Race Weekend Central

Patricio O’Ward Secures IndyCar Pole at Barber

Pato O'Ward celebrates pole position at Barber Motorsports Park

(Photo: Chris Owens/INDYCAR Media)

Patricio O’Ward came to Barber Motorsports Park Saturday (April 17) with a point to prove to the IndyCar community. So far, so good. The 21-year-old racer for Arrow McLaren Racing SP was tired of seeing other drivers winning IndyCar races and took a massive step toward getting his first race victory by earning his second …

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Saturday Morning IndyCar Notebook: Barber Motorsports Park

Patricio O'Ward Tests at Sebring

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

BIRMINGHAM — Patricio O’Ward is frustrated with losing NTT IndyCar Series races. Three runner-up finishes in 2020 for Arrow McLaren SP and a new teammate are giving the young Mexican racer a new shot of motivation heading into Sunday’s (April 18) season opener at Barber Motorsports Park. “I’m not here to be second or third …

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2021 IndyCar Series Season Preview: Race Win Contenders

Ryan Hunter-Reay tests at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

(Photo by James Black/INDYCAR)

While the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series grid has a handful of drivers that will be genuine championship contenders, there are some in the field who should not be counted out for a race win or two, or maybe they could surprise everyone and be a championship contender. This preview will feature those drivers who should …

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2021 IndyCar Series Season Preview: The Improvers

Ed Jones practices a pit stop at IndyCar preseason testing

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Some drivers in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series might not necessarily be in the hunt for a race win, but they’ll be looking to get to that point. This preview will go over those drivers, particularly the ones that are running the overwhelming majority of the races. James Hinchcliffe has six IndyCar race wins under …

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F1 Drivers in IndyCar: Sagas or Slumps?

Sebastien Bourdais and Romain Grosjean have a chat during IndyCar preseason testin

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

When the news broke in October 2020 that Romain Grosjean would be leaving the Haas F1 team at the end of the season, rumors that the Frenchman could be headed stateside to compete in the NTT IndyCar Series for 2021 were already in circulation. Grosjean’s time at Haas had been bittersweet, to say the least. …

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2021 IndyCar Series Season Preview: Championship Contenders

Colton Herta and Simon Pagenaud test at Indianapolis

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Can anybody stop Scott Dixon or Josef Newgarden? Those two drivers have won the last four NTT IndyCar Series titles between them and will have 22 other full time competitors chasing after them, starting April 18th at Barber Motorsports Park. Dixon and Newgarden have won the last four series championships with Newgarden (2017, 2019 series …

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4 Burning Questions: Reviewing SRX’s Broadcast Team

James Hinchcliffe at 2019 Texas IndyCar race Photo: IndyCar Meda

(Photo: IndyCar Media)

How will SRX’s broadcast crew work out? This week, CBS Sports announced its on-air talent for their broadcasts of Superstar Racing Experience this summer. The six-race season, held over six consecutive Saturday nights, will be anchored by Allen Bestwick as the play-by-play announcer and Lindsey Czarniak as the host of the program. Brad Daugherty has …

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IndyCar’s Unusual 2021 Rookie Class

(Photo credit: Dale Coyne Racing)

When you think of a rookie, you picture a fresh-faced up-and-comer — someone looking to prove themselves, with raw talent but not the experience to consistently back it up. But with an average age of 35 and a combined 38 years in top-tier motorsports series, this year’s IndyCar rookie class breaks the mold. Jimmie Johnson, …

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Techbench Tuesday: Barber Motorsports Park

Josef Newgarden tests at Barber Motorsports Park

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Barber Motorsports Park is an enigma for IndyCar race engineers. The 2.3-mile natural terrain road course manages to pack 17 corners and 80 feet of elevation changes into a narrow track that will be the site of Sunday’s (April 18) Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama to kick off the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series. With …

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5 Points to Ponder: Chasing the W

Denny Hamlin prepares to climb into his NASCAR racecar at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

1. Chasing the W In the end, after leading a race-best 276 laps, Denny Hamlin had to settle for another third place finish — his fourth of the year — at Martinsville this past weekend. The result was Hamlin’s seventh top five in eight attempts, with his other finish still being an 11th-place run that …

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