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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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Indy 500 Special: What We Learned From NBC’s 2019 Indy 500 Repeat

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The 2019 Indy 500 had a second life on Sunday (May 24), as NBC aired Back Home Again: Indy 500 Special to fill the void where this year’s race should have been. The best part of the special by a mile was winner Simon Pagenaud and runner-up Alexander Rossi telling us what they were really …

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IndyCar iRacing Challenge: What We Learned From Circuit of the Americas

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AUSTIN, TEXAS - APRIL 25: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) (Editors note: This image was computer generated in-game) Lando Norris, driver of the #04 Arrow McLaren SP Dallara, leads a pack of cars during the IndyCar Auto Nation iRacing Challenge at virtual Circuit of The Americas on April 25, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Just one race remains in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge after Saturday’s (April 25) event at Circuit of the Americas. But it was a Formula One driver who stole the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge, and it wasn’t even close. McLaren driver Lando Norris, invited by INDYCAR to compete in the fifth of six rounds, took the pole …

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IndyCar iRacing Challenge: What We Learned From Twin Ring Motegi

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The IndyCar iRacing Challenge is two-thirds of the way complete after Saturday’s venture to Twin Ring Motegi, and Simon Pagenaud has his second win in just as many iRacing events. But surprisingly, his back-to-back victories were not the biggest story of this virtual return to Japan. What can we learn from IndyCar’s outing on the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Stupidity Arises on the Radio, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Gets Too Much Focus

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Oh boy. As you know by now, stupidity has reared its head once again. The original plan was to talk about Saturday’s Chevrolet 275k broadcast on NBCSN and maybe touch upon Landon Cassill’s Monza Madness. Had Kyle Larson not done what he did, that portion of the article would have likely covered Allen Bestwick chipping …

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Sage Karam Wins IndyCar iRacing Challenge Series Opener at Watkins Glen

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Sage Karam took the lead from the start and never looked back in the IndyCar iRacing Challenge’s series opener at Watkins Glen International. The part-time Dreyer & Reinbold Racing driver started from the pole and only surrendered the lead to Team Penske driver Will Power during his two pit stops. “It was nerve-wracking for sure …

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Will Power Wins IndyCar Grand Prix of Portland

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The NTT IndyCar headed to the Pacific Northwest and Portland International Raceway for the penultimate event of the 2019 season, the Grand Prix of Portland, with Team Penske’s Will Power claiming the checkered flag. Teenage rookie Colton Herta started from the pole,  while a six-car pileup in the first turn on the opening lap quickly …

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Pace Laps: Matt DiBenedetto Crushed, While Tyler Reddick, Brett Moffitt Capitalize at Bristol

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Oh, What Might Have Been One slip-up. One simple mistake. When you’re racing with the big boys in NASCAR’s top division, that’s all it takes for a Cinderella slipper to smash into tiny little pieces. Matt DiBenedetto was on the verge of one of the sport’s great upset stories Saturday …

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Will Power Wins Rain-Shortened ABC Supply 500 at Pocono

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Will Power finally found victory lane in 2019 on Sunday, claiming his first win of the year in a rain-shortened ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, extending his streak to 13 straight NTT IndyCar Series seasons with a victory. It was a much needed win for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 champion, who has struggled at …

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NTT IndyCar Series Preview: 2019 Tough Iowa 300

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The NTT IndyCar Series returns to Iowa Speedway Saturday (July 20) for what is always one of the toughest races of the year. Known for its lightning fast corners and soul-crushing G-Forces, this .875-mile bullring pushes some of the best drivers in the world to their absolute limit. Combine that with 100-plus degree temperatures that …

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A Day After Crashing, Scott Dixon Wins Wild Detroit Grand Prix Dual 2

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After bad weather turned the first race of the 2019 Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader into an unpredictable affair on Saturday, few would have imagined an even greater number of dramatic moments would take place under sunny skies at Belle Isle on Sunday. But a lap 1 wreck involving Indy 500 champion Simon Pagenaud set the …

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The Frontstretch 5: Drivers Most Likely to Earn Pole Position for Indy 500

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1. Ed Jones Ed Jones turned the fastest lap Friday without the tow, meaning Jones had the fastest lap in qualifying trim with the added speed. Jones has a career-best start of fourth last season at Belle Isle in Detroit. He started fifth last weekend in the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which is his …

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