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Techbench Tuesday: IndyCar at Gateway

IndyCar Conor Daly Gateway

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

The final oval race of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season takes place on perhaps the most technically challenging oval of the season: World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (Gateway for short). This track can provide a bit of a headache for a race engineer, but sometimes race engineers are used to dealing with changing …

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2021 IndyCar Summer Break Update: The Improvers

Conor Daly and Max Chilton at Carb Day in 2021

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Sometimes preseason predictions can be a bit off for the NTT IndyCar Series, and in 2021 that was certainly the case with a couple of our Improvers. For example, an excerpt from the preseason preview about Alex Palou: “Expect Palou to get a couple of podiums in 2021 if the 2020 season was just a …

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Conor Daly Luck Strikes Again at Indianapolis, Finishes 13th

Conor Daly's nose after the 2021 Indianapolis 500

(Photo: Christopher DeHarde)

Lady Luck giveth and Lady Luck taketh away. At the 105th Indianapolis 500, Conor Daly led 40 laps, the most of any driver in the field. However, Daly’s racing luck ran out on lap 119 of 200. When Graham Rahal exited the pits following his third pit stop, the left rear tire fell off of …

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Graham Rahal Crashes Out of 2021 Indianapolis 500

Graham Rahal pits during the 2021 Indianapolis 500

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Graham Rahal’s run in the 105th Indianapolis 500 came to an end against the turn 2 wall. After a pit stop on lap 119, the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda spun coming through turn 2 in the warmup lane, hitting the wall with the right side of the car. Further replays show that …

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Scott Dixon Fastest at Indianapolis 500 Carb Day

Scott Dixon practicing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

After winning the pole for the 105th Indianapolis 500, Scott Dixon’s crew called it a day with 47 minutes left in Friday’s two hour final practice for Sunday’s race. After all, when you’re 1.2 mph faster than second fastest in practice, it’s safe to assume that your car is ready for the Greatest Spectacle in …

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2021 Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Live Report

Scott Dixon in Saturday Morning Indianapolis 500 Pre-Qualifying Practice

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Welcome! This will serve as a live update hub for qualifying for the 105th Indianapolis 500 on May 30th. All 35 cars drew their spot in the qualifying order Friday evening and will go out one at a time for their four lap qualifying run. The updates will come as cars complete their runs with …

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Tony Kanaan Fastest, Santino Ferrucci Crashes in Thursday Indianapolis 500 Practice

Tony Kanaan practicing for the Indianapolis 500

(Photo by Walter Kuhn/INDYCAR)

Thursday’s (May 20) practice session at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway got off to a strange start and also had the first major bit of wall contact for any of the 35 drivers aiming to become part of the 33 car field for the May 30th classic. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing staged a photo opportunity in …

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What Mattered Friday at the GMR Grand Prix

Friday Practice at the GMR Grand Prix

(Photo by Walter Kuhn/INDYCAR)

In his third NTT IndyCar Series race weekend, Romain Grosjean proved that there could indeed be redemption for the Frenchman. The No. 51 Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing Honda will start Saturday’s (May 15) race from pole position ahead of Josef Newgarden’s No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet in a Firestone Fast Six made …

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Romain Grosjean Captures First IndyCar Pole Position at Indianapolis

Romain Grosjean Celebrates First IndyCar Pole

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Just 166 days after a fiery crash gave Romain Grosjean second-degree burns on his hands at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, the Frenchman scored his first pole position in the NTT IndyCar Series for Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Grosjean’s fastest lap of 1 minute, 9.4396 seconds averages to …

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IndyCar’s 1st Oval Race Brings Driver Lineup Changes

Conor Daly at Texas in 2020

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

The NTT IndyCar Series can trace its roots to the early 1900s, when the American Automobile Association first started sanctioning events in 1902 and held the first American open-wheel racing season in 1905. Back then, the schedule consisted solely of dirt-track ovals, some of which were actually horse racing facilities. Paved oval tracks eventually joined …

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