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Five Points: A Year of Change. After a Year of Change.

Chase Elliott holds 2020 Bill France trophy Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A Year Of Change. After a Year of Change. There’s a lot to look forward to this season. Putting the Daytona 500 to one side for a moment, we’ve got the Bristol Dirt race, a trip to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, a jaunt around Road America, a new oval in Nashville Superspeedway, …

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Romain Grosjean Joins Dale Coyne with Rick Ware in IndyCar

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(Photo credit: Dale Coyne Racing)

Romain Grosjean will race in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season for Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing, the team confirmed Feb. 3. Grosjean will pilot the No. 51 car on the road and street courses. He joins INDYCAR after competing in Formula 1 for the past nine seasons, earning 10 podiums throughout his …

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Dale Coyne Racing, Rick Ware Racing Partnering for 2021 IndyCar Season

James Davison Practicing at Indianapolis (Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

Dale Coyne Racing and Rick Ware Racing are entering into a two-team partnership for the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season, they announced Jan. 29. The new joint venture, named Dale Coyne Racing with RWR, will field the No. 51 full time in 2021 and the No. 52 part time, shifting the numbers from the Nos. …

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Ed Jones to Compete for Dale Coyne Racing in 2021

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

After a year hiatus, Ed Jones will race in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season for Dale Coyne Racing with Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan, the team announced Jan. 27. Jones will pilot the No. 18 Honda sponsored by SealMaster Pavement Products, which is entering its fourth season aboard the car. Santino Ferrucci drove the …

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James Hinchcliffe Returning to Full Time With Andretti in 2021

James Hinchcliffe at 2019 Texas IndyCar race Photo: IndyCar Meda

(Photo: IndyCar Media)

After competing in a part-time schedule with Andretti Autosport in 2020, James Hinchcliffe returns to full time with the team in the NTT IndyCar Series in 2021, the team announced Jan. 26. Hinchcliffe will pilot the team’s No. 29, fielded as part of Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport. Genesys will sponsor the effort for 10 races, …

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IndyCar’s Season Opener Pushed Back a Week

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(Photo: Christian Koelle)

The season-opening race in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series has been pushed back a week. The series’ Barber Motorsports Park race will now be run on April 18, Gene Hallman, Bruno’s president/CEO said, according to IndyStar. Barber’s move comes after the 2021 season’s original opening race at St. Petersburg was moved from March to April 25. …

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Simona de Silvestro to Attempt Indianapolis 500 With Female-Led Paretta Autosport

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(Photo: Paretta Autosport)

Paretta Autosport, a new NTT IndyCar Series team led by Beth Paretta, has been formed and will attempt to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, the team announced Tuesday morning. Simona de Silvestro will pilot the No. 16 Chevrolet with technical support from Team Penske. She has a best finish of 14th in five career Indy …

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Marco Andretti Stepping Down from Full-Time IndyCar Racing in 2021

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Marco Andretti (Photo: Chris Owens, IndyCar Media)

Marco Andretti is stepping away from full-time competition in INDYCAR, he announced Friday, Jan. 15. Andretti, who has competed for Andretti Autosport since 2006, will continue to race on a more limited basis. Andretti will run in the Indianapolis 500 for the team as well as potentially other IndyCar races this season “in order to …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Team Penske

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Josef Newgarden (Photo: Joe Skibinski, courtesy of IndyCar Media)

Just one year removed from a 2019 during which all three of Team Penske’s full-time NTT IndyCar Series drivers finished top five in points, the motorsports empire showed some slight cracks in its armor during a rough 2020 season. Two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden contended for a title and was the team’s bright spot, finishing …

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