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A Statistical Deep Dive into Jimmie Johnson’s Detroit Doubleheader

Jimmie Johnson practices on the streets of Detroit

(Photo by Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

After having the greater part of the month of May off, Jimmie Johnson was back behind the wheel of the No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda for his second taste of street racing in the NTT IndyCar Series at Belle Isle in Detroit. This was shaping up to be Johnson’s most challenging weekend. One 75-minute …

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Rinus Veekay Injured in Cycling Accident, Status Pending for Road America

2020 REV Group Grand Prix

(Photo Credit: Chris Jones/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

Rinus VeeKay was injured in a cycling accident during a training ride early Tuesday, Ed Carpenter Racing announced June 15. The NTT IndyCar Series young gun sustained a clavicle injury and is being treated by INDYCAR’s medical staff. The team said VeeKay’s participation in this weekend’s Rev Group Grand Prix at Road America is pending. …

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Marcus Ericsson’s Journey to IndyCar Victory Lane

Marcus Ericsson celebrating at Detroit

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Marcus Ericsson was at a crossroads. After spending four years in GP2 and five years in Formula One, the Swedish racer had to look for a new ride after being informed that Alfa Romeo would not keep him in Formula One. The NTT IndyCar Series and Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports came calling and Ericsson embraced …

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5 Points to Ponder: Unstoppable Hendrick & Nemechek’s Smart Move

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. Does anyone have anything for Hendrick this year? Hendrick Motorsports is pretty good at this racing thing. The group was the class of the field in the All-Star Race, where Kyle Larson took home his third win in a row. With all four drivers combining to win seven of the first 16 events of …

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What Mattered for IndyCar at Detroit

Oliver Askew getting ready at Detroit

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Two races, two winners and a swap of the points lead were among some of the bigger storylines coming out of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix as the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series reaches its halfway point. Pato O’Ward is now the man to beat. The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet was the first car …

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Strategy Helps Will Power Charge From 20th to 6th at Detroit

Will Power on the streets of Detroit on Sunday

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

After a frustrating race in Saturday’s doubleheader race in Detroit for the NTT IndyCar Series, Will Power used long stints to vault his way through the field to finish in sixth place in the second race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader. Power started 20th after failing to advance to the second round of …

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Patricio O’Ward Wins in Detroit, Becoming 2021’s 1st Repeat Winner

Patricio O'Ward

(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

Patricio O’Ward is now a two-time IndyCar Series winner after taking the checkered flag in the second of this weekend’s two races at the Raceway at Belle Isle in Detroit Sunday (June 13). Polesitter Josef Newgarden finished second, while Alex Palou took the final podium position. O’Ward shoved his way by Newgarden, who had led …

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Takuma Sato Falls From Second to Fourth Late at Detroit

Takuma Sato practicing at Detroit

(Photo by Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

Coming to the final restart in Saturday’s race in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, Takuma Sato was in second-place behind eventual race winner Marcus Ericsson, but the racing gods did not smile on the Japanese racer. At the lap 67 restart, Rinus VeeKay went past Sato going into turn 1, putting the No. 30 Rahal …

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Will Power Blasts INDYCAR After ECU Failure Drops Him to 20th

Will Power practicing at Detroit

(Photo by Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

It wasn’t Will Power’s goose that was cooked. It ended up being his ECU that was well done. When the No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet failed to start after the final red flag in Saturday’s race in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, the 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner fell through the running order, eventually finishing 20th, …

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