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Friday IndyCar Happenings At Long Beach

Jimmie Johnson after his practice crash in Long Beach

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

LONG BEACH, Calif.— Simon Pagenaud’s quest for a second victory at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach got off to a good start as the 2016 Long Beach winner led the opening practice session on Friday (April 8). The No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Honda went around the 1.968 mile street circuit in 1 …

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IndyCar XPEL 375 at Texas 2022: What We Learned

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Josef Newgarden at the 2022 XPEL 375. (Photo Credit: Joe Skibinski/Courtesy of Penske Entertainment.)

Fans and pundits alike expected fireworks in the IndyCar XPEL 375, and they got what they wanted out of a hectic 2022 race. Texas Motor Speedway has always been a cruel racetrack—something that Scott McLaughlin experienced firsthand—but add in a schedule change that saw NTT IndyCar Series teams racing in March during the day rather …

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3-Wide Accident Eliminates Contenders at Texas

Helio Castroneves, Graham Rahal and Devlin DeFrancesco crash at Texas

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

FORT WORTH, Texas— An opportunistic move ended with three cars hitting the turn 3 wall at Texas Motor Speedway during Sunday’s (March 20) XPEL 375 for the NTT IndyCar Series. After the field got the green flag on lap 128 following Kyle Kirkwood’s accident, Andretti Autosport’s Devlin DeFrancesco went underneath Graham Rahal on the backstretch. …

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Jimmie Johnson Finishes 6th at Texas in IndyCar Oval Debut

Jimmie Johnson and Scott Pruett after Johnson finished sixth at Texas.

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

FORT WORTH, Texas — There was a sense of pure amazement from race winner Josef Newgarden and congratulations from many other drivers on pit road. Why? Jimmie Johnson was competitive at an oval race again. Johnson finished sixth in Sunday’s (March 20th) XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway in his first oval race in the …

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Josef Newgarden Edges Out Scott McLaughlin for Dramatic Texas Win

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Josef Newgarden at the 2022 XPEL 375. (Photo Credit: Joe Skibinski/Courtesy of Penske Entertainment.)

Scott McLaughlin had dominated the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season, until the final lap of the Xpel 375 at Texas Motor Speedway. McLaughlin won from the pole last month at St. Petersburg and led 186 laps at Texas on Sunday (March 20). But on the last lap, Josef Newgarden took advantage of late-race traffic to …

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Jack Harvey Crashes on Saturday at Texas, Plus Other Notes

Jack Harvey at Texas

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

FORT WORTH, Texas — It was the best of sessions, it was the worst of sessions for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.  As Christian Lundgaard and Graham Rahal went fourth and seventh fastest respectively in the final practice session ahead of Sunday’s (March 20th) XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway, Jack Harvey lightly brushed the wall …

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Felix Rosenqvist Takes Pole in Texas

2021 Indycar Indianapolis Felix Rosenqvist Chris Jones Indycar Media

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Felix Rosenqvist secured his second ever pole position in the NTT IndyCar Series by setting the fastest lap in Saturday’s (March 19) single-car qualifying session for the 2022 Xpel 375 at Texas Motor Speedway. Only the 11th of 27 cars to take the track for two-lap runs, Rosenqvist’s pole time looked to be under threat …

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IndyCar Grand Prix of St. Petersburg 2022: What We Learned

Scott McLaughlin IndyCar

(Photo: James Black Courtesy of Penske Entertainment)

The 2022 IndyCar season kicked off in a more usual fashion with the 2022 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and what race fans saw on Sunday, Feb. 27 was exactly what they’ve come to expect from the NTT IndyCar Series. Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin got his first IndyCar victory in dominating fashion, though not …

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Scott McLaughlin Holds off Charging Alex Palou, Takes Maiden IndyCar Victory

Scott McLaughlin IndyCar

(Photo: James Black Courtesy of Penske Entertainment)

Scott McLaughlin is the NTT IndyCar Series’ newest winner after dominating the opening round of the 2022 season in St Petersburg, Florida. McLaughlin controlled the race from the drop of the green flag, holding off early pressure from Colton Herta and withstanding a massive charge from defending series champion Alex Palou in the race’s closing …

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Alex Palou Finishes Second in St. Petersburg

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Alex Palou at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. (Photo Credit: James Black/Courtesy of Penske Entertainment.)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Alex Palou was frustrated after finishing 17th at St. Petersburg in 2021. A 15 position improvement over last year’s performance was a big positive for the Chip Ganassi Racing team. However, the Spaniard was only .5095 seconds short of claiming victory on the streets of St. Petersburg from Scott McLaughlin in …

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