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Frontstretch 5: IndyCar Drivers Who Could Make NASCAR Debut

James Hinchcliffe with sunglasses, smiling

(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

For several decades, the relationship between NASCAR and the NTT Data IndyCar Series has been a mutualistic one for both fans and drivers alike. Even though the two series feature different cars, different race setups and different championship formats, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the occurrence of drivers exchanging starts in both series. …

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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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Pietro Fittipaldi, Ed Jones Adamant About Liking IndyCar Oval Racing

Pietro Fittipaldi practices for the 2021 Indianapolis 500

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Not every racer that has competed in the NTT IndyCar Series or Formula 1 can say that they’re the track champion of a .363 mile oval in North Carolina, but Pietro Fittipaldi can. Hickory Motor Speedway’s 2011 limited late model track champion has since gone on to race in IndyCar, F1 and Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, …

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Getting Back in the Indianapolis 500 Saddle

JR Hildebrand Practicing at Indianapolis

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Some drivers competing in the 105th Indianapolis 500 do so as their only NTT IndyCar Series race of the year. While many competitors race the full season, there are challenges to racing only once or twice a year. Full-time drivers in the series have complete acclimation to the forces that the cars exert on their …

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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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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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Pietro Fittipaldi Running IndyCar Ovals for Coyne/Ware Team

James Davison Practicing at Indianapolis (Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

Pietro Fittipaldi will run the ovals for Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware in the NTT IndyCar Series, he announced via a tweet March 4. He will pilot the No. 51, sharing it with Romain Grosjean. Fittipaldi will compete in the Indianapolis 500, his first start in the historic race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fittipaldi …

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Pietro Fittipaldi Replacing Romain Grosjean at Sakhir

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Pietro Fittipaldi will make his Formula 1 debut at the Sakhir Grand Prix, Haas F1 Team announced Nov. 30. Fittipaldi will replace the injured Romain Grosjean, who escaped from a fiery crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix last weekend. In 2020, Fittipaldi has been a reserve driver for Haas. “Most importantly I’m happy Romain is …

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F1 Midweek: Who Might Fill the Haas Seats for 2021?

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Romain Grosjean in the 2018 Haas F1 (credit: Getty Images)

It’s become very apparent that Haas F1 is getting tired of their two underperforming drivers, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen. The team has nosedived down the grid from at one point being fifth in the standings and contending for points, to now being relegated at the back with the likes of Williams and Alfa Romeo. …

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Pace Laps: Miles the Not-So Monstrous?

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Monster Mile Takes A Bite Out Of… No One? – It was business as usual for Kevin Harvick Sunday (May 6) at the Monster Mile. Harvick cruised to the checkered flag by seven seconds over his closest competition. It was a series-leading fourth MENCS win of the year and the ninth …

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