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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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Conor Daly Luck Strikes Again at Indianapolis, Finishes 13th

Conor Daly's nose after the 2021 Indianapolis 500

(Photo: Christopher DeHarde)

Lady Luck giveth and Lady Luck taketh away. At the 105th Indianapolis 500, Conor Daly led 40 laps, the most of any driver in the field. However, Daly’s racing luck ran out on lap 119 of 200. When Graham Rahal exited the pits following his third pit stop, the left rear tire fell off of …

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Helio Castroneves Wins Historic 4th Indianapolis 500

Helio Castroneves

(Photo: Karl Zemlin/INDYCAR Media)

Helio Castroneves won his historic fourth Indianapolis 500 on Sunday (May 30) following a thrilling battle to the finish with Alex Palou. Palou and Castroneves spent the last 25 laps of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing locked in a heated battle for the win, swapping the lead back and forth through the final stint of the …

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Graham Rahal Crashes Out of 2021 Indianapolis 500

Graham Rahal pits during the 2021 Indianapolis 500

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Graham Rahal’s run in the 105th Indianapolis 500 came to an end against the turn 2 wall. After a pit stop on lap 119, the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda spun coming through turn 2 in the warmup lane, hitting the wall with the right side of the car. Further replays show that …

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Random Predictions for the 2021 Indianapolis 500

Alex Palou leading Carb Day practice at Indianapolis

(Photo by Karl Zemlin/INDYCAR)

Note: The following predictions are not based on any scientific method nor are there any rhyme or reason for many of them. These are simply for fun. The 2021 Indianapolis 500 will be the largest gathering of people for a sporting event since the start of the current pandemic. With an estimated 135,000 people attending, …

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2021 Indianapolis 500 Qualifying Live Report

Scott Dixon in Saturday Morning Indianapolis 500 Pre-Qualifying Practice

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Welcome! This will serve as a live update hub for qualifying for the 105th Indianapolis 500 on May 30th. All 35 cars drew their spot in the qualifying order Friday evening and will go out one at a time for their four lap qualifying run. The updates will come as cars complete their runs with …

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Graham Rahal’s Strategy Pays Off for Fifth at GMR Grand Prix

Graham Rahal at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course

(Photo by Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

After a collision on the first lap of the race significantly damaged his right side pod, Graham Rahal had a mountain to climb in Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. After making two pit stops under the first (and only) full course yellow of the race, the No. 15 Rahal …

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2021 IndyCar Quarter-Season Update: Race Win Contenders

Ryan Hunter-Reay leading Rinus VeeKay and Takuma Sato at Texas

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

After the first four races of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series, some of the race win contenders have proven themselves accurate in their placing in this category. Some are knocking on the door, so let’s take a look at this group from our preseason predictions. Pato O’Ward finally got his first IndyCar win at the …

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What Mattered: IndyCar at Texas

Scott Dixon leading at Texas

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

Pato O’Ward’s glass ceiling has finally shattered. After uncertainty climbing the motorsports ladder in North America, the young Mexican racer finally made it to victory lane as an NTT IndyCar Series racer after winning Sunday’s XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway. O’Ward’s journey to winning on Sunday involved quick hands, massive cojones and faith in …

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Pato O’Ward’s Texas Triumph Was a Long Time Coming

Pato O'Ward Celebrating at Texas

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Pato O’Ward’s first NTT IndyCar Series triumph was a long time coming. After five podiums over the last two seasons, O’Ward finally triumphed at the XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon. But Sunday’s (May 2) victory wasn’t just about the journey since becoming a full-time NTT IndyCar Series driver in 2020 for …

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