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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Indycar with new, updated schedule

The NTT IndyCar Series has had to update the 2020 series schedule, due to the COVID-19 preventing some rounds from being run. It’s the race weekend at Portland International Raceway, plus the two races races at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca being cancelled, since it’s a long drive to the west of the USA for those three races, plus it’s some of the areas mostly affected by the number of cases, compared to the mid-states. The race weekend in one and a half weeks time at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has…

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Safety Car turned Indy race on its head

The second round of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series was run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but it wasn’t all on the oval, but on the road course, that’s also known from Formula 1 and MotoGP. Will Power had taken Pole Position, while Jack Harvey surprised with second starting position, ahead of Colton Herta. Graham Rahal showed promising speed in the qualifying with fourth, ahead of rookie Oliver Askew, while the defending Championship Josef Newgarden was qualified in P6. Championship leader Scott Dixon was starting from 7th. The qualifying had been…

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Successful season opener in Texas

The 2020 season opener of NTT IndyCar Series was run as a one-day race at Texas Motor Speedway under the name Genesys 300. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the time on the track was limited. So they only had a single training, followed by the qualifying, while the race would be run on Saturday evening local time. The defending champion Josef Newgarden had taken Pole Position, ahead of Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud. Rinus VeeKay already put the ECR mechanics on overtime in the morning when he hit the wall…

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24 cars for season opener

The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series will finally get underway this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. The season was scheduled to start in March, and all the teams had made it to St. Petersburg, Florida, but that was right on the week where the COVID-19 situation exploded, so everybody ended up packing their trucks and went home. 24 cars are entered for the race at the Texas oval. There could have been 25, but Carlin decided to pull their car #31. The car didn’t have any full season driver for the…

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2020 Indycar schedule adjusted again

The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series schedule has once again been adjusted. The reason is, of course, the COVID-19 situation, which has resulted in the first part of the season getting yet another new look. Texas Motor Speedway will still open the season on 6 June, but the rest of June has been scrapped. That makes Road America move to July, replacing the Toronto race – and actually becoming a double round on this classic venue. A race that won’t happen, nor be replaced, is the Richmond oval, which was scheduled…

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Toronto postpones 2020 race

Toronto has postponed their planned NTT IndyCar Series race for 2020. The reason is of course the ongoing COVID-19 situation, and since it’s a street race, the track build needs to be started very early. The people in charge don’t see that safe enough for health reasons – at least not on the original July date. The organizers do however state that they are working on an alternative date for 2020. But there are not may gaps left in the revised schedule that Indycar released early April. The only gaps…

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Date for Indycar season finale revealed

The NTT IndyCar Series has announced the  date for the 2020 season finale. St. Petersburg, Florida will host the event on 25 October. This is the second time in 2020, for the trucks to roll into the parking area in St. Petersburg, since all the field had made it to the track in March, where the opening round should have been run. The event was cancelled a few hours before Indycar was to go out for practice, but instead everybody should pack up, and go back to their COVID-19 shelters…

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Indycar sticks to June start

NTT IndyCar Series is committed to starting the 2020 season in June. Texas Motor Speedway has been on top of the schedule for a month now, following the street race in Detroit was cancelled due to COVID-19. The race will be run on Saturday 6 June, and will be a night race with start 8.45 PM eastern time. The full race event will unfold over just a single day, with a single practice session, and the qualifying happening during the afternoon. There won’t be any spectators allowed into the track,…

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Detroit cancelled, Indycar replaces

Detroit Grand Prix has been cancelled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus, affecting both the NTT IndyCar Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Both series were supposed to race in The Motor City the last weekend of May, but that event has officially been taken off both schedules. IMSA states that they are working on a possible replacement later in the year, but there is nothing final just yet. There is about one month gap between Petit Le Mans and the final at Sebring, so they might be…

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Indianapolis events changes Indycar schedule

The NTT IndyCar Series has really shaken up the schedule for the 2020 season. The reason for the huge changes is, of course, the COVID-19 virus, which already has eaten up the first races of the calendar. Latest news from Indycar is the two events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including the Indy 500, will be moved to later in the season. The Detroit races at the end of May are still on the schedule, followed by Texas Motor Speedway. The Road America and Richmond races keep their June dates, while…

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Long Beach cancelled plus no testing and various other themes

The planned Long Beach Grand Prix has been definitely cancelled for 2020. The race was originally announced as delayed last week, but the organizers have decided that it won’t happen this year, neither for the NTT IndyCar Series nor the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The issue with Long Beach is that it’s a street circuit, so all the roads have to be closed and a lot of preparation with the armco and fences etc. The race will return in 2021, when everything is back to normal again. Indycar has also…

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Indycar postpones start of season

The NTT IndyCar Series has chosen to postpone the start of the 2020 season. Despite a press release issued Thursday afternoon local time, the series has given a second thought Friday morning, and has cancelled this weekend’s race in St. Petersburg. The next round at Long Beach was already cancelled by the city itself yesterday, and now the series have chosen to also cancel Round three at Circuit Of The Americas. That leave no races left on the calendar for the whole of March and April, so the earliest race…

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