Why 2020 offers a second-generation racer his best Indy 500 shot
Al Unser Jr managed to emulate his father by winning the Indianapolis 500 in 1992. Michael Andretti came close several times, but never did. Now could be the best chance yet for another son of a previous Indy 500 winner to join that exclusive club
One of the most refreshing sights of the 2020 IndyCar Series season - barring the star performances of this year's impressive rookie crop - has been that of Rahal Letterman Lanigan fulfilling its inherent promise. The team co-owned by three-time IndyCar champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan has been a puzzling entity in recent years, generating more questions than answers.
For example, how come a squad that's been full of talented engineers for several seasons and runs two fast and proven race winners isn't a more consistent threat to IndyCar's so-called Big Three? Why was the team a bigger championship threat when it ran just one car for Graham Rahal in 2015 than when it expanded to two entries? And how come Rahal Jr has been a more dependable performer over the last two seasons than his team-mate Takuma Sato, yet the latter has scored the team's three most recent victories?
Chip Ganassi Racing team was strong again in the Indianapolis 500, with poleman Scott Dixon and reigning champion Alex Palou leading almost three quarters of the race between them. But when dominator Dixon was penalised for pitlane speeding, ex-Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson stepped up to score the biggest win of his career and seize the IndyCar points lead
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Hinchcliffe tops opening day of Indy 500 practice, Alonso fifth on return
Dixon fastest on day two of Indy 500 practice as Alonso crashes