King aiming for Indy 500 debut

Jordan King aims at his Indianapolis 500 debut, when the 103rd edition of the race will run in May 2019. The Englishman has signed a deal with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, for this race only. King raced in the Verizon Indycar Series through the 2018 season, where he did all the road- and street courses for Ed Carpenter Racing, while team owner Carpenter drove all the oval races himself. So the 24 year-old driver still hasn’t raced at any ovals. The team will enter a third Honda-powered Dallara for the…

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McLaren and Alonso to drive Indy 500 in 2019

McLaren Racing has announced their plans to participate in the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500, with Fernando Alonso behind the wheel. That marks the return of the British team to the legendary oval, where the brand has won three times in 1972, 1974 and 1976. This will be the second time that Alonso is doing the race, after having participated, and led, the 2017 edition of the race. McLaren collaborated with Andretti Autosport that year, and even though it isn’t mentioned in the press release, the same thing is…

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Ericsson signs for SPM

Marcus Ericsson will be a new Indycar driver at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The Swedish Formula 1 driver was without a seat, when the 2018 closes. So that made him and his investor group start hunting a new team outside Formula 1. Ericsson will be teammate with James Hinchcliffe at SPM. Hinchcliffe continues in the Arrow Electronics Honda #5, while Ericsson will drive in car number 7 – another number that belongs to the SPM team. Car 6 will be open for now. That is the car that Robert Wickens drove…

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Scuderia Corsa enters 13 races in 2019

Scuderia Corsa will enter 13 Indycar races in the 2019 season. That has been announced by the team today. The entry will run together with Ed Carpenter Racing, where the team has hired Ed Jones doing the 12 road- and street circuits, while team boss Ed Carpenter will do all the oval races in the same car. That will be in the Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet #20. Jones will however also enter the Indianapolis 500, since the team will enter an extra car, like they did in 2018,…

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Rosenqvist new CGR driver

Felix Rosenqvist has signed with Chip Ganassi Racing in the 2019 IndyCar Series. The 26 year-old Swede will be piloting the NTT DATA Honda #10, replacing Ed Jones, who had a disappointing 2018 campaign for the team. Rosenqvist already has a lot of experience, despite his young age. With a background in Formula Renault 2.0 with a total of three titles in those cars, he went on to do Formula 3, where he won both the FIA European Formula 3 Championship plus Masters of Formula 3, and the Macau Grand…

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ADAC 2019 schedule ready

The ADAC has announced the schedule for the ADAC GT Masters plus ADAC Formula 4 for the upcoming season. The season will once again start in Oschersleben i April, before Most (only GT), Red Bull Ring, Zandvoort, Nürburgring, Hockenheim, while the season finale will be run at Sachsenring in September. So the ADAC has learned from the calendar confusion ahead of the 2018 season. There were talks about Lausitzring, which ended up becoming Most, while the ADAC F4 ended up having three weekends with the ADAC GT Masters, 3 weekends…

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Championship positions decided in ADAC Formula 4

The final Championship positions in the ADAC Formula 4 2018 were decided at Hockenheim. It was already clear that Lirim Zendeli had won the title even before the weekend, but it was still to be decided if Liam Lawson, Enzo Fittipaldi or Frederik Vesti would finish second. Lawson started out with the upper hand, since he took Pole Position for Race 1 ahead of Zendeli, Fittipaldi and Charles Weerts. We had to go all the way back to P12 to find Vesti, who was facing a tough race. Niklas Krütten…

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O’Ward and Herta together in a new team

We are going to see Patricio O’Ward and Colton Herta in the 2019 season of Indycar. There are two big Indy Lights teams that merge together as a new team. Harding Racing already dipped their toes in the Indycar pool in the recent years, with an Indy 500 debut in 2017, followed by a full 2018 season. For the season finale last weekend, O’Ward and Herta drove for the team, and there were already rumours about a 2019 contract. The Steinbrenner part also gives an interesting extra element, since they…

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Excitement from start to finish

This year’s Verizon Indycar Series was about to be decided in the final race on Sonoma Raceway in California. After 16 rounds, four men still had the chance to win the title. Championship leader Scott Dixon would start the race from P2, Alexander Rossi from P6, Josef Newgarden from P3, and Will Power from P7. Rossi was the closest contender to Dixon, but he would have to gain 29 points on the New Zealander to win the championship. Rossi’s Andretti Autosports teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay took Pole Position ahead of Dixon,…

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Sato extends with RLL

Takuma Sato will also be driving in Indycar in 2019. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) has announced the extension of their current contract with the 41 year-old Japanese driver. That will be his third season for the team, after having raced for them in 2012, including this current season. Sato has time and time again proven that he is lighting fast, but sometimes he makes some bad decisions when being under pressure. He got that reputation already back in his Formula 1 time, and unfortunately keeps proving his critics right…

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Crazy record to be set today

A crazy record will be set today, when the season finale in the Verizon Indycar Series is run at the Sonoma track in California. The record doesn’t have anything specific to do with the series or the track itself, but with one of the veterans behind the wheel. Antoine Rizkallah Kanaan Filho – or just known as Tony Kanaan, will be posting an amazing record, when he (hopefully) takes the green flag, at the start of the race. It will be his Champcar/Indycar race number 300 – in a row!…

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Pigot extends with ECR

Spencer Pigot has extended with Ed Carpenter Racing, so he will once again be racing in car number 21, when the Indycar 2019 season starts in March 2019. Pigot has been with the team for three seasons, but 2018 was the first complete season. Until that point he shared number 20 with Ed Carpenter, and just raced on the usual tracks, while the team owner raced the ovals himself. Spencer Pigot has got his best results of the career so far this year at the oval in Iowa finishing second,…

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First 2018 Indycar test for Alonso

Fernando Alonso was back behind the wheel of an Indycar for the first time in 2018, when he tested at Barber Motorsports Park this Wednesday. The double Formula 1 World Champion is once again flirting with the Indycar series, after participating in the Indianapolis 500 race in 2017. After the Spaniard won the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier this year, and previously has won the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix in 2006 and 2017, he now “only” needs the Indy 500, to be the just second driver all time,…

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Harding Racing gives double debuts

Harding Racing will go all-in, when the Verizon IndyCar Series will have their 2018 season finale Sonoma Raceway next weekend. They will enter not one but two rookies in the shape of the Indy Lights Champion Patricio O’Ward and his biggest competitor for the title, Colton Herta. Harding Racing are currently in their first full season in the top category of American single seater racing, and has run with Gabby Chaves throughout most of the season, while Conor Daly raced three time during the middle of the season. O’Ward has…

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Indycar 2019 calendar ready

Indycar has announced the race schedule for 2019. It will be a calendar with 17 races, with one double-round in Detroit, that we’re used to in the last seasons. The season begins for the ninth time on the streets of St. Petersburg in Florida at the start of March, before they’re going to visit Circuit of the Americas later in the month. It will be the first after many years, that Indycar drives at the same track as Formula 1. The last one was Circuit Gilles Villeneuve which hosted Champcar…

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A surprising result in Portland

Verizon IndyCar Series was back at Portland International Raceway, which hasn’t hosted a race in the highest formula car class in the US since 2007. Will Power grabbed Pole Position ahead of his Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden, while Andretti Autosports’ Alexander Rossi would start from third position. The winner from 2004 and 2007, Sebastien Bourdais and Dale Coyne Racing had qualified in P4, in front of two Andretti Autosports cars with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Zach Veach. The championship leader Scott Dixon once again had a dreadful qualifying, and he…

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Strategy decided the night race at Gateway

Verizon IndyCar Series arrived at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis in Illinois for the 15th round in the calendar. The qualifying on Saturday was cancelled due to rain, so the starting grid would follow the positions in the championship. Thus Scott Dixon would start from Pole Position ahead of Alexander Rossi, Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Simon Pagenaud. James Hinchcliffe, who should start from P8 couldn’t make it to the warm-up lap, since his mechanics had problems disconnecting the laptop’s data cable from the car. He managed…

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Highly dramatic day on the oval of Pocono

It was a highly dramatic day on the oval of Pocono, when Verizon IndyCar series drove the season’s 14 round on the special oval track with only three corners. Will Power had taken Pole Position ahead of his Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden. On the second row, there were Andretti Autosports teammates Alexander Rossi and Ryan Hunter-Reay, while Simon Pagenaud and Robert Wickens would start from the third row. The championship leader Scott Dixon started all the way back in 13th, so it seemed to be another difficult day to…

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Dixon remains at Chip Ganassi

Scott Dixon has signed a new multi-year deal at Chip Ganassi Racing, as announced by the team today. The 4-time Indycar Champion, with 44 race wins to his CV has driven for the team since 2002, where the first season was in CART, before Chip Ganassi Racing went into the Indy Racing League in 2003. The first Championship was won in 2003, while he had to wait until 2008 to grab his second. He was outdone by teammate Dario Franchitti for the next few seasons at CGR, but Dixon bounced…

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3 more years in Detroit

The Detroit Grand Prix has been secured for three more years, after the organizers and the the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has agreed about three more years, with an option of two extended years. The contract ended after the 2018 event, and intensive negotiations have gone on for the last two months with the two sides going forth and back. The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has already confirmed their 2019 race there – as long as the track was approved, which it is now – and the Verizon IndyCar Series…

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