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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Last lap drama in Long Beach

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach was the fourth round of NTT Indycar Series, and it was run under a typical Californian sunshine. Local here, and last year’s winner, Alexander Rossi had taken Pole Position, ahead of the reigning champion Scott Dixon, while Rossi’s Team Penske teammates Will Power and championship leader Josef Newgarden were on the second row. Simon Pagenaud and Graham Rahal would start P5 and P6 respectively. Felix Rosenqvist had been quick for the whole weekend, but he would only start 12th, due to a run-off on…

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Japanese weekend at Barber

The third round of NTT Indycar Series was run at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. The race was sponsored by Honda, so it was a pure luck that the Polesitter was a Honda driver – none other than Takuma Sato. It was his first Pole Position on a normal race track. He’s had Indycar Poles on ovals and street courses, but never on a permanent track. Graham Rahal started on second place, making it a clear Rahal Letterman Lanigan front row in the qualifying, followed by Scott Dixon, James Hinchcliffe,…

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First COTA race for Indycar

NTT Indycar Series arrived at a completely new track, when the second round was run at Circuit of the Americas in Texas. Will Power had secured Pole Position ahead of Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Colton Herta, Felix Rosenqvist and Scott Dixon. Championship leader Josef Newgarden missed the last part of the qualifying with only 0,0363 second. The track would give an extra incentive, if a driver could take both Pole and victory, so Power had a bit extra motivation to drive. It was a highly dramatic start, with lots of…

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The season started in St. Petersburg

NTT IndyCar Series started on the streets of St. Petersburg i Florida. Will Power unsurprisingly took Pole Position. The Australian has always been lightning fast on this exact track, and it wasn’t surprising either that his Team Penske colleague Josef Newgarden would start from P2. But in third position we had rookie Felix Rosenqvist, who was faster than his teammate and defending champion, Scott Dixon. Andretti Autosport drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi took the third row. The start was one of the most undramatic in St Pete’s history, where…

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12 races for O’Ward

Patricio O’Ward will be racing in the NTT IndyCar Series 2019 season after all – at least for some of the season. The defending Indy Lights champion has signed a contract with Carlin, where he will be racing the 12 races, that Charlie Kimball won’t do. Carlin will enter a third car for the Indy 500, so Max Chilton, Charlie Kimball and Patricio O’Ward all will have a car for that event. O’Ward has originally signed with Harding Steinbrenner Racing, but was released from that contract one month ago, due…

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Two more drivers enters the Indy 500

The entry list for the Indianapolis 500 race in May 2019 is slowly filling up. Two more drivers announced their intentions to compete in the legendary during this weekend. Sage Karam will try to qualify for his sixth Indy 500. This will be the fifth out of six times for the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team. They will run WIX colours on the car this year. The best result for Karam came in his debut in 2014, where he finished ninth. He hasn’t seen the chequered flag since that race,…

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Changes to the qualifying for Indy 500

When the 103rd Edition of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge will be run in May 2019, there will be new rules in the qualifying in place. There are only 33 starting spots in the Indy 500, but there are unlimited space in the qualifying, where the series encourage teams and drivers to bring as many possible, so there will be a fight for the 33 cars. There were just 33 cars for many seasons, but there was a real Bump Day drama in 2018. That cost the participation in…

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Indycar reignites the display

The NTT IndyCar Series will increase the entertainment and informations for the spectators and the fans, when the 2019 starts. The series has previously run a display on the roll hoop, which wrote the position of the car, time during a pitstop etc, but that system was removed from the cars in the middle of the 2018 season, since there were some issues with the equipment, which in seldom cases could disturb the car’s electronics. A deal as signed a deal with MoTeC, so there once again will be informations…

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Windscreen postponned – new part introduced

The NTT IndyCar Series continues to improve the drivers safety. Their focus area at the moment is the head area of the driver. There are many kinds of head protection in all kinds of motorsport. In Formula 1 and other FIA we have the HALO version, while Indycar has worked on a windscreen, like you know from jet fighter planes, but without fully enclosing the drivers head at the top. The plan was so far ahead, that there was testing going on at the collective test in Phoenix a year…

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O’Ward without seat ahead of season opener

Patricio O’Ward is left with no seat ahead of the NTT IndyCar Series 2019. The Mexican was announced as Harding-Steinbrenner Racing driver in the fall of 2018, where he and Colton Herta should be teammates, in a two-car team. Last year’s Indy Lights Champion got his debut at the season finale at Sonoma Raceway, and did very well in both qualifying and the race. So it’s super tough for him, that the collaboration with the team has come to an early end. It’s been clear during the last few days,…

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Just 5 races for Kimball

Charlie Kimball will have a limited 2019 programme in the NTT IndyCar Series. The American will once again race for Carlin in car #23. It won’t be a full season, since he has had a hard time finding the sponsor backing. Instead he will race 5 selected race during the 17-race schedule. Kimball has chosen to start the season alongside the other drivers on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, while Indy 500 will be his next task. Texas Motor Speedway in June will be his third race of the…

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Firestone extends Indycar contract

There will be no tire war in the NTT IndyCar Series for the next seasons. That was made public after Firestone has extended the contract through 2025. The American brand, which now is a part of the Bridgestone company, was the brand on the very first Indianapolis 500 race winner in 1911, Ray Harroun. The 2019 season will the 20th in a row, with Firestone as the exclusive tire supplier in Indycar. Firestone has won 69 of the 102 Indy 500 races run so far. More than 26.000 thousands tires…

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Daly gets Indy 500 seat

The starts have finally aligned for Conor Daly, who just signed a deal for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 in May 2019. Daly has been a part of the newly named NTT IndyCar Series on-off since 2013, where he made his debut at Indy 500. He will be competing in the 2019 edition for Andretti Autosport, where he will run in car #25, supported by the U.S. Air Force. In addition to the branding on Daly’s car, the four other Andretti Autosport cars will also have smaller logos throughout the season.…

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SPM presents the cars

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports has their design for the upcoming NTT IndyCar Series 2019 season. The team has expanded their collaboration with Arrow Electronics, so their official name throughout 2019 will be Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. As previously announced, the team will have James Hinchcliffe continuing to run car #5, while the former Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson, will drive car #7. But hey – there are three cars in the picture? Yes, the team continues to have car #6 reserved for Robert Wickens, who had the violent accident in Pocono…

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Indycar announces new title sponsor

When the 2019 season starts in St. Petersburg 10 March, the Indycar series will have a new title sponsor. In a multiyear agreement, the new name will be NTT IndyCar Series. The deal includes sponsoring at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis 500 plus Brickyard 400. NTT is a North American technology company, who are active within network and clouding solutions amongst other things. The company has been sponsoring Chip Ganassi Racing for the past two seasons, where their logos has been present on Scott Dixon’s car. Dixon won the championship…

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DragonSpeed enters Indycar

The DragonSpeed team has their entry into the Indycar series, when the 2019 season starts in march. The team was founded in 2007, but has mainly raced in sportscar racing. They started out in the USA, and then later on Europe, and now the whole world, by racing in both the European Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team will now dip their toes into the single seater sport, where Ben Hanley will do five Indycar races in 2019. The first race will be the opening…

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Alonso gets Chevrolet power

Just as expected, it’s going to be a Chevrolet engine, that will power Fernando Alonso at the Indianapolis 500 2019. The American engine manufacturer has confirmed the engine supply deal with the McLaren team today. It has been known ever since the Alonso rumours started earlier this fall, that Honda wasn’t that interested in supplying engines for his entry, even though they delivered the power plant for his 2017 race. The relationship between McLaren and Honda hasn’t been the best since their Formula 1 breakup. Alonso got his first taste…

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