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Herta “most likely would do” F1 if opportunity arose

IndyCar ace Colton Herta says he remains interested in racing in Formula 1 despite team owner Michael Andretti’s planned involvement with the Alfa Romeo team falling through.

Winning Indy car team owner Vince Granatelli dies

Winning Indy car team owner Vincent Granatelli has died at the age of 78 after contracting pneumonia and COVID.

Calderon hopes Super Formula experience will aid IndyCar learning

IndyCar newcomer Tatiana Calderon is hoping her experience from Super Formula, F2 and sportscars will prove useful ahead of her first campaign at AJ Foyt Racing.

Dixon has "more fight" after losing IndyCar title in 2021

Six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon says his determination to reclaim the IndyCar title has been spurred on by his difficult 2021 campaign.

Friday favourite: The American Spa that became a happy hunting ground

Its four miles of sprawling asphalt is one of the fastest and most challenging layouts in the United States. In the latest edition of Autosport's Friday favourite series, Road America circuit specialist in Indycars and sportscars Bruno Junqueira explains why the track is particularly special to him

Kirkwood impressed after first IndyCar test with Foyt

IndyCar rookie Kyle Kirkwood was left highly encouraged after completing his first test day with AJ Foyt Racing and with Chevrolet.

Newgarden: No single factor explains Penske's 2021 Indy 500 issues

Two-time IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden says there’s no one issue to explain why Team Penske struggled so badly for pace during qualifying at last year’s Indianapolis 500.

Johnson will be "much more competitive" racing IndyCars on ovals

Jimmie Johnson says he expects to be "much more competitive" racing an IndyCar on ovals this year compared to his road and street course-only 2021 campaign.

Kirkwood: Pressure reduced at Foyt for rookie IndyCar season

Indy Lights champion Kyle Kirkwood says AJ Foyt Racing’s recent struggles mean he faces less pressure than in a top team and he and the squad can “grow together”.

Rossi: Competition with Herta helps elevate Andretti IndyCar team

Alexander Rossi says although friends with Colton Herta, they and their crews have a healthy rivalry that is helping drive Andretti Autosport forward.

O'Ward: Arrow McLaren SP will join IndyCar elite but isn’t there yet

Pato O'Ward says Arrow McLaren SP can join Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Penske and Andretti Autosport to make a ‘Big Four’ in IndyCar, but inconsistencies show they’re not there yet.

Castroneves: Pagenaud will help put MSR “on the next level”

Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves believes the arrival of Simon Pagenaud as his teammate at Meyer Shank Racing will elevate the team, particularly on road courses.

Dixon leads calls for next-gen IndyCar to lose weight

Six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon has described the current breed of IndyCar as a “junior category car”, as its ever increasing weight militates against top speed and handling agility.

Cameron to test Penske IndyCar at Sebring

Sportscar ace Dane Cameron will test IndyCar machinery with Team Penske at Sebring on Wednesday.

IndyCar champion Palou targets first oval win in 2022

Defending IndyCar champion Alex Palou says he's targeting an improvement in his qualifying efforts and a first oval victory in 2022, having come close to winning last year's Indianapolis 500.

IndyCar ace O’Ward critical of "ridiculous" F1 superlicence rules

IndyCar race-winner Pato O’Ward says he doesn’t understand the "ridiculous" FIA superlicence points system required to race in Formula 1, if it were to become an option for him.

Grosjean and Mercedes "still keen" to set up F1 test

Romain Grosjean says his Mercedes Formula 1 test initially planned for last season is still "on the cards", after it was postponed due to travel restrictions.

Rosenqvist "can't have" another IndyCar season like 2021

Felix Rosenqvist says he can't afford another IndyCar season like his "tough" first campaign with Arrow McLaren SP in 2021, but is confident the team has made progress over winter.

Kanaan to return to Indy 500 with fifth Chip Ganassi entry

2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan will race a fifth Chip Ganassi Racing entry in this year’s edition of the event.

AJ Foyt Racing signs Tatiana Calderon for partial 2022 IndyCar campaign

Tatiana Calderon will race a third AJ Foyt Racing entry at all of IndyCar’s road and street races in 2022.

Wickens admits IndyCar return “doesn’t seem feasible”

Robert Wickens, who will race in this year’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, says that a return to IndyCar doesn’t seem feasible but he’s “interested in exploring other options.”

Wickens to make racing comeback in Hyundai TCR car

More than three years after a devastating IndyCar accident, Robert Wickens will return to race action with Bryan Herta Autosport and Hyundai in IMSA’s Michelin Pilot Challenge.

Ed Carpenter Racing signs Daly for full-time 2022 IndyCar ride

Ed Carpenter Racing has announced it has signed Conor Daly as a full-time driver in its #20 Dallara-Chevrolet for the 2022 IndyCar season.

Lundgaard relishing IndyCar despite “no idea” what can be changed

Rahal Letterman Lanigan IndyCar rookie Christian Lundgaard says he’s still discovering how he can change the car to make its handling suited to him as he switches from Formula 2.

Montoya to return to Indy 500 with Arrow McLaren SP

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya will return to Arrow McLaren SP to drive a third team entry for the second consecutive season in the IndyCar blue riband round.

IndyCar and Motorsport Network launch global fan survey

IndyCar and Motorsport Network have launched a 2022 global fan survey in collaboration with Nielsen to capture the views of racing fans from around the world.

Lack of qualifying "good place" behind Power's 2021 IndyCar struggles

Will Power says "struggling to find a good place for the car" contributed to his 2021 IndyCar woes, but believes he can challenge for the title in 2022 and 2023.

IndyCar champion Palou to make IMSA debut with Ganassi at Daytona

Reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou will make his IMSA SportsCar Championship debut with Chip Ganassi Racing later this month at the Daytona 24 Hours in the team's expanded two-car lineup.

The hurdles Johnson should prepare for ahead of his Indy 500 debut

After electing not to contest ovals during his first season racing in IndyCar last year, Jimmie Johnson has pledged his commitment to the full season in 2022 - including the Indianapolis 500. Autosport asked the last NASCAR champion to take on the challenge, Kurt Busch, to explain what Johnson can expect

Ward’s AMSP move one of several key IndyCar engineer changes

Gavin Ward, formerly Josef Newgarden’s race engineer at Team Penske, has joined Arrow McLaren SP, one of several changes among three of the four biggest teams in IndyCar.

Former IndyCar team owner and Champ Car boss Kevin Kalkhoven dies

Kevin Kalkhoven, a former co-owner of the KV Racing IndyCar team and the Champ Car World Series, has died after a short illness at the age of 77.  

What made Palou’s IndyCar championship charge so special

In 2021, Alex Palou became the first driver for 17 years to capture a US open-wheel title in only his second season. His race engineer Julian Robertson explains what made Palou’s title run so impressive

Castroneves and Guerra confirmed for Race of Champions

Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and Mexican rally star Benito Guerra Jr have been confirmed for the 2022 Race of Champions.

IndyCar extends deal with chassis supplier Dallara

The IndyCar Series has announced a multi-year extension to its agreement with chassis manufacturer Dallara.

O'Ward and Herta headline DragonSpeed entry for Daytona 24

IndyCar race winners Pato O’Ward and Colton Herta will headline DragonSpeed's ORECA LMP2 entry in next month's Daytona 24 Hours in the IMSA SportsCar Championship.

Malukas confirmed in Coyne’s second IndyCar for 2022

2021 Indy Lights runner-up David Malukas will race the #18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports entry in all rounds of next year’s NTT IndyCar Series championship.

O'Ward sees two-year window to make F1 switch happen

Pato O’Ward believes he has a “maximum of two years” to move into Formula 1, but will do “everything I can to make it happen” after his first McLaren test.

Hinchcliffe “stepping away” from full-time IndyCar racing

James Hinchcliffe has announced his full-time IndyCar career is over, but insists he’s not retiring from racing.

Johnson to enter Indy 500 as he tackles full IndyCar season

Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson will contest the full 17-race IndyCar Series schedule - including the Indy 500 - in 2022, driving for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Al Unser Sr obituary: Four-time Indy 500 winner dies aged 82

Al Unser Jr once remarked, while revealing that he was as in awe of his father as were the rest of us: “Dad taught me everything I know… but he didn’t teach me everything that he knows.”

Four-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Sr dies aged 82

Four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Sr. has died at the age of 82 following a long illness, Indianapolis Motor Speedway has confirmed.

Karam, Ferrucci join Dreyer & Reinbold for 2022's Indy 500

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing will return to a two-car line-up for next year’s Indianapolis 500, with team stalwart Sage Karam joined by Santino Ferrucci.

Sato confirmed at Dale Coyne Racing with RWR for 2022 IndyCar season

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato will spend his 13th IndyCar season with Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing.

What could have been: The F3000 champion whose Champ Car move turned sour

Formula 3000 champions historically had a mixed record in Formula 1, but that wasn't the case in US open wheel racing, where Juan Pablo Montoya, Bruno Junqueira, Justin Wilson and Sebastien Bourdais all became winners. Bjorn Wirdheim had high hopes of following suit in 2005, but his Champ Car season was scuppered by factors out of his control

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.