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Colton Herta Dominates Laguna Seca; Alex Palou Inches Closer to IndyCar Championship

Colton Herta spraying champagne after winning the 2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Colton Herta dominated the day en route to victory in the NTT IndyCar Series’ Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday (Sept. 29). This win marks the fifth of Herta’s young IndyCar career, surpassing his father Bryan’s career total of four. Herta led from pole and saw two of his …

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Colton Herta Wins IndyCar Pole At Laguna Seca

Colton Herta

(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

Colton Herta showed off his speed in qualifying and took pole position for IndyCar’s Firestone Grand Prix Of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday afternoon (Sept. 18).  “The Gainbridge Honda car was awesome, it’s cool to have two for two poles here,” Herta, the 2019 winner of the race, said. “We’re not anywhere …

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Reconstructing the IndyCar Portland Start Calamity

Felix Rosenqvist, Scott Dixon and Alex Palou in front of the major calamity at Portland

(Photo by Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

Sunday’s (Sept. 12th) Grand Prix of Portland started the way the last two NTT IndyCar Series races have started at Portland International Raceway: with an incident in the Festival Chicane. With numerous cars having damage from all of the incidents and others scattering all over the place, it’s worth looking at the sequence of events …

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Alex Palou Wins in Portland, Retakes IndyCar Point Lead

Alex Palou on the racetrack at Portland. (Photo: Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Alex Palou won Sunday’s (Sept. 12) Grand Prix of Portland to claim his third win of 2021 and regain the NTT IndyCar Series points lead in the process. Alexander Rossi finished second with Palou’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammate and fellow championship contender Scott Dixon taking the final podium spot. Both Palou and Dixon suffered a …

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What Mattered for IndyCar on Friday at Nashville

Colton Herta practicing on the streets of Nashville

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

NASHVILLE — Bumpy bridges and uncertainty greeted the NTT IndyCar Series in their first practice session ahead of Sunday’s (Aug. 8) Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville, but Colton Herta overcame that to turn the fastest lap in practice. The uncertainty began even before the IndyCar practice session, as during the second …

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2021 IndyCar Summer Break Update: The Improvers

Conor Daly and Max Chilton at Carb Day in 2021

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Sometimes preseason predictions can be a bit off for the NTT IndyCar Series, and in 2021 that was certainly the case with a couple of our Improvers. For example, an excerpt from the preseason preview about Alex Palou: “Expect Palou to get a couple of podiums in 2021 if the 2020 season was just a …

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What Mattered for IndyCar at Road America on Sunday

Josef Newgarden and Alex Palou at Road America

(Photo by James Black/INDYCAR)

The REV Group Grand Prix was joyful for some, full of heartbreak for others, but Sunday (June 20th) reminded everyone that in order to finish first, first you must finish. Josef Newgarden led the most laps (32 of 55) and was looking good for another race win, his second at Road America after his 2018 …

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Josef Newgarden Suffers Late Heartbreak at Road America

Josef Newgarden at Road America

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

After leading 32 of 55 laps at Road America, Josef Newgarden came to the final restart with two laps to go trying to hold off Alex Palou in Sunday’s (June 20th) REV Group Grand Prix. But when trying to shift up before turn 1 on lap 54, the No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet’s gearbox would …

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Alex Palou Wins at Road America; 2nd Straight Heartbreak for Josef Newgarden

Alex Palou celebrates his victory in the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama (Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

Alex Palou won Sunday’s (June 20) REV Group Grand Prix at Road America after leader Josef Newgarden was stricken by mechanical woes on the day’s final restart. While Newgarden dropped through the field to a disappointing 21st, Palou cruised to the victory over Colton Herta. Will Power, Scott Dixon and Romain Grosjean rounded out the …

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