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Oliver Askew Driving Like Every Race Could Be His Last

Oliver Askew preparing for the 2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at Laguna Seca

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

LONG BEACH, CA — Oliver Askew is fighting for his NTT IndyCar Series future. In a three race deal with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the Jupiter, Florida native will race in Sunday’s (Sept. 26th) Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach in an attempt to become a full time IndyCar driver in 2022. “I think right …

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Techbench Tuesday: IndyCar at Portland International Raceway

Will Power at Portland in 2019

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

The NTT IndyCar Series’s west coast swing to close the 2021 season starts this coming Sunday (September 12th) at Portland International Raceway, a 12-turn, 1.967 mile road course near the Columbia River. Portland’s history with IndyCar racing goes back to 1984 when the CART IndyCar World Series raced there for the first time with Al …

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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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Techbench Tuesday: IndyCar on the Streets of Nashville

Romain Grosjean speaking with engineer Olivier Boisson

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

When the NTT IndyCar Series visits a new track for the first time, teams are usually able to test at the track in order to help their race engineers gather data to create a setup for the race weekend. However, when that venue is a street circuit, then it’s not exactly an easy proposition to …

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IndyCar Techbench Tuesday: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Graham Rahal racing at Mid-Ohio in 2020

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

The 13-turn, 2.258 mile road course just outside Lexington, Ohio is mechanically a hybrid of two different road courses, which can provide NTT IndyCar Series engineers with a lot of challenges in trying to nail a perfect car setup. The first portion of the lap is marked by two long straightaways and slower corners, partly …

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Techbench Tuesday: Detroit’s Belle Isle

Graham Rahal at the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

The streets of Belle Isle right outside of Detroit is the host of the upcoming doubleheader race weekend for the NTT IndyCar Series and the bumps of the concrete surface are ready to greet the field just two weeks after the 105th Indianapolis 500. Belle Isle has hosted Indy car racing since 1992 with two …

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Random Predictions for the 2021 Indianapolis 500

Alex Palou leading Carb Day practice at Indianapolis

(Photo by Karl Zemlin/INDYCAR)

Note: The following predictions are not based on any scientific method nor are there any rhyme or reason for many of them. These are simply for fun. The 2021 Indianapolis 500 will be the largest gathering of people for a sporting event since the start of the current pandemic. With an estimated 135,000 people attending, …

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IndyCar Techbench Tuesday: Texas Motor Speedway

Scott Dixon pitting at the 2020 Genesys 300 at Texas

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

The NTT IndyCar Series’s first oval visit of the 2021 season is a doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) with the Genesys 300 on Saturday (May 1) and the XPEL 375 on Sunday (May 2). This is the first doubleheader Texas has hosted since the twin races in 2011 and since then, a lot has …

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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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