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A Deeper Statistical Dive Into Jimmie Johnson’s First IndyCar Race

Jimmie Johnson competes in his first IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — The statistics might show Jimmie Johnson finishing near the back of his IndyCar debut, but they cannot show how much he learned in an entirely new form of racing. After navigating through a six-car wreck on the first lap of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and then spinning eight laps …

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IndyCar Bigger Picture Outlook from Barber Motorsports Park

Pato O'Ward overtakes Alex Palou at Barber Motorsports Park

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Championship defenses are extremely difficult to come by in the NTT IndyCar Series, so much so that it hasn’t happened since Dario Franchitti won the 2011 title. Scott Dixon started his defense of his 2020 title with another podium finish at Barber Motorsports Park in Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama …

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IndyCar at Barber on Saturday: What Mattered

Pit Lane on Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Saturday’s on-track activity for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama gave the IndyCar paddock a good idea of who the key players will be for Sunday’s season opener for the NTT IndyCar Series. However, some faces that are usually at the top of the grid at Barber seem to be struggling, leading to some …

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Patricio O’Ward Secures IndyCar Pole at Barber

Pato O'Ward celebrates pole position at Barber Motorsports Park

(Photo: Chris Owens/INDYCAR Media)

Patricio O’Ward came to Barber Motorsports Park Saturday (April 17) with a point to prove to the IndyCar community. So far, so good. The 21-year-old racer for Arrow McLaren Racing SP was tired of seeing other drivers winning IndyCar races and took a massive step toward getting his first race victory by earning his second …

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Saturday Morning IndyCar Notebook: Barber Motorsports Park

Patricio O'Ward Tests at Sebring

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

BIRMINGHAM — Patricio O’Ward is frustrated with losing NTT IndyCar Series races. Three runner-up finishes in 2020 for Arrow McLaren SP and a new teammate are giving the young Mexican racer a new shot of motivation heading into Sunday’s (April 18) season opener at Barber Motorsports Park. “I’m not here to be second or third …

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2021 IndyCar Series Season Preview: Race Win Contenders

Ryan Hunter-Reay tests at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

(Photo by James Black/INDYCAR)

While the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series grid has a handful of drivers that will be genuine championship contenders, there are some in the field who should not be counted out for a race win or two, or maybe they could surprise everyone and be a championship contender. This preview will feature those drivers who should …

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2021 IndyCar Series Season Preview: The Improvers

Ed Jones practices a pit stop at IndyCar preseason testing

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Some drivers in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series might not necessarily be in the hunt for a race win, but they’ll be looking to get to that point. This preview will go over those drivers, particularly the ones that are running the overwhelming majority of the races. James Hinchcliffe has six IndyCar race wins under …

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2021 IndyCar Series Season Preview: Championship Contenders

Colton Herta and Simon Pagenaud test at Indianapolis

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Can anybody stop Scott Dixon or Josef Newgarden? Those two drivers have won the last four NTT IndyCar Series titles between them and will have 22 other full time competitors chasing after them, starting April 18th at Barber Motorsports Park. Dixon and Newgarden have won the last four series championships with Newgarden (2017, 2019 series …

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Techbench Tuesday: Barber Motorsports Park

Josef Newgarden tests at Barber Motorsports Park

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Barber Motorsports Park is an enigma for IndyCar race engineers. The 2.3-mile natural terrain road course manages to pack 17 corners and 80 feet of elevation changes into a narrow track that will be the site of Sunday’s (April 18) Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama to kick off the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series. With …

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