Indianapolis Motor Speedway Tag

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer The latest slew of changes on the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series calendar due to the COVID-19 health crisis unfolded Monday with new doubleheaders, a third stop at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the cancellation of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix being the headlines. Starting off with the latter, Belle Isle Park’s doubleheader that was scheduled to take place on May 29-31, 2020. Monday’s announcement meant the 2.35-mile circuit becomes the fourth INDYCAR venue officially cancelled, joining Barber Motorsports Park, Long Beach and Circuit of the Americas asRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor With COVID-19 concerns still wreaking havoc throughout the globe and taking a major foothold in the United States, the revered Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have a different look to it this season. On Thursday, IndyCar announced that the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 will not take place in May, but instead will be split up into two different weekends in July and August as part of a revised 2020 schedule. The Grand Prix willRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor Tony Stewart hasn’t raced a NASCAR stock car since stepping away from the Cup Series full-time in 2016, but the allure of racing once more at his home track proved to be too much for the three-time champion and newly minted NASCAR Hall of Famer. With the NASCAR Xfinity Series moving its July 4th race away from the storied oval and on to the 14-turn, 2.439-mile infield road course, Stewart announced on Wednesday that he will be returning to the driver’s seat for that race toRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Spencer Pigot was announced Thursday as Rahal Letterman Racing’s third entry for “The Month of May” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Not only that, the car will also mark the INDYCAR debut of Citorne/Buhl Autosport (CBA), who’ve aligned with RLL Racing to get Pigot temporarily out of the free agency pool. The new team announced last Friday their intentions of competing in both the GMR Grand Prix (May 9) and the 104th Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge (May 24). Pigot is excited to be back with RLLRead More
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By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Arrow McLaren SP announced Tuesday that two-time Formula One World Champion Fernando Alonso will be driving the third entry for the 104th Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge. Alonso will be sponsored by Ruoff Mortgage and like last year, will carry the No. 66 on his Chevrolet powered car. Ruoff Mortgage is known in the world of INDYCAR as Takuma Sato’s primary sponsor when he won a thrilling 2017 Indy 500, the only race Alonso qualified where he led 27 laps until a dreaded engine failure knockedRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor After an uncertain offseason, James Hinchcliffe will be back behind the wheel in the NTT IndyCar Series in 2020, albeit on a part-time basis. On Wednesday, Hinchcliffe and Andretti Autosport announced that the 33-year old Canadian would be piloting the No. 29 Honda for three races, starting with the Indianapolis Grand Prix on May 9, followed by the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 24, and the June 6 race at Texas Motor Speedway. The Andretti entry will carry sponsorship from Genesys, which hasRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer New Zealander superstar Scott McLaughlin will make his much anticipated NTT IndyCar Series debut at the GMR Grand Prix in Indianapolis May 9, driving for Team Penske. The two-time defending Virgin Australia Supercars champion successfully participated in last month’s rookie evaluation test at Sebring International Raceway, resulting into this landmark opportunity for the 26-year-old. “This is an amazing opportunity – to race against some of the best open wheel drivers in the world on one of the most historic tracks in motorsports,” said McLaughlin. “I’m excitedRead More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service The review was clearly evident on Matt DiBenedetto’s face and in his voice. After only one morning testing a NASCAR Xfinity Series car for the first time on one of Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road courses, DiBenedetto’s reaction said it all. “It’s been fun,’’ DiBenedetto said during a break from the test Wednesday morning, adding, “I’m already jealous of these [NASCAR] Xfinity [Series] guys, just how cool the race is going to be and how good of a show it’s going to put on.’’ LastRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Funding of getting an NTT IndyCar Series ride is no longer a rigorous issue for James Hinchcliffe. That’s because Genesys announced Thursday at their Genesys Kickoff in Orlando that they’ll support the popular Canadian racer during the Month of May, including the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge May 24. This monumental announcement couldn’t have come at a perfect time as Hinchcliffe remains a free agent after controversially being let go from Arrow McLaren SP three months ago. Although Hinchcliffe’s chances of driving full-time in 2020Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Two months removed from the bombshell announcement of the Penske Corporation acquiring the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series and IMS Productions, they’ve made it official Monday. Thus, ushering in a brand new era in the world of Indy car racing and “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” With Penske running the major conglomerates of Indianapolis have to offer, it ends a glorious 74-year ownership by the Hulman & Company, who revived the iconic 2.5-mile circuit from ruins after World War II ended in 1945 andRead More