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Kanaan aiming for IndyCar oval races again in 2021 – IndyCar

Tony Kanaan is aiming to race on all of IndyCar’s oval rounds in 2021, despite the veteran driver having previously expected to wind down his time in the series.

Kanaan had announced pre-season that the 2020 campaign would be the last time he competed at any IndyCar race except the Indy 500, but restrictions on spectators thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic has limited the Brazilian’s chance to interact with fans.

The 45-year-old Brazilian has been a crowd favourite in IndyCar, and his Indy 500 victory with KV Racing in 2013 was considerably popular among the series’ fanbase.

Following the double-header at Gateway, Kanaan had been expected to draw the curtains on his time in IndyCar, but felt that his run to 19th in the second race was not a fitting conclusion.

Kanaan says his ideal scenario for 2021 would be for him to race in all oval rounds once again,

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Newgarden wins the second IndyCar race of the weekend

MADISON, Ill. (AP) — Josef Newgarden raced to his second IndyCar victory of the season Sunday, holding off rookie Pato O’Ward before a late caution ended the race at World Wide Technology Raceway under the yellow flag.

It’s the second IndyCar race to finish under caution in one week. Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 under yellow last Sunday.

In the second of two weekend races at the short oval outside of St. Louis, it was Sato who brought out the caution with four laps remaining when he hit the wall. The pace car picked up the field with three laps remaining and IndyCar did not have enough time to restart the race.

It denied O’Ward a chance to challenge the reigning IndyCar Series champion for the victory. Newgarden, in a Chevrolet for Team Penske, won for the 16th time in his career and closed the points deficit on championship

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What You Probably Missed From the IndyCar Doubleheader at Gateway

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The NTT IndyCar Series doubleheader after the Indianapolis 500 this year was not the usual street course on Detroit’s Belle Isle, but instead a pair of 200-lap races at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Ill.

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Here is what you may have missed from the doubleheader weekend at Gateway’s 1.25 mile oval.

Photo credit: JAMES BLACK

One cannot adequately describe the start of Saturday’s race without using the word cluster. And it was especially the case for Andretti Autosport.

Anticipating a green flag, Alex Palou darted inside Alexander Rossi from his row six starting

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Alonso: Indy 500 will be “impossible” during F1 return with Renault – IndyCar

Fernando Alonso has said next week’s Indianapolis 500 will be his last attempt at the triple crown for at least two years, as he returns to Formula 1 with Renault.

In 2017, McLaren’s F1 prospects were so poor that Alonso was able to skip the Monaco Grand Prix with the team’s blessing in order to take part in the Indy 500 with a McLaren-backed Andretti Autosport entry. He starred and was in contention for the win until his Honda engine blew.

Having taken a two-year sabbatical from F1, Alonso has found it easier to prepare for Indy for the two editions, but in 2021 he will relight his F1 career at Renault.

There had been much speculation that with the Monaco GP and the Indy 500 set to not run on the same weekend next season, 23rd May and 30th May respectively, that he might be able to do both,

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VeeKay: second IndyCar Gateway race one of my best ever – IndyCar

Ed Carpenter Racing rookie Rinus VeeKay hailed Sunday’s IndyCar race at Gateway as “one of the best races I have ever driven” en route to a hard-fought fourth place finish.

VeeKay, who leads the rookie standings, climbed from 14th to sixth in Saturday’s race one, at a track in which he had won in Pro Mazda (now known as Indy Pro 2000) in 2018 on his way to the title.

The Dutchman had also finished second at the Illinois circuit in Indy Lights last year on his way to the runner-up spot in the championship.

After the first race, VeeKay was confident enough to declare that “we were on our way to the podium, I think, but a yellow kind of screwed me.”

VeeKay excelled in the second race, despite starting 18th, and passed six cars on the opening two green-flag laps.

Adopting the same strategy as race one, he

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Newgarden must “flip” 2020 trends to beat Dixon in IndyCar title race – IndyCar

Reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden believes he can still beat Scott Dixon to the 2020 title, but says he needs to “reverse the trend” of his season so far.

Team Penske driver Newgarden scored the 16th win of his career and second of the 2020 season on Sunday at Gateway, while Dixon finished fifth, but having been classified only 12th in Saturday’s race, he still made a net loss in the championship battle.

Five-time series champion Dixon took his 50th US open wheel victory in the first of the Gateway races on Saturday, extending his advantage from 84 to 117 points, before it was reduced to 96 points on Sunday.

Reflecting on his title defence, Newgarden said that his team had endured a lot of bad luck, and needed to reverse the current cycle of disappointing results.

“Yesterday [Saturday] hurt, Indy 500 [in which he finished fifth to Dixon’s second]

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Auto racing roundup: Tennessee driver’s bid to repeat as IndyCar champ gains hope with win

MADISON, Ill. — Josef Newgarden raced to his second IndyCar victory of the season Sunday, holding off rookie Pato O’Ward before the event at World Wide Technology Raceway finished under caution — one week after Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 in the same fashion.

In the second of two weekend races at the short oval just outside of St. Louis, it was Sato who brought out the caution with four laps remaining when he hit the wall. With no time for a restart, O’Ward was denied a chance to challenge the reigning series champion for the win.

Newgarden, in a Chevrolet for Team Penske, won for the 16th time in his career, and the Hendersonville, Tennessee, native closed the gap on championship race leader Scott Dixon — who won Saturday — in the season points standings.

Dixon has won four of IndyCar’s nine races so far this season.

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Josef Newgarden Wins Second Leg of IndyCar Doubleheader

Yet again, Patricio O’Ward will have to wait for his first IndyCar win.



A fast stop and a daring battle exiting the pit lane earned the reigning champion his second win of the season.


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A fast stop and a daring battle exiting the pit lane earned the reigning champion his second win of the season.

The second-year driver, currently running his first full season for Arrow McLaren SP after a part-time rookie campaign last season, was awarded the title of Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year just last weekend after finishing sixth and running in the top five for the majority of the race. Yesterday, he led about half of the first race of a doubleheader before his car fell off the pace of leaders Dixon and Sato over the last stint, ending up third. A month earlier, he led almost all of a race at Road America before tire wear left him vulnerable to a trailing Felix Rosenqvist, who passed him in a late

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IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden wins at Gateway under caution

MADISON, Ill. — Josef Newgarden raced to his second IndyCar victory of the season Sunday, holding off rookie Pato O’Ward before a late caution ended the race at World Wide Technology Raceway under the yellow flag.

It’s the second IndyCar race to finish under caution in eight days. Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 under yellow last Sunday.

In the second of two weekend races at the short oval outside of St. Louis, it was Sato who brought out the caution with four laps remaining when he hit the wall. The pace car picked up the field with three laps remaining and IndyCar did not have enough time to restart the race.

It denied O’Ward a chance to challenge the reigning IndyCar Series champion for the victory. Newgarden, in a Chevrolet for Team Penske, won for the 16th time in his career and closed the points deficit on championship leader

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IndyCar champion Newgarden wins at Gateway under caution

MADISON, Ill. (AP) — Josef Newgarden raced to his second IndyCar victory of the season Sunday, holding off rookie Pato O’Ward before a late caution ended the race at World Wide Technology Raceway under the yellow flag.

It’s the second IndyCar race to finish under caution in one week. Takuma Sato won the Indianapolis 500 under yellow last Sunday.

In the second of two weekend races at the short oval outside of St. Louis, it was Sato who brought out the caution with four laps remaining when he hit the wall. The pace car picked up the field with three laps remaining and IndyCar did not have enough time to restart the race.

It denied O’Ward a chance to challenge the reigning IndyCar Series champion for the victory. Newgarden, in a Chevrolet for Team Penske, won for the 16th time in his career and closed the points deficit on championship

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