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IndyCar results and points standings after Gateway Race No. 1

Scott Dixon maintained his hammerlock on the NTT IndyCar Series results and points standings Saturday at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, where he scored his 50th career victory.

The five-time series champion moved within two victories of Mario Andretti for second on the all-time IndyCar victory list (A.J. Foyt is ranked first with 67 victories.

Dixon also delivered the 113th IndyCar victory for Chip Ganassi Racing, which has won five of eight races in 2020.

EARLY PILEUP: Andretti Autosport lost three cars in a crash before the green

The No. 9 Dallara-Honda driver led 28 laps, including the final 25, and fended off a furious charge by Takuma Sato, who finished second six days after his second Indianapolis 500 victory.

Saturday’s margin of victory was 0.141 seconds, the second-closest IndyCar finish in track history.

Pato O’Ward led a race-high 91 of 200 laps and finished third ahead of

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Crash Strikes IndyCar Gateway Race Right after the Start

A six-car crash at the drop of the green flag eliminated three Andretti Autosport drivers from contention before they could even cross the start-finish line on Saturday during the first of two NTT IndyCar Series races this weekend at World Wide Technolgy Raceway at Gateway.

The incident eliminated three Andretti Autosport teams from contention.

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The incident eliminated three Andretti Autosport teams from contention.

Alexander Rossi, Marco Andretti and Zach Veach suffered terminal damage in a crash that began when several cars stalled out of Turn 4.

Alex Palou darted left and Simon Pagenaud followed him out of line. Oliver Askew also darted but was not able to lift in time and drove right into the back of Pagenaud. That then collected the Andretti Autosport trio.

IndyCar race control penalized Palou and Askew for avoidable contact and both drivers were sent to the rear of the field for the ensuing restart.

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Scott Dixon wins his 50th IndyCar race in down-to-the-wire duel with Takuma Sato at Gateway

After a lackluster yellow-flag finish in the Indianapolis 500, IndyCar fans were treated to a spectacular, down-to-the-wire duel between Takuma Sato and Scott Dixon.

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Why Dixon’s Indy 500 defeat is bad news for his IndyCar rivals – IndyCar

How does it feel for a team and driver to do everything right and still miss out on Indianapolis 500 glory? Autosport put the question to Michael Cannon, Scott Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing engineer, after the five-time IndyCar Series champion lost the chance of a shootout to the chequered flag with now two-time Indy winner Takuma Sato.

“In Chip’s team, we just say, ‘OK, let’s move on. Let’s go and win the championship,'” he replies. “It’s unfortunate how things transpired, but we can’t change it now. Takuma Sato and Rahal Letterman Lanigan won the Indy 500. That’s it.”

It’s this attitude that makes the Ganassi team so admirable. One can picture the scene immediately post race – human dynamo that is highly practical team manager Barry Wanser making sure the troops carry on as normal in the post-race tear-down/pack away process, the smooth tones of managing director Mike Hull placating

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Pagenaud: Indy 500 calls need to be quick and right with condensed schedule – IndyCar

Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud says the condensed practice schedule for this year’s race leaves far less leeway for experimenting with set up.

The Team Penske ace conquered last year’s Indy 500 after a thrilling duel with 2016 winner Alexander Rossi of Andretti Autosport, and can expect to be one of the pre-race favourites again.

However, Pagenaud is wary of the fact that with just two days of practice before switching to Fast Friday turbo boost levels, as highlighted by his race engineer Ben Bretzman last week, track time will be at a premium.

Following Fast Nine qualifying on Sunday, the teams are set for 2hrs30mins more practice at race day boost, but then won’t hit the track again until Carb Day’s two-hour session the last practice before the race.

There are yet further time constraints possible – maybe probable – due to the poor weather forecast for this

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Who makes F1, MotoGP, Indycar tyres and how do they do it? – F1

Tyres play an enormous role in Formula 1 races and a good understanding from both the drivers and teams of getting the best from them is vital to success.

Across motorsport, different series have very different relationship with their tyres – from a key strategic tool to a mere functional component of the car.

Tyres are complex to design and produce, the rules surrounding their usage are complicated and they are even more bewildering to get working properly across a range of conditions.

How are F1 tyres made?

F1 tyres are produced by Pirelli and are a feat of engineering on their own. It all starts in the laboratories where research is conducted into different structures and compounds and computer simulations allow the engineers to come up with tyres that meet the correct specifications. From there prototypes are built and tested, undergoing much more severe conditions than they would be

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Spencer Pigot has full memory of horror Indy 500 crash – IndyCar

Spencer Pigot says he has full recollection of the enormous shunt that ended his Indianapolis 500 and caused the race to end under caution.

Driving the third Rahal Letterman Lanigan entry under the Citrone/Buhl Autosport banner, Pigot was running 15th on lap 194 when the rear of his car slid wide as he approached the exit of Turn 4.

The 2015 Indy Lights champion spun through more than 180 degrees, so it was the front-left wheel that struck the outside wall first, before a secondary impact spun the car back across the track into the attenuator at the end of the pit wall.

The sickening impact bounced Pigot’s car into another spin, but fortunately he was avoided by the oncoming group featuring JR Hildebrand, Max Chilton and Fernando Alonso.

Speaking to Autosport, Pigot explained that he felt “light-headed” immediately after the accident but felt no lingering effects.

“The safety guys

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What IndyCar drivers said after the 104th Indianapolis 500

became the 20th driver to win more than once in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing:” data-reactid=”19″INDIANAPOLIS — Recapping what NTT IndyCar Series drivers said after Sunday’s 104th Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Takuma Sato became the 20th driver to win more than once in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing:

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Autosport 70: Another F1 winner’s Indy 500 challenge – IndyCar

Like Fernando Alonso, Johnny Herbert tried to find success in America’s greatest race following wins in Formula 1 – as he told us in the 9 May 2002 issue of Autosport magazine – but things didn’t go to plan

Strange, isn’t it, how we take for granted that anyone operating at the top level of their chosen sport has a passion for their endeavours, yet when they fall off the pedestal we assume they will just jack it in and live off the fruits of their successes?

Johnny Herbert is different. Excluded from Formula 1 after two barren years (barring that remarkable win at the Nurburgring in 1999) with Stewart/Jaguar, he could have slipped comfortably into at least semi-retirement.

Grand Prix Gold: 1999 European GP

But he was enthusiastic enough to swallow his pride and take up a test driver role at Arrows for the 2001 season, and then sought

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O’Ward leads Dixon in Indy 500 Carb Day final practice – IndyCar

Pato O’Ward put his Arrow McLaren SP at the top of the speed charts in the last on-track session before the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500.

In the final track time ahead of this weekend’s Indy 500, O’Ward, classified as a rookie at Indy after failing to qualify for the race in 2019, was the only driver to break the 225mph barrier and the 40 seconds barrier, with his 11th lap of 84 resulting in 225.355mph.

That put him 0.7mph ahead of the best effort from Scott Dixon, the 2008 Indy 500 winner for Chip Ganassi Racing, while two more former winners in Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato were third and fourth fastest.

Oliver Askew, another rookie, was fifth in the second Arrow McLaren SP entry ahead of Zach Veach for Andretti Autosport who said yesterday that his car was feeling comfortable in traffic and duly proved it today.

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