Bob Jenkins, former TV and Indianapolis Motor Speedway announcer, has revealed he is suffering from brain cancer and has reduced his IMS duties
Posted: February 16, 2021, 5:21 pm
Ed Jones will return to IndyCar after a one-year absence for a second stint driving for Dale Coyne Racing. Jones was named Wednesday as driver of the No. 18 Honda entered by Coyne with Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan. The car will be sponsored for a fourth consecutive season by SealMaster Pavement Products.
Posted: January 27, 2021, 2:09 pm
James Hinchcliffe will return to Andretti Autosport for a full IndyCar season, a huge recovery after the popular Canadian cobbled only six races together last year. Hinchcliffe was blindsided in late 2019 when he was replaced at Arrow McLaren SP with a year remaining on his contract. With limited time to find a new job, he signed sponsor Genesys for three races with Andretti.
Posted: January 26, 2021, 11:33 pm
Marco Andretti will not run the full IndyCar schedule this season as the third-generation driver reprioritizes his racing career. The 33-year-old won the pole in August for the Indianapolis 500 but he didn't lead a lap and finished 13th.
Posted: January 15, 2021, 8:10 pm
Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya will return to the iconic event next year driving for Arrow McLaren SP. Montoya last raced the Indy 500 in 2017. The Colombian won ''The Greatest Spectacle in Racing'' as a rookie in 2000 and again 15 years later to give him a pair of victories in five career Indy 500 starts.
Posted: December 9, 2020, 4:28 pm
Herta, 20, will drive the No. 26 Honda with sponsorship from Gainbridge. Although Herta was under the Andretti banner in 2020, his IndyCar entry his first two seasons was actually co-owned by Mike Harding and George Steinbrenner IV.
Posted: December 8, 2020, 2:31 pm
Donald Davidson, the longtime I ndianapolis Motor Speedway historian, said Monday he will retire at the end of December. The late Tony Hulman was so impressed with Davidson's ability to recount stories that Davidson got a brief appearance on the IMS Radio Network. Davidson became what is believed to be the world's first and only full-time track historian in 1998.
Posted: December 7, 2020, 11:29 pm
Team Penske will mentor a new entry in the IndyCar ladder series that will be owned by a Black businessman as part of a new ''Race for Equality & Change'' initiative. Force Indy will compete in the USF2000 Series, which is part of the ''Road to Indy'' system that leads to IndyCar scholarship opportunities. The team is owned by Rod Reid, who runs the NXG Youth Motorsports program that has introduced karting at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to more than 2,300 underprivileged racers.
Posted: December 3, 2020, 8:03 pm
Tony Kanaan will have another chance for a proper IndyCar farewell tour with a two-year deal to partner with Jimmie Johnson at Chip Ganassi Racing. Kanaan will compete in the four oval events on IndyCar's 2021 schedule that Johnson does not plan to run. The seven-time NASCAR champion signed on for the road and street course events, and Ganassi announced Monday that Kanaan will complete the season in the No. 48 Honda.
Posted: November 23, 2020, 2:49 pm
Scott Dixon looked invincible in the first half of this IndyCar season. Runner-up finishes at Iowa and in the Indianapolis 500 gave Dixon five top-twos in seven races, and a win at St. Louis extended the streak to six of eight. Now, the Iceman needs everything he can muster to clinch his sixth IndyCar title.
Posted: October 4, 2020, 4:26 pm
Will Power counted down the laps Saturday, struggling to maneuver around the lapped cars in front of him. ''It was pretty intense because you had cars in front of you, that was the biggest problem,'' Power said. For most of the day, the gap between Power and those chasing him was at least five seconds and he was so strong Herta and third-place finisher Alexander Rossi, teammates with Andretti Autosport, acknowledged they weren't going to get past the 2014 IndyCar champ and 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner without a mistake.
Posted: October 3, 2020, 9:59 pm
The IndyCar Series will continue running the same engines each of the next two seasons. It also will be working with the same two engine manufacturers, Chevrolet and Honda, into the foreseeable future. IndyCar President Jay Frye announced Saturday the three parties agreed to delay the introduction of a new engine until 2023 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Posted: October 3, 2020, 6:36 pm
Josef Newgarden doesn't intend to just give up on his season title defense. The two-time IndyCar champion pulled away from the rest of the field over the final 18 laps Friday, racing to his third win of the season, this time by a margin of 14.2940 seconds over Alexander Rossi. With the Harvest GP win, Newgarden moved within 40 points of what once was a seemingly safe 120-point lead of five-time series champ Scott Dixon with two races remaining.
Posted: October 2, 2020, 10:47 pm
Michael Shank's race team will be expanding again next season. On Friday, the co-owner of Meyer Shank Racing announced Liberty Media has made an investment in the Ohio-based team, which will help fund its IndyCar operations as well as its recently announced multi-year program with the Acura DPi series. ''We have worked to build our IMSA and IndyCar racing programs step by step and this is another big progression for our organization to have Liberty Media make an equity investment in MSR,'' Shank said.
Posted: October 2, 2020, 5:45 pm
From the moment Helio Castroneves first arrived at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2001, he followed the same route through Gasoline Alley. The 20-year partnership between Castroneves and Penske became the model of stability in a sport defined by so many parts. When the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner showed up Thursday for the inaugural Harvest GP, he pulled on a new driver's suit bearing the name of a new team owner.
Posted: October 1, 2020, 11:25 pm
Scott Dixon keeps finding ways to put the milestones in perspective. Sure, he knows a sweep of the Harvest GP doubleheader in Indianapolis would give him six wins this season, matching a career high. ''I feel very lucky and privileged to do what I do,'' Dixon said.
Posted: October 1, 2020, 11:24 pm
IndyCar announced a 17-race schedule for 2021 on Thursday that includes a stop at Texas Motor Speedway before the Indianapolis 500 for the first time ever. Texas was one of the first tracks to support the open-wheel series when it launched and joined the schedule in 1997, the first full season of IndyCar competition. The race had traditionally been held in June immediately after the Indy 500 until 2012, when Belle Isle took its slot.
Posted: October 1, 2020, 3:32 pm
James Hinchcliffe will return to Andretti Autosport for the final three races of the season to fill the seat left vacant this week by Zach Veach. Hinchcliffe ran three races earlier this year for Andretti, where he drove three seasons from 2012 through 2014. ''It's always unfortunate to have to change drivers this far into a season, but we have to look at finishing the year the best we can for the 26 team and start evaluating and looking at options for 2021,'' said team owner Michael Andretti.
Posted: September 25, 2020, 5:13 pm
Oliver Askew knew something was medically wrong in the days after ''the hardest hit I've ever had'' in the Indianapolis 500. The IndyCar rookie told The Associated Press on Thursday he has been experiencing dizziness, sleeping difficulties, irritability, headaches and confusion since he crashed in the Aug. 23 race. Askew will not compete in next weekend's doubleheader on the road course at Indianapolis and Arrow McLaren SP will use three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves in the No. 7 Chevrolet.
Posted: September 25, 2020, 12:17 am
Andretti Autosport split with IndyCar driver Zach Veach on Wednesday and will use the final three races of the season to evaluate options for a 2021 replacement. ''His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character,'' Andretti said.
Posted: September 23, 2020, 6:09 pm
IndyCar plans to return to Nashville next year on an urban street course that will be a three-day festival of sound and speed that organizers hope rivals the storied Long Beach Grand Prix. The Music City Grand Prix is scheduled for Aug. 6-8 on a temporary circuit. It is the first new street course added to the IndyCar schedule since 2013 and returns the series to the city to Nashville for the first time since 2008.
Posted: September 16, 2020, 5:16 pm
Sebastien Bourdais will return to IndyCar with A.J. Foyt Racing in a full-time job for 2021 that begins with the final three races of this season. Bourdais, a four-time champion, had been scheduled to split the No. 14 at Foyt this season with both Tony Kanaan and rookie Dalton Kellett. The schedule was decimated by the pandemic so Bourdais, who was supposed to drive the first three races of the season, has yet to turn a lap in competition.
Posted: September 15, 2020, 5:55 pm
Colton Herta led an Andretti Autosport resurrection as the struggling team swept the podium Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and earned its first victory of the season. Herta started on the pole and cleanly made it through a dicey opening turn as the 20-year-old won for the third time in his career. Rossi finished third a day earlier in the Saturday-Sunday doubleheader for what was just the second podium finish all year for Andretti.
Posted: September 13, 2020, 7:34 pm
The start-and-stop uncertainty of this IndyCar season has not bothered Pato O'Ward, leader of a young fleet of drivers new to the series but capable of keeping up with the veterans. O'Ward, in his first full season of IndyCar, has climbed to third in the championship standings headed into the Saturday and Sunday doubleheader at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Had the pandemic not decimated the IndyCar schedule, O'Ward might have built some momentum to have already earned his first series win.
Posted: September 11, 2020, 8:08 pm
Jimmie Johnson will transition from NASCAR to IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing in a partnership that could pair two of the most dominant drivers of this generation on one team. The seven-time NASCAR champion will work with the Ganassi organization to finalize sponsorship on a two-year program for Johnson to run the road and street course races on IndyCar's schedule. If funding is secured, Johnson would be teammates with five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.
Posted: September 9, 2020, 5:30 pm
Josef Newgarden raced to his second IndyCar victory of the season Sunday, holding off rookie Pato O'Ward before a late caution ended the race at World Wide Technology Raceway under the yellow flag. It's the second IndyCar race to finish under caution in one week. Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 under yellow last Sunday.
Posted: August 30, 2020, 11:39 pm
Scott Dixon and Takuma Sato repeated their 20-lap shootout from the Indianapolis 500 a week ago, with Dixon reversing the finishing order Saturday by winning at World Wide Technology Raceway outside of St. Louis. Sato held off Dixon last Sunday for his second Indy 500 victory in four years. Dixon had 20 laps to chase Sato down, but a late caution ended the race under yellow.
Posted: August 29, 2020, 11:53 pm
Alexander Rossi has conceded the IndyCar championship to Scott Dixon and adjusted his goals toward winning any remaining races this season. The current IndyCar schedule lists just five races remaining races in a choppy year heavily disrupted by the pandemic. Dixon opened the season with three consecutive wins and heads into a doubleheader at World Wide Technology Raceway outside of St. Louis this weekend with an 84-point lead in the standings over reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden.
Posted: August 28, 2020, 10:11 pm
Marco Andretti was 2 months old the last time his venerable racing family led the field to green at the Indianapolis 500. In this strange pandemic-plagued season, he ended a 33-year Andretti drought by winning the pole. Mario Andretti was 1 for 29 in ''The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,'' with just three career poles, his last in 1987.
Posted: August 16, 2020, 9:03 pm
Marco Andretti led a Honda rout on the first day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying - a session dominated by Andretti Autosport and Honda as Team Penske was shut out of pole contention. The Andretti organization grabbed four of the slots and Honda drivers took eight of nine overall.
Posted: August 15, 2020, 10:01 pm
Honda claimed a clear edge over Chevrolet in speed on Fast Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Marco Andretti topped 233 mph in the final practice before qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. It was the fastest lap in a practice - which is considered unofficial - since Sebastien Bourdais went 233.116 mph in 2017.
Posted: August 14, 2020, 11:26 pm
Fernando Alonso crashed in the final hour of Thursday's practice session in a setback for his Indianapolis 500 venture. Alonso crashed in Turn 4 when his Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet dipped onto the concrete portion of the apron at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and sent the Spaniard into the retaining wall. Alonso was sixth on the speed chart when he crashed.
Posted: August 13, 2020, 10:32 pm
Cole Pearn abruptly retired at the end of last year's NASCAR season after helping build one of the best teams in stock car racing. Racing has also been scrambled, and when the Indianapolis 500 was moved from May to Aug. 23, one of the Ed Carpenter Racing engineers had a conflict. It created an opening at Carpenter on Conor Daly's car.
Posted: August 13, 2020, 9:58 pm
Graham Rahal walked through Gasoline Alley tapping away on his phone, no fear of bumping into anyone as he took a break during the first day of Indianapolis 500 practice. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a ghost town. The show is going on at Indianapolis, but it certainly isn't the same.
Posted: August 12, 2020, 11:31 pm
His steering wheel has been secured and the car is the proper color, two signs Fernando Alonso has a far better shot this year at the Indianapolis 500. The former Formula One champion failed to qualify for the race last year in a spectacularly woeful effort by McLaren. The Spaniard has returned to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a third attempt at winning the final leg of motorsports' version of the Triple Crown, this time with an experienced organization.
Posted: August 11, 2020, 4:51 pm
Roger Penske has reversed course and decided not to allow fans at the Indianapolis 500 later this month. The 104th running of ''The Greatest Spectacle in Racing'' will be the first without spectators, who showed up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway every year, even during the Great Depression. It was a flip for Penske, who purchased the iconic speedway in January and has spent every day since upgrading his new showplace to prepare for his favorite race.
Posted: August 4, 2020, 4:49 pm
IndyCar driver Conor Daly will have a new lead engineer for next month's rescheduled Indianapolis 500: NASCAR Cup-winning crew chief Cole Pearn. Ed Carpenter's team made the announcement Wednesday. Pearn was considered one of the top crew chiefs in NASCAR before announcing a surprise resignation in December so he could spend more time with his family in Canada.
Posted: July 29, 2020, 7:49 pm
Indianapolis Motor Speedway can hold approximately 350,000 fans in the grandstands, suites and infield, but officials said last month only 50% capacity would be admitted for the rescheduled Aug. 23 race. Mark Miles, President and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp., said the speedway has offered credits to anyone who has purchased tickets but no longer wants to attend the race. Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest outdoor sporting venue in the world and the original plan would have permitted roughly 175,000 spectators for the race originally scheduled to run Memorial Day weekend.
Posted: July 21, 2020, 6:42 pm
If only the English rock band The Who didn’t procure the name “The Kids Are Alright” for its 1979 documentary, it would have been the perfect title for this year’s wild and unpredictable IndyCar season. There was 19-year-old Rinus VeeKay with a top-5 finish on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in his second career race. Twenty-year-old Colton Herta was the only driver with top-10 runs in each of the first four races.
Posted: July 19, 2020, 6:14 pm
Josef Newgarden was seething after a fifth-place finish in the opener of the IndyCar doubleheader at Iowa, insisting he had the best car of the night and it was merely misfortune that cost him the win. Newgarden started from the pole and led nearly wire-to-wire to win Race 2, giving team owner Roger Penske a sweep of the two IndyCar races after Simon Pagenaud's win in the opener. It also gave Team Penske its fourth victory across three series this weekend with the NASCAR Cup Series drivers still to come Sunday.
Posted: July 19, 2020, 3:17 am
Simon Pagenaud's worst-to-first run capped a wild opening night to IndyCar's doubleheader at Iowa Speedway. Pagenaud then held off series leader Scott Dixon through the final laps Friday night to end Chip Ganassi Racing's four-race winning streak. How did I get there?'' asked Pagenaud, who also gave team owner Roger Penske his first IndyCar victory since purchasing the series late last year.
Posted: July 18, 2020, 3:41 am
After the first two months of the IndyCar season were derailed by the coronavirus, former champion Tony Kanaan finally began his abbreviated swansong to the open-wheel racing series at Texas the first weekend of June. Kanaan had carved out a schedule that would allow him to split seat time with rookie Dalton Kellett while allowing him to compete at some of his favorite tracks.
Posted: July 17, 2020, 7:54 pm
Few people can appreciate the level of success that Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist have had during the IndyCar team's pandemic-challenged 30th anniversary season more than Tony Kanaan. To start with, the former series champion spent four years driving the No. 10 car Rosenqvist took to victory lane for the first time at Road America last week, ending Dixon's streak of three straight wins to start the season. Then consider the 45-year-old Kanaan sees the 39-year-old Dixon in the gym almost every day, each pushing each other to stay fit - and young.
Posted: July 16, 2020, 7:00 pm
Scott Dixon’s win streak finally ended. Chip Ganassi Racing just kept rolling along. Felix Rosenqvist overtook Pato O’Ward on the next-to-last lap and earned his first career win Sunday in the second half of an IndyCar doubleheader at Road America.
Posted: July 12, 2020, 9:19 pm
Winning an IndyCar race is nothing new for Scott Dixon, particularly this year. ''To see fans and hear fans cheering again was definitely a lot of fun,'' the 39-year-old New Zealander said after winning the opening race of a weekend doubleheader. This marked the third IndyCar event of this pandemic-delayed season - Dixon has won all three of them - and the first to admit fans.
Posted: July 12, 2020, 3:40 am
Josef Newgarden won the pole position Saturday for the opening race of a weekend doubleheader at Road America, with IndyCar welcoming fans to its races for the first time this season. Newgarden, a Chevy driver and member of Team Penske, had a time of 1 minute, 45.5191 seconds on a course that is slightly more than 4 miles and includes 14 turns. Newgarden, whose speed was 136.946 mph, also earned the pole at Road America in 2018 and went on to win that race.
Posted: July 11, 2020, 8:02 pm
Will Power had the fastest practice time to open the first day of the Rev Group Grand Prix doubleheader Saturday at Road America as IndyCar welcomed fans to its races for the first time this season. Power, a Chevy driver and member of Team Penske, finished the more than 4-mile, 14-turn road course in 1 minute, 46.0021 seconds for a speed of 136.322 mph. He was followed in order by Jack Harvey (1:46.1606), Josef Newgarden (1:46.1914), Felix Rosenqvist (1:46.2319) and Ryan Hunter-Reay (1:46.2519). All the drivers are chasing Scott Dixon, who tops the point standings after winning the first two IndyCar races of the season at Fort Worth, Texas, and Indianapolis.
Posted: July 11, 2020, 4:52 pm
Simon Pagenaud says racing hasn’t been quite the same without spectators to cheer the drivers on for the opening stages of the IndyCar season. Pagenaud won’t have to worry about that this weekend. The IndyCar series will welcome fans for the first time this season during the REV Group Grand Prix doubleheader Saturday and Sunday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Posted: July 10, 2020, 9:17 pm
It took Scott Dixon 12 years to make a second trip to victory lane at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner ended what had been a frustrating quest for a second win at the Brickyard, beating Graham Rahal to the checkered flag by 19.9469 seconds Saturday and claiming his first IndyCar Grand Prix title. ''It's really nice to get another win at Indianapolis even though it's not the big one,'' Dixon said.
Posted: July 4, 2020, 8:22 pm
IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway are making an active effort to increase diversity throughout the industry with a $1 million donation to a new “Race for Equality & Change” initiative. “As our country has grappled with systemic issues related to race, equality and access to opportunity, we’ve been doing a lot of listening, learning and reflecting,” said Mark Miles, President and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp. “‘Race for Equality & Change’ will create a more diverse and inclusive INDYCAR community that fundamentally transforms our sport.”
Posted: July 4, 2020, 4:02 pm