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James Hinchcliffe Returning to Full Time With Andretti in 2021

James Hinchcliffe at 2019 Texas IndyCar race Photo: IndyCar Meda

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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

(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

Simona de Silvestro

(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

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

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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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

2020 Indianapolis 500

Takuma Sato leads the 2020 Indianapolis 500 field. (Photo Credit: Walt Kuhn/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing split its assets for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, threading off into two connected entities as a new decade began. The standard name banner still flew with the flagship team, but an offshoot technical partnership with Citrone/Buhl Autosport provided RLL with an additional entry in two races. Outside of Chip …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Meyer Shank Racing

Jack Harvey

Jack Harvey before the 2020 Genesys 300. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

Despite being the only single-car, single-driver team in NTT IndyCar Series competition in 2020, Meyer Shank Racing completed its fourth year in the series and first full-time schedule with solid results. Driver Jack Harvey has piloted the team’s No. 60 entry throughout its existence and retained the seat for 2020, continuing to improve both his …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Ed Carpenter Racing

Ed Carpenter

Ed Carpenter during practice for the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, June 6, 2020 (Photo: Chris Owens)

Ed Carpenter Racing returned to its sole moniker in 2020 with one full-time NTT IndyCar Series ride and a pair of occasional cars, fielding a rookie in the former and both the team owner and a veteran racer in the latter. Downsizing from a 2019 partnership with Ferrari’s Scuderia Corsa, the only season in which …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Indy 200

(Photo by: Matt Fraver, courtesy of IndyCar Media)

Dale Coyne Racing operated under three different awnings in 2020 in the NTT IndyCar Series, holding down a trio of partnerships for two full-time cars and a one-off for the Indianapolis 500. The team continued its trend of spreading its resources across multiple partnerships, but after two years of doing so did not have a …

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