Chilton back at Carlin

Max Chilton is back at Carlin for the NTT IndyCar Series 2020. It will, however, be 2/3 of a season, since the Brit has chosen to skip all the ovals, just like he did post-Indy 500 in 2019. That makes him present at 12 out of 17 rounds, with the streets of St. Petersburg being the first of those in March. The former Formula 1 driver has never really found his place in Indycar, despite this being his fifth season. It is always tough to see if it’s all down…

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Arrow McLaren SP presents Indycar colours

Arrow McLaren SP has presented their colours for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series. The colours will have the classic black Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, spiced up with some McLaren orange, like we know from their current Formula 1 cars. There are some slight design differences between the two cars, since it is allowed to run different liveries within the team in Indycar, opposite to Formula 1, where everything has to be similar. Patricio O’Ward will race car #5, which is primarily black with a few blue stripes. Oliver Askew will be…

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Indycar debut for McLaughlin

The defending Virgin Australia Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin will have his NTT IndyCar Series debut in 2020. McLaughlin is racing for DJR Team Penske in Australia, and that link has given him a shot in the single-seaters. He tested for Team Penske at Sebring in Australia, and the defending champion has chosen to put him in a fourth car at GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis road course in May. The race will be run on the infield of the famous oval, on a circuit that was utilized for Formula 1…

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Bourdais and Kellett to share with Kanaan

Sebastien Bourdais and Dalton Kellett will be sharing a car with Tony Kanaan in the NTT IndyCar Series 2020. While Brazilian Kanaan will do the five oval races, the Frenchman and Canadian will share the 12 remaining road- and street courses. Bourdais starts in the season in A. J. Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet #14 in St. Petersburg, continue at Barber Motorsports Park and finish off his spring season on the streets of Long Beach. Then Kellett will have COTA in Texas, and the Indianapolis road course. Then the bit carousel starts…

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Kanaan slowly winds down Indycar career

Tony Kanaan will slowly be winding down his NTT IndyCar Series career. The 45-year-old Brazilian will only be doing the five oval races on the 2020 schedule, while letting another driver do the twelve remaining races in the #14 A. J. Foyt Enterprises car. Kanaan is the driver with the most consecutive starts in the Champ Car/Indycar, doing 317 weekends in a row. He has raced every single race since Portland 2001. That chain comes to an end now, with him not entering a race until the Indianapolis 500 race…

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Ferrucci and Kimball confirmed

Santino Ferrucci and Charlie Kimball have both found an NTT IndyCar Series ride for the 2020 season. Ferrucci will continue at Dale Coyne Racing, but he will take over the SealMaster car, that was driven by Sebastien Bourdais during the 2019 campaign. This will be the second full season for the American in Indycar, where he has shown glimpes of excelence, but mixed up with quite a few rookie-mistakes. These errors need to be removed, if he wants any hope of finishing in the top 10 of the championship. Only…

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Palou to Dale Coyne

Dale Coyne Racing has found their first driver for the NTT IndyCar Series 2020. Spanish driver Alex Palou will race for the American team. Palou has recently raced in Super Formula in Japan, which we formerly knew as Formula Nippon. He won the Rookie title and became the overall race winner too. He will bring the Team Goh name to the USA, so his car officially will be run by Daly Coyne Racing with Team Goh. He raced for Team Goh in the Japanese Super GT category in 2019. The…

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Daly new ECR driver

Conor Daly will be racing for Ed Carpenter Racing in the NTT IndyCar Series 2020. He will be doing the 12 rounds on road- and street courses, plus the Indianapolis 500, where he will pilot the team’s third entry. He will have to hand over the regular car to team owner Ed Carpenter on the ovals, who loves doing oval races, but doesn’t fancy the twisty tracks and therefore hires another driver for those. Daly will bring his U.S. Air Force deal with him, which he debuted at Indy 500…

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Bourdais fired by Coyne

Sebastien Bourdais is no longer a part of the NTT IndyCar Series, driving for Dale Coyne Racing. Following 4 seasons with the team, the collaboration has ended very abruptly, with a very surprising press release Friday afternoon, local time. The 4 times Champ Car Champion drove for the team in 2011, and from 2017-2019, where he delivered some of the best results ever for the team, including two wins and three other podium finishes. He did have the worst crash of his career at Indianapolis, where he broke his hip,…

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ECR hires young Dutchman

Ed Carpenter Racing has hired a new driver for the car #21 in the NTT IndyCar Series 2020. That will be 19 year-old Dutchman Rinus VeeKay, who finished second in the Indy Lights Championship in 2019. He was pushing Oliver Askew throughout the season, who has already landed at seat at Arrow McLaren SP. VeeKay wasn’t born with that last name, but he got his real name changed, like so many others have done so the past, making it a bit easier to say. He was born Rinus van Kalmthout,…

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MSR and Harvey confirmed for the next two years

Meyer Shank Racing are ready for full seasons in NTT IndyCar Series 2020 and 2021. The team started competing regular in the Indycar series in 2018, where they did 6 selected rounds. That was extended to 10 in 2019, but the goal has always been to do a full season. That is possible from 2020 onwards thanks to Autonation and SiriusXM, who will sponsor the Honda powered #60 with Jack Harvey behind the wheel. The MSR team have worked with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports so far, but since they will be…

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Penske acquires Indy

Penske Corporation has acquired Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), the NTT IndyCar Series og IMS Productions. IMS was built back in 1909 by Carl Fisher, who ran the track until 1927, with Eddie Rickenbacker as the new owner. Hulman & Company has owned the track since 1945, that founded the Indy Racing League in 1996, being a competitor to CART on the single-seater side of American motorsport. Penske Corporation has previous owned other race tracks, buying Michigan International Speedway back in 1973. Penske has also been a promoter of several races,…

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McLaren hires two young drivers and sacks veteran

Arrow McLaren Schmidt Peterson has announced their drivers for the 2020 season in the NTT IndyCar Series. They have decided to hire two young drivers, leaving no space for one of the veterans in the field. Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew will be the two full season drivers for the 2020 season. Mexican O’Ward did 7 Indycar races in 2019 for Carlin, before Red Bull signed him, and send him off to Japan for the Super Formula (previously known as Formula Nippon). The original plan for the 2018 Indy Lights…

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Ericsson makes switch to CGR

Marcus Ericsson has found a new home in the NTT IndyCar Series 2020. The 29 year-old Swede will be racing for Chip Ganassi Racing, in a third car, alongside countryman Felix Rosenqvist and the five-time Champion, Scott Dixon. Ericsson raced for Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 2019, after this 5 year streak in Formula 1 ended after the 2018 season. The Arrow SPM team will be racing with Chevrolet engines, and a connection to McLaren, with the Swede not fitting into those plans. He finished as third best Rookie in…

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ADAC ready for 2020

ADAC has announced the majority of it’s 2020 schedule 6 of the 7 rounds are exactly the same as in 2019, for ADAC GT Masters, and in almost the same order. The majority of th races will run on the same weekends as this year. The season starts once again in Oschersleben at the end of April, before the series visits Most and Red Bull Ring prior to the summer break. After two months of holiday due to the Olympic Games and the European Football Championships, Nürburgring and Zandvoort will…

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Intense finish to the 2019 IndyCar season

The final in NTT IndyCar Series 2019 was run at the returning WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, which was back on the calendar for the first time in fifteen years. Already in the qualifying, there was a reference to the past. Colton Herta, the son of Bryan Herta, had taken Pole Position ahead of Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi, Josef Newgarden, James Hinchcliffe and Simon Pagenaud. Thus all four championship contenders were in the top six: Newgarden, Rossi, Pagenaud, and Dixon. As it was in the previous seasons, there would be double…

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Herta remains at Harding Steinbrenner Racing

Colton Herta will remain at Harding Steinbrenner Racing in 2020, but with even closer ties to Andretti Autosport. The HSR team were new in the NTT IndyCar Series in 2018, where they struggled their through the season with a single car at most of the rounds. At the final round of the year, they had two cars running – one for Colton Herta, and another one for Patricio O’Ward. The plan was for them to race like that in 2019, but it was announced prior to the season, that the…

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NTT IndyCar Series ready with 2020 schedule

The NTT IndyCar Series has announced the schedule for the upcoming 2020 season. 16 of the 17 events are back again, where the Pocono oval race has been replaced by the Richmond Raceway oval. That is no surprise, after the unlucky and tragic episodes during the recent years on the Super Speedway in Pocono. Richmond is a Short Oval, with just 0,75 Miles per lap. That will be a new challenge for most of the drivers, since it hasn’t been on the Indycar calendar since 2009. The season starts one…

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Bad weekend for the favourites in Portland

The 2019 season’s penultimate race in NTT IndyCar Series was Grand Prix of Portland, on the classic Portland International Raceway, which came to the calendar for the second year in a row. The qualifying had really shake it off for the three championship contenders, who had to to plenty of overtakes if they didn’t want to lose too many points to the man currently in fourth place, Scott Dixon. Colton Herta had taken his second Pole Position in Indycar, ahead of Will Power, Scott Dixon, Jack Harvey, Felix Rosenqvist and…

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SPM with reserve driver

Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will be doing the NTT IndyCar Series race in Portland, with a reserve driver behind the wheel. Marcus Ericsson has been called to Belgium by the Alfa Romeo F1 team, which he is also contracted by, and that means he can’t race in Portland. The SPM team has managed to grab Conor Daly, who thereby will get another start this year. Daly can and will only be able to sub for Ericsson this weekend, since it’s already decided that he will race for Andretti Autosport at…

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