April 23, 2021

IMSA rejoins IndyCar for Detroit GP weekend

Although the NTT IndyCar Series has long been scheduled to run its double-header on June 12-13 – a week later than is traditional, in order to give the teams a weekend’s rest after the Indianapolis 500 and to get on NBC – the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship had to remain on the first weekend in order to allow various teams and drivers to prepare for the 24 Hours of Le …Keep reading …

Marco Andretti considering IMSA LMP3 outings with cousin

Jarett Andretti and Tristan Herbert will race the #18 Andretti Autosport Ligier JS P320 in IMSA’s Prototype Challenge in 2021, and with PC being the exclusive preserve of Silver- and Bronze-rated drivers, an IndyCar veteran would be ineligible to participate. However, with LMP3 cars now also competing in the WeatherTech series, the team is considering a few forays into IMSA’s top championship …Keep reading …

Opinion: Why safety cars are an outdated institution

However, there is an argument that safety cars are actually anti-competition, and that there are better ways to neutralize a race in the 21st century.Before we start: let’s exclude oval racing from this discussion since full-course cautions are part of the spectacle there and have a long tradition in this type of racing. We are talking about ‘regular’ circuits and what consequences safety …Keep reading …

American sports channel NBCSN to close at end of 2021

Parent company NBC Universal confirmed to staff in a memo on Friday afternoon that much of its programming will be migrated to sister channel USA Network.NBC holds the U.S. broadcast rights to half of the NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series events, which it shares with Fox, as well as fulltime coverage of the NTT IndyCar Series, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCars, NHRA and Moto America. It also broadcasts …Keep reading …

Bourdais excited by IndyCar and IMSA prospects in 2021

Bourdais, a four-time Champ Car title-winner, drove three races for Foyt last year, but became one of the earliest “free agents” to be confirmed in a fulltime seat for 2021, as iconic former driver AJ Foyt attempts to make his team race-winning contenders once more.In his third race with the team, last year’s season finale at St. Petersburg, Bourdais scored fourth place, just behind new …Keep reading …

Rossi tests IndyCar and IMSA Prototype in same day

Rossi turned 105 laps in his IndyCar – and topped the nine-car test – but also helped complete a shakedown for Wayne Taylor Racing ahead of this weekend’s Roar Before The 24 which this year includes a 100-minute race that sets the grid for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.Wayne Taylor Racing, which has won three of the last four editions of the Rolex 24, has this year switched from the …Keep reading …

Marco Andretti switches to part-time in IndyCar, considers IMSA

The third-gen driver has scored two wins since making his IndyCar debut in 2006, and as recently as last August took pole for the Indianapolis 500.However, he has notably struggled with the current car on road and street courses admitting his late-braking technique requires a ‘solid’ rear end – something that disappeared with the arrival of the IR-18 in 2018.“Upon some careful …Keep reading …

Shank in “quandary” over second IndyCar driver in 2021

Ever since running Jack Harvey in the 2017 Indy 500 in conjunction with Andretti Autosport, successful IMSA team owner Shank has extended his NTT IndyCar Series involvement. In 2018, he ran Harvey in six races partnered with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, and last year that evolved into 10 races, the highlight being a podium finish in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.When Arrow SPM evolved …Keep reading …

Castroneves expects to announce 2021 plans within a month

The Brazilian veteran has been speaking to several NTT IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams, but is not yet ready to announce his future plans and is currently focused on his IMSA title challenge along with Ricky Taylor.This Acura Team Penske pairing has won the last three IMSA Prototype races and is in with a strong shot at the championship with three rounds still …Keep reading …

Liberty Media makes investment in Meyer Shank Racing

MSR became a full-time one-car IndyCar team this year after gradually building up its number of outings in the NTT IndyCar Series, and switching partner teams from Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (as it was then) to Andretti Autosport. This was in line with Arrow McLaren SP becoming a Chevrolet-powered team, and Michael Andretti’s team remaining with Honda.This also reflected MSR’s …Keep reading …