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Road America IndyCar: Dixon maintains unbeaten start, pitstop woe for Newgarden – IndyCar

Five-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon earned his third successive victory of the 2020 season in the first of two races this weekend at Road America.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver had moved up to sixth from ninth on the grid in the opening stages before vaulting into second when he undercut the majority of front runners after the second pitstops.

Long-time race leader and pole-sitter Josef Newgarden lost a comfortable race lead and fell outside of the top 10 after stalling twice in the pits during his second stop.

The reigning IndyCar’s champions plight left a two-way duel for the lead between his Team Penske stablemate Will Power and championship leader Dixon, who had won the previous two races at Texas and the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The first caution at Road America in three years was required after Meyer Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey – who started from the front

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Castroneves targets full-time IndyCar return in 2021

Helio Castroneves is targeting a full-time ride in the IndyCar Series next season, but expects this month’s Indianapolis 500 to be his final drive for Team Penske in single-seaters.

With Acura and Team Penske having announced that their partnership will dissolve following November’s final round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship – and with the latter having no replacement sportscar programme for 2021 – drivers Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dane Cameron and Ricky Taylor have been informed they’re free to chase rides elsewhere.

On the back of an excellent victory with Taylor in last weekend’s IMSA race at Road America, Castroneves, who had made a reluctant switch from Team Penske’s IndyCar programme to its revived sportscar squad at the end of 2017, said he is seeking the chance to re-establish himself in single-seaters.

“I’ll be honest, I’m looking for it, I wanna go back,” the three-time Indy 500 winner and four-time

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Castroneves targets full-time IndyCar return in 2021 – IndyCar

Helio Castroneves is targeting a full-time ride in the IndyCar Series next season, but expects this month’s Indianapolis 500 to be his final drive for Team Penske in single-seaters.

With Acura and Team Penske having announced that their partnership will dissolve following November’s final round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship – and with the latter having no replacement sportscar programme for 2021 – drivers Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dane Cameron and Ricky Taylor have been informed they’re free to chase rides elsewhere.

On the back of an excellent victory with Taylor in last weekend’s IMSA race at Road America, Castroneves, who had made a reluctant switch from Team Penske’s IndyCar programme to its revived sportscar squad at the end of 2017, said he is seeking the chance to re-establish himself in single-seaters.

“I’ll be honest, I’m looking for it, I wanna go back,” the three-time Indy 500 winner and four-time

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Dixon expects rivals to copy “aggressive” undercut strategy in second Road America race – IndyCar

Scott Dixon expects the strategy employed by Team Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing in the first of this weekend’s IndyCar races at Road America will be copied in race two.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver maintained his unbeaten start to the season despite only qualifying 10th, leading Team Penske’s Will Power and rookie Alex Palou.

Power revealed the benefit of the undercut when he stopped on lap 12 to switch from Firestone’s softer alternate compound to a set of primary tires, and vaulted from 10th to third.

Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh’s Palou did the same, and he too moved forward from ninth to fourth.

Ganassi appeared to learn swiftly from such tactics and pulled Dixon in early at the second round of stops, where polesitter Josef Newgarden dropped out of contention after stalling in the pits.

Five-time series champion Dixon then found himself second to Power, and went

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Newgarden beats Harvey to pole for IndyCar Road America opener – IndyCar

Reigning IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden has taken pole position for the first of the two races at Road America this weekend.

Qualifying for the first race of the double-header – which will be held in front of fans for the first time this season – saw the field split across two 14-minute sessions, with the fastest driver from the quickest session starting from pole.

Newgarden topped the second session on a 1m45.519s, which was two-tenths faster than session one pacesetter Jack Harvey.

This marks Newgarden’s second pole of the year after clocking the fastest time at the opener in Texas, and the second successive weekend that Michael Shank Racing’s Harvey has been narrowly pipped to his maiden IndyCar pole by a Team Penske driver.

Last weekend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course it was Newgarden’s team-mate Will Power who claimed pole, and he was amongst the pole favourites prior

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Capstone Turbine (Nasdaq:CPST) Launches Shift to Green Initiative With New Livery for the Remainder of the Indycar Season

Capstone End-Use Customers’ Total Energy Savings Approached an Estimated Half a Billion Dollars and 718,000Tons of Carbon Over the Last Two Fiscal Years

VAN NUYS, CA / ACCESSWIRE / August 3, 2020 / Capstone Turbine Corporation ( www.capstoneturbine.com ) (NASDAQ:CPST), the world’s leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today it is launching a #ShiftToGreen initiative to highlight the need for greener global energy solutions.

As part of the initiative, the world’s leading producer of clean and green microturbine energy systems will run a special edition #ShiftToGreen livery for the remainder of the INDYCAR season where Capstone is the primary sponsor. The special edition #ShiftToGreen livery will emphasize Capstone’s commitment to reducing greenhouse emissions with its line of green microturbine energy solutions, all highlighted by the fact that Capstone end-use customers’ total energy savings approached an estimated half a billion dollars and 718,000 tons of carbon over the

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Daly’s Indy 500 entry to be overseen by renowned crew chief Pearn – IndyCar

Conor Daly’s Ed Carpenter Racing Indy 500 entry will be overseen by renowned crew chief Cole Pearn, who took Martin Truex Jr to the 2017 NASCAR Cup title.

Pearn became crew chief for Truex in 2015 before going on to take the title two seasons later, while last year they earned seven wins – more than any other entrant.

Pearn quit full-time NASCAR competition at the end of 2019 to return to his native Canada and run a business with his wife, but he has served as an analyst for NASCAR.com.

He will become lead engineer on Daly’s third ECR entry for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 on 23 August, alongside three-time Indy 500 polesitter and team owner Carpenter and full-time ECR driver Rinus VeeKay.

“I am super excited to get a chance to compete in the Indy 500 with Conor Daly and Ed Carpenter Racing,” said Pearn.

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Third IndyCar engine supplier “will happen” amid Ferrari speculation

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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Rossi: Condensed 2020 IndyCar schedules are causing team errors – IndyCar

Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi says that reduced on-track time is causing the apparent proliferation of errors among all IndyCar teams in the paddock, pitlane and on the race tracks.

Rossi, who took his first podium of the season in Sunday’s race at Road America said that ironing out all bugs and “finding limits” is often not possible before the crucial qualifying sessions and races.

The COVID-19 pandemic-affected season has had a radical effect on IndyCar protocol, and in order to keep teams on site en masse for as little time as possible at last weekend’s Road America round, despite it being a double-header weekend (another result of the pandemic), the schedule was tightly-compacted.

There were just two hours between 75-minute practice and the qualifying session on Saturday and barely more than that between qualifying and the race on both days, and on Sunday there was no practice at all.

“I

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