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Pato O’Ward’s IndyCar Title Chances Disappear in Long Beach

Pato O'Ward in the hairpin at the 2021 Grand Prix of Long Beach

(Photo by James Black/INDYCAR)

LONG BEACH, CA — Pato O’Ward’s 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach was always going to be a mountain to climb if the Mexican racer was going to have a shot at winning the NTT IndyCar Series championship.  However, contact early in the race began a chain of events that culminated in O’Ward’s early …

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Alex Palou Wins 2021 IndyCar Series Championship

Alex Palou celebrates winning the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series championship

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

LONG BEACH, CA — After winning on his Chip Ganassi Racing debut back in April, Alex Palou capped off the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season by winning his first series championship by finishing fourth in Sunday’s (September 26th) Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. After starting 10th, Palou managed to keep himself out of danger …

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Colton Herta Sweeps SoCal; Alex Palou Wins IndyCar Championship

Colton Herta celebrates winning the 2021 Grand Prix of Long Beach

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Colton Herta staged an impressive drive from 14th on the grid to win the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, and sweep the NTT IndyCar Series tour of Southern California following his win at Laguna Seca. Additionally, Alex Palou came home in fourth place to secure the 2021 IndyCar championship, beating out Pato O’Ward and …

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Josef Newgarden Wins Pole at Long Beach, Pato O’Ward Frustrated

Josef Newgarden going around the hairpin at the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

(Photo by James Black/INDYCAR)

LONG BEACH, CA — Josef Newgarden’s NTT IndyCar Series championship hopes may be remote but they improved ever so slightly as the two-time IndyCar champion managed to secure the 15th IndyCar pole position of his career ahead of Sunday’s (September 26th) Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Newgarden steered No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet around …

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Colton Herta Paces Opening Long Beach Grand Prix Practice

Colton Herta in the hairpin at Long Beach in Friday practice in 2021

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

LONG BEACH, CA — Colton Herta’s bid to win two NTT IndyCar Series races in a row got off to a good start by setting the fastest lap time in the opening practice session for the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. With the fastest lap of 1 minute, 9.2680 seconds, Herta averaged 102.281 …

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Oliver Askew Driving Like Every Race Could Be His Last

Oliver Askew preparing for the 2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at Laguna Seca

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

LONG BEACH, CA — Oliver Askew is fighting for his NTT IndyCar Series future. In a three race deal with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the Jupiter, Florida native will race in Sunday’s (Sept. 26th) Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach in an attempt to become a full time IndyCar driver in 2022. “I think right …

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Romain Grosjean Moving to IndyCar Full Time in 2022 for Andretti

Photo: James Black, INDYCAR Media

Romain Grosjean will drive the No. 28 car full-time in the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season, Andretti Autosport announced Sept. 24. “(Romain) already had an impressive resume before coming to IndyCar, and watching what he’s been able to do in his rookie season here has been exciting to say the least,” team owner Michael Andretti …

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Callum Ilott Driving Full Time for Juncos Hollinger in 2022

Callum Ilott at the Portuguese Grand Prix, April 2021.

(Photo: Antonin Vincent/DPPI)

Callum Ilott will compete in the No. 77 entry for Juncos Hollinger Racing full time in the NTT IndyCar Series in 2022, the team announced Sept. 24. A 22-year-old from Cambridge, England, Ilott was originally announced to make his IndyCar Series debut at Portland International Raceway on Sept. 12. One race then turned into a …

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Romain Grosjean Charges to 3rd at Laguna Seca

Romain Grosjean in the Corkscrew at Laguna Seca in 2021

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Romain Grosjean‘s strategy nearly gave the Frenchman his first NTT IndyCar Series win, but the former Formula 1 driver would have to settle for third place in Sunday’s (September 19th) Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at Laguna Seca. Starting 13th, Grosjean got to 12th place at the Andretti Hairpin after passing Graham Rahal and then …

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Colton Herta Dominates Laguna Seca; Alex Palou Inches Closer to IndyCar Championship

Colton Herta spraying champagne after winning the 2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Colton Herta dominated the day en route to victory in the NTT IndyCar Series’ Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday (Sept. 29). This win marks the fifth of Herta’s young IndyCar career, surpassing his father Bryan’s career total of four. Herta led from pole and saw two of his …

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