No Bump Day at This Year’s Indy 500 as Final Entry List Reaches 33 Cars

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The show must go on for this year’s Indianapolis 500, even without fans and only half the overall prize money. This surely isn’t how Roger Penske would’ve liked for his first year of track and series ownership to go, but rest assured, there will be a field of 33 open-wheel racers competing for 200 laps around Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In fact, that’s happening next week–for real this time–and the final entry list has been confirmed.



a car driving on a city street filled with lots of traffic: The show must go on for this year's Indianapolis 500, even without fans and only half the overall prize money. This surely isn't how Roger Penske would've liked for his first year of track and series ownership to go, but rest assured, there will be a field of 33 open-wheel racers competing for 200 laps […]


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The show must go on for this year’s Indianapolis 500, even without fans and only half the overall prize money. This surely isn’t how Roger Penske would’ve liked for his first year of track and series ownership to go, but rest assured, there will be a field of 33 open-wheel racers competing for 200 laps […]

The old guard will, of course, be there with the likes of Andretti Autosport,

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Ericsson: Ganassi had “question marks about me” after first IndyCar season – IndyCar

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Marcus Ericsson says his Chip Ganassi Racing team had “question marks” about him after his inconsistent rookie IndyCar season last year, but believes he has “taken big steps” in 2020.

The Swedish driver made the switch to US open-wheel racing after five seasons in Formula 1 with the Caterham, Sauber and Alfa Romeo squads, scoring 18 points in 97 starts.

Joining Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Ericsson struggled in qualifying and only once started inside the top 10 and finished 17th in the standings, having missed the penultimate round at Portland while on standby for Kimi Raikkonen at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ericsson told Autosport that although he had scored his maiden podium with second at Detroit, there were still uncertainty within the Ganassi camp, the team having expanded to run a third car for the Swede alongside five-time series champion Scott Dixon and 2019 rookie of the year Felix Rosenqvist.

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Honda: Tsunoda “showed how much he has grown” with F2 win – F2

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Honda Formula 1 boss Masashi Yamamoto has hailed Yuki Tsunoda’s progression after the Japanese driver scored his first FIA Formula 2 race win last weekend at Silverstone.

Carlin man Tsunoda was the main beneficiary when Prema team-mates Robert Shwartzman and Mick Schumacher collided with each other while fighting for the lead late in the sprint race at the British track on Sunday.

Tsunoda had been running just behind the leading duo for the entire race up to that point, having started from third on the reverse grid after finishing sixth in the feature race.

After an incident-packed start to the year, which yielded a pole position and a second-place finish at the second Red Bull Ring round but has also seen six non-scores in the first eight races, Yamamoto said he was impressed by Tsunoda’s approach to the Silverstone race that ultimately yielded his maiden F2 victory.

“Immediately after the

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Autosport 70: How Mansell bested Senna in the greatest F1 Hungarian GP ever – F1

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The 1989 Hungarian Grand Prix is remembered as one of the epic Formula 1 races, with Ferrari star Nigel Mansell taking a dramatic and unlikely win. It also topped our recent list of the top 10 Hungarian GPs. Here’s our report, which first appeared in the 17 August 1989 issue of Autosport magazine

For the first time in two years, McLaren-Honda was outpaced. And by a league this was the best race of the season, maybe of several.

Nigel Mansell always thought he and the Ferrari would be on the pace in Hungary. On qualifying tyres, though, the car was a disaster – so much so that he spent the session on race rubber, concentrating on a race set-up. It was a sound gamble, time well spent.

Qualifying only 12th, he took the lead from Ayrton Senna with 20 laps to go. Senna was cheerful in defeat. The man in

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BMW Group announces next step in electrification strategy

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  • Flexible vehicle architecture to enable electrification of every
    model series
  • Fully electric MINI confirmed as MINI 3-door Hatch
  • Electric drivetrain Made in Germany, integrated into car in Oxford

 

Munich. Electrification is one of the central pillars
of the BMW Group’s corporate strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT and the
company has announced that all brands and model series can be
electrified, with a full-electric or plug-in hybrid drivetrain being
offered in addition to the combustion engine option. Additional
electrified models will be brought to market in the coming years and
beyond 2020, the company’s next generation vehicle architecture will
be structured in order to enable new models also to be offered as a
full-electric vehicle.

The BMW Group announced today that the new battery-electric MINI
will be a variant of the brand’s core 3-door Hatch model. This fully
electric car will go into production in 2019, increasing the choice of
MINI

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Is this the year for national racing’s nearly-man? – National

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The spate of COVID-related withdrawals from the British GT Championship leaves a clear favourite on paper ahead of this weekend’s opening round. But as JAMES NEWBOLD explains, it’s not as simple as that

Joe Osborne describes Phil Keen as “weird”. In the most endearing way possible, of course.

The McLaren factory driver spent last year commentating on Keen’s latest British GT championship near-miss with GT3 rookie Adam Balon. He has also been a fierce competitor of Keen’s over the years – witness their battle at Snetterton in 2016 – and a team-mate too, having finished third in the Pro-Am class at the 2016 Spa 24 Hours with Keen, Oliver Gavin and Jon Minshaw.

Osborne is therefore well-placed to judge the merits of a driver many are tipping to win this year’s British GT title after so many close calls in recent years, particularly in the wake of the withdrawal of

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Indy 500 Champs Return for Another Shot at Immortality

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INDIANAPOLIS – Each year, when the entry list for the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge is released, there are a select group of drivers that have a “W” next to their name. It’s a designation they carry for the rest of their career – and their lives, for that matter.

It signifies they are “winners” of the Indianapolis 500.

This year, eight drivers carry that designation, the most for the “500” since 1992 when a record 10 drivers were in the race. They include three-time winner Helio Castroneves of Team Penske (2001, 2002 and 2009), Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing (2008), Tony Kanaan of A.J. Foyt Racing (2013), Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport (2014), Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport (2016), Takuma Sato of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (2017), Will Power of Team Penske (2018) and Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske (2019).

“I think it’s nice to be on the

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Binotto: Racing Point F1 brake duct case “like copying a test” – F1

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Mattia Binotto has compared Racing Point’s role in the Formula 1 brake duct controversy to “copying a test” amid Ferrari’s plans to appeal for a harsher sanction.

Racing Point was handed a 15-point constructors’ championship penalty and a €400,000 fine after its brake ducts were ruled to have been designed via an illegal process.

Racing Point called the ruling “a bit bewildering”, and has confirmed its intention to appeal the sanction and clear its name.

But with the team permitted to continue to use the rear brake ducts for the rest of the season, many of Racing Point’s rivals have voiced anger over the leniency of the penalty.

Ferrari, Williams, Renault and McLaren are all planning formal appeals against the ruling, which would result in the case going to the FIA International Court of Appeal.

It sparked an angry response from Racing Point team owner Lawrence Stroll in a rare

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The MotoGP tyre trick that helped Quartararo to Andalusian GP victory – MotoGP

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Fabio Quartararo’s Andalusian Grand Prix victory was partly made possible by a preparation technique Michelin advised all MotoGP teams to do, but only the Yamaha and Suzuki riders acted upon.

Autosport has learned that MotoGP tyre supplier Michelin sent an email to all teams during the second round of the 2020 campaign recommending them to scrub the soft rear tyre in Sunday’s warm-up session.

The scrub consists of three laps: a slow out-lap, one fast lap, and then an in-lap.

The idea behind this is that the scrub removes the film from the tyre, and then after it has been left to cool before being put back in the blankets, a chemical reaction occurs in the rubber.

This makes the tyre more heat resistant, with its working range 10 degrees cooler than normal, which increases the durability of the rubber.

With track temperatures reaching a blistering 60 degrees Celsius in

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Race of My Life: Phil Hill on the 1961 Italian Grand Prix – F1

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As Autosport launches the latest episode in its Race of My Life podcast series, we take a look back at a race in which Phil Hill claimed the 1961 Formula 1 world championship – the 1961 Italian Grand Prix at Monza

Race: 1961 Italian GP, Monza

Car: Ferrari 156 ‘Sharknose’

For the Italian Grand Prix, Ferrari entered a very full team. Wolfgang von Trips, Richie Ginther and I had the 120-degree engines, Giancarlo Baghetti and Ricardo Rodriguez the 65-degree ones – Rodriguez was having a try-out with the team.

He was pretty darn quick, too – second on the grid, next to von Trips. There was even a spare car for us.

The BRM V8 engine appeared for the first time too, and with it Graham Hill was quickest of the non-Ferraris, even beating Baghetti to fifth on the grid. Stirling Moss in the Rob Walker Lotus and Jack Brabham

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