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Rookies Jimmie Johnson, Scott McLaughlin & Romain Grosjean Adapt to Life in IndyCar

Jimmie Johnson competes in his first IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

One of the biggest storylines coming into the 2021 IndyCar season was the influx of drivers joining the championship after successful careers in other major series, creating an unusually old and experienced rookie class. Scott McLaughlin left the Supercars Championship after collecting three straight titles to compete for Team Penske, 1o-year Formula 1 veteran Romain …

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IndyCar’s Unusual 2021 Rookie Class

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(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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Roger Penske’s First Indy 500 Hasn’t Been Going to Plan

Roger Penske at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2020 (Photo: IndyCar Media)

Roger Penske (Photo by: Joe Skibinski, courtesy of IndyCar Media)

It’s safe to say that Roger Penske‘s first Indy 500 as owner of both IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway hasn’t gone as planned. Between a global pandemic, a chopped purse, a fanless event, and his own team’s significant problems at the legendary track, things honestly seem like they couldn’t have gotten much worse. But …

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Indy 500 2020 Qualifying Analysis: Fast 9

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Marco Andretti (Photo: Chris Owens, IndyCar Media)

With the NTT IndyCar Series Indy 500 rapidly approaching this weekend, we at Frontstretch are breaking down the starting grid row by row to analyze who has the best shot at winning the race and who will have a grueling 200 laps in front of them. Today, we’re wrapping up this series by looking at …

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Indy 500 2020 Qualifying Analysis: Rows 4 to 7

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

With the NTT IndyCar Series Indy 500 rapidly approaching this weekend, we at Frontstretch are breaking down the starting grid row by row to analyze who has the best shot at winning the race and who will have a grueling 200 laps in front of them. Today, we’re taking a look at the midpack drivers …

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Indy 500 2020 Qualifying Analysis: Rows 8 to 11

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(Photo: Chris Owens/IndyCar Media)

With the NTT IndyCar Series Indy 500 rapidly approaching this weekend, we at Frontstretch are breaking down the starting grid row by row to analyze who has the best shot at winning the race and who will have a grueling 200 laps in front of them. Today, we’re starting out by looking at the last …

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Conor Daly Will Have His Best Indy 500 Chances Yet with Cole Pearn

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Conor Daly has contested the NTT IndyCar Series’s Indianapolis 500 seven times with as many teams in as many years by the end of this season, but 2020 might just be Daly’s best shot. Not only has his Ed Carpenter Racing team been historically quick at the circuit, but he’ll have Cole Pearn calling his …

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IndyCar’s Coronavirus Precautions So Far: How Do The Fans Feel?

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(Photo by: Joe Skibinski, courtesy of IndyCar)

The NTT IndyCar Series became one of the first major sports to allow fans to attend an event in the United States during the coronavirus pandemic with the 2020 REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, and the 2020 Iowa IndyCar 250s the following weekend. While both the series and the tracks themselves set out …

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A Love Letter To The Indy 500

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(Photo: Elizabeth Blackstock)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the most magical place to be during the Month of May. How to describe the Speedway to someone who has never been there? You can spend your whole life watching the race on television and imagining it in your mind, but nothing quite compares to the moment you actually take the …

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2-Headed Monster: Will Penske’s Ownership Be Good or Bad for IndyCar & Indianapolis Motor Speedway?

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(Photo: Diego Alvarado)

Monday morning (Nov. 4) started with the motorsports bombshell of the year: Penske Entertainment Corp purchased Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the NTT Indycar Series. Penske Entertainment Corp is, of course, the company under racing icon Roger Penske, who owns teams in NASCAR, IndyCar, IMSA and the Supercars Championship. While Penske is passionate about racing and …

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