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IndyCar Reveals Its Sleek New Racer In Detroit 17
Jan
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Detroit-Auto-Show, Indy, Motorsport, racing, video on 01 17th, 2018


The IndyCar Series is embarking on a new era, leaving behind the manufacturer-supplied aero kits and introducing a new common shape for the season ahead – and it unveiled the updated car at the Detroit Auto Show this week.
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IndyCar Wants Another Automaker To Compete With Honda And Chevy 28
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Indy, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 12 28th, 2017


For the past several years, the IndyCar Series has been a showdown between Honda and Chevy, but that could change in the near future.

“Another OEM partner is a huge goal of ours,” series organizer Jay Frye told Autosport. “This doesn’t mean that any of them are coming for sure, but there’s a couple that I would say are active and we’re encouraged by.”

Frye says that the requirement for participating automakers to supply their own unique aero kits was a “big hurdle to get a new OEM to come in,” but now that they’ve been standardized, more manufacturers have shown interest.

Another part is showing potential manufacturers that the series has a long-term plan for growth. With a new direction, Frye believes that the series could attract another automaker by 2020.

The last automaker to compete alongside Honda and Chevy was Lotus, which briefly fielded an ill-fated campaign in 2012. Other manufacturers to have supplied engines to the series and its predecessors in recent history have included Toyota, Infiniti, Ford, and Chevrolet’s now-defunct sister brand Oldsmobile.

McLaren supported a Honda-powered entry at the last running of the Indy 500, and could again, but not as an engine supplier.

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IndyCar A-Listers Confirmed For 2018 Race Of Champions 7
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Indy, Motorsport, racing, Reports on 12 7th, 2017


A number of IndyCar A-listers are among the first drivers confirmed for the 2018 Race Of Champions, set to take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on February 2-3 2018.

The likes of reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves, and Juan Pablo Montoya have all been confirmed for the annual event.

Montoya, who won the event in his first appearance back in January, says he is excited to return.

“When I came to the Race Of Champions for the first time this year, I immediately regretted never having done it before. It was an amazing experience and (ROC president) Fredrik Johnsson and his team put together an amazing event. It’s all about fun, but when you go to the grid it’s unbelievable how focused you are.”

A host of other drivers from the likes of Formula 1, NASCAR, rallycross and other motorsport series’ will be announced in the coming weeks.

Incredibly, the Race Of Champions will become Saudi Arabia’s first international motorsport event and be held just a few months before the country allows women to drive.

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Danica Patrick Calls Time On Her Racing Career 20
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in celebrities, Indy, Motorsport, Nascar, racing on 11 20th, 2017


One of the biggest personalities in motorsports today is exiting stage left as Danica Patrick has announced her retirement from racing full-time.

“This will be my last season as a full-time driver,” said Patrick this past Friday at Homestead, as reported by Autosport.

The move comes after she lost her ride with Stewart-Haas Racing, replaced by Aric Almirola. She’d been working on securing a deal to stay in the NASCAR Cup series with another team, but evidently those negotiations didn’t pan out.

We haven’t quite seen the last of Danica just yet, though. She’s planning on contesting two headline races in 2018: the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.

The latter will mark her first return to open wheels since 2011 when she left the IndyCar Series for NASCAR full-time. She found more success in Indy, winning the race at Motegi in 2008, than she did in NASCAR, where she achieved a career-best sixth-place finish in Atlanta in 2014 – one of seven top-ten results she’s scored in the Cup.

Despite middling performance, Danica’s proven popular with the fans, who named her Most Popular Driver in IndyCar six years running (between 2005 and 2010) and once in the NASCAR Nationwide series.

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Josef Newgarden Beats His Penske Teammates To 2017 IndyCar Title 18
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Indy, Motorsport, racing on 09 18th, 2017


Team Penske has won the IndyCar Series title once again. That in and of itself may not come as particularly surprising, given that the team has done precisely that fourteen times before. But this time it was a new driver who took the title – in his first season with the team, no less.
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Josef Newgarden Beats His Penske Teammates To 2017 IndyCar Title 18
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Indy, Motorsport, racing on 09 18th, 2017


Team Penske has won the IndyCar Series title once again. That in and of itself may not come as particularly surprising, given that the team has done precisely that fourteen times before. But this time it was a new driver who took the title – in his first season with the team, no less.
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IndyCar Driver Makes Remarkable 190 MPH Save 23
Aug
Posted by Brad Anderson in Indy, Motorsport, racing, video on 08 23rd, 2017


Driving an IndyCar around a superspeedway isn’t the easy task many critics think it is. Just ask James Hinchcliffe.
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Sebastien Bourdais Cleared To Get Back To Racing After Indy Crash 17
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Accidents, Indy, Motorsport, racing on 08 17th, 2017


One of the greatest drivers in American open-wheel racing has been out of commission since May – but with the all-clear, he's now plotting his return.
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McLaren Eyes Full-Time IndyCar Team By 2019 14
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in honda, Indy, mclaren, McLaren-Honda, Motorsport, racing on 08 14th, 2017


Fernando Alonso may yet end up switching from Formula One to the IndyCar Series. But regardless of what its star driver does, McLaren could return to the American open-wheel championship full time.
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Buy This 1964 Lotus 34 And Own A Piece Of Indy History [60+ Pics] 8
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ford, Indy, Lotus, Pebble Beach on 08 8th, 2017


For the first half of its hundred-year history, the Indianapolis 500 was won in front-engined “specials.” By now, of course, they're all mid/rear-engined. So when did they change? When Lotus got involved in the mid-1960s with cars like this one here.
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Buy This 1964 Lotus 34 And Own A Piece Of Indy History [60+ Pics] 8
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in auction, Classics, Ford, Indy, Lotus, Pebble Beach on 08 8th, 2017


For the first half of its hundred-year history, the Indianapolis 500 was won in front-engined “specials.” By now, of course, they're all mid/rear-engined. So when did they change? When Lotus got involved in the mid-1960s with cars like this one here.
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New Indy Road Course Setup Promises More Competition [65 Images] 4
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Indy, Motorsport, racing on 08 4th, 2017


“Apparently, science works.” That's what IndyCar driver Oriol Servia had to say after climbing out of the open cockpit of the latest Dallara chassis at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
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If McLaren Doesn’t Improve, Alonso Could Leave For Indy Full-Time 1
Aug
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, honda, Indy, mclaren, McLaren-Honda, Motorsport, racing on 08 1st, 2017


Fernando Alonso has had a rough past few seasons in Formula One. The two-time world champion has scored all of two points this season, and hasn't landed on the podium since 2014 – and that comes more down to his car than his skills.
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2018 IndyCars Test At Indianapolis For The First Time 29
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in Indy, Motorsport, racing, Reports, video on 07 29th, 2017


Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia have completed the first tests of 2018-spec IndyCar racers and all reports appear to be positive.
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2018 IndyCar NEXT Debuts Bold Aero Changes 25
Jul
Posted by Brad Anderson in Chevrolet, Dallara, honda, Indy, Motorsport, racing on 07 25th, 2017


Having shown off what the overhauled 2018 IndyCar racers would look like in rendered form two months ago, the sport has officially presented the new car in the flesh and it looks just as good as we hoped.
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