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Rinus VeeKay Climbed the Ladder to Victory at Indianapolis

Rinus VeeKay on pit road at Indianapolis

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Rinus VeeKay’s introduction to the American motorsports world was on May 27, 2016 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was the first driver confirmed to race the new-for-2017 Tatuus USF-17 in the USF2000 championship on the Road to Indy. At the same track where VeeKay was announced to the world, he became the sixth youngest …

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Romain Grosjean Dominates, But Rinus VeeKay Triumphs at Indianapolis

Rinus VeeKay celebrates his first IndyCar win

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Rinus VeeKay scored his first IndyCar Series win in Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix, after overtaking Romain Grosjean via an undercut strategy. VeeKay became the series’ third first time winner in 2021, joining Alex Palou and Pato O’Ward. While Grosjean led from pole and maintained control over the majority of the race, pit strategy ultimately put …

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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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2021 IndyCar Quarter-Season Update: Race Win Contenders

Ryan Hunter-Reay leading Rinus VeeKay and Takuma Sato at Texas

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

After the first four races of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series, some of the race win contenders have proven themselves accurate in their placing in this category. Some are knocking on the door, so let’s take a look at this group from our preseason predictions. Pato O’Ward finally got his first IndyCar win at the …

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2021 IndyCar Quarter-Season Update: Championship Contenders

Scott Dixon leads the field at Texas

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

With a quarter of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season out of the way, let’s take a look at how the six drivers predicted before the season to be championship contenders are doing. So far in 2021, only one driver has finished all four IndyCar races in the top five, and that’s Scott Dixon. The …

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What Mattered: IndyCar at Texas

Scott Dixon leading at Texas

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

Pato O’Ward’s glass ceiling has finally shattered. After uncertainty climbing the motorsports ladder in North America, the young Mexican racer finally made it to victory lane as an NTT IndyCar Series racer after winning Sunday’s XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway. O’Ward’s journey to winning on Sunday involved quick hands, massive cojones and faith in …

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Pato O’Ward’s Texas Triumph Was a Long Time Coming

Pato O'Ward Celebrating at Texas

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Pato O’Ward’s first NTT IndyCar Series triumph was a long time coming. After five podiums over the last two seasons, O’Ward finally triumphed at the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon. But Sunday’s (May 2) victory wasn’t just about the journey since becoming a full-time NTT IndyCar Series driver in 2020 for …

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Pato O’Ward Claims His 1st IndyCar Victory At The XPEL 375

Pato O'Ward Racing at Texas

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

For much of the XPEL 375, it seemed that Scott Dixon would claim back-to-back wins at the Texas Motor Speedway, but in the end it was Pato O’Ward who was victorious, securing his first IndyCar win after starting fourth. O’Ward had run near the front all day, and emerged ahead of Dixon after his third …

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Pato O’Ward’s Texas Gamble Pays Off

Pato O'Ward Racing at Texas

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Running in 13th during Saturday’s Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway wasn’t good enough for Taylor Kiel. The race strategist for Pato O’Ward’s No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet called in the Mexican racer to pit on lap 110. O’Ward’s task was simple. If he was going to gain ground in the third race of …

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