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40 percent crowd capacity allowed for this year’s Indy 500

The 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 will run with up to 40 percent of venue capacity permitted, totalling approximately 135,000 fans.

How good is Palou - and can he be Dixon's main IndyCar title rival? Plus

How good is Palou - and can he be Dixon's main IndyCar title rival?

Last Sunday, Alex Palou delivered his first IndyCar victory on his Chip Ganassi Racing debut. Is the young Spaniard going to become his legendary teammate Scott Dixon’s biggest title threat? DAVID MALSHER-LOPEZ investigates Palou's potential

Brown open to third full-time Arrow McLaren SP in IndyCar

Zak Brown says the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team wants to add a third full-time car but only if it can follow Team Penske's example and sign a “championship-calibre” driver.

Dixon predicts "a hell of a fight" with IndyCar team-mate Palou

Six-time IndyCar title winner Scott Dixon has predicted "a hell of a fight" with new Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate Alex Palou, following the Spanish driver's run to victory at Barber.

Jimmie Johnson escapes “scary moments” to finish on IndyCar debut Birmingham
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Jimmie Johnson escapes “scary moments” to finish on IndyCar debut

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson finished 19th on his IndyCar Series debut at Barber Motorsports Park, but admitted to two “scary moments” along the way.

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.

Newgarden apologises for opening lap chaos at Barber Birmingham
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Newgarden apologises for opening lap chaos at Barber

Two-time IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden has apologised for causing the first-lap crash that took out Ryan Hunter-Reay and Colton Herta in the season-opener at Barber Motorsports Park.

Barber IndyCar: Palou fends off Power to secure maiden IndyCar victory Birmingham
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Barber IndyCar: Palou fends off Power to secure maiden IndyCar victory

Alex Palou held off a late assault from Will Power to secure his maiden IndyCar win at Barber, converting a two-stop strategy into victory by just 0.4 seconds.

Grosjean “super happy” with P7 for IndyCar Series debut

Romain Grosjean will start his first-ever IndyCar Series race from seventh on the grid after just failing to make it through to the Fast Six shootout for pole position at Barber Motorsports Park.

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.

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.

Johnson not allowing expectations to impact IndyCar debut

NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson says he’s avoiding setting expectations that might prevent him performing at his best in his IndyCar debut at Barber Motorsports Park this weekend.

Rossi confident for almost all circuits ahead of 2021 IndyCar campaign

Alexander Rossi believes he and Andretti Autosport can approach all but one race with confidence in the 2021 IndyCar Series, after making big improvements over the winter.

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.

Alonso unsure if he'll race in the Indy 500 again

Fernando Alonso has admitted he is not sure if he will race in the Indy 500 again, despite a win there having been a key target for him.

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.

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: Fast Indy 500 testing crash "didn't hurt my confidence"

Rinus VeeKay says his Indianapolis 500 testing crash, which resulted in a broken finger, "didn't hurt my confidence" and doesn't expect the injury to cause issues in the IndyCar season-opener.

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.

Ferrucci returns to IndyCar with Rahal for Indy 500

Santino Ferrucci will make his IndyCar return in the Indianapolis 500 next month, driving a third Rahal Letterman Lanigan entry alongside defending winner Takuma Sato and Graham Rahal.

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.

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.

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.

Power was turned down by Ganassi for IndyCar drive in 2008

Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power has revealed he was turned down by Chip Ganassi Racing a year before he joined Team Penske in IndyCar.

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.

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

"Analytical approach" by Bourdais is paying off for Foyt in IndyCar

AJ Foyt Racing's technical director Mike Colliver says Sebastien Bourdais' talent, experience and attitude, and the engineering group "pulling in the same direction", has resulted in the IndyCar team's improvements

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