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Jimmie Johnson Settling Into New IndyCar World

Jimmie Johnson going out for practice at St. Petersburg

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — After spending the greater portion of his racing life behind the wheel of a stock car, Jimmie Johnson now calls the NTT IndyCar Series home, but despite his experience, the seven-time NASCAR champion is begging to be treated like a first-time racer. In Johnson’s old racing environment, there were very little …

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Friday St. Petersburg IndyCar Notebook

Felix Rosenqvist practices at St. Petersburg

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida — Barber Motorsports Park was a tale of two races for Arrow McLaren SP, but the streets of St. Petersburg offer a chance for Felix Rosenqvist to forget last week and Pato O’Ward to figure out how to finally nail an IndyCar race win. For Rosenqvist, his race basically ended in the …

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NASCAR Stat Sheet: The No. 48 Is Back

2021 Cup Richmond Alex Bowman, No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Trophy (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

Alex Bowman may not be the next seven-time champion, but Sunday (April 18) he was able to post a NASCAR stat that Jimmie Johnson couldn’t during his final three years in the NASCAR Cup Series: put the No. 48 in the winner’s circle. It also marked the first win for Bowman since Auto Club Speedway …

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A Deeper Statistical Dive Into Jimmie Johnson’s First IndyCar Race

Jimmie Johnson competes in his first IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park

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BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — The statistics might show Jimmie Johnson finishing near the back of his IndyCar debut, but they cannot show how much he learned in an entirely new form of racing. After navigating through a six-car wreck on the first lap of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and then spinning eight laps …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2021 Toyota Owners 400

Aric Almirola on pit road before racing at Phoenix Raceway in 2021. Photo: NKP

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Who … should you be talking about after the race? The last time a Hendrick Motorsports car visited victory lane at Richmond Raceway, it was the fall race in 2008, and Jimmie Johnson took the checkers in the No. 48 en route to his third consecutive NASCAR Cup Series title. The No. 48 was the …

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Up to Speed: Alex Bowman Overcomes Setbacks for Richmond Win

Alex Bowman fixes his shoes at Phoenix Raceway. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

On the day (April 18) when Jimmie Johnson ran his first IndyCar race, it was only fitting that Alex Bowman brought the No. 48 car back to victory lane.  Bowman emerged as a surprise winner at Richmond Raceway, a track where he had never had a top-five finish.  His 2021 win was the first for …

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Alex Bowman’s Richmond Win Caps Off Big Day for Drivers of No. 48

Alex Bowman talks with Jimmie Johnson before 2019 Indianapolis Cup race Photo NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Jeff Andrews was like many of us Sunday afternoon. Even though the NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway was well underway, Hendrick Motorsports’ general manager couldn’t help himself. He had to see Jimmie Johnson’s maiden voyage in an open-wheel car. “I won’t lie, I clicked over to IndyCar there a couple of times during …

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IndyCar Bigger Picture Outlook from Barber Motorsports Park

Pato O'Ward overtakes Alex Palou at Barber Motorsports Park

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Championship defenses are extremely difficult to come by in the NTT IndyCar Series, so much so that it hasn’t happened since Dario Franchitti won the 2011 title. Scott Dixon started his defense of his 2020 title with another podium finish at Barber Motorsports Park in Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama …

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Alex Palou Wins In Ganassi Debut At Barber Park; Romain Grosjean Scores Top 10 Finish

Alex Palou celebrates his victory in the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama (Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR Media)

Alex Palou dominated the latter half of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Sunday (April 18) to collect his first NTT IndyCar Series win, and in his debut weekend for Chip Ganassi Racing for good measure. Will Power also used pit strategy to an advantage and found himself in second-place with Scott Dixon following …

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IndyCar at Barber on Saturday: What Mattered

Pit Lane on Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

Saturday’s on-track activity for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama gave the IndyCar paddock a good idea of who the key players will be for Sunday’s season opener for the NTT IndyCar Series. However, some faces that are usually at the top of the grid at Barber seem to be struggling, leading to some …

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Saturday Morning IndyCar Notebook: Barber Motorsports Park

Patricio O'Ward Tests at Sebring

(Photo by Chris Owens/INDYCAR)

BIRMINGHAM — Patricio O’Ward is frustrated with losing NTT IndyCar Series races. Three runner-up finishes in 2020 for Arrow McLaren SP and a new teammate are giving the young Mexican racer a new shot of motivation heading into Sunday’s (April 18) season opener at Barber Motorsports Park. “I’m not here to be second or third …

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2021 IndyCar Series Season Preview: The Improvers

Ed Jones practices a pit stop at IndyCar preseason testing

(Photo by Chris Jones/INDYCAR)

Some drivers in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series might not necessarily be in the hunt for a race win, but they’ll be looking to get to that point. This preview will go over those drivers, particularly the ones that are running the overwhelming majority of the races. James Hinchcliffe has six IndyCar race wins under …

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