Indianapolis events changes Indycar schedule

The NTT IndyCar Series has really shaken up the schedule for the 2020 season. The reason for the huge changes is, of course, the COVID-19 virus, which already has eaten up the first races of the calendar. Latest news from Indycar is the two events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the Indy 500, will be moved to later in the season. The Detroit races at the end of May are still on the schedule, followed by Texas Motor Speedway. The Road America and Richmond races keep their June dates, while…

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Long Beach cancelled plus no testing and various other themes

The planned Long Beach Grand Prix has been definitely cancelled for 2020. The race was originally announced as delayed last week, but the organizers have decided that it won’t happen this year, neither for the NTT IndyCar Series nor the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The issue with Long Beach is that it’s a street circuit, so all the roads have to be closed and a lot of preparation with the armco and fences etc. The race will return in 2021, when everything is back to normal again. Indycar has also…

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Indycar postpones start of season

The NTT IndyCar Series has chosen to postpone the start of the 2020 season. Despite a press release issued Thursday afternoon local time, the series has given a second thought Friday morning, and has cancelled this weekend’s race in St. Petersburg. The next round at Long Beach was already cancelled by the city itself yesterday, and now the series have chosen to also cancel Round three at Circuit Of The Americas. That leave no races left on the calendar for the whole of March and April, so the earliest race…

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St. Pete to race without spectators

The NTT IndyCar Series has announced that the opening race of the 2020 season will run as planned this weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida. But there won’t be any spectators at the race, and with only a very limited number of photographers and journalists. That is done after coordinating with the local health authorities, due to the worldwide COVID-19 virus. Several states in the USA has already forbidden big gatherings, and that ruling has now come to St. Petersburg as well. NASCAR announced earlier today, that they would do exactly…

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Carlin with several announcements

Carlin has been busy with the driver announcements for the NTT IndyCar Series today. Max Chilton has been the only announced driver for the two-car team for a long time but was previously only mentioned for the road- and street courses. The team has clarified that he will try to qualify for the Indy 500, but that will be the only oval race for the Brit this year. He will hand car #59 over to Conor Daly for the rest of the oval races. Daly will do all the road-…

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NTT IndyCar Series 2020 preview – updated

The NTT IndyCar Series starts the 2020 season this weekend in St. Petersburg, Florida. There has a huge visual change over the winter. All cars have been mounted with a windshield, the so-called Aeroscreen, which will protect the drivers from flying debris from other cars. While Formula 1 was chosen the HALO system, with just a harness over the drivers head, and a pylon in front of the drivers, Indycar has gone for the fully enclosed version, with ballistic “glass” just like on a fighter plane. Red Bull Technologies has…

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7 time champion to test Indycar

The 7 time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson will be testing an NTT IndyCar Series car next month. Johnson will test at Berber Motorsports Park in April, in a testing opportunity that Arrow McLaren SP has arranged for him. A few heads were turned last month, when Johnson showed up for pre-season testing at COTA, but only as an interested spectator at McLaren, to follow them a bit. McLaren and Johnson have had dealings in the past, when Johnson tested a Formula 1 car, while Alonso drove his NASCAR during fall…

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Pigot in two Indycar races in 2020

Spencer Pigot will do two NTT IndyCar Series races in 2020. The American racing driver has signed a contract with the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing with Citrone/Buhl Autosport outfit, where he will race the GMR Grand Prix and Indy 500 – i.e. the two races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While the first part of the team name is well-known, the Citrone/Buhl is a brand new collaboration between Tom and Robert Citrone plus Robbie Buhl. Citrone has a connection to the NFL team Pittsburgh Steelers, while Buhl is a former Indycar…

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Alonso officially confirmed for Indy 500

After many months of speculations, it’s finally confirmed: Fernando Alonso will drive the 104th Indianapolis 500, which will be run on 24 May 2020. The 38-year-old Spaniard will race for Arrow McLaren SP, in the team’s third car for the Indy 500. The rumours have been floating around for months, and through a big part of last fall and during the winter, and everything pointed towards Andretti Autosports. There was however a small issue, since they race with Honda engines, and Honda in Japan still haven’t forgotten the less than…

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At least three races for Hinchcliffe

James Hinchcliffe will do at least three races in the NTT IndyCar Series 2020 season. The Canadian has made a deal with Andretti Autosport, where he will race car #29. His first race will be the GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis road course early May, Indy 500 at the end of May, and the Texas 600 on early June. Hinchcliffe lost an otherwise secure seat at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM), when McLaren got involved in the team, resulting in a change from Honda to Chevrolet engines. Hinch is synonymous…

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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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