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Techbench Tuesday: IndyCar at Portland International Raceway

Will Power at Portland in 2019

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

The NTT IndyCar Series’s west coast swing to close the 2021 season starts this coming Sunday (September 12th) at Portland International Raceway, a 12-turn, 1.967 mile road course near the Columbia River. Portland’s history with IndyCar racing goes back to 1984 when the CART IndyCar World Series raced there for the first time with Al …

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Techbench Tuesday: IndyCar on the Streets of Nashville

Romain Grosjean speaking with engineer Olivier Boisson

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

When the NTT IndyCar Series visits a new track for the first time, teams are usually able to test at the track in order to help their race engineers gather data to create a setup for the race weekend. However, when that venue is a street circuit, then it’s not exactly an easy proposition to …

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IndyCar Techbench Tuesday: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Graham Rahal racing at Mid-Ohio in 2020

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

The 13-turn, 2.258 mile road course just outside Lexington, Ohio is mechanically a hybrid of two different road courses, which can provide NTT IndyCar Series engineers with a lot of challenges in trying to nail a perfect car setup. The first portion of the lap is marked by two long straightaways and slower corners, partly …

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Techbench Tuesday: Detroit’s Belle Isle

Graham Rahal at the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

The streets of Belle Isle right outside of Detroit is the host of the upcoming doubleheader race weekend for the NTT IndyCar Series and the bumps of the concrete surface are ready to greet the field just two weeks after the 105th Indianapolis 500. Belle Isle has hosted Indy car racing since 1992 with two …

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Techbench Tuesday: Sage Karam’s Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Run

Sage Karam practicing for the Indianapolis 500

(Photo by Karl Zemlin/INDYCAR)

While driving over 230 mph on the back straight at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sage Karam was feverishly lowering the ride height of his car by about an eighth of an inch to try and help him qualify for the Indianapolis 500. “We saw on data that it helped accelerate the car out of the …

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IndyCar Techbench Tuesday: Texas Motor Speedway

Scott Dixon pitting at the 2020 Genesys 300 at Texas

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

The NTT IndyCar Series’s first oval visit of the 2021 season is a doubleheader at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) with the Genesys 300 on Saturday (May 1) and the XPEL 375 on Sunday (May 2). This is the first doubleheader Texas has hosted since the twin races in 2011 and since then, a lot has …

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IndyCar Techbench Tuesday: Streets of St. Petersburg

Sebastien Bourdais races on the streets of St. Petersburg

(Photo by James Black/INDYCAR)

A street circuit with an airport runway for a main straightaway makes for an interesting technical challenge for race engineers in the NTT IndyCar Series. The streets of St. Petersburg, Florida and the east-west runway of the Albert Whitted Airport is the venue for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the second round of …

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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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