves beats Palou, scores famous fourth win

Helio Castroneves has become the fourth four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 after his Meyer Shank Racing-Honda finished half a second ahead of Alex Palou’s Chip Ganassi Racing entry in a tense duel in the closing laps.

The 33-car line-up for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500

On Sunday at 12.45pm ET, the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 gets underway at the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. These are the 33 IndyCars that will take the green.

Penske hopes for “full house” at 2022 Indy 500

Roger Penske says he hopes today’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 will “help our country moving forward” as it recovers from the effects of the COVID pandemic.

BorgWarner honors Al Unser, celebrates two of four Indy wins

Indy car legend Al Unser has been presented with a ‘Baby Borg’ to honor his two Indianapolis 500 victories in the Vel’s Parnelli Jones “Johnny Lightning Special” entries. David Malsher-Lopez reports.

Confident Pagenaud thrilled by car: “She’s a beauty!” Indy 500
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Confident Pagenaud thrilled by car: “She’s a beauty!”

2019 Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud reckons despite Team Penske’s struggles in qualifying, he can charge forward in tomorrow’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Dixon, Power at odds over desired weather for Indy 500

Scott Dixon and Will Power are hoping for different weather and track conditions as they tackle the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 from opposite ends of the grid.

Penske, Shell aim to drive decarbonization, sustainability
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Penske, Shell aim to drive decarbonization, sustainability

Shell Oil Company, the Penske Corporation and Team Penske have announced a strategic collaboration to reduce emissions “across multiple touchpoints in their supply chains” and to reduce IndyCar’s carbon footprint.

2022 Indianapolis 500 logo is revealed

The logo for next year’s 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge features the legendary winner’s wreath.

Indy 500: Ganassi, Penske lead final practice on Carb Day

Pole-winner Scott Dixon topped the near-two hours of action that IndyCar was able to squeeze in before the rain returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the final day of practice before Sunday’s Indy 500.

Carpenter: Rinus VeeKay is a “championship-caliber driver”

Team owner/driver Ed Carpenter says that the only thing missing from Rinus VeeKay’s armory is experience.

Indy 500 reaches its restricted-capacity crowd limit Indy 500
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Indy 500 reaches its restricted-capacity crowd limit

Indianapolis Motor Speedway has revealed that it has reached its 40 percent venue capacity, and that there will be no delay in TV broadcast in the local area.

Brown: Montoya is “contributing to everybody” at Arrow McLaren SP

Juan Pablo Montoya’s presence at Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet for the Indianapolis 500 has helped boost the team as a whole, says McLaren CEO Zak Brown.

Andretti has “thought about” quitting IndyCar if he wins Indy 500

Marco Andretti has admitted retiring from IndyCar is a possibility should he win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.

Dixon: “We haven’t seen a true picture” in Indy 500 practice

Indianapolis 500 pole-winner Scott Dixon says that practice days have only revealed so much and that no one truly knows the competitiveness of their cars, outside of their teams.

Brown praises IndyCar, believes TV data can be improved

McLaren CEO Zak Brown reckons the racing in IndyCar is “awesome” but believes the information relayed to TV viewers could be enhanced.

Fittipaldi receives fastest Indy 500 rookie qualifier award

Pietro Fittipaldi has received his Fastest Rookie qualifier award from the 2012 winner of the accolade, Josef Newgarden, after qualifying an impressive 13th last Saturday.

Every Indy 500 pace car and its driver, 1911 to 2021

Danica Patrick is the latest in a long roll-call of celebrities and/or motorsport figures to drive the pace car and lead the eleven rows of three to the green flag.

How did the Indy 500’s Borg-Warner Trophy become an icon?

When a driver wins the Indianapolis 500, he doesn’t just put his name in the record books: he gets his effigy in sterling silver on the world’s most iconic sports trophy.

IndyCar and IMSA paddocks to reopen to Detroit fans

Fans at the Detroit Grand Prix will have access to the Detroit Grand Prix next month, as restrictions at outdoor venues in Michigan ease on June 1.

Why does the Indy 500 winner drink milk? A tradition explained

The race-winner drinking milk – or drenching himself in it – is one of the many iconic images from the Indianapolis 500, but how did the tradition start?

Indy 500 preview: Will experience or youth be victorious?

A quarter of the drivers racing in the 105th edition of the Indianapolis 500 are former winners - but are they the favourites? The veteran drivers largely impressed in qualifying - but there's also a plethora of young guns looking to secure victory at IndyCar's flagship race...

The 33-car line-up for this year’s Indy 500

On Sunday at 12.45pm ET, the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 gets underway at the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. These are the 33 IndyCars that will take the green.

Indy 500: Ganassi cars lead last practice before Carb Day Indy 500
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Indy 500: Ganassi cars lead last practice before Carb Day

Alex Palou, Marcus Ericsson, Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon occupied four of the top five speeds in the final race-trim practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before next Friday’s two-hour Carb Day practice.

VeeKay: “Perfect” Carpenter cars “suit Chevy powerband”

Rinus VeeKay says the reason Ed Carpenter Racing cars were so strong in qualifying is because they’re set up to handle the way the Chevrolet delivers its power.

Dixon didn’t want to know trim level before “hairy” pole run

Scott Dixon has admitted he wasn’t sure how much downforce he had when he embarked on his four-lap run that won him pole for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Indy 500: Dixon beats Herta for fourth Indy pole Indy 500
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Indy 500: Dixon beats Herta for fourth Indy pole

Scott Dixon eclipsed a great effort from Colton Herta and the Ed Carpenter Racing duo to nail his fourth Indianapolis 500 pole, and Ganassi’s sixth, with a four-lap average of 231.685mph.

Indy 500: Karam, Power, De Silvestro have made the race Indy 500
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Indy 500: Karam, Power, De Silvestro have made the race

Sage Karam, Will Power – surviving a scrape on the wall – and Simona De Silvestro will occupy the last row of the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500, while there was heartbreak for Charlie Kimball and RC Enerson.

Indy 500: Castroneves tops practice, three last-chancers run

Helio Castroneves went fastest for Meyer Shank Racing as Fast Nine pole contenders got an opportunity for last-minute testing, as did the five fighting for the last row.

Former Indy car star Andre Ribeiro dies of cancer aged 55

Andre Ribeiro, the man who scored Honda’s first win in Indy car racing, has died of bowel cancer aged 55.

Castroneves, Jones, Fittipaldi become stars of Indy qualifying

Helio Castroneves, Ed Jones and rookie Pietro Fittipaldi proved startling stars of qualifying for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Carpenter: We have everything we need to fight for Indy pole

Ed Carpenter Racing blew apart the theory that Chevrolet was underperforming at high boost levels in Indy this year, when it qualified fourth and fifth ahead of tomorrow’s Fast Nine shootout.

Dixon thrilled by team, admits to nerves before qualifying Indy 500
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Dixon thrilled by team, admits to nerves before qualifying

Scott Dixon was thrilled to see Ganassi qualify all four cars for Sunday’s Fast Nine shootout for pole, but admitted he gets nervous before a four-lap run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Indy 500: Dixon P1, Power and De Silvestro not yet qualified

Will Power and Simona De Silvestro are among the five drivers who will fight for the last row of the Indianapolis 500 grid tomorrow, while Scott Dixon will lead the Fast Nine shootout.

Palou suffers heavy shunt in Indy qualifying

Alex Palou has suffered a huge shunt during qualifying for the 105th Indy 500 qualifying, but has been released from the infield Medical Center and cleared to drive again.

Indy 500: Dixon leads qualifying, Power is in trouble

Scott Dixon led qualifying after the opening four-lap runs for the Indianapolis 500, Ed Carpenter starred for Chevrolet, but 2018 Indy winner Will Power has found his Penske lamentably slow.

Indy 500: Harvey heads practice, Penske struggles continue

The final practice before qualifying saw Jack Harvey of Meyer Shank Racing-Honda top the four-lap simulation runs while Team Penske-Chevrolet’s struggles for pace continue.