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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Team Penske

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Josef Newgarden (Photo: Joe Skibinski, courtesy of IndyCar Media)

Just one year removed from a 2019 during which all three of Team Penske’s full-time NTT IndyCar Series drivers finished top five in points, the motorsports empire showed some slight cracks in its armor during a rough 2020 season. Two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden contended for a title and was the team’s bright spot, finishing …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

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Takuma Sato leads the 2020 Indianapolis 500 field. (Photo Credit: Walt Kuhn/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing split its assets for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, threading off into two connected entities as a new decade began. The standard name banner still flew with the flagship team, but an offshoot technical partnership with Citrone/Buhl Autosport provided RLL with an additional entry in two races. Outside of Chip …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Meyer Shank Racing

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Jack Harvey before the 2020 Genesys 300. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

Despite being the only single-car, single-driver team in NTT IndyCar Series competition in 2020, Meyer Shank Racing completed its fourth year in the series and first full-time schedule with solid results. Driver Jack Harvey has piloted the team’s No. 60 entry throughout its existence and retained the seat for 2020, continuing to improve both his …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Ed Carpenter Racing

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Ed Carpenter during practice for the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday, June 6, 2020 (Photo: Chris Owens)

Ed Carpenter Racing returned to its sole moniker in 2020 with one full-time NTT IndyCar Series ride and a pair of occasional cars, fielding a rookie in the former and both the team owner and a veteran racer in the latter. Downsizing from a 2019 partnership with Ferrari’s Scuderia Corsa, the only season in which …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Dale Coyne Racing

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Dale Coyne Racing operated under three different awnings in 2020 in the NTT IndyCar Series, holding down a trio of partnerships for two full-time cars and a one-off for the Indianapolis 500. The team continued its trend of spreading its resources across multiple partnerships, but after two years of doing so did not have a …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Chip Ganassi Racing

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Chip Ganassi Racing retained its two NTT IndyCar Series drivers from 2019 for 2020, with Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist remaining in the seats of the Nos. 9 and 10 cars, respectively. Added to the mix was Marcus Ericsson, who debuted in 2019 with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, in a third car. After a dominating …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Carlin

Max Chilton

AUSTIN, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 12: Max Chilton, driver of the #59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet, drives during NTT Indycar Series testing at Circuit of The Americas on February 12, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Carlin had a much different look for the 2020 season, downsizing to a one-car, two-driver NTT IndyCar Series lineup after a chaotic 2019 season with three cars split among six drivers. This time, it was just the No. 59 on track for the team, divided between veterans Conor Daly and Max Chilton; Daly took to …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Arrow McLaren SP

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The team formerly known as Arrow Schmidt Petersen Motorsports abbreviated its moniker as its joined forces with Formula 1’s McLaren Racing for 2020, with unfortunate circumstances ending up continuing its NTT IndyCar Series stable format of one full-time driver alongside several part-time pilots. Longtime Arrow driver James Hinchcliffe and the team parted ways after the …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: AJ Foyt Enterprises

Sebastien Bourdais

AUSTIN, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 12: Sebastien Bourdais, driver of the #14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet, drives during NTT Indycar Series testing at Circuit of The Americas on February 12, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images via IndyCar Media)

AJ Foyt Enterprises had just one full-time NTT IndyCar Series ride in 2020 with veteran driver Charlie Kimball at the wheel. Alongside Kimball on a part-time basis were Tony Kanaan, Sebastien Bourdais and rookie Dalton Kellett, who raced in six, three and eight races, respectively. Kellett bounced between the No. 14 and No. 41 Dallara …

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2020 IndyCar Team Reviews: Andretti Autosport

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Alexander Rossi on track during the 2020 Genesys 300. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

While the Michael Andretti-owned Andretti Autosport is the flagship NTT IndyCar Series team for the legendary racing name, the team also has a pair of subdivisions by way of partnerships with Harding Steinbrenner Racing and Herta Autosport. All told, the three teams ended up with six different cars under six different drivers in 2020, with …

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2020 Top NASCAR Storylines: A Surprisingly Tame Silly Season

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As if 2020 wasn’t chaotic enough outside of NASCAR, rumors bounced around the sport all year surrounding which driver was going to which team for the following season, who was going to be out of a ride and so on and so forth. It turned out that not much changed among the NASCAR Cup Series’ …

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2020 NASCAR Team Reviews: Joe Gibbs Racing

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For a team that won more than half of the races in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season, Joe Gibbs Racing had every reason to be confident in its lineup for 2020. Martin Truex Jr., Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch all won at least five races in 2019 (seven, six and five, respectively) while Erik …

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