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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

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

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

IndyCar still 'optimistic' of third OEM despite end of Ferrari talks

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto says the Scuderia has ended talks over an engine supply deal with IndyCar, but series bosses remain optimistic of landing a third manufacturer

Top 10 F1 to Indycar converts ranked

As Romain Grosjean becomes the latest former Formula 1 driver to make the switch to IndyCar with Dale Coyne Racing in 2021, James Newbold picks out the 10 converts who made the best impression Stateside

Nashville track construction begins ahead of IndyCar debut

Construction has begun on IndyCar's new street course in Nashville, and local star Josef Newgarden is excited to race in front of his home fans on a truly unique layout

Grosjean's talent key to IndyCar sponsor appeal - Coyne, Ware

Dale Coyne and Rick Ware hope to confirm Romain Grosjean's primary backers by the end of the month, and say the ex-Formula 1 driver will be a hit in IndyCar

Grosjean will use his childrens' helmet design for first IndyCar test

Romain Grosjean plans to wear the helmet design that his children originally designed for his final Formula 1 race when he tests an IndyCar for the first time

Why Grosjean is taking the plunge in IndyCar

Romain Grosjean's remarkable escape from the flaming wreck of his Haas in Bahrain marked his final act in Formula 1, but his single-seater career is by no means finished. As he told DAVID MALSHER-LOPEZ, IndyCar holds an appeal that F1 could not satisfy

Ex-F1 driver Grosjean joins Dale Coyne-Rick Ware IndyCar team

Ex-Formula 1 star Romain Grosjean will switch to IndyCar this season, driving for the Honda-powered Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing entry

Rosenqvist settled into McLaren IndyCar team in "very natural way"

New Arrow McLaren SP recruit Felix Rosenqvist believes he has settled into his new IndyCar home in a "very natural way" ahead of the 2021 season

Coyne teams up with Rick Ware Racing for two IndyCar entries

Dale Coyne Racing has announced it is entering into a collaboration with Rick Ware Racing for a full-time entry and a part-time entry in the 2021 IndyCar Series.

Ed Jones returns to IndyCar with Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan

Ed Jones will return to the IndyCar series for the full 2021 season after agreeing a deal with Dale Coyne Racing, Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan

Hinchcliffe: Andretti team will be fast from start of IndyCar season

James Hinchcliffe believes Andretti Autosport can avoid the struggles that plagued the start of last season, and run as competitively as it did in the final IndyCar rounds of 2020.

Hinchcliffe secures Andretti Autosport return on full-time deal

IndyCar race-winner James Hinchcliffe will become a full-time Andretti Autosport-Honda driver in 2021, making a full-time return to the team he raced for in 2013 after six appearances in 2020

IndyCar season-opener pushed back to mid-April

The opening round of the 2021 IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park has been pushed back a week in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

The enigmatic legacy of a misunderstood Indy stalwart Plus

The enigmatic legacy of a misunderstood Indy stalwart

Flashes of brilliance amid spells of obscurity have been too common for Marco Andretti. While the third-generation racer has opted to bring his full-time IndyCar career to a close, his peaks and troughs have never been for want of trying

Rossi tops second day of Sebring IndyCar test and shakes down WTR Acura

Alexander Rossi finished on top after a second day of IndyCar testing on Sebring's short course, while he also got behind the wheel of a prototype Acura machine

De Silvestro to drive in Indy 500 with female-operated Paretta team

Simona de Silvestro will return to the Indianapolis 500 this season driving with female-operated newcomers Paretta Autosport, along with support from Team Penske

Dixon leads Ganassi 1-2-3 in first IndyCar test of 2021

Six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon led his Chip Ganassi Racing team-mates in the opening test of 2021 at Sebring International Raceway

Andretti car plans undecided but Bryan Herta remains committed to IndyCar

Marco Andretti's decision to withdraw from full-time IndyCar competition does not affect Bryan Herta's commitment to the Andretti Autosport team, despite joint ownership of the #98 entry

Marco Andretti opts for part-time IndyCar switch, considers IMSA

Marco Andretti has announced he will no longer be a full-time IndyCar driver, but is targeting Indy 500 glory and other iconic races in other series

Why American racing's top dog is without equal Plus

Why American racing's top dog is without equal

A byword for success in business and in motorsport for over 50 years, Roger Penske's importance to the US scene cannot be understated. In an exclusive interview, the custodian of the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedway reflects on his journey

Pat Patrick obituary: IndyCar team owner dies aged 91

Ueal Eugene 'Pat' Patrick, who ran cars at the Indianapolis 500 for quarter of a century and won three times, has died at the age of 91

2021 IndyCar season opener at St Petersburg postponed amid COVID concerns

The planned 2021 IndyCar Series opener on the streets of St Petersburg has been postponed to April amid COVID-19 concerns

Obituary: Racing patriarch Aldo Andretti 1940-2020

Former racer Aldo Andretti, the twin brother of 1978 Formula 1 world champion Mario and father of the late racing all-rounder John, has died at the age of 80

Dale Coyne Racing's 2021 IndyCar lineup to be firmed up next month

Dale Coyne expects to be able to confirm his 2021 IndyCar line-up by the middle of next month, amid speculation that drivers with Formula 1 experience could be in contention

The McLaren that rendered its Indy rivals obsolete Plus

The McLaren that rendered its Indy rivals obsolete

When founder Bruce McLaren died in June 1970, his team could have folded. Instead, his loyal band rallied to produce a string of winners - including an Indycar game-changer that won its third Indianapolis 500 five years after its debut

Montoya was "very clear" choice for third Arrow McLaren SP Indy 500 entry

Juan Pablo Montoya was the "very clear" choice for McLaren to field in its third car entry to the Indianapolis 500 in 2021, according to Zak Brown