May 13, 2021

Wickens still aims to return to “elite level” of motorsport

The Canadian star won races in Formula BMW, Formula Atlantic, GP3, Formula 3, A1GP, Formula 2 and won the Formula Renault 3.5 Series which earned him a Formula 1 testing role. However, without the necessary funding to become an F1 test driver, Wickens stepped off the open-wheel ladder to spend six seasons in the DTM series (where he scored six wins) before joining the IndyCar Series for …Keep reading …

Wickens back in racecar, drives BHA Hyundai at Mid-Ohio

Wickens was a rising star in the IndyCar Series when his 2018 rookie season was cut short by a horrifying crash at Pocono Raceway that left him with a thoracic spinal fracture, a fractured neck, tibia and fibula fractures to both legs, fractures in both hands, a fractured right forearm, fractured elbow, a concussion and four fractured ribs. And that wasn’t the worst to it. For while those …Keep reading …

Alonso: Harder to improvise in F1 than in WEC and IndyCar

Two-time world champion Alonso returned to F1 for 2021 with Alpine after spending the last two years exploring categories away from grand prix racing.The Spaniard won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice with Toyota in 2018 and 2019, as well as capturing the World Endurance Championship title.He has twice raced at the Indianapolis 500, most recently in 2020 as part of his push to complete the …Keep reading …

Fittipaldi to run Gateway IndyCar race, not Le Mans

The original plan was for him to run Le Mans with G-Drive as well as run the ovals for Dale Coyne Racing with RWR-Honda.However, when Le Mans was pushed back from its traditional mid-June date to August 21-22, Fittipaldi was forced to choose between sharing G-Drive’s LMP2 Aurus (ORECA) Gibson with Rui Andrade and John Falb, and competing at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.The …Keep reading …

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 …