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IndyCar Championship Turns Into Team Penske Prizefight as 2016 Winds Down

2016 ICS - Pagenaud Power Mid-Ohio Photo Bret Kelley IndyCar

(Photo: Bret Kelley/IndyCar)

Simon Pagenaud and Will Power have spent the better part of the last month fighting among themselves for position on the track and in the points standings. The battle continued to rage on at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with the Team Penske teammates bouncing off of each other twice before Pagenaud prevailed for the position …

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Comebacks, Stories Lie in Waiting Beneath Simon Pagenaud’s Dominant Run

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(Photo: Chris Jones/IndyCar)

Simon Pagenaud‘s incredible start to the 2016 season has led to a tremendous lead in the points standings, but lurking just behind the Frenchman are two improbably comeback stories waiting to emerge from the shadows. On the heels of one of the most dominant drives in Verizon IndyCar Series history, Josef Newgarden surpassed Scott Dixon …

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IndyCar Succeeds in Road America Return

2016 ICS - Road America Pack Photo Chris Jones IndyCar

(Photo: Chris Jones/IndyCar)

In a year of returning traditions, the Verizon IndyCar Series racing at Road America may have been the best story of all. While it may not have held the same prestige as May’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, IndyCar’s voyage to Wisconsin served as the ultimate return to roots, with a large crowd coming to enjoy the spectacle. Hidden …

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Texas Twister Changes IndyCar Championship Story Moving Forward

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(Photo: Chris Owens/IndyCar)

Between rain, weepers and a nasty crash on lap 40 that injured Josef Newgarden, the Verizon IndyCar Series’ first attempt at completing the Firestone 600 was ugly at best. Now, with Scott Dixon, Sebastien Bourdais and Mikhail Aleshin out for the week to run the 24 Hours of LeMans, the series has been forced to move …

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On the Reds: IndyCar’s Game of Yellows

2016 IndyCar Detroit Chris Jones IndyCar

(Photo: Chris Jones/IndyCar)

Later tonight, millions of people around the world will surround their televisions, laptops, tablets and smartphones to watch a new episode of the HBO series Game of Thrones. The show, now in its seventh season, has become famous for its unpredictability. People watch intently knowing that at any moment their favorite character could be lost …

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INDYCAR Finds Drama With Fast 9 Qualifying Format


(Photo: Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

As the sun began to set closing stages of Saturday’s opening day of time trials for the Indianapolis 500, the scene on pit road was one of bedlam. Teams sprinted around. Crew chiefs and engineers crunched numbers, looking for that one critical adjustment to put them over the top. Drivers looked at the time charts nervously, …

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On the Reds: Late Finish Hides Dull IndyCar Product in Barber

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(Photo: Chris Jones/IndyCar)

The Verizon IndyCar Series lucked out with an incredible finish to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, but the series still has significant improvements to make to the on-track product as the season marches on. Continuing a depressing trend to open the season, the current aerokit led to an underwhelming race on Sunday. Save for a …

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