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‘SCOTT DIXON DAY’ DECLARED AT INDIANAPOLIS

Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett has officially declared Monday, September 24, 2018, to be ‘Scott Dixon Day’, ahead of the world premiere of a documentary about the New Zealand-born IndyCar champion.The documentary, Born Racer, was shown for the first time at the Indiana State Museum. The film is a behind-the-scenes look at Dixon’s 2017 season and […]

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Newgarden still hopes to win second straight IndyCar title — but it won’t be easy

 Coming into last year’s season-ending IndyCar race at Sonoma Raceway, Josef Newgarden would ultimately not be denied the championship, his first as an IndyCar driver.Newgarden clinched the title by finishing second in the race to Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud, who himself had won the IndyCar championship the season before. Now, Newgarden is faced with […]

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IndyCar championship battle to come down to the wire again

For the 13th consecutive IndyCar season, the championship is set to be decided in the season finale, which is set to be hosted by Sonoma Raceway this year. In every IndyCar season from the 2006 season until the 2017 season, multiple drivers entered the season finale with a chance to win the championship. That will not change […]

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TAKUMA SATO ON PORTLAND WIN: “IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL RACE”

Verizon IndyCar Series driver Takuma Sato has stated that the Sunday of the 2018 Grand Prix of Portland was “one of the most beautiful days in my life” after having taken his third career win. The Japanese driver held off a late charge from Ryan Hunter-Reay to take the victory; his first in over a year and his first with Rahal Letterman Lanigan […]

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JULIAN ENDS ON A HIGH

Cape Town racer Julian van der Watt ended his US Formula 2000 season in fine style with a maiden podium in the final race of the year at the Portland International Raceway over the weekend. Julian was quick from the get-go in practice before qualifying eighth for both races and ended up ninth in the […]

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Paul Tracy Has No Taste for ‘Vanilla’ IndyCar Racing

Paul Tracy wants drivers to get a little nastier. Back when he was racing, Tracy was famously involved in dustups, notably with fellow drivers Alex Tagliani and Sebastien Bourdais, going so far as to criticize them for keeping their helmets on during confrontations. Tracy won 31 times in IndyCar and has no regrets about how he handled […]

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Alexander Rossi – Unexpected Results at Iowa Speedway

After strong pre-race testing for Andretti Autosport, Alexander Rossi went into the 300-lap Iowa Corn 300 with high hopes of a victory or podium finish.  He started P5 on the grid, the highest in his three years racing at Iowa Speedway. But the compressed weekend schedule made it tough to predict race conditions. Saturday evening’s […]

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IRL: Newgarden controls the day to win KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America

He made it look easy, but Josef Newgarden said winning the KOHLER Grand Prix was anything but that on Sunday.The reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion led all but two laps to claim victory at the iconic Road America circuit. Driving the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Newgarden won by 3.3759 seconds over Ryan Hunter-Reay […]

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INDY 500 RESULTS: WILL POWER USES SKILL, STRATEGY TO WIN HIS BIGGEST RACE

Will Power’s career as one of the fiercest Verizon IndyCar Series drivers of his era now includes the one accomplishment he wanted the most: a victory in the Indianapolis 500. Power became the first driver from Australia to win the “World’s Biggest Race” when he used a combination of calculated strategy, supreme skill and a fast […]

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Danica Patrick leaves racing with a claim to be the best female driver in American history

No matter what she does in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, Danica Patrick will be the most successful woman at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Patrick has six top-10 finishes in seven starts at Indy, including a third-place finish in 2009 and a fourth in her first Indy trip in 2005. The third is the best a woman has […]

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JULIAN IMPRESSES AT INDY

Cape Town driver Julian van der Watt enjoyed a fruitful maiden weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the weekend as he scored a seventh and an 8th over the two heats of the second round of the USF2000 Powered by Mazda championship at the Brickyard’s Grand Prix circuit. Van der Watt moved up to […]

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JULIAN OFF TO INDIANAPOLIS

Julian van der Watt is eyeing continued progress as he races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second round of his US Formula 2000 road to Indy campaign over the 10-12 May weekend. The reigning South African Formula 1600 champion heads to the Indianapolis Grand Prix circuit that runs partly on the oval and […]

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A Vision for the Turbine-Powered IndyCar of the Future

Keith Hylton would like to take the technology from the Indy 500’s most famous machines and bring it forward as the core of the sport’s next-generation race car. The former open-wheel team owner has commissioned conceptual designer Andries Van Overbeeke to create the T1 turbine, which takes a page from the STP Turbines and Lotus […]

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Bourdais proving he is still among the best in world

Sebastien Bourdais was once considered among the best drivers in the world. In case you forgot, refer to the breathtaking pass he made Sunday on the streets of Long Beach to move into second place that will make every highlight reel this season. OK, so IndyCar ruled the pass illegal and made Bourdais return the […]

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Commentary: IndyCar on upswing as NASCAR stumbles over itself

By JENNA FRYER The Associated Press  Josef Newgarden celebrates after winning IndyCar’s second race of the season in a nail-biting finish Saturday at Phoenix International Raceway in Avondale, Ariz. IndyCar has had two competitive races and renewed energy and excitement surrounding the series, while one has to wonder if NASCAR is falling off its rails. […]

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JULIAN’S ROAD TO INDY

South African Investchem Formula 1600 champion Julian van der Watt is ready to race in the United States 2018 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda, starting at St. Petersburg this 10-11 March weekend. Camps Bay, Cape Town driver van der Watt, who dominated the South African championship with 13 wins out of 14 starts […]

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NASCAR drivers can learn from Alonso’s grace

Fernando Alonso doesn’t like every aspect of his job but understands professionals have obligations they must meet. For the two-time Formula One world champion it meant daily press briefings during his stints in the Indianapolis 500 and the Rolex 24 at Daytona. He flew to North Carolina to promote the sports car race, made a […]

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Fernando Alonso eyes gains after ‘least important qualifying of my life’

Fernando Alonso remains confident that United Autosports can find more pace in race trim after he qualified in 13th position for this weekend’s Daytona 24 Hours. Alonso has linked up with United Autosports – the outfit co-owned by McLaren chief Zak Brown – for the endurance event, with a view to using the outing as […]

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F1 veteran Fernando Alonso meets Jimmie Johnson, states desire to try NASCAR

The two legends share tremendous respect for each other Fernando Alonso doesn’t watch much NASCAR on television, but he’s very familiar with the sport’s active seven-time champion, Jimmie Johnson. In fact, his appreciation for the future NASCAR Hall-of-Famer actually goes back further than his record-tying seven championships or 83 Cup Series victories. Alonso was a […]

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Bourdais Refutes Steiner’s Claims of American Drivers Not Being Ready for F1

After claims by Guenther Steiner that there are no American drivers ready to race in Formula 1, current Verizon IndyCar Series racer and former Scuderia Toro Rosso driver, Sebastien Bourdais, feels those claims are unfair and unwarranted.The Frenchman believes those involved in Formula 1 are ‘in their own little bubble’, and as such do not […]

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Le Mans-winning engineer Leena Gade joins SPM, IndyCar

Leena Gade brings an impressive resumé to IndyCar: an Ambassador for the FIA Commission for Women in Motorsport; a three-time Le Mans-winning race engineer in LMP1 with Audi; Bentley Racing engineer; now James Hinchcliffe’s race engineer at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. In addition to her impressive resumé, her trophy case includes, the FIA World Endurance Championship […]

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Alonso doubts more F1 drivers will follow into sports cars

Fernando Alonso doubts that more F1 drivers will follow his lead and increase interest in sports car racing events in the future.Fernando Alonso doubts his entry to the Rolex 24 at Daytona will open the door for more Formula 1 drivers to follow his lead and try their hand at sports car racing. Alonso will […]

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Why the Triple Crown matters to the talented Mr. Alonso

Fernando Alonso hit the banking at Daytona last weekend as the Spaniard kicked off his sportscar  preparation for this month’s 24-hour endurance classic.Interestingly, during last Friday’s media conference, Alonso revealed that his presence at Daytona was mainly justified by his need to test himself before likely undertaking the bigger task of racing at Le Mans […]

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IndyCar: Series still targeting international races for February

IndyCar is not giving up on their idea of international races for the series in February according to president of competition and operations Jay Frye. The last few years of racing have provided a bit of a renaissance for the Verizon IndyCar Series. With increasing car counts, new chassis and aero kits, and increased support […]

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Power wins chaotic Texas IndyCar shootout

 Will Power won a chaotic IndyCar race at the Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, holding his nerve to prevail in an accident-disrupted marathon that saw only nine cars finish. The 36-year-old Australian Team Penske driver claimed his second win of the season after a 248-lap race that was repeatedly interrupted after crashes involving multiple cars. One […]

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Fellow drivers support Takuma Sato after writer’s racist tweet, calling it ‘small-minded,’ ‘immature’ and ‘unfortunate’

 Before Takuma Sato moves around the 14-turn temporary street course on Belle Isle for this week’s Detroit Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 winner will try to move past a tweet that cost Denver Post sports writer Terry Frei his job. Sato on Sunday became the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500. Frei tweeted: “Nothing […]

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Indy 500 banquet controversy: Fernando Alonso wins Rookie of the Year

Two-time Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso earned Rookie of the Year honors for the 101st Indianapolis 500 on Monday night during the post-race banquet, but many within the motorsports industry felt the honor should have gone to Ed Jones instead.   The award is decided by selected media members, based off four criteria. Those include: […]

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Fernando Alonso insists he will ‘definitely’ return to the Indy 500

Fernando Alonso says he will “definitely” be returning to the Indy 500 to have another shot at winning the event after he came so close on Sunday, only for a Honda engine failure to deny the Spaniard seeing the chequered flag. The McLaren-Andretti racer had led the event for 25 laps before falling back to […]

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Sato wins Indianapolis 500 as Fernando Alonso forced to retire

Takuma Sato became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500 as F1 star Fernando Alonso was forced to retire with smoke billowing from his car with just 21 laps of the 200 lap race remaining.Andretti Autosport driver, Sato, took the lead in the closing stages as he edged three-time Indy 500 winner Helio […]

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Fernando Alonso’s Indy Performance Is Exceeding All Expectations

Forget who he is for a second and realize the enormity of what he’s accomplished. Last year’s Indy 500—the 100th running of the iconic event—was huge in every way, but its hook was of the general kind, the number 100. The centennial celebration drew immense attention; fans flocked to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to be […]

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F1’s Fernando Alonso qualifies fifth for first Indy 500

 It wasn’t entirely without drama, but Fernando Alonso has likely exceeded all expectations leading up to his first Indianapolis 500 with the Spaniard qualifying fifth on Sunday for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. The two-time Formula 1 champion has been on the provisional pole for a short time and believes he could have made a […]

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Alonso ‘up against it’ diving straight into Indy 500 – Chilton

Max Chilton thinks that Fernando Alonso will be “up against it” when he makes his IndyCar debut at the Indianapolis 500 later this month, but is confident that the Spaniard will do well. Two-time Formula 1 world champion Alonso announced last month that he would be skipping the Monaco Grand Prix so he could enter […]

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Alonso’s day at Indy: ‘Faster, different and pure adrenaline

Fernando Alonso came away from his first day of running at Indy with all boxes checked and glowing enthusiasm.The driver of the #29 McLaren-Honda entered Andretti Autosport papaya machine completed his Rookie Orientation Programme before upping the pace and getting further acquainted with his mount and the environment. Alonso set a fastest speed of 222.548mph, […]

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Two-time F1 champ Fernando Alonso aces first IndyCar test at Indianapolis

Fernando Alonso’s first test session in an Indy car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was considered “private” although much of the motorsports world was watching. By 2:41 p.m. Eastern Time, IindyCar’s Facebook Live streaming of the all-day test session had attracted more than 1 million views and 800,000 unique viewers. That is more than double […]

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James Hinchcliffe, Honda race to IndyCar Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach victory

James Hinchcliffe stole hearts in Southern California last fall with a runner-up effort on “Dancing With the Stars,” and the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver did one better in his return by claiming victory at Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Team Penske’s Hélio Castroneves led the field to the green flag in the No. […]

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Rossi’s Indy 500 winner to be presented to IMS Museum

 The Dallara-Honda in which Alexander Rossi won this year’s 100th running of the Indy 500 will be presented to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum on Thursday. The 29th annual Performance Racing Industry Show, held in the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, will see Rossi, team owners Michael Andretti and Bryan Herta, and car owner David […]

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Juan Pablo Montoya Will Only Race in the Indy 500 in 2017

The 1999 champ and two-time 500 winner will focus on his son’s karting career and may help develop a sports car program for Penske.Juan Pablo Montoya will stick with Team Penske’s IndyCar outfit for a fourth season in a reduced role after losing his full-time seat to young American badass Josef Newgarden. Coming off an […]

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Pagenaud awarded $1 million as 2016 IndyCar champion

An epic season deserves an equally impressive champion. That’s what INDYCAR has in Simon Pagenaud, who was honored this evening at the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration. Pagenaud, 32, was saluted at Hilbert Circle Theatre on Indianapolis’ Monument Circle for capturing the season championship on the strength of a series-best five race wins and […]

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Simon Pagenaud Takes First IndyCar Title With Sonoma Win

Simon Pagenaud’s path to his first career IndyCar championship began nine years ago when he began his career at American Open Wheel Racing’s top level alongside Team Australia teammate Will Power. He’d be out of open wheel racing when the series merged into IndyCar in 2008, and while teammate Power would continue in the discipline […]