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Takuma Sato Won’t Return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan in 2022

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski/IndyCar)

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato will not return to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for the 2022 season, the team announced on Tuesday evening (Oct. 5) Sato had driven the team’s No. 30 entry for the past four seasons in the NTT IndyCar Series, compiling four wins including the 2020 Indy 500. The Tokyo native …

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2021 IndyCar Summer Break Update: Race Win Contenders

Rinus VeeKay and Sebastien Bourdais at Mid-Ohio

(Photo by Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

In the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series, some drivers have lived up to the pre-season moniker of being a race win contender. Some have gone above and beyond, while others seem to have a black cloud following them wherever they go. Let’s take a look at how the drivers picked as race win contenders before this …

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Takuma Sato Falls From Second to Fourth Late at Detroit

Takuma Sato practicing at Detroit

(Photo by Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

Coming to the final restart in Saturday’s race in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, Takuma Sato was in second-place behind eventual race winner Marcus Ericsson, but the racing gods did not smile on the Japanese racer. At the lap 67 restart, Rinus VeeKay went past Sato going into turn 1, putting the No. 30 Rahal …

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Takuma Sato & Felix Rosenqvist’s Indianapolis 500 Gamble Falls Short

Takuma Sato at the 2021 Indianapolis 500

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

As the 105th Indianapolis 500 wound down, Takuma Sato and Felix Rosenqvist were attempting to save enough fuel to not make a final pit stop. Their attempts failed. The pair led late in the 500, hoping for a yellow flag that would enable the pair to stay up front. However, Rosenqvist pitted for the final …

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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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Indianapolis 500 Winners Seek A Repeat Victory

Scott Dixon qualifying at Indianapolis

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Every IndyCar driver wants to win the Indianapolis 500, maybe even more so than the overall championship. The build up to the most coveted race of the year began last week when drivers hit the track for practice, getting back up to speed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before qualifying over the weekend. With the …

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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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Will Power Fastest in Indianapolis 500 Opening Day Practice

Will Power in Indianapolis 500 practice

(Photo by James Black/INDYCAR)

Team Penske started their assault on the 105th Indianapolis 500 with a four-wide photo opportunity as the track opened for practice on Tuesday, but Will Power was the Penske driver on top of the scoring pylon when practice ended at 6 p.m. The 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner went around the 2.5 mile oval averaging 226.470 …

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A Statistical Deep Dive Into Jimmie Johnson’s GMR Grand Prix

Jimmie Johnson at the GMR Grand Prix

(Photo by Walter Kuhn/INDYCAR)

In Jimmie Johnson’s first NTT IndyCar Series race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Johnson showed some decent improvement but is still learning about racing an open-wheel car. The seven-time NASCAR champion’s fastest lap of the race was a 1 minute, 12.5976 second lap. Yes, this was last of all drivers, yes he was …

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What Mattered at the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix

Rinua VeeKay, Romain Grosjean and Alex Palou celebrate their podium finishes at Indianapolis

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

So much for respecting your elders, right? Don’t mention that in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series. In five IndyCar races this year, two were won by 20-year-olds (Rinus VeeKay and Pato O’Ward), one by a 21-year-old (Colton Herta, who is now 22), one by a 24-year-old (Alex Palou) and Scott Dixon, who is 40. Dixon’s …

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