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 for an engineer at Carpenter for Conor Daly's car.
Posted: August 13, 2020, 6:43 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
James Hinchcliffe led an Andretti Autosport 1-2-4 on the opening day of practice for the 104th Indianapolis 500 as Fernando Alonso clocked the fifth fastest time
Posted: August 12, 2020, 10:50 pm
Fernando Alonso has said next week's Indianapolis 500 will be his last attempt at his triple crown for at least two years, as he returns to Formula 1 with Renault
Posted: August 11, 2020, 8:48 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
Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud says the condensed practice schedule for this year's race leaves far less leeway for experimenting with set up
Posted: August 11, 2020, 3:38 pm
IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have released the entry list for next week's Indianapolis 500, confirming the final two entries following a three-month delay for the race.
Posted: August 11, 2020, 8:28 am
The Indianapolis 500 will be held behind closed doors for the first time in its 104-year history in 2020 due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Posted: August 4, 2020, 4:51 pm
Helio Castroneves is targeting a full-time ride in the IndyCar Series next season, but expects this month's Indianapolis 500 to be his final drive for Team Penske in single-seaters
Posted: August 4, 2020, 4:49 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
Next week's IndyCar double-header at Mid-Ohio has been postponed due to ongoing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic which is still surging in several parts of the USA
Posted: August 1, 2020, 7:54 pm
Zak Brown says he would be open to fielding Fernando Alonso in next year's Indianapolis 500 with McLaren should the Spaniard's Formula 1 deal with Renault allow
Posted: August 1, 2020, 5:38 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
Conor Daly's Ed Carpenter Racing Indy 500 entry will be overseen by renowned crew chief Cole Pearn, who took Martin Truex Jr to the 2017 NASCAR Cup title
Posted: July 29, 2020, 7:12 pm
Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson has impressed Chip Ganassi team boss Mike Hull and five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon after completing a test on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course
Posted: July 29, 2020, 3:49 pm
Marcus Ericsson says his Chip Ganassi Racing team had "question marks" about him after his inconsistent rookie IndyCar season last year, but believes he has "taken big steps" in 2020
Posted: July 28, 2020, 12:37 pm
The IndyCar Series will not compete at either Portland or Laguna Seca in 2020, and will run double-headers at Mid-Ohio, Gateway and the Indianapolis road course in their place
Posted: July 27, 2020, 6:37 pm
The IndyCar Series Mid-Ohio round is set to become a double-header to effectively replace this year's Grand Prix of Portland which has been cancelled
Posted: July 26, 2020, 8:42 pm
IndyCar president Jay Frye says he remains confident that a third engine manufacturer will join Chevrolet and Honda in the IndyCar Series, as speculation increases that it will be Ferrari
Posted: July 26, 2020, 3:50 pm
IndyCar's newest winner Felix Rosenqvist says that the extreme compression between fastest and slowest drivers on any given weekend makes success extremely tough for all drivers
Posted: July 24, 2020, 2:49 pm
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced that attendance for the 104th edition of the Indianapolis 500 will be approximately 25 percent of capacity, with face coverings for all attendees
Posted: July 21, 2020, 7:10 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 became the first IndyCar driver to win from pole position at Iowa, as the reigning series champion dominated on his way to his first win of the season
Posted: July 19, 2020, 7:33 am
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 believes a "never give up" attitude by his Penske team played a crucial role in securing his and the team's first IndyCar win of the season at Iowa
Posted: July 18, 2020, 5:11 pm
Team Penske's Simon Pagenaud used an aggressive fuel strategy to claim his first win of the IndyCar season in the first race at Iowa, after starting last on the grid
Posted: July 18, 2020, 3:47 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
Conor Daly scored a maiden IndyCar Series pole position in qualifying for the first race at Iowa, with reigning champion Josef Newgarden on pole for the second race
Posted: July 18, 2020, 1:31 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
Andretti Autosport's Alexander Rossi says that reduced on-track time is causing the apparent proliferation of errors among all IndyCar teams in the paddock, pitlane and on the race tracks
Posted: July 13, 2020, 6:08 pm
Arrow McLaren SP's Patricio O'Ward has been left with mixed emotions after dominating at IndyCar's second round of the Road America double-header only to ultimately lose out to Felix Rosenqvist
Posted: July 13, 2020, 2:20 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
Felix Rosenqvist claimed a maiden IndyCar race victory with a penultimate lap overtake on the pole-sitting Arrow McLaren SP of Pato O'Ward in the second race at Road America
Posted: July 12, 2020, 7:02 pm
Arrow McLaren SP's Pato O'Ward earned a shock maiden IndyCar pole position for the second race of the Road America double-header
Posted: July 12, 2020, 3:24 pm
Scott Dixon expects the strategy employed by Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing in the first of this weekend's IndyCar races at Road America will be copied in race two
Posted: July 12, 2020, 8:45 am
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
Five-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon earned his third successive victory of the 2020 season in the first of two races this weekend at Road America
Posted: July 11, 2020, 11:34 pm
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
Reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden has taken pole position for the first of the two races at Road America this weekend
Posted: July 11, 2020, 7:19 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
Grand Prix of Indy winner Scott Dixon says the timing of the race's only full-course caution meshed ideally with Chip Ganassi Racing's "aggressive" race strategy
Posted: July 4, 2020, 8:31 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
Scott Dixon eased to his first win on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course after a caution period thwarted polesitter Will Power in the second IndyCar race of the season
Posted: July 4, 2020, 6:11 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
Will Power brought back normalcy to Indianapolis on Friday. After a two-month race delay and a one-month hiatus between IndyCar's first two races, Power reclaimed his status as the favorite for Saturday's Indianapolis Grand Prix favorite by overtaking Jack Harvey in the final seconds of qualifying with a pole-winning run of 1 minute, 10.1779 seconds on the track's road course. It took everything Power had to eek it out.
Posted: July 3, 2020, 11:23 pm
Team Penske's Will Power denied Jack Harvey a maiden IndyCar pole position on the Indianapolis road course, as last year's winner Simon Pagenaud struggled to a lowly 20th position
Posted: July 3, 2020, 9:45 pm
The purists can relax: Roger Penske did not remove troughs from the men's bathrooms at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It's been six months since Penske completed his purchase of the 111-year-old national landmark, a fixer-upper that he has already lavished with some $15 million worth of improvements. “It's like you just bought a Ferrari,” said Penske, “but it was rained on.”
Posted: July 3, 2020, 9:29 pm