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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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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Shortened race at Pocono

NTT IndyCar Series was back from summer holiday with the ABC Supply 500 Miles race at Pocono Raceway. Saturday was plagued by rain, so the cars weren’t on the track at all on the first two practices, and the qualifying that should’ve come straight afterwards was also cancelled. That was why the starting grid was decided based on the championship standing. It meant that Josef Newgarden started on Pole Position, ahead of Alexander Rossi, Simon Pagenaud, Scott Dixon, Will Power and Ryan Hunter-Reay. The start was extremely chaotic, where the…

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SPM to become Arrow McLaren Racing SP

There will be significant changes at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in the coming months. The team has signed a technical alliance with McLaren, who returns to the NTT IndyCar Series full time, for the first time since 1979. The collaboration means that the outlook of the team will change quite a bit. SPM has traditionally been a Honda team, but McLaren and Honda had quite a bit of a fall out, to put it mildly, after their Formula 1 break-up, so it will be Chevrolet engines for them in 2020. The…

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Indycar goes hybrid

The NTT IndyCar Series will soon step into a new age regarding technology. New cars will be coming in 2022, and with that, also hybrid systems on all the cars. It was announced by the series today, 1 August 2019. Chevrolet and Honda welcome the hybrid plans, which they no doubt can also use in marketing terms. The conventional combustion engine and the hybrid system will give the cars over 900 horsepower, with some of that power being activated for the Push2Pass system. A bonus with adding the hybrid is…

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Crazy finish in Mid-Ohio

The thirteenth round of NTT IndyCar Series was run at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Honda Indy 200. It’s one of the classic tracks in American racing, and it was also one of the best drivers in qualifying who took Pole Position. Will Power had secured the 57th Pole Position of his career, while Alexander Rossi would start second with a new contract in his pocket. Championship leader Josef Newgarden started the race from P3, ahead of Simon Pagenaud, Sebastien Bourdais, Felix Rosenqvist, Colton Herta and Scott Dixon. While the…

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Andretti extends contract with Rossi

Andretti Autosport has extended the contract with Alexander Rossi, so the American also will race in Indycar for the upcoming seasons. It’s not clear exactly how long the contract is, but the team just says that it’s a multi-year deal. That puts an end to all speculations regarding Rossi, and a potential switch to Team Penske. It’s been publicly known for some time, that his contract with Andretti Autosport was up at the end of this year, and Rossi has already had some connections to Team Penske, with their Acura…

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Delayed Iowa race on the oval

NTT IndyCar Series had arrived at the corn fields for Iowa 300, on the only 0,894 mile long track. While the race was run in the afternoon in the previous season, it was now an evening race, which was already delayed by rain. The race was four hours late, starting at 22.46 local time. This year’s Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud had taken Pole Position, ahead of his Team Penske colleagues Will Power and Josef Newgarden. Takuma Sato was the best driver on Honda engine in P4, followed by James…

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85 Canadian laps in Toronto

NTT IndyCar Series had taken the tour to Toronto for the classic Honda Indy Toronto street race. Simon Pagenaud had taken Pole Position in front of Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist, while Alexander Rossi, championship leader Josef Newgarden and Ed Jones completed the top six. The first couple of corners went well, despite Rossi locking his front wheels on the way to Turn 1, which luckily went okay enough and he ended up taking third place. But it didn’t go as smoothly later on the same lap, when Will Power…

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Karam and Carlin pair up in Toronto

Sage Karam will return to the NTT IndyCar Series, when they go to Toronto in one and a half weeks. The American has signed a deal with Carlin, to drive the second car alongside Max Chilton. The deal has come about with thanks to SmartStop Self Storage, who will be the predominant sponsor on car #31 at the Toronto race. Karam raced the Indianapolis 500 race for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing earlier this year, but they only do this single race of the year. So the 24 year-old driver from…

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55 green laps at Road America

NTT IndyCar Series had come to the tenth round of the reason, which was run at Road America track near Elkhart Lake in Wisconsin. Colton Herta had taken Pole Position ahead of Alexander Rossi, Will Power and championship leader Josef Newgarden. The two Rahal Letterman Lanigan drivers Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato started from P5 and P6. Thus it was Andretti Autosport in the first row (Harding Steinbrenner Racing works together with Andretti), Penske second row, and Team RLL in the third row. Some people swapped places through the first…

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Drama under the lights of Texas

The ninth round of NTT IndyCar Series was run as an evening race at Texas Motor Speedway under the name DXC Technology 600. Takuma Sato had taken Pole Position in front of the 2018 winner Scott Dixon, Sebastien Bourdais, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud and Spencer Pigot. Championship leader Josef Newgarden started from P8 as the second best Penske driver. The race was started before the sun totally set, but the lights were already on around the track. The low sun also meant that the drivers got blinded by sunlight in…

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Daly borrows Chilton’s car in Texas

Max Chilton won’t be running at this weekend’s NTT IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The Brit has chosen to skip the remaining oval races in the series, but he will still be in the car for the road- and street courses. Carlin has signed a deal with Conor Daly with this weekend only so far, but with opportunities for doing the remaining oval races too. Daly has raced for Carlin in GP3 in 2011. The American driver with Irish father has so far only done a single IndyCar…

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Second duel in Detroit

On Sunday the second NTT IndyCar Series race in Detroit was run on Belle Isle track in the so-called Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. Yesterday’s rain had some influence on today’s qualifying, which had to be stopped due to water puddles on the track. But the championship leader and yesterday’s winner, Josef Newgarden drove himself to Pole Postion, in front of Alexander Rossi, Zach Veach, Colton Herta, James Hinchcliffe, and Scott Dixon. It was a chaotic start in the midfield, where Will Power was close to doing a jump start. When…

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