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Why 2020 offers a second-generation racer his best Indy 500 shot – IndyCar

One of the most refreshing sights of the 2020 IndyCar Series season – barring the star performances of this year’s impressive rookie crop – has been that of Rahal Letterman Lanigan fulfilling its inherent promise. The team co-owned by three-time IndyCar champion and 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Rahal, David Letterman and Mike Lanigan has been a puzzling entity in recent years, generating more questions than answers.

For example, how come a squad that’s been full of talented engineers for several seasons and runs two fast and proven race winners isn’t a more consistent threat to IndyCar’s so-called Big Three? Why was the team a bigger championship threat when it ran just one car for Graham Rahal in 2015 than when it expanded to two entries? And how come Rahal Jr has been a more dependable performer over the last two seasons than his team-mate Takuma Sato, yet the latter

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Rosenqvist beats O’Ward to snatch first IndyCar win at Road America – IndyCar

Felix Rosenqvist claimed a maiden IndyCar race victory with a penultimate lap overtake on the pole-sitting Arrow McLaren SP of Pato O’Ward in the second race at Road America.

The final race of the double-header weekend quickly became a two-way fight, with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist hunting down long-time race leader O’Ward with both drivers looking for their first win in the series.

Rosenqvist’s victory chances were dented with a slow second pitstop, but he soon recovered the time to set up a showdown with the 2018 Indy Lights champion in the final stint.

Formula E convert Rosenqvist opted for a fresh set of black, harder compound tyres while O’Ward bolted on a used albeit-faster set of the red-walled soft tyres.

This proved to be a mistake for O’Ward, who had earned the newly formed McLaren SP team its first pole position earlier in the day, as Rosenqvist soon

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What IndyCar drivers said after the first Indy 500 practice in August

A roundup of quotes from NTT IndyCar Series drivers after hitting the track Wednesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first day of Indy 500 practice.

James Hinchcliffe was fastest in the six and a half hour session that started at 11 a.m. Andretti Autosport had three of the five fastest cars.

There will be two more practices Thursday and Friday before qualifying this weekend for the 104th Indianapolis 500.

Fernando Alonso (No. 66 Ruoff Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet): “Today was good. I think we had the day that we wanted, which was a clean day with no issues and trouble-free. In the morning, we got up to speed with the refresher, and in the afternoon we cut it a bit short to work on the car. We may have potentially missed one run in traffic, but it’s nothing we can’t make up tomorrow. We are working step by

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Hinchcliffe tops opening day of Indy 500 practice, Alonso fifth on return – IndyCar

James Hinchcliffe led an Andretti Autosport 1-2-4 on the opening day of practice for the 104th Indianapolis 500 as Fernando Alonso clocked the fifth fastest time.

Making only his third IndyCar Series outing of the year, 2016 pole-winner Hinchcliffe turned a 224.526mph average on his 35th of 80 laps in the afternoon session to edge teammate Marco Andretti by 0.18mph.

Similarly impressive was his no-tow speed of 220.732mph, a mere 0.003mph slower than teammate and 2014 Indy winner Ryan Hunter-Reay who ended the day fourth fastest overall.

The non-Andretti interloper in the top four was series points leader Scott Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing machine, the 2008 Indy 500 winner clocking a best effort of 224.046mph.

One year after failing to qualify for the 500, two-time Formula 1 world champion Alonso’s resumption of his assault on the Triple Crown began well with the fifth fastest time – and top Chevrolet runner

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IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 to run at 25 percent crowd capacity – IndyCar

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced that attendance for the 104th edition of the Indianapolis 500 will be approximately 25 percent of capacity, with face coverings for all attendees.

Ticket sales will not be permitted after 24 July, further limiting the number of people who will attend.

IMS has prepared a detailed plan that provides guidelines and protocols and this will be released tomorrow ahead of a conference call with Speedway officials.

“In June, we announced the race was on and that attendance would be limited to no more than 50 percent of capacity,” said Penske Entertainment Corp. President & CEO Mark Miles.

“We also made clear we intended to do things differently this year.

“By offering credits to fans who had previously purchased tickets, encouraging those over 65 to stay at home, limiting attendance in the infield, reducing tickets in our suites and promising fans their decision to not

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Third IndyCar engine supplier “will happen” amid Ferrari speculation – Frye – IndyCar

IndyCar president Jay Frye says he remains confident that a third engine manufacturer will join Chevrolet and Honda in the IndyCar Series, as speculation increases that it will be Ferrari.

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Mattia Binotto told SkySport Italia in mid-May that the company was evaluating the viability of an IndyCar project as F1 introduces budget caps, freeing up financial and human resources for other projects.

Roger Penske, who currently owns both IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, said earlier this month that Ferrari is “definitely interested in coming”, and now Frye says he believes a third manufacturer will happen “sooner or later”.

Frye told Autosport: “As you know, there have been conversations going on with various manufacturers for a few years, but now with Roger being here, that adds another new and very positive element for us.

“I hate saying anything because people will say, ‘you’ve been saying

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IndyCar confirms final 2020 Indianapolis 500 entry list

IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have released the entry list for next week’s Indianapolis 500, confirming the final two entries following a three-month delay for the race.

With 2011 Indy runner-up JR Hildebrand at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing again, alongside Sage Karam, and one of last year’s underdog stars DragonSpeed USA running Ben Hanley once more, the door appears closed on any chances that Oriol Servia or Stefan Wilson might have had.

Further Indy 500 one-off entries include two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso, who will race for Arrow McLaren SP to atone for his failure to qualify last year.

Three-time IndyCar victor Helio Castroneves is entered as Penske’s fourth car, and will be his last IndyCar race for the team.

James Davison will be racing for a Dale Coyne Racing-prepared car, run in conjunction with NASCAR team Rick Ware Racing, while Dalton Kellett will pilot a third

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

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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IndyCar confirms final 2020 Indianapolis 500 entry list – IndyCar

IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have released the entry list for next week’s Indianapolis 500, confirming the final two entries following a three-month delay for the race.

With 2011 Indy runner-up JR Hildebrand at Dreyer & Reinbold Racing again, alongside Sage Karam, and one of last year’s underdog stars DragonSpeed USA running Ben Hanley once more, the door appears closed on any chances that Oriol Servia or Stefan Wilson might have had.

Further Indy 500 one-off entries include two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso, who will race for Arrow McLaren SP to atone for his failure to qualify last year.

Three-time IndyCar victor Helio Castroneves is entered as Penske’s fourth car, and will be his last IndyCar race for the team.

James Davison will be racing for a Dale Coyne Racing-prepared car, run in conjunction with NASCAR team Rick Ware Racing, while Dalton Kellett will pilot a third

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IndyCar confirms cancellations of Portland and Laguna Seca rounds – IndyCar

The IndyCar Series will not compete at either Portland or Laguna Seca in 2020, and will run double-headers at Mid-Ohio, Gateway and the Indianapolis road course in their place.

As revealed yesterday, the Grand Prix of Portland has fallen victim to Oregon’s increasing crowd-gathering restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while the surging number of active coronavirus cases in California, and expected quarantine measures, have spelled the end of hopes for the Laguna Seca event.

There have been approximately 450,000 recorded cases of coronavirus in California, leading the state to reintroduce lockdown procedures to curb any further infections.

IndyCar’s press release stated that “The cancellation of both event weekends was a mutual decision between the series and promoters following close consultation and monitoring of the local situation.

“The series looks forward to returning to both venues in 2021.”

Laguna Seca had itself become a double-header to help compensate for

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