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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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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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Will Alexander Rossi’s Fortunes Turn at Indianapolis?

Alexander Rossi leaving pit road on Carb Day

(Photo by Doug Mathews/INDYCAR)

In 2016, Alexander Rossi joined elite company with the likes of Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves by winning the Indianapolis 500 in his rookie outing. Since that time, finding victory lane at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing has been a challenge. The next year, Rossi qualified on the front row and spent much of the …

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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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Pietro Fittipaldi, Ed Jones Adamant About Liking IndyCar Oval Racing

Pietro Fittipaldi practices for the 2021 Indianapolis 500

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Not every racer that has competed in the NTT IndyCar Series or Formula 1 can say that they’re the track champion of a .363 mile oval in North Carolina, but Pietro Fittipaldi can. Hickory Motor Speedway’s 2011 limited late model track champion has since gone on to race in IndyCar, F1 and Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, …

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Fire on Fridays: How Do We Revive Indianapolis-Charlotte Double?

2014 Indianapolis Indycar Kurt Busch Mike Harding Indycar

(Mike Harding/INDYCAR Media)

Is the Memorial Day weekend double dead? If so, how do we bring it back? A true test of a driver’s pure talent and versatility is for them to compete in the both the NTT IndyCar Series’ Indianapolis 500 and the NASCAR Cup Series’ Coca-Cola 600. Several have done it since Charlotte Motor Speedway’s 600-mile …

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4 Burning Questions: 1,100 Miles & 600 Laps

Chase Elliott and crew chief Alan Gustafson sit on pit road wall. Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

How will NASCAR handle the Eddie D’Hondt situation? On May 27, news broke that Eddie D’Hondt, longtime spotter for Hendrick Motorsports, had been arrested two weeks ago on misdemeanor charges of assaulting a woman and battery against an unborn child. The incident in question happened on Labor Day 2020. The first affidavit was filed in …

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Remember the Reason

Brad Keselowski celebrates with United States of America flag after winning 2021 talladega spring cup race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This Sunday, May 30, is Christmas in May for race fans. While the Monaco Grand Prix was moved to last weekend, two of the most prestigious races in professional motorsports are contested on Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend, the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600. Many have a vacation day the next day, so the weekend …

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Indianapolis 500 Winners Seek A Repeat Victory

Scott Dixon qualifying at Indianapolis

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Every IndyCar driver wants to win the Indianapolis 500, maybe even more so than the overall championship. The build up to the most coveted race of the year began last week when drivers hit the track for practice, getting back up to speed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before qualifying over the weekend. With the …

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Getting Back in the Indianapolis 500 Saddle

JR Hildebrand Practicing at Indianapolis

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Some drivers competing in the 105th Indianapolis 500 do so as their only NTT IndyCar Series race of the year. While many competitors race the full season, there are challenges to racing only once or twice a year. Full-time drivers in the series have complete acclimation to the forces that the cars exert on their …

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