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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)

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’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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Scott Dixon Goes Back-to-Back in Texas; McLaughlin Nabs 2nd

Scott Dixon, IndyCar

Scott Dixon at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

Scott Dixon dominated the Genesys 300 en route to leading a 1-2 finish for the series’ two New Zealanders; Scott McLaughlin chased his fellow countryman, finishing only two tenths of a second behind. Dixon passed teammate Alex Palou for the lead on the third lap of the 212 lap race, and maintained control over the …

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What Mattered for IndyCar at St. Petersburg

Colton and Bryan Herta talk shop

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

After finishing 22nd and 23rd last week respectively, Colton Herta and Josef Newgarden managed to get their NTT IndyCar Series championship aspirations going properly at Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg by winning and finishing second, respectively. The biggest difference for the two, however? Bonus points. Herta won the pole position and led the …

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A Statistical Deep Dive in Jimmie Johnson’s 1st IndyCar Street Race

Jimmie Johnson giving feedback at St. Petersburg

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Before Sunday, Jimmie Johnson had never raced on a street circuit. Aiming to learn, Johnson did all of that and more in Sunday’s (April 25) Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the second race of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season. The No. 48 Carvana Honda started 23rd and ran as high as 21st following …

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