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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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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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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 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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Marco Andretti 2020 IndyCar Season Preview

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Marco Andretti enters his 16th season of NTT IndyCar Series competition in 2020, searching for his first victory since 2011. The third-generation racer, son of Michael and grandson of Mario, started his 2020 IndyCar season off with a 14th-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway. 2020 Team No. 98 Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco Andretti & …

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Colton Herta 2020 IndyCar Season Profile

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Just one season into his NTT IndyCar Series career, Colton Herta already has two wins under his belt. The 20-year-old pulled off a shocking victory in 2019 at Circuit of the Americas, following that up by winning the season-ending event at Laguna Seca. The youngest driver ever to win a race in IndyCar competition, and …

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IndyCar Power Rankings: June 2020

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AUSTIN, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 11: A detail view of the Aeroscreen on the car of Will Power, driver of the #12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, at Circuit of The Americas on February 11, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images/Courtesy of IndyCar.)

Although the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series schedule looks different this year, the desire to win is still present in every team. Perhaps they’ll drive for another purpose as well—to bring a sense of normalcy to a world in disarray and turmoil. In this new normal, who will be the toughest competitors with the best chance …

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Andretti Autosport Hauler Catches Fire En Route to St. Petersburg

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Just days before the season opener for the NTT Data IndyCar Series, the hauler of Andretti Autosport driver Colton Herta was involved in a fire on Interstate 275. The fire took place Wednesday morning (March 11) in Pinellas County, Fla., near Ulmerton Road. Per NBC news affiliate News Channel 8, no one was injured. #BREAKING: …

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Mazda Team Joest Picks Up From 2019, Tops ROAR Day No. 1

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Last year in Daytona, Mazda Team Joest’s Mazda RT24-Ps were the fastest cars in town during the Rolex 24 at Daytona weekend.  On Friday (Jan. 3), they brought the speed once again as Olivier Pla was fastest overall with a lap at 133.787 mph to top the day. Session No. 1 In the morning test …

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NTT IndyCar Series Hits the High Banks of Texas Motor Speedway

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The NTT IndyCar Series takes to the high banks of Texas Motor Speedway this weekend for the DXC Technology 600, in what is often one of most intense, action packed events on the calendar. Characterized by frequent wheel-to-wheel racing–often at speeds over 215 mph–the 1.5 mile tri-oval has been a staple of the series since …

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Fire on Fridays: What Does George Steinbrenner’s Investment Mean for Racing?

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The Boss wasn’t known for his love of racing. But believe it or not, the man coined as “the head of the evil empire,” otherwise known as the New York Yankees, was passionate about open-wheel racing. That’s right. George Steinbrenner, the patriarch of the current Yankees ownership, loved racing, so much so that he even …

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Takuma Sato Leads Way in Indianapolis 500 Open Test, Colton Herta Leads Rookie/Refresher Test

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Despite rain causing issues all day long, the NTT Data IndyCar Series completed its first test for next month’s Indianapolis 500 on April 24. Just 11 minutes into the session, rain showed interfered. Four hours later, the track had dried and cars went back on track. Drivers like defending Indianapolis 500 champion Will Power, Takuma …

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