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De Vries, Vandoorne impress on IndyCar test debuts

Mercedes Formula E team-mates Nyck de Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne shone on their IndyCar test debuts with Meyer Shank Racing and Arrow McLaren SP at Sebring on Monday.

Williams F1 reserve Aitken to test Ed Carpenter Racing IndyCar

Williams Formula 1 reserve Jack Aitken has entered the frame as a potential Ed Carpenter Racing IndyCar driver in 2022, and will test for the squad next week.

Foyt IndyCar team renews with Kellett for third year

Dalton Kellett will remain with AJ Foyt Racing as a full-time IndyCar driver in 2022, extending his relationship with the team to a third year.

McLaren completes purchase of majority stake in Arrow McLaren SP

McLaren revealed today that it has completed the acquisition of a controlling 75 percent stake in the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team.

Askew hopes IndyCar street experience can translate to Formula E

Andretti Autosport's Oliver Askew hopes his IndyCar experience will help him on Formula E's cast of street circuits when he makes his debut in the championship next year.

Rossi: Improving Andretti Autosport's oval pace vital for 2022 IndyCar title tilt

Alexander Rossi says improving Andretti Autosport team’s performances on ovals will be vital to being in the IndyCar championship hunt next year.

Newgarden: 2023 downtown Detroit layout is “fantastic for racing”

Josef Newgarden says the new IndyCar/IMSA street course for downtown Detroit will be a hit for race fans as well as local businesses given the layout.

Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021 Plus

Ranking the top 10 IndyCar drivers of 2021

In an enthralling 2021 IndyCar campaign, the series bounced back from its COVID-19 truncated year prior and Alex Palou defeated both the established order and his fellow young guns to clinch a maiden title. It capped a remarkable season with plenty of standout performers

De Vries and Vandoorne set for IndyCar test at Sebring

Mercedes Formula E drivers Nyck De Vries and Stoffel Vandoorne will test IndyCars early next month on the Sebring International Raceway short course.

What could have been: The F3 hotshot who twice turned down Japan

Racing in Japan has long been seen as a well-regarded path to becoming a professional career, and a successful 1999 season in the country had made Darren Manning one of the most sought-after hot properties. That explains why he turned down two chances to stay in the country - sliding doors decisions which he believes changed his life

How F1's other IndyCar exile finally unlocked his potential Plus

How F1's other IndyCar exile finally unlocked his potential

Romain Grosjean's swashbuckling rookie year in IndyCar captured the imagination of many in 2021. But another ex-Formula 1 driver whose potential was masked by five years of toil in, at best, middling machinery also enjoyed a breakout year in 2021 - winning twice and finishing sixth in points. Here's how Marcus Ericsson finally delivered on his promise

Kirkwood arrival will help Foyt IndyCar team “get the best people”

AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt says hiring Indy Lights champion Kyle Kirkwood for a full season will help the squad land strong engineering staff.

Foyt signs Indy Lights champion Kirkwood for 2022 IndyCar season

Indy Lights champion Kyle Kirkwood has landed the legendary #14 entry at AJ Foyt Racing for the 2022 IndyCar season.

Have A Go Hero: When a sportscar ace got an unexpected IndyCar chance

The 2013 Sonoma IndyCar race is best remembered for Scott Dixon connecting with a wheel carried by a member of Will Power’s pit crew, who was tossed skywards. But for a German sportscar all-rounder, it’s also significant as their only US open-wheel start in a career that counts multiple titles in the American Le Mans Series and victory in the Spa 24 Hours

How Ganassi's relentless new champion outfoxed IndyCar's best Plus

How Ganassi's relentless new champion outfoxed IndyCar's best

IndyCar sophomore Alex Palou stunned by overcoming team-mate Scott Dixon and the rest of a white-hot field in 2021. He was consistently fast and crucially showed a level head, rebounding well from setbacks to put himself in a near unassailable position entering the final round

Andretti says control, not money, stopped Alfa Romeo F1 buy-in

Michael Andretti has refuted rumours that his plans to enter Formula 1 with Sauber-owned Alfa Romeo hit a financial roadblock, and instead says it was about control of the team.

DeFrancesco confirmed in fourth Andretti Autosport entry in IndyCar for 2022

Devlin DeFrancesco will race the #29 Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport car in IndyCar for the 2022 season.

Ex-F1 driver Hulkenberg rules out IndyCar switch for personal reasons

Ex-Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg has ruled out a move into IndyCar following his maiden test last month, citing “personal reasons”.

Detroit’s IndyCar GP to be moved downtown for 2023

Detroit City Council has approved the Grand Prix organisers’ proposal to relocate the race downtown from its current Belle Isle location.

Kirkwood now free agent as he seeks full-time 2022 IndyCar ride

Andretti Autosport's Indy Lights champion Kyle Kirkwood says he is speaking with other teams as he seeks to find a full-time IndyCar seat for 2022.

Hulkenberg completes over 100 laps in maiden IndyCar test

Ex-Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg turned over 100 laps in his maiden IndyCar test for Arrow McLaren SP at Barber Motorsports Park on Monday, as he evaluates a potential move.

McLaren: Hulkenberg “towards top of list” for IndyCar seat

McLaren CEO Zak Brown says Nico Hulkenberg is "towards the top of the list" of candidates for a future third IndyCar seat at Arrow McLaren SP, should the programme be confirmed.

Why Grosjean isn't the inspiration behind Hulkenberg's IndyCar test

Nico Hulkenberg will take his first steps in following Romain Grosjean's path from Formula 1 to IndyCar when he tests for Arrow McLaren SP at Barber Motorsports Park on Monday.

Alonso sure Herta is happy in IndyCar amid F1 switch rumour

Alpine's Fernando Alonso says IndyCar star Colton Herta should follow his own career plan amid talk over a future Formula 1 switch, pointing out "motorsport is much more than F1".

Boss of failed Boston IndyCar race pleads guilty to fraud, money laundering

John Casey, chief financial officer of IndyCar’s failed Boston Grand Prix, has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of fraud.

Lundgaard: IndyCar switch with RLL motivated by excitement

Christian Lundgaard says that joining Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar team is about pursuing enjoyment and excitement in his motorsport career, but has not given up on reaching Formula 1.

Lundgaard makes 2022 IndyCar move in third RLL seat

Danish Formula 2 driver Christian Lundgaard will switch to IndyCar in 2022, joining Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in a third full-time entry.

Ex-F1 driver Hulkenberg to make IndyCar test debut with Arrow McLaren SP

Ex-Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenberg and Formula 3 race winner Logan Sargeant will test an IndyCar for the first time next week at Barber Motorsports Park.

O’Ward: ‘I’d be lying’ to deny interest in future F1 move

Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar driver Pato O’Ward says he'd “be lying” if he denied interest in a future switch to Formula 1 ahead of his maiden test in Abu Dhabi.

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Plus

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Despite appearing to have an IndyCar job for life with Meyer Shank Racing, Jack Harvey’s departure and move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate. However, Harvey's and RLL's combined strengths could prove to be a winning combination - if they get the balance right

Podcast: IndyCar champion Scott Dixon remembers Dan Wheldon

Saturday 16 October marks 10 years to the day double Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon tragically died in an IndyCar crash at Las Vegas.

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win Plus

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing IndyCar win

Saturday 16 October marks the 10th anniversary of Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500

Andretti impressed after Indy Lights champion's first test

Newly-crowned Indy Lights champion Kyle Kirkwood impressed the Andretti Autosport team in his first IndyCar test at Sebring yesterday and reported that he didn't find the bigger cars “overwhelming”.

Harvey: RLL enticing because it’s “very good across the board”

Jack Harvey says he was enticed to join Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda because of the IndyCar team’s consistency and its ability to get its drivers to the front in races.

Harvey confirmed for RLL's third entry for IndyCar 2022

Jack Harvey has at last been confirmed as a Rahal Letterman Lanigan driver, joining incumbent Graham Rahal in what is described as a multi-year IndyCar deal.

Johnson closer to committing to full season after Indy oval test

Jimmie Johnson is “as close as I’ve ever been” to adding IndyCar ovals to his 2022 schedule, after nearing the end of his Indianapolis Motor Speedway rookie orientation program.

Grosjean keen to learn from Castroneves and new Andretti team-mates

After his first test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Romain Grosjean said he’s excited racing with his new Andretti Autosport team-mates and learning from four-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves.

McLaughlin didn't want "half-arsed" Bathurst 1000 campaign

Scott McLaughlin says he pulled the pin on his Bathurst 1000 drive out of fear it would be a "half-arsed" campaign due to travel restrictions.

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting Plus

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting

Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong junior career and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear

Sato to depart Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar squad

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has announced Takuma Sato is leaving the team, for whom he scored four of his six IndyCar wins, including the Indianapolis 500.

McLaughlin won't race at Bathurst for DJR due to quarantine requirements

Dick Johnson Racing has confirmed that Scott McLaughlin won't drive for the team at the Bathurst 1000 this year.

Grosjean, Johnson to take Indy 500 rookie test on Wednesday

Romain Grosjean and Jimmie Johnson will turn their first laps of Indianapolis Motor Speedway in an IndyCar this Wednesday for the mandatory Rookie Orientation Programme.

Bryan Herta: Hard to believe Colton finished IndyCar season only fifth

Colton Herta’s father Bryan, his Andretti Autosport strategist, says that he believes the “potential” was there to fight with new IndyCar champion Alex Palou for the 2021 title.

Detroit GP aims to move IndyCar and IMSA race downtown for 2023

The IndyCar and IMSA races in Detroit could shift from Belle Isle to a new downtown layout as soon as 2023.

McLaughlin set to call off Bathurst 1000 return

Scott McLaughlin has all but confirmed that he will not return to Australia for the Bathurst 1000 in December.

Brown: 2021 was a great season for O’Ward despite title loss

McLaren CEO Zak Brown believes that defeated IndyCar title challenger Pato O’Ward is one of the fastest drivers in the series, and can get even better.

Why IndyCar title glory is just the start for Ganassi's new star

Newly-crowned IndyCar champion Alex Palou has been lauded as a complete driver and veteran-like in only his second season. The 24-year-old is still in the early days of his career, but the parallels are there for all to see with his six-time champion Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate who has been CGR's team leader since 2014

Palou "Dixon-esque" and "most complete" IndyCar youngster - Newgarden

Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon have praised 2021 IndyCar champion Alex Palou for being the most "complete" of the young drivers in the series.

IndyCar Rookie of the Year McLaughlin targets Indy 500 win in 2022

IndyCar’s 2021 Rookie of the Year Scott McLaughlin believes his next steps are to finish in the top 10 in the championship and compete for Indy 500 victory.

Ganassi: Palou’s IndyCar title triumph “as big as it gets” Long Beach
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Ganassi: Palou’s IndyCar title triumph “as big as it gets”

After seeing Alex Palou score his team’s 14th IndyCar drivers’ title, Chip Ganassi said this latest triumph means a huge amount to the #10 crew and paid tribute to the entire squad.

Pagenaud to leave Penske and join Meyer Shank Racing in 2022

Indianapolis 500 winner and IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud will leave Team Penske and join former team-mate Helio Castroneves at Meyer Shank Racing for next year.

Herta "didn't think we had a shot at winning" Long Beach from 14th

Colton Herta admits he didn't think he had a chance of winning the IndyCar season finale at Long Beach after qualifying in a lowly 14th position.

Palou already setting sights on retaining IndyCar title next year

Newly crowned IndyCar champion Alex Palou says he’s already setting his sights on retaining his title next year.

IndyCar Long Beach: Palou secures maiden title as Herta beats Newgarden Long Beach
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IndyCar Long Beach: Palou secures maiden title as Herta beats Newgarden

Alex Palou secured the 2021 IndyCar title at Long Beach, as Colton Herta held off a late-race assault from polesitter Josef Newgarden to take victory.

O’Ward taken out of IndyCar title fight early in series finale

Arrow McLaren SP's Pato O’Ward has lost his shot at the IndyCar title at the Long Beach finale due to transmission failure, which occurred 17 laps after he was punted into a spin at the end of the opening tour.

Ticktum would make a great IndyCar driver, says Carlin

Stephanie Tindall, who helps run Carlin's IndyCar team, believes that the team's Formula 2 race-winner Dan Ticktum would be an ideal fit for US open-wheel racing in future.

Bourdais to race IMSA full-time, IndyCar part-time in 2022

Sebastien Bourdais is set to be confirmed as a full-time IMSA Prototype driver for 2022, and is now seeking to fill his non-sportscar weekends racing in IndyCar for AJ Foyt.

Ed Carpenter Racing confirms VeeKay for third IndyCar season

Ed Carpenter Racing has announced that Rinus VeeKay will run a third season for the team in 2022.

O’Ward upset to get “hosed” by “very odd call” from IndyCar in Long Beach Q2

Championship challenger Pato O’Ward says he felt cheated out of his chance to be in the Fast Six at Long Beach following a controversial end to Q2 in IndyCar qualifying.

Ticktum looking to IndyCar, DTM and Formula E for 2022

Dan Ticktum says he has a "couple of options" for next season and would be looking for drives in IndyCar, DTM or Formula E if he moves away from Formula 2 in 2022.