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Jimmie Johnson says his post-NASCAR ‘dream’ is to run 12 or 13 IndyCar races next year

Jimmie Johnson has no intention of slowing down after retiring from racing full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series at the end of the 2020 season. The seven-time NASCAR champ is looking at other racing options for his future, including in the IndyCar Series.

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While on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s weekly podcast, 44-year-old Johnson said he’s “pretty open” about what other styles of racing he could try, and said he’d “be really happy with” up to a 15-race schedule for the next year or two. That number includes wanting to run at least a dozen IndyCar races, in addition to marquee sports car and off-road truck events.

With his experience and fame, Johnson said he’s taking a “Why not try it?” approach to his future. And he said following his IndyCar test run at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28, he’s been having serious conversations about

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Alonso needs “good car in traffic” with lowly Indy 500 starting place – IndyCar

Fernando Alonso says he needs “a good car in traffic” as he starts 26th on the 33-car grid for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500.

With the exception of Ed Carpenter Racing’s impressive rookie Rinus VeeKay, the fastest dozen runners in qualifying trim and with the spec BorgWarner turbos turned up to 1.5-bar boost were all Honda powered.

Alonso, driving for the Arrow McLaren SP team, will begin from the ninth row of the grid after the Chevrolet-powered teams struggled in qualifying.

Although looking downbeat, he told NBC: “I feel good. Obviously we weren’t competitive enough for the top nine, so we wanted a solid run in with no lifts, no drama, and put the car in the show.

“We weren’t as quick as we wanted but we’ll work on the car. If we are at the back, we need a good car in traffic.”

“I think we are

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How a World Cup winner’s Indycar dream went awry

How a World Cup winner's Indycar dream went awry

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How a World Cup winner’s Indycar dream went awry

Andretti Autosport is renowned as one of the top squads in IndyCar, but a two-race outing for the team in 2010 didn’t allow one of Britain’s most underrated talents to shine, as he tells JAMES NEWBOLD

Everything was going right for Adam Carroll in June 2009. The Northern Irishman had wrapped up the A1GP ‘World Cup of Motorsport’ title for Team Ireland and five years after a testing opportunity with BAR-Honda, a long-awaited Formula 1 shot looked a distinct possibility for 2010 – if Lola’s entry was approved. Carroll even got to appear on a chat show with Henry Winkler, aka The Fonz.

That Lola didn’t make the cut for 2010 didn’t seem to matter all too much though, because he had attracted the attention of A1 Team USA seat-holder Michael Andretti, and an IndyCar debut in 2010

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Indianapolis 500 to be held without fans for 104th edition in 2020 – IndyCar

The Indianapolis 500 will be held behind closed doors for the first time in its 104-year history in 2020 due to the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Indiana.

IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway were initially hoping the race could run at 50 percent crowd capacity, which was further reduced to 25 percent last month.

However, it was announced today that the 23 August event, rescheduled from its traditional Memorial Day Weekend date on 24 May, would not be open to the public.

The IMS statement said the decision to run the event without fans had been made “following careful consideration and extensive consultation with state and city leadership”.

“As dedicated as we were to running the race this year with 25 percent attendance at our large outdoor facility, even with meaningful and careful precautions implemented by the city and state, the COVID-19 trends in Marion County and

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Milk and Cookies: IndyCar drivers talk first cars and one said he’d be a ‘dirtbag’ if he wasn’t racing

In February, before the days of social-distancing and masks, Dave Calabro talked with IndyCar drivers on a series of topics.

AUSTIN, Texas — In February, before the days of social-distancing and masks, Dave Calabro packed up his milk jugs and cookies to head to Texas for some quality time with the IndyCar drivers. 

First car

Dave Calabro: What was the first car you drove on a regular basis when you got your license?

2018 Indy 500 winner Will Power: Was a VL Comodore.

Dave: Was that a cool car?

Power: It was a Chevy. It was a cool car for a young guy.

Dave: Did you pick up chicks in your new cool car?

Power: That’s the sort of thing you do with that car.

Power: You would pick up chicks.

2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon: I had a Honda Prelude. It was red…had one light. It had the

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VeeKay: “Most amazing qualifying” at Indy 500 – IndyCar

Rookie Rinus VeeKay has described his performance in the Fast Nine shootout as the “most amazing qualifying” as he took fourth spot for this weekend’s Indianapolis 500.

Despite the general consensus being that Chevrolet was down on power compared with Honda when they ran 1.5-bar boost, which teams use on Fast Friday, qualifying and the Fast Nine shootout, VeeKay proved that a great handling car could help make up the deficit.

The #21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet had looked fast and stable in dirty air during practice, but it also responded well to being trimmed out for qualifying.

The Dutch teenager was sixth on Saturday, behind four Andretti Autosport cars and Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing, and then on Sunday only one Andretti car – that of Marco Andretti – could outpace him, along with Dixon and Takuma Sato’s consistent Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda.

Thus VeeKay became the best qualifying

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Andretti beats Dixon to claim 2020 Indy 500 pole position – IndyCar

Marco Andretti denied Scott Dixon pole position for the 2020 Indianapolis 500 with the last run of Fast Nine qualifying – taking the squad’s first pole for the race since 2005.

Andretti, who had finished the first day of qualifying on Saturday fastest, was the last driver in the Fast Nine to make his sole four-lap run around the 2.5-mile oval, needing to beat Dixon’s 231.051mph average to take pole for next Sunday’s race.

The #98 Honda powered machine matched Dixon, with the first two laps being in the 231mph range, but Dixon’s third lap being slightly faster than Andretti’s effort.

On the final lap of Andretti’s run, he pulled out 0.195mph on Dixon to snatch pole by just 0.017mph and give the Andretti family its first since Marco’s grandfather, 1969 winner Mario, took his third pole in 1987.

Dixon, whose #9 Chip Ganassi machine was significantly more trimmed out

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Autosport 70: How an F1 champion conquered Indycar – IndyCar

Nigel Mansell was the Formula 1 world champion when he decided to switch to Indycar for 1993. In the 14 August 2014 CART special issue of Autosport magazine, he told us why he made the move and described the challenges he had to overcome

Nigel Mansell spent just two seasons in Indycar racing in 1993-94, and during that short stay he put the series in the international spotlight like never before. He broke all the records by winning the title in his rookie year, and impressed even the most sceptical observers with his commitment in the car. And, as ever, drama seemed to follow him around, on and off the track.

Mansell’s move to America, as the reigning Formula 1 world champion at the very top of his game, remains one of the most remarkable episodes in recent motorsport history. It stemmed from the implosion of his negotiations with Williams

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INDYCAR: Andretti is sharp in Day One of Qualifying at Indy. Today is the race for the pole. – Sports Talk Florida

By Paul Kelly

INDIANAPOLIS – ( INDYCAR.COM ) The Month of Marco continued Saturday at the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, as Marco Andretti posted the fastest four-lap qualification run and enters the Fast Nine Shootout on Sunday as the top seed for the run to the coveted NTT P1 Award for pole position.

Andretti posted a four-lap average speed of 231.351 mph in the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda on his only attempt of the five-hour, 50-minute qualifying session. Andretti’s run was even more impressive because he was the 28th of 33 drivers to make his attempt in the first trip through the qualifying draw, blazing the top speed in hotter, more slippery track conditions than earlier qualifiers.

RESULTS: Indianapolis 500 Day 1 Qualifying

The Fast Nine Shootout takes place from 1:15-2:15 p.m. (ET) Sunday, with live NBC coverage from 1-3 p.m. Andretti, who led “Fast Friday” practice

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What IndyCar drivers said after Day 1 of qualifying for the 104th Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS — A roundup of quotes and social media posts from NTT IndyCar Series drivers Saturday after the first day of qualifying for the 104th Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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After turning the best Fast Friday lap in more than 24 years, Marco Andretti again led the way on the first day of qualifying as Hondas took eight of the Fast Nine Spots.

On the flip side, the Chevrolets struggled mightily as Team Penske failed to have a driver advance to the Sunday shootout for the pole position.

RESULTS: Qualifying speeds from Day 1

INDY 500 QUALIFYING: Details for following the time trials

Fernando Alonso (No. 66 Ruoff Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet): “The speed was not there yesterday in practice and today in qualifying. We know that so we just wanted to put in a solid run in for qualifying with no mistakes and execute

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