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announced the schedule for the upcoming 2020 season. 16 of the 17 events are back again, where the Pocono oval race has been replaced by the Richmond Raceway oval.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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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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Wet affair in Detroit

The first race of the weekend in Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle track was a wet affair, where the start of the NTT IndyCar Series got delayed due to thunderstorm in the area. Alexander Rossi had qualified on Pole Position, in front of Josef Newgarden, Scott Dixon, Felix Rosenqvist, Colton Herta and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Championship leader Simon Pagenaud would start the race from P13, right behind his Team Penske teammate Will Power. After an hour wait, the thunderstorm drifted away and the field was ready to start a…

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A battle until the end

The 103rd edition of Indianapolis 500 had a dry but overcast start, with a risk of rain later in the day. It was as classic as it could be, keeping it true to the traditions such as National Anthem, prayers and memorial ceremonies. Simon Pagenaud started from Pole Position, while Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot were the two others in the first row. Ed Jones, Colton Herta and Will Power were in he second row, followed by Sebastien Bourdais, Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi in the third row. The start…

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IndyCar introduces windscreen in 2020

Things have been bubbling up for quite a long time, but now it’s final – NTT IndyCar Series will have a windscreen on the cars in 2020. The windcreen, or rather its official name, Aeroscreen, will protect the drivers against flying debris which could hit the drivers on the helmet. The first tests with Aeroscreen on ovals was done in 2018, with both Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden amongst the drivers, but they had some criticism regarding reflections and other things. The most important point was that the aeroscreen actually…

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IndyCar GP from dry to wet

NTT IndyCar Series drove the fifth round of the season in Indianapolis, but not the legendary 500 miles race. Instead it was IndyCar Grand Prix which was run on nearly the same version as the track Formula 1 used for twelve years ago. Felix Rosenqvist had taken his first første Pole Position in Indycar, while his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon started from P2. There were several new faces at the top of the field, with Jack Harvey starting from third position, in front of Colton Herta, Ed Jones,…

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Orange and blue McLaren for Indy

McLaren Racing has presented their car for this year’s Indianapolis 500, which will be run on 26 May 2019. The paint job is very similar to their Formula car, where orange and blue is once again the overall colour scheme. A new thing for the team, is that they will run the car themselves, opposite to the 2017 race, where Andretti Autosport ran the car. Back then, both Andretti and McLaren used Honda engines, and while Andretti still does so, all ties between the British team and the Japanese manufacturer…

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