Indycar postpones engines once again

The NTT IndyCar Series has chosen to postpone the new engines with hybrid systems until 2024. This its not the first time, that the plans for a new drive line has been pushed back. The current engine programme has been running since 2012, when the DW12 chassis was introduced. There had only been very few changes to the 2,2 liter engines since then, with Honda and Chevrolet only being allowed to improve reliability, and make the power curves plus the fuel consumption as equal as possible. Hybrid systems is a…

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Calderon new driver for Foyt

Tatiana Calderon will finally get a chance in the NTT IndyCar Series in the 2022 season. The Colombian has signed a contract with AJ Foyt Racing, where she will race the ROKiT Chevrolet #11. It won’t however be a full season for the rapid lady. She will only do the road and street courses, while the car will be handed over to a yet unnamed driver at the ovals. 28-year-old Calderon has primarily raced in single-seaters so far, including GP3, Formula 2, and most recently in Super Formula. She has…

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JPM back at Indy

Juan Pablo Montoya is back at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2022. The Colombian will race both the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which is run on the infield of the oval, plus participate in qualifying for the Indy 500. The 2022 Indy 500 will be oversubscribed again, and with room for only 33 cars, there will be some disappointed teams and drivers. The double Indy 500 should however feel quite confident about qualifying, as long as he doesn’t make any mistakes prior to, or during the qualifying itself, which…

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Daly gets full season at ECR

Conor Daly is finally back as a full-season driver, for the same team, in the NTT IndyCar Series 2022. The American has been racing for Ed Carpenter Racing for the past two years, but only in the races that the team boss didn’t race himself. When ECR didn’t have room for him, he sometimes raced for the Carlin team, where Max Chilton wasn’t the biggest fan of the oval races. Daly will be racing in car #20, and will have BitNile as sponsor on the Chevrolet car. Rinus VeeKay will…

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Sato gets new Indycar ride

The double Indy500 winner Takuma Sato has found a new seat in the NTT IndyCar Series. The 44-year-old Japanese driver will be racing the 2022 season for Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing in car #51, where he replaces Romain Grosjean. Sato is hugely experienced in single-seaters. After having raced Formula 3 in his home country, he travelled to Europe in 1999, and won the British Formula 3 Championship two years later. That gave him the ticket to Formula 1, where Honda placed him at Jordan. That was followed…

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Lundgaard signs Indycar contract

Christian Lundgaard has got a full season NTT IndyCar Series in 2022. The 20-year-old Danish racing driver has signed a contract with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, for whom he got a single race in 2021, on the infield of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That debut exceeded all expectations by him qualifying 4th – ahead of both Takuma Sato and Graham real – and finished the race 12th amongst the 26 finishing cars. The Dane is a part of Alpine Academy, which is for young talents, receiving support towards Formula 1 for…

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Three races for Askew

Oliver Askew returns to the NTT IndyCar Series for the final three races of 2021. The American has made a deal with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, to drive their third car – the car that Santino Ferrucci and Christian Lundgaard have raced with earlier this year. Askew made his Indycar debut in 2020 for Arrow McLaren SP, but got some health issues, following a huge crash at the Indy 500. That, combined with issues within the team prior to that, resulted in him not getting his contract renewed for 2021,…

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Two driver changes for Road America

NTT IndyCar Series has a very strange occurrence, with two drivers not being cleared to drive during the upcoming Road America race this weekend. This is down to the doctors now allowing the two drivers to participate, following the accidents on and off the track. Felix Rosenqvist was sent to hospital following a serious crash in the Saturday race. His throttle was stuck wide open on his Arrow McLaren SP car, so he went straight into the concrete wall, with the tire barrier that was covered the wall, not taking…

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One-lane racing in Saturday race

Round three of the NTT IndyCar Series 2021 was run as an afternoon/evening race at Texas Motor Speedway. Saturday was time for the first of the two races this weekend, and it was affected a little by rain in the morning. That resulted in the practice session being push back, resulting in the Qualifying session being cancelled. The starting order would be decided by the championship order ahead of the race: Alex Palou on pole, ahead of Will Power, Scott Dixon, Colton Herta, Simon Pagenaud, Jack Harvey, Sebastien Bourdais, Rinus…

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Street fighting in St. Petersburg

NTT IndyCar Series had the second stop of their 2021 season on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The race should actually have been the opening round like it’s used to be, but the city decided to push back the date for a month and a half, so the COVID-19 situation in Florida would stabilize a bit more, so they could let a few more spectators through the gates – a number that turned out to be 20.000. Colton Herta had grabbed Pole Position for Andretti Autosport, ahead of Jack…

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Fittipaldi for the ovals

Pietro Fittipaldi will return to the NTT IndyCar Series for the 2021 season. The Brazilian, with the famous granddad, will be racing for Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing in car #51, which he will share with Romain Grosjean. Grosjean has chosen to stick to the road and street courses, and skipping the ovals for now. He has mentioned in an interview, that his serious accident in Bahrain made him decide to skip the oval races in 2021. Fittipaldi has raced for Dale Coyne Racing back in 2018, but…

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Grosjean to Indycar

Romain Grosjean will move to the NTT IndyCar Series for the upcoming season The 34-year-old Frenchman has signed with Dale Coyne Racing with RWR for #51, where he will do the road- and street courses. He will skip the oval races, where another driver will take the wheel of the car. The Indycar series will be brand new territory for Grosjean, who only has raced at COTA in Texas in the USA, so he will have to learn a lot of new tracks. He is a big user of iRacing,…

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RWR joins forces with DCR

Rick Ware Racing will step into the NTT IndyCar Series 2021 with up to two cars. The American team has joined forces with Dale Coyne Racing, who will rename their classic car numbers #19 and #55 to the RWR favourites #51 and #52. The two parties already worked together for the Indianapolis 500 race in 2020, where James Davison was racing. Car #51 will be a full season car, while #52 will be for selected races, in including the Indianapolis 500. Rick Ware Racing has NASCAR as their primary racing…

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Jones returns to Dale Coyne

Ed Jones will return to the NTT IndyCar Series for 2021, where he once again will race for Dale Coyne Racing. Jones will be racing car #18, which is the Sealmaster sponsored Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan Honda car. The driver from Dubai made his Indycar debut in 2017 for DCR, where he won the Rookie Championship. That resulted in a contract with Chip Ganassi Racing , where he didn’t deliver at all. He only got a single season by them, before getting a road- and street course plus…

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Hinchcliffe confirmed at Andretti

James Hinchcliffe has finally been confirmed at Andretti Autosport. Hinch has been without a full season ride since the season finale in 2019, where he was fired from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. The Canadian did, however, get a contract with Andretti Autosport, where he would do three races with the team, racing with Genesys on the side of the car. He got additional races at the end of the season in car #26, previously raced by Zach Veach, when the team and Veach decided to end their relationship early. Hinchcliffe will…

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Barber pushed back one week

The opening round of the NTT IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park will be pushed back one week. The organizers have chosen to move the race to Sunday 18 April. The Indycar drivers will now have to do four races in three consecutive weekends, since the St. Petersburg race, which originally was the opening round of 2021, was moved to 25 April. The change from 11 to 18 April will put the race on NBC in the USA, since the 18 April was the original date for the Long Beach…

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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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