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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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Max Chilton Scores Long-Awaited Top-10 Finish at Road America

Max Chilton at Road America

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Max Chilton’s top-10 finish at Road America on Sunday was a long time coming for the Carlin Motorsport racer. 1,386 days, in fact. That’s how long it was since Chilton finished eighth when the NTT IndyCar Series raced at Watkins Glen in September 2017 and that dry spell ended with a 10th-place finish at Sunday’s …

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Scott Dixon Fastest on Fast Friday at Indianapolis

Scott Dixon practicing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Scott Dixon staked his claim for a spot in the Fast Nine shootout at the Indianapolis 500 by clocking the fastest speed around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Fast Friday. The 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner went around the 2.5 mile oval at an average speed of 233.302 mph, taking 38.5766 seconds for that fastest lap. …

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Carlin, Max Chilton to Miss Indy GP

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AUSTIN, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 12: Max Chilton, driver of the #59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet, drives during NTT Indycar Series testing at Circuit of The Americas on February 12, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Carlin and driver Max Chilton will miss this weekend’s GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis due to a travel-related issue, the team announced May 14. The team, which currently sits 27th in the standings with Chilton, mentioned in the press release it will use this extra time to prepare for the 105th running of the Indianapolis …

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IndyCar’s 1st Oval Race Brings Driver Lineup Changes

Conor Daly at Texas in 2020

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

The NTT IndyCar Series can trace its roots to the early 1900s, when the American Automobile Association first started sanctioning events in 1902 and held the first American open-wheel racing season in 1905. Back then, the schedule consisted solely of dirt-track ovals, some of which were actually horse racing facilities. Paved oval tracks eventually joined …

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2021 IndyCar Series Season Preview: The Improvers

Ed Jones practices a pit stop at IndyCar preseason testing

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Some drivers in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series might not necessarily be in the hunt for a race win, but they’ll be looking to get to that point. This preview will go over those drivers, particularly the ones that are running the overwhelming majority of the races. James Hinchcliffe has six IndyCar race wins under …

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F1 Drivers in IndyCar: Sagas or Slumps?

Sebastien Bourdais and Romain Grosjean have a chat during IndyCar preseason testin

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

When the news broke in October 2020 that Romain Grosjean would be leaving the Haas F1 team at the end of the season, rumors that the Frenchman could be headed stateside to compete in the NTT IndyCar Series for 2021 were already in circulation. Grosjean’s time at Haas had been bittersweet, to say the least. …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Carlin

Max Chilton

AUSTIN, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 12: Max Chilton, driver of the #59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet, drives during NTT Indycar Series testing at Circuit of The Americas on February 12, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Carlin had a much different look for the 2020 season, downsizing to a one-car, two-driver NTT IndyCar Series lineup after a chaotic 2019 season with three cars split among six drivers. This time, it was just the No. 59 on track for the team, divided between veterans Conor Daly and Max Chilton; Daly took to …

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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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IndyCar Power Rankings: August 2020

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Joe Skibinski/IndyCar

The 2020 IndyCar season is in full swing during August, as the sport now heads to its biggest stage. Due to the postponement of this month’s doubleheader at Mid-Ohio, the next race on the schedule is the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500. The Indy 500 will also be the halfway point of the season. …

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