Marco Andretti reduces Indycar programme

Marco Andretti has chosen to reduce his NTT IndyCar Series programme for 2021. The American, with the very famous last name, has chosen only to do the Indianapolis 500 race this year. He will instead refocus and look at potential other opportunities in the racing work, he reveals. Especially sportscar racing has his interest, where he mentions the Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours and Le Mans as interesting races for him. He has previously raced at Le Mans in 2010 for Rebellion Racing, where he shared an LMP1 car…

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Hunter-Reay stays at Andretti

Ryan Hunter-Reay will have another season in the NTT IndyCar Series at Andretti Autosport. The 40-year-old American has extended his deal, so the two parties will have their 12th season together. The main sponsor of the #28, DHL, has also extended their deal, so they will be running together for the 11th season. “Captain America” has run the yellow colours on the car since 2014, where the collaboration was extended to being the primary sponsor of the car. Hunter-Reay won the 2012 title, and took his one and only Indy500…

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St. Pete moved to April

NTT IndyCar Series has chosen to push the race in St. Petersburg, Florida to 25 April, instead of the original early March date. The reasoning is the COVID-19 situation in Florida, where the organizers believe that there is a bigger chance of being able to run it in April instead. That moves the Indycar season opener to 11 April at Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama. The 2020 edition of the St. Pete Grand Prix was pushed from March to October, since the pandemic hit for real, just as the teams had…

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Kellett and Daly remain in the same teams

Dalton Kellett and Conor Daly will also participate in the NTT IndyCar Series 2021. The two drivers have extended the contracts with their two respective teams, that they raced for in 2020. Kellett has even gotten his contract updated to a full season, so he has the A. J. Foyt Enterprises car #4 all to himself. He was in the #14 through some of the season, that he shared with Tony Kanaan and Sebastien Bourdais, while Charlie Kimball had #4 to himself. Kellett made his Indycar debut in 2020, but…

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Long Beach and Laguna move to September dates

The organizers of the Long Beach Grand Prix has chosen to push back the 2021 edition to September. The race was originally scheduled for April, but due to the COVID-19, the organizers think it’s more realistic to run the race between 24 and 26 of September. The 2020 races were cancelled, since COVID-19 made it impossible. This has an effect on both the NTT IndyCar Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedules being moved around. IMSA will have to move their spring race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca too,…

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Herta changes car, Montoya back at Indy

The driver announcements for the NTT IndyCar Series 2021 are in full swing. Colton Herta will be racing in Gainbridge Honda #26 for Andretti Autosport. That will be the third different team in three years, although it’s mostly a name change. Herta started out at Harding Steinbrenner Racing, who had a collaboration with Andretti Autosport. That only got even closer, when the team had issues finding sponsors to race. He officially switched to AA in 2020, where he was racing car #88, being one of many drivers for the team.…

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Kanaan back at CGR

Tony Kanaan is back at Chip Ganassi Racing for 2021 and 2022. The Brazilian driver will run in car #48 at the four oval races of 2021. Car #48 will primarily be run by Jimmie Johnson, but since he is skipping the ovals, the team has made a deal with Kanaan. Kanaan raced for CGR from 2014 until 2017, where he was teammate with Scott Dixon. He wasn’t any match for Dixon, so the team decided to let him go, and replace him with Ed Jones, before signing Felix Rosenqvist…

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Review: Become Who You Are

Become Who You Are is a brand new sports documentary, that had its premiere this evening. The movie is about Jules Gounon, Memo Rojas, Scott Dixon and Bruno Senna, and their way to the 24 Hours of Le Mans The majority of the car scenes in the movie is recorded during the 24 hours race in 2019, but does contain historic clips too, from the drivers own archives. The movie is directed and produced by Frenchman Virginie Dulauroy, who is a new name in the documentary world, but is a…

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6 Indycar races for Castroneves

Helio Castroneves will be slightly busier in the NTT IndyCar Series 2021 season. The Brazilian has signed a six-race contract with Meyer Shank Racing, to race their second car alongside the full-season car of Jack Harvey. MSR has bought the car from DragonSpeed, who longer wants to enter Indycar. Castroneves will race at Barber Motorsports Park, Long Beach Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500, at the IMS Road Course, Portland International Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. It’s going to be quite a chance for Castroneves, who has been Team Penske driver…

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CGR announces their 2021 plans

Chip Ganassi Racing has got all their plans for the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season settled. The newly crowned 6-times NTT IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon will of course continue in car #9, while Marcus Ericsson got his contract extended in car #8. The team has just announced today, that Alex Palou will replace Felix Rosenqvist in car #10, while Jimmie Johnson will race a fourth car for the team – excluding the ovals for now, but since there only are three ovals on the schedule – Texas, Indy and…

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Indycar extends with engine suppliers

NTT IndyCar Series has finalized two very important contacts regarding their engines for the upcoming seasons. The deal with Chevrolet and Honda has been extended, so it runs until the end of this decade. Chevrolet has a long history in Indycar, but has been in the series for this round since 2012. The engines are build by Ilmor, which Roger Penske holds shares in. They are just marketed as Chevrolet engines, and as the American engine, in the American series. The Japanese Honda brand does however also hold an American…

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Indycar 2021 schedule revealed

NTT IndyCar Series has announced their 2021 schedule, with the proviso, that the health situation might result in changes. The season starts in St. Petersburg, Florida – but one week earlier than the last few seasons. Teams will go to Barber Motorsports Park and Long Beach in April, while the month of May starts in a very untraditional way, with two races at Texas Motor Speedway, which usually runs in June. They are followed by the two races in Indianapolis, with the road course race first, and then the Indy…

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Hinch gets three races

James Hinchcliffe can once again put the microphone on the shelf, and jump in the racing suit. The Canadian will race for Andretti Autosport for the remainder of the 2020 season in car #26, which was available following the departure of Zach Veach. Hinch already did three races for Andretti Autosport in 2020, where he ran car #29 with Genesys sponsorship on the side of the car. He will take over the Gainbridge affiliation at the two races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, plus on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.…

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Castroneves replaces Askew

Helio Castroneves has been called in as a replacement at Arrow McLaren SP, at the upcoming Harvest Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Oliver Askew felt unwell after the Mid-Ohio race weekend, with balance- and coordination problems, and was then checked by the doctors. He was then deemed unfit to race the two races next weekend in the NTT IndyCar Series. There are no further details about the exact reasoning for those issues with the American driver. The AMSP team has made a deal with Helio Castroneves, who usually…

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Veach leaves Andretti

Zach Veach and Andretti Autosports have chosen to split up. In a short statement from the team, they explain that they have terminated their contract instantly, and that they will announce his replacement in the near future. The NTT IndyCar Series 2020 season has been really bad for Veach. The American is currently 20th in the standings, behind all the Rookies, and only just ahead of Marco Andretti. Everybody else behind the pair has only done selected rounds. The season started well at the oval in Texas, where he finished…

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Bourdais gets new Indycar contract

Sebastien Bourdais will soon be back behind the wheel of an NTT IndyCar Series car again. The 41 year-old French driver was suddenly left without a seat for the 2020 season, when Dale Coyne Racing unexpectedly terminated the contract with him in November 2019. He quickly landed a deal with Action Express Racing in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where he currently races. He did sign a 4-race deal with A. J. Foyt Enterprises for 2020 later on. But the COVID-19 situation made a mess of those plans, with all the…

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Johnson signs Indycar deal

The seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has signed a deal, where he will race in the NTT IndyCar Series for the next two seasons. Johnson announced prior to the 2020 season, that this would be his final season in NASCAR, but one last shot at winning title number eight sadly didn’t happen since he didn’t make it to The Chase, where the title is decided. He was originally scheduled to test for Arrow McLaren Schmidt Peterson with Chevrolet engine earlier in the year, but that test was cancelled due to…

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Indycar hurries to Mid-Ohio

The NTT IndyCar Series series will have to pack their trucks much sooner than originally planned. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is ready to host two rounds this coming weekend. The race was originally scheduled earlier in the season, but it was put on pause due to the COVID-19 situation in the area. When the teams left World Wide Technology Raceway last weekend, it looked like a no-race September, with the next race being in Indianapolis in October. That race is still on the schedule, with another double round, before the…

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Two days qualifying for Indy 500

The qualifying for the 104th Indianapolis 500 was run as normal over two days. Even though the race has been moved from May to August, and no specators allowed into the circuit, the regular practice sessions and qualifyings will still be run almost with no change. The qualifying however wasn’t as nerve-wrecking as for the last few years, since the NTT IndyCar Series only crawled its way onto 33 entries. There are 33 starting spots on the grid, and with the 31 cars confirmed with one and a half weeks…

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Mid-Ohio postpones Indycar races

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has chosen to postpone the two NTT IndyCar Series races, that should have been run this coming weekend. The track between Columbus and Cleveland has sent out a press release this Saturday night, stating that it is based on communication with the local health officials. They expect to be able to run the races in either September or October this year, but will release further details at a later stage. The month of September is currently an Indycar-free zone, following the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and…

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