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4 Burning Questions: Should Commentators Own Teams in the Series They Cover?

Dale Earnhardt Jr. with Steve Letarte and Rick Allen

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Should commentators be involved with racing teams in the series they cover? We just can’t have nice things, apparently. Steve Letarte, a former race-winning crew chief for Hendrick Motorsports, took a job this offseason as a consultant for Spire Motorsports. This might be just a little bit of a problem, because Letarte is also a …

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Santino Ferrucci Moving to NASCAR, Plans Part-Time Xfinity Run

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Santino Ferrucci is moving to NASCAR. The now-former NTT IndyCar Series will race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in a part-time schedule in 2021, he announced Jan. 8. Ferrucci will drive for Sam Hunt Racing, which fields the No. 26. “I’m incredibly proud to join Sam Hunt racing and TRD,” Ferrucci said in a release. …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Dale Coyne Racing

Honda Indy 200

(Photo by: Matt Fraver, courtesy of IndyCar Media)

Dale Coyne Racing operated under three different awnings in 2020 in the NTT IndyCar Series, holding down a trio of partnerships for two full-time cars and a one-off for the Indianapolis 500. The team continued its trend of spreading its resources across multiple partnerships, but after two years of doing so did not have a …

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Backmarker Blues: IndyCar Drivers Who Struggled at the Harvest Grand Prix

Harvest Grand Prix

(Scott Dixon - Harvest Grand Prix Race 2 - Saturday, Oct 3, 2020 -- Photo by: Joe Skibinski, courtesy of IndyCar Media)

The 2020 Harvest Grand Prix doubleheader at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course (Oct. 2-3) was one of the cleanest events the NTT IndyCar Series has seen so far this year. Both events avoided yellow flags, and very few drivers had the kind of disastrous weekend that has haunted the series this year. So in …

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2020 Harvest Grand Prix Race 1 Recap: Josef Newgarden Wins, Shrinks Championship Gap

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The IndyCar aeroscreen on the car of Josef Newgarden. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

Josef Newgarden, Team Penske’s best hope for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series championship, took a major step forward Friday (Oct. 2) in the first race of the Harvest Grand Prix doubleheader at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course. While Newgarden didn’t always look dominant, he had a clean, calm race that ultimately led to victory. It’s …

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Backmarker Blues: IndyCar Drivers Who Struggled At The Honda Indy 200

Honda Indy 200

(Photo by: Matt Fraver, courtesy of IndyCar Media)

The 2020 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio doubleheader (Sept. 12-13) saw both one clean race and one pockmarked with spins and crashes. While it wasn’t a chronically bad weekend for anyone in the NTT IndyCar Series, there were some drivers who could have taken home a few more championship points. In this edition of Backmarker …

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2020 Honda Indy 200 Takeaways: What IndyCar At Mid-Ohio Revealed

2020 Honda Indy 200

The opening lap of 2020 Honda Indy 200 Race 2. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

The 2020 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio almost didn’t get onto the NTT IndyCar Series schedule, but the weekend (Sept. 12-13) delivered two more races in an already packed season. Two drivers got their first wins of the year at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with Team Penske’s Will Power breaking into the win column with …

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2020 Honda Indy 200 Race 2 Recap: Colton Herta Avoids Chaos to Win

(Photo: IndyCar Media)

The second race of the Honda Indy 200 weekend was a far more chaotic event than the first. A rainstorm earlier in the day left damp grass lining the track, meaning that any driver to drop a tire would go for a ride into the gravel. Despite that, Colton Herta maintained the lead from pole …

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Backmarker Blues: IndyCar Drivers Who Struggled At Gateway

(Photo: Kevin Thoele)

The 2020 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (Aug. 29-30) was a doubleheader weekend of huge ups and downs for most of the NTT IndyCar Series grid, but some drivers had it exponentially worse than others. In this edition of Backmarker Blues, we take a look at the IndyCar drivers who had a chronically difficult weekend at …

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IndyCar Power Rankings: September 2020

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Scott Dixon leads two cars on track at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500. (Photo Credit: James Black/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

September could be a questionable month for the 2020 IndyCar season. There are no races officially scheduled, but rumor has it that the postponed Mid-Ohio doubleheader could be coming back during the Sept. 13 weekend.  Whether or not IndyCar races this month, we’ve had the Indy 500, and the end of the season is in …

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