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By David Morgan, Associate Editor The rookie class for the 2021 NTT IndyCar Season is certainly an unconventional one, with the drivers making their series debuts not being fresh-faced drivers that have been climbing the open-wheel ladder, but decorated veterans from different facets of the motorsports world looking to try their hand at IndyCar. Included in the class is seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, along Romain Grosjean, who brings 10 years of Formula 1 experience with him, and last, but not least, three-time V8 Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin. Sunday’sRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer It might’ve taken the NTT IndyCar Series a month later to kickoff the 2021 campaign, but the time has finally come. While the season won’t start at St. Petersburg, another fan favorite circuit known as Barber, will certainly fill the void. The unique 2.3-mile circuit will be the site of what may be viewed as a stacked roster consisting of established IndyCar stars, guys looking for a career revival, and former champions across multiple disciplines. No question, all 24 drivers have one vision and that’sRead More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor April 18, 2004 – The day Martinsville Speedway bit back, derailing the chances of one future NASCAR Hall of Famer going to Victory Lane, and paving the way for another to break a years long winless streak and capture the final win of his NASCAR Cup Series career. For much of the first half of the Advance Auto Parts 500, it looked as if defending race winner Jeff Gordon was going to be the driver to beat down the stretch, as the four-time Cup Series championRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Due in large part of the pandemic, it’ll mark the first time in a long while an official rookie class won’t have a Road to Indy graduate. Guys like Kyle Kirkwood, Toby Sowery, and Sting Ray Robb will have a battle of their own in Indy Lights. Thus, we won’t see someone from the ladder system until next season. However, this year’s IndyCar rookies is perhaps one of the most decorated in quite some time. Three veterans from different racing backgrounds will look to dabble onRead More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Specialists are common ground in the NTT IndyCar Series. Some are simply running a partial schedule because teams are focused with their main drivers or developing their operation. More recently, others are filling in drivers who aren’t keen on running ovals. In this second installment of our previews, we’ll highlight five drivers who’ll compete in specific circuits — Max Chilton, Ed Carpenter, Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Pietro Fittipaldi Max Chilton – No. 59 Carlin Chevrolet Age: 29 Years in IndyCar: 5 Best Finish: 4th (2017Read More
By Luis Torres, Staff Writer Welcome to the NTT IndyCar Series, Romain Grosjean. The nine-year Formula One veteran took part of his first major test at Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday. Not only that, it was the first time he was back behind the wheel following his horrific crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix three months ago. Even from afar, his children were super excited to see their heroic dad back in a race car. “I’ve been sharing and talking with them a lot, and we made some video calls overRead More
By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief Tony Kanaan will get an extension on his NTT IndyCar Series career. On Monday, Chip Ganassi Racing announced the 45-year-old Brazilian has signed a multi-year deal to drive the No. 48 Honda for the four oval events on the 2021 schedule. Kanaan will share the entry with seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, who will contest the 13 road and street course races. Kanaan, the 2004 IndyCar champion and 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner, was with CGR from 2014-2017, grabbing one win (Fontana, 2014) and 12Read More
By David Morgan, Associate Editor The torch has been passed. As Jimmie Johnson was making the most of his final start behind the wheel of the No 48 Chevrolet, it was only fitting that on the same day he was bidding farewell to the NASCAR Cup Series, his Hendrick Motorsports teammate, Chase Elliott, was taking his first steps toward greatness by capturing his first Cup championship with a dominating drive. The seven-time champion finished out the season strong by bringing home a top-five Sunday at Phoenix Raceway, finishing the race asRead More
By Holly Cain, NASCAR Wire Service Chase Elliott won the biggest race of his life – rallying from a last place starting position to cross the Phoenix Raceway finish line first in the Series Finale 500 – earning his first career NASCAR Cup Series championship at the age of 24 – the youngest champion in NASCAR’s premier series in 25 years. Ultimately Elliott won by 2.74-seconds over former fellow title contenders, Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. The fourth championship-eligible driver, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin, finished fourth.Read More
By Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service No divided loyalty in Championship 4: It’s all about the team at Team Penske Team Penske owner Roger Penske has two drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series Championship 4 race for the first time. Both drivers are former Cup champions. Brad Keselowski won his title in 2012 under the 10-race Chase format. Joey Logano won the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway to secure the 2018 championship. So how does a team owner allocate his loyalties between his two drivers as they head for Sunday’sRead More