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Josef Newgarden Wins, Attrition Reigns at Gateway

2021 IndyCar Road America Josef Newgarden Joe Skibinski INDYCAR Media

(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

Josef Newgarden led the most laps of any driver Saturday (Aug. 21) to win the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Worldwide Technology Raceway at Gateway in the NTT IndyCar Series, his third win in St. Louis. However, Pato O’Ward walked away as the night’s greatest beneficiary, as he leaves Gateway as the new points leader …

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Friday Faceoff: Should NASCAR Allow Testing At New or Reconfigured Speedways?

2021 nascar Cup COTA pack racing, photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. hinted that JR Motorsports could expand to five NASCAR Xfinity Series cars next year. What is the ideal driver lineup for JRM in 2022?  Josh Roller: If JR Motorsports expands to a five-car team next season, I don’t mind keeping the current driver lineup. Keep Michael Annett in the No. 1. He is …

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IndyCar Going Back to Iowa for Doubleheader in 2022

2020 Iowa IndyCar 250s

Josef Newgarden wins 2020 Iowa IndyCar 250s Race 2. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

The NTT IndyCar Series is going back to Iowa Speedway starting next season, it announced Thursday, Aug. 19. The track will host a doubleheader weekend in July 2022 with sponsorship from Hy-Vee in a multiyear agreement. IndyCar has run 15 events at Iowa since 2007 but was left off the schedule this year. The racetrack …

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Frontstretch 5: IndyCar Drivers You Probably Forgot Raced in NASCAR

Sage Karam prepares for his debut in NASCAR Xfinity 2021 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In Saturday’s (Aug. 14) NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard, Sage Karam became the latest IndyCar driver to make his NASCAR debut. He finished fifth in stage 1 and was running in the top 15 with five laps to go before electrical issues forced an end to his race, giving him a 26th-place …

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Techbench Tuesday: IndyCar at Gateway

IndyCar Conor Daly Gateway

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

The final oval race of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season takes place on perhaps the most technically challenging oval of the season: World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (Gateway for short). This track can provide a bit of a headache for a race engineer, but sometimes race engineers are used to dealing with changing …

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Will Power Wins Indy Road Course for 5th Time

2021 headshot of Will Power, Verizon 5G firesuit, Chris Owens/INDYCAR Media

(Photo: Chris Owens/INDYCAR Media)

To begin the tripleheader race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Will Power delivered for his team owner, NTT IndyCar Series owner, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway track owner Roger Penske. Power led 56 of the 85 laps en route to winning the 2021 Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix Saturday (Aug. 14). It …

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Pato O’Ward Narrowly Claims Pole at Indianapolis Road Course

Pato O'Ward Celebrates Pole at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

INDIANAPOLIS — Pato O’Ward barely claimed his fourth NTT IndyCar Series pole position for Saturday’s (August 14th) NTT IndyCar Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course over the driver with the second most pole positions in American IndyCar history. O’Ward went around the 14-turn, 2.439 mile road course in 1 minute, 10.7147 seconds …

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Fire on Fridays: Who Would Jimmie Johnson Drive For in a NASCAR Return?

Jimmie Johnson at Detroit 2021 IndyCar

(Photo: Chris Owens/INDYCAR Media)

For the second straight year, NASCAR and INDYCAR will team up at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and share the weekend, as the two American motorsport titans will both race the Indy road course. This weekend will also be the first time Jimmie Johnson will share the same garage as his former NASCAR Cup Series competitors since …

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Nashville Showed IndyCar Promise. Let’s Give It Another Go

Colton Herta bouncing through the Streets of Nashville

(Photo by James Black/INDYCAR)

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix was an eye-catching, cringy, chaotic spectacle of a race weekend. It wasn’t always pretty, but it’s worth trying again next year. Let’s start this by acknowledging the elephant in the room — that race was legitimately hard to watch early on. Excitement turned to trepidation, which then gave …

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Frontstretch 5: IndyCar Drivers Who Could Make NASCAR Debut

James Hinchcliffe with sunglasses, smiling

(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

For several decades, the relationship between NASCAR and the NTT Data IndyCar Series has been a mutualistic one for both fans and drivers alike. Even though the two series feature different cars, different race setups and different championship formats, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the occurrence of drivers exchanging starts in both series. …

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