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Hunter-Reay: Aeroscreen “likely saved my life” in IndyCar smash

Andretti Autosport's Ryan Hunter-Reay says he’s “extremely grateful” for IndyCar’s aeroscreen which "likely saved my life" in the lap-one shunt in Sunday's Barber Motorsport Park season-opener.

Power: Palou’s pace, fuel mileage in Barber win “blew my mind”

Alex Palou’s combination of speed and fuel mileage in the IndyCar season opener at Barber Motorsports Park initially convinced runner-up Will Power that he was on a different pitstop strategy.

Barber IndyCar: O’Ward sees off Rossi to secure pole position

Pato O’Ward has secured his second IndyCar career pole position, beating Alexander Rossi by less than one-tenth of a second at the 2021 opener at Barber.

Barber IndyCar: Rossi tops disrupted second practice

Alexander Rossi sent Andretti Autosport to the top of the times in second practice of the IndyCar Series season opener at Barber Motorsports Park that was red-flagged three times.

British F3 champion Lundqvist wins as Indy Lights returns from hiatus

One-time BRDC British Formula 3 champion Linus Lundqvist took a dominant victory from pole in the first Indy Lights race staged since 2019, after its COVID-19 enforced cancellation last year.

Barber IndyCar: Palou quickest in first practice as 2021 season begins

New Chip Ganassi Racing driver Alex Palou topped opening practice for the 2021 IndyCar Series season opener at Barber Motorsports Park.

Can Penske redress the balance in IndyCar's battle of the titans? Plus

Can Penske redress the balance in IndyCar's battle of the titans?

IndyCar's gold standard teams Ganassi and Penske are set for another slugfest beginning this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. A poor start to the first season with the new aeroscreen left Josef Newgarden with too much ground to make up on Scott Dixon in the title chase, but his strong end to 2020 suggests a battle royale lies ahead...

Chevrolet: IndyCar KERS hybrid unit still in "concept" phase

Chevrolet’s IndyCar programme manager Rob Buckner says that the series' planned use of a KERS hybrid unit on ovals in the new-for-2023 2.4-litre engines is still in a "conceptual" phase.

IndyCar Toronto contingency plan “most likely” a double-header event

Penske Entertainment CEO Mark Miles says replacing IndyCar’s in-jeopardy Toronto race would likely involve turning an existing round into a double-header.

The six major IndyCar subplots to follow in 2021 Plus

The six major IndyCar subplots to follow in 2021

From rookies arriving with big reputations to veterans who still have the fire and an F1-linked squad pushing to join the big leagues, IndyCar has it all this year. Here are six of the key storylines to keep track of

Ganassi: Johnson can win in IndyCar rookie season

Chip Ganassi says seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson has the talent and the racecraft to "maybe squeak a win out" in his IndyCar rookie season with the team.

Why IMSA glory for Mazda would be a bittersweet ending Plus

Why IMSA glory for Mazda would be a bittersweet ending

Mazda believes it has never had a better chance of clinching the title in IMSA's Prototype division. Achieving this goal would be the bittersweet culmination of an achingly hard struggle, after which the brand has decided to quit

Newgarden: Chevrolet "definitely made improvements" for Indy

Josef Newgarden is satisfied Chevrolet has stepped up in terms of power but says he won’t know until May if its fuel mileage has also improved for the Indianapolis 500.

Montoya encouraged by Indy test showing despite scary moments

Returning two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya says he was encouraged by his pace in IndyCar's Indianapolis Motor Speedway test, despite moments that "scared the hell out of me".

Newgarden pips Sato to lead second day of Indy 500 testing

Two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden topped the second day of testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, heading Indianapolis 500-winning trio Takuma Sato, Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Dixon.

“Couple of weeks” before IMS can define Indy 500 crowd situation

Indianapolis Motor Speedway president J. Douglas Boles has admitted that the plan for handling a large crowd at next month’s Indy 500 remains fluid for now.

VeeKay breaks finger in Indy 500 test crash

Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet’s Rinus VeeKay suffered a hard collision with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway SAFER barrier on his fifth lap in Thursday’s Indy 500 test, sustaining a broken finger.

Hildebrand to race Foyt tribute car in Indy 500

J.R. Hildebrand will drive a fourth AJ Foyt Racing entry in the Indianapolis 500 with a paint scheme echoing that on A.J. Foyt’s first Indy winning car, 60 years ago.

Watkins Glen gains extra IMSA race as Canadian round is cancelled

The IMSA SportsCar Championship will race twice at Watkins Glen in the space of six days, following the cancellation of the round at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Montoya to run #86 at Indy to honour Revson’s pole for McLaren

Juan Pablo Montoya’s Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet will carry #86 at next month’s Indianapolis 500 to acknowledge the 50th anniversary of Peter Revson’s record-breaking pole run in the McLaren M16.

Coyne encouraged by test for Fittipaldi and Ware in Texas

Dale Coyne says he’s satisfied with both IndyCar returnee Pietro Fittipaldi and future rookie Cody Ware after a day’s testing at Texas Motor Speedway.

Arrow McLaren SP's O'Ward leads IndyCar test at Texas

Arrow McLaren SP driver Pato O’Ward continued his strong form in IndyCar off-season testing by topping the speed charts at Texas Motor Speedway on Thursday.

Rossi: Aero tweaks, not power boost, will improve Indy 500 action

Alexander Rossi says that IndyCar’s new aerodynamic configuration for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will improve racing for the Indy 500, and believes a power boost from KERS energy isn’t necessary.

“Dedicated” Grosjean still faces "big challenge" in IndyCar

Romain Grosjean’s race engineer Olivier Boisson is impressed with the ex-Formula 1 driver’s progress in IndyCar, but does not underestimate the challenge he faces to make an impression.

“More questions than answers” after IndyCar’s mock KERS test

IndyCar president Jay Frye admits that Friday's test to simulate the effects of the hybrid power units had not been completely satisfactory, but had offered some “good learning”.

IndyCar IMS test to simulate hybrid boost with push-to-pass

Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host a four-car IndyCar test on Friday as the series simulates hybrid power for the 2023 regulations, using push-to-pass boost.

Rahal “can’t blame anybody” for BMW Sebring 12H clash with Corvette

BMW IMSA boss Bobby Rahal has defended Connor De Phillippi's attempted pass on the leading #3 Corvette in the Sebring 12 Hours that resulted in contact between the two.

The groundbreaking new boss leading GM's sportscar assault Plus

The groundbreaking new boss leading GM's sportscar assault

After taking over Corvette Racing from long-time custodian Doug Fehan, 34-year-old Laura Wontrop Klauser is leading General Motors through a transitional phase in sportscar racing. Here’s how she got into her dream role and what she plans to do with it

Sebring 12H: Bourdais, Duval, Vautier win in JDC-Miller Cadillac

Tristan Vautier, Loic Duval and Sebastien Bourdais clinched an amazing Sebring 12 Hours victory for the JDC-Miller team, coming from a lap down to beat defending race-winner Mazda.

Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac leads Sebring 12H after six hours

Chip Ganassi Racing led the Sebring 12 Hours at the halfway stage, with Renger van der Zande behind the wheel of the Cadillac DPi-V.R being pursued by Oliver Jarvis' Mazda.

Sebring 12H: Derani takes pole, team-mate Johnson crashes

Three-time Sebring 12 Hours winner Pipo Derani took pole for Action Express Racing for the 2021 race, but the session ended early when Jimmie Johnson crashed the second AXR Cadillac.

Ericsson targets stronger qualifying and oval breakthrough in IndyCar

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson says his focus has been on improving his IndyCar qualifying pace, but also hopes for a “breakthrough” result on the oval circuits.

Tandy: New Corvette C8.R "tough", good on Sebring bumps

Nick Tandy is positive that the natural traits of Corvette Racing’s C8.Rs make them strong GT Le Mans class contenders in this weekend’s Sebring 12 Hours.

Johnson: Tyre temperature a big challenge in “monster” IndyCar

Jimmie Johnson says getting his IndyCar’s tyres up to temperature while they’re still at peak grip level has been one of his main challenges as he learns about open-wheel racing.

Contract year at Penske won’t affect how Power drives

Will Power says he won’t let looming contract talks at Team Penske alter the way he tackles the 2021 IndyCar season.

Rahal: IndyCar enjoying a 'golden era' for driver talent

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Graham Rahal believes that IndyCar racing has never had a deeper pool of driver talent.

O’Ward has "unfinished business" with race wins in 2021

Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar ace Pato O’Ward says he is eager to attend to "unfinished business" in 2021 after coming close to a maiden win on several occasions last season.

IndyCar reduces road course events to two days

The IndyCar Series’ seven road course events, including its Detroit double-header, will be shortened to two days in 2021.

Hinchcliffe never had doubts over full-time IndyCar return

Andretti Autosport driver James Hinchcliffe says he never had doubts over his IndyCar future despite starting last year with just three races guaranteed.

Herta confident working with strategist father can work

Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver Colton Herta says he believes both he and his former driver father Bryan are sufficiently "mellow" that they can avoid friction in their new working relationship.

Palou has "less pressure" to win in IndyCar with Ganassi

New Chip Ganassi Racing signing Alex Palou believes he has "less pressure" to win races in his second season of IndyCar racing because he has full confidence in his team.

Rosenqvist: I haven't done anything as difficult as IndyCar

Felix Rosenqvist says he wishes he could warn his rookie self from 2019 about how tough the transition to IndyCar would be.

Dixon still evolving his style after six IndyCar titles

Scott Dixon says both he and Chip Ganassi Racing have tried to address shortcomings from 2020, but won’t truly know if their efforts were successful until the season starts.

The Indycar season that proves Michael Andretti is better than F1 showed Plus

The Indycar season that proves Michael Andretti is better than F1 showed

Often unfairly characterised as a car-breaker, judged for his lack of an Indianapolis 500 win and a disappointing part-season of Formula 1 in 1993, Michael Andretti was highly respected by his rivals and only thwarted greater success by ill-fortune. When it all came together in 1991, he was a truly formidable force

Rosenqvist: O’Ward "one of the quickest young drivers" in the world

Felix Rosenqvist says that new team-mate Pato O’Ward is a huge talent, and believes that while it’s too early to compare driving styles, that might not ultimately be so relevant.

Chilton to race with Carlin at road courses and Indy 500

Max Chilton will return to Carlin’s IndyCar team and will compete on all road and street courses plus the Indianapolis 500 this year.

Why Johnson isn't daunted by starting from scratch in IndyCar

Jimmie Johnson is one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time, yet has decided to take on a fresh challenge in IndyCar for 2021. He tells DAVID MALSHER-LOPEZ what has motivated the switch.

Cadillac: IMSA LMDh rules have “caught our attention”

General Motors’ new sportscar racing programme manager Laura Wontrop Klauser says that the IMSA SportsCar Championship's new LMDh era has "caught our attention" as it evaluates Cadillac's future in motorsport

Pietro Fittipaldi returns to Coyne for IndyCar oval races

Pietro Fittipaldi will compete in the IndyCar Series' four oval races this year including the Indianapolis 500 after signing for Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing-Honda.

Ex-F1 driver Grosjean "more confident" after second IndyCar test

Ex-Formula 1 racer Romain Grosjean says he's made "good progress" in becoming accustomed to the driving style necessary for IndyCar, after a solid day of testing at Laguna Seca

Supercars champion McLaughlin "harshest critic" of IndyCar adaptation

Supercars convert Scott McLaughlin says he's "oblivious" to the impression he is making during IndyCar testing ahead of his 2021 full-time debut as he's "my own harshest critic"

Ex-F1 driver Grosjean doesn't want to be "asshole" IndyCar team-mate

Ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says he "used to be an asshole as a team-mate", but has told new IndyCar stablemate Ed Jones he'd "like us to be friendly"

VeeKay tops Barber IndyCar test as Grosjean marks cockpit return

Rinus VeeKay put Ed Carpenter Racing on top in the 12-car IndyCar test at Barber Motorsports Park, while Romain Grosjean finished his first IndyCar test within one second of top spot

Grosjean "really happy" with IndyCar test despite spin and soreness

Ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says he's "really happy" with his first morning testing an IndyCar, despite spinning off and feeling soreness in his arms and recovering burnt left hand

How McLaren is striving towards IndyCar's elite Plus

How McLaren is striving towards IndyCar's elite

The second year of McLaren's full-time IndyCar return is looming, with Patricio O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist leading its line-up. Strong team personnel and work behind the scenes means that 2021 could be the year it joins the established elite

Schmidt: Arrow McLaren SP ready to complete IndyCar "Big Four"

Sam Schmidt believes Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet can join Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Penske and Andretti Autosport in the top echelon of IndyCar in 2020

Iconic IMS announcer Bob Jenkins battling brain cancer

Bob Jenkins, former TV and Indianapolis Motor Speedway announcer, has revealed he is suffering from brain cancer and has reduced his IMS duties

Foyt IndyCar team "pulling in the same direction" after changes

AJ Foyt Racing is now "pulling in the same direction" after a period of turbulence for the IndyCar outfit, according to team president Larry Foyt

Mazda to end IMSA DPi programme after 2021, Le Mans return unlikely

Mazda will not continue its participation in the IMSA SportsCar Championship beyond this season and appears unlikely to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours for the new LMDh era

Kimball to reunite with AJ Foyt Racing for Indy 500 and GP

Charlie Kimball will rejoin AJ Foyt Racing for his 11th attempt at the Indianapolis 500, to be held on 30 May, and the Indianapolis GP