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Critic’s Annex: NBC INDYCAR Coverage High Quality Despite Scott Dixon Runaway at GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis

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2020 Independence Day weekend was, on paper, one of the most interesting race weekends in quite a while.  The NTT IndyCar Series paired with the NASCAR Xfinity Series for the first ever INDYCAR-NASCAR doubleheader.  It was a simply delicious two-for-one racing bonus for race fans. Even better, the NBC INDYCAR broadcast team delivered a top-quality …

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Backmarker Blues: IndyCar Drivers Who Struggled At 2020 GMR Grand Prix

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Oliver Askew on pit lane prior to the 2020 GMR Grand Prix. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

While one NTT IndyCar Series driver was clearly ahead of the field in Saturday (July 4)’s 2020 GMR Grand Prix, others had a far more difficult time. In the first edition of Backmarker Blues, we take a look back at which IndyCar drivers had the biggest obstacles to overcome in the 80-lap race at Indianapolis …

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IndyCar Power Rankings: July 2020

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Simon Pagenaud at the 2020 GMR Grand Prix. (Photo Credit: Joe Skibinski/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

The 2020 IndyCar season is in full swing in July 2020. With two races in the books and four more scheduled by the end of the month. NTT IndyCar Series teams are already developing into contenders—or not. After two busy races, which teams are the front-runners for the Astor Cup, and which ones still need …

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Future IndyCar-NASCAR Doubleheaders Can’t Leave IndyCar High and Dry

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Oliver Askew on pit lane before the 2020 GMR Grand Prix. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

The July 4, 2020 weekend saw motorsport history being made with the introduction of the IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader for the first time in history. While fans and media pundits have been talking about this kind of event for years, the respective differences of both series made it seem like a pipe dream. It did admittedly take …

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2020 GMR Grand Prix: Scott Dixon Dissects His Dominating Victory

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Scott Dixon and the No. 9 crew celebrate after winning the 2020 GMR Grand Prix. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

Scott Dixon steamrolled the NTT IndyCar Series field at the 2020 GMR Grand Prix, but how exactly did he win by 20 whole seconds? What are his thoughts about the additional IndyCar records he achieved by winning the July 4 race? And what about the significant personnel changes made on the No. 9 PNC Bank …

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5 Points to Ponder: A Long Way to Go

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Harvick vs Hamlin. The Big Three. Blah Blah Blah. Back in 2018, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. were a triple threat all season long. So much so that they picked up a moniker – the Big Three. The triumvirate accounted for a remarkable 20 of the 36 wins, but it was Joey …

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2020 IndyCar Championship Contenders After Two Races

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Scott Dixon on track at the 2020 GMR Grand Prix. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season is still young, but it’s never too early to start thinking about championship implications. Here are the top contenders for the Astor Cup after two races—Texas (the 2020 Genesys 300) and IMS (the 2020 GMR Grand Prix)—as well as some drivers who are potential dark horses to enter into …

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2020 GMR Grand Prix: What We Learned From IndyCar At Indianapolis

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The 2020 GMR Grand Prix was the NTT IndyCar Series’ first road course in the 2020 IndyCar season, and the race itself had a few twists and turns. Saturday’s (July 4) event saw Scott Dixon make some career history by taking the checkered flag by a 20-second margin, breaking a Team Penske streak in the …

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2020 GMR Grand Prix Recap: Scott Dixon Remains Undefeated in the IndyCar Series

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The NTT IndyCar season’s second race of the year, the GMR Grand Prix, took place on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. It was a weekend of firsts; the first time the Grand Prix took place outside of the Month of May in ages, the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader, the first time IndyCar raced on the …

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2020 GMR Grand Prix: Simon Pagenaud ‘Definitely Thinking Championship’

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The 2020 GMR Grand Prix is Simon Pagenaud‘s race to lose. The Team Penske driver has three wins in this NTT IndyCar Series event, including last season, which was part of a Month of May sweep. Before he aims for his fourth victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Pagenaud spoke to Frontstretch about …

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Will Power Nabs 2020 Indy GP Pole Away From Jack Harvey

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It may not be May, but Indy cars have finally returned to the hallowed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 3 for a day of practice and qualifying in preparation for the July 4 GMR Grand Prix on Indy’s road course. After an entertaining qualifying session using IndyCar’s traditional road-course qualifying procedure, Will Power laid down …

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2020 GMR Grand Prix Preview: IndyCar at Indianapolis Road Course

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The start of the 2019 IndyCar Grand Prix. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

The 2020 GMR Grand Prix brings the NTT IndyCar Series back to its home on the holiday weekend. The race that was formerly known as the IndyCar Grand Prix kicks off an incredibly busy month for IndyCar, and is the only event in July that’s not part of a doubleheader. That doesn’t mean there won’t …

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