November 27, 2020

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 …

IMSA, IndyCar to race at Detroit on separate weekends in 2021

Officials from IMSA and the Detroit Grand Prix today confirmed that the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will return to the Motor City’s 2.3-mile course on the weekend of June 4-5.That’s one week earlier than the NTT IndyCar Series’ double-header which has shifted to what used to be the series’ weekend at Texas Motor Speedway, an event now moved to early May.It will mark the …Keep reading …

“Business limitations” keep Honda out of NASCAR for now

Klaus, who will retire and hand over the reins of HPD to David Salter in December, was asked by Motorsport.com about the occasional rumors of Honda tackling NASCAR once the Gen. 2 car was brought online.Last October, former HPD president Art St. Cyr told Motorsport.com that the company would consider such a move only if it made sense from a budgetary perspective.Almost a year on …Keep reading …

Salters replaces retiring Klaus as HPD president

HPD, which leads all Honda and Acura high-performance racing programs in North America, hired Salters in 2015 as a chief engineer and engine technical leader, and he has served as technical director since 2019.Prior to joining HPD, Salters served as head of ICE power unit development for the Ferrari Formula 1 program, as head of F1 engine development at Mercedes-Benz High Performance …Keep reading …

GM restructures its motorsports operations with two new hires

The internal changes in GM’s racing operations were triggered by the move of Mark Kent, previously GM’s director of motorsports competition, into the role of role of Director, GM Defense Facility Operations.According to a statement provided to Motorsport.com, Kent’s experience in motorsports competition will “support the rapid growth of GM Defense. He will be responsible for …Keep reading …

Helio Castroneves aims for full-time IndyCar return in 2021

With Acura and Team Penske having announced that their partnership will dissolve following November’s final round of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and with Penske having no replacement sportscar program imminent for 2021, drivers Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dane Cameron and Ricky Taylor have been informed they’re free to chase rides elsewhere.On the back of an …Keep reading …

DragonSpeed reveals revised plans for IndyCar, IMSA, ELMS

Julian’s team impressed and won the hearts of NTT IndyCar Series fans last year after its early forays in U.S. open-wheel, the highlight of which was comfortably qualifying for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.An expanded schedule of six races for 2020 was promised, but inevitably this has taken a huge knock due to the coronavirus pandemic lacerating and jumbling the …Keep reading …

Remembering Michele Alboreto: F1 ace, Le Mans winner and good man

Michele Alboreto was not someone who became interested in racing only once he was involved. He was like you or I – a pure fan – long before he became a driver, and each year he’d make the 45min journey from home in Milan to Monza for the Italian Grand Prix. In 1970, he was left tearful on witnessing Jochen Rindt’s fatal accident in practice, then felt the exhilaration 24 hours later as …Keep reading …