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What Mattered at the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix

Rinua VeeKay, Romain Grosjean and Alex Palou celebrate their podium finishes at Indianapolis

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

So much for respecting your elders, right? Don’t mention that in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series. In five IndyCar races this year, two were won by 20-year-olds (Rinus VeeKay and Pato O’Ward), one by a 21-year-old (Colton Herta, who is now 22), one by a 24-year-old (Alex Palou) and Scott Dixon, who is 40. Dixon’s …

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5 Points to Ponder: The Road Ahead

Chase Elliott practices at COTA

March 2, 2021: Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski and Martin Truex Jr at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. ( +CMS-HHP-Harold Hinson)

1. The “Road” Ahead For the second half of the 2021 regular season, the Cup Series regulars face an eclectic mix of tracks, including a doubleheader at Pocono Raceway (the only two-fer of this year), a brand new circuit in Nashville, and, count ’em, five road courses. Of the quintet, three road courses are new …

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Graham Rahal’s Strategy Pays Off for Fifth at GMR Grand Prix

Graham Rahal at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course

(Photo by Matt Fraver/INDYCAR)

After a collision on the first lap of the race significantly damaged his right side pod, Graham Rahal had a mountain to climb in Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. After making two pit stops under the first (and only) full course yellow of the race, the No. 15 Rahal …

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Rinus VeeKay Climbed the Ladder to Victory at Indianapolis

Rinus VeeKay on pit road at Indianapolis

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Rinus VeeKay’s introduction to the American motorsports world was on May 27, 2016 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was the first driver confirmed to race the new-for-2017 Tatuus USF-17 in the USF2000 championship on the Road to Indy. At the same track where VeeKay was announced to the world, he became the sixth youngest …

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Romain Grosjean Dominates, But Rinus VeeKay Triumphs at Indianapolis

Rinus VeeKay celebrates his first IndyCar win

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Rinus VeeKay scored his first IndyCar Series win in Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix, after overtaking Romain Grosjean via an undercut strategy. VeeKay became the series’ third first time winner in 2021, joining Alex Palou and Pato O’Ward. While Grosjean led from pole and maintained control over the majority of the race, pit strategy ultimately put …

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What Mattered Friday at the GMR Grand Prix

Friday Practice at the GMR Grand Prix

(Photo by Walter Kuhn/INDYCAR)

In his third NTT IndyCar Series race weekend, Romain Grosjean proved that there could indeed be redemption for the Frenchman. The No. 51 Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing Honda will start Saturday’s (May 15) race from pole position ahead of Josef Newgarden’s No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet in a Firestone Fast Six made …

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Romain Grosjean Captures First IndyCar Pole Position at Indianapolis

Romain Grosjean Celebrates First IndyCar Pole

(Photo by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Just 166 days after a fiery crash gave Romain Grosjean second-degree burns on his hands at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix, the Frenchman scored his first pole position in the NTT IndyCar Series for Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Grosjean’s fastest lap of 1 minute, 9.4396 seconds averages to …

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Colton Herta Re-Ups With Andretti Through 2023

Colton and Bryan Herta talk shop

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Colton Herta and sponsor Gainbridge Financial have signed a multi-year extension to remain at Andretti Autosport through 2023, Andretti announced May 14. The 21-year-old currently is in his third season of NTT IndyCar Series competition, logging four wins, with three coming under Harding-Steinbrenner and his most recent via Andretti. Herta moved over to the No.26 …

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Carlin, Max Chilton to Miss Indy GP

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 and driver Max Chilton will miss this weekend’s GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis due to a travel-related issue, the team announced May 14. The team, which currently sits 27th in the standings with Chilton, mentioned in the press release it will use this extra time to prepare for the 105th running of the Indianapolis …

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2021 IndyCar Quarter-Season Update: Race Win Contenders

Ryan Hunter-Reay leading Rinus VeeKay and Takuma Sato at Texas

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

After the first four races of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series, some of the race win contenders have proven themselves accurate in their placing in this category. Some are knocking on the door, so let’s take a look at this group from our preseason predictions. Pato O’Ward finally got his first IndyCar win at the …

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Entry List: 2021 Indianapolis 500

2020 Indianapolis 500

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

It’s almost time for on-track activities to begin at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as IndyCar Series teams prepare for the 105th Indianapolis 500. Thirty-five cars are entered for the famed event, including nine Indy 500 champions. Only 33 drivers will make the race, leaving two cars out of contention, barring any entry list changes. Helio Castroneves …

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