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Christian Lundgaard to Join Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing and Compete in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES in a Multi-Year Agreement

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (October 20, 2021)– After an impressive debut in the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) in August, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that FIA Formula 2 Championship driver Christian Lundgaard, 20, will join the team as the driver of the No. 30 Honda-powered entry beginning in […]

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Jack Harvey Joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing as the Driver of the No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda

JACK HARVEY JOINS RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AS THE DRIVER OF THE NO. 45 HY-VEE HONDA BROWNSBURG, Ind. (October 11, 2021) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Bassingham, England native Jack Harvey, 28, will pilot the No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda beginning with the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season in a multi-year deal. […]

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ROP Update #2 – a drying track, slowly

By Steve Wittich The track here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is almost dry, but I have to pick up my wife from work, so I will have to miss the end of ROP if they get back on the track. We did get a chance to chat with Jimmie Johnson and Romain Grosjean after...

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A historic ROP gets underway at IMS – update #1

By Steve Wittich Good morning from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We are on-site for a pair of historic Rookie Orientation Programs (ROP), with drivers with entirely different experience levels on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. In the No. 28 DHL Honda, Grosjean turned his first-ever oval laps on the 2.5-mile oval. In the No. 48...

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A few quick updates

I (Steve) wanted to send a quick update on a few items. Frist and once again, our deepest sympathies go out to Patrick, who lost his mom, Caren Stephan, on Friday. She raised a stellar human being in Patrick, and I know he will really miss her. You can read Caren’s obituary and information on...

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NTT INDYCAR Series Champion and Indianapolis 500 Winner Simon Pagenaud Joins Meyer Shank Racing

Pataskala, Ohio (27 September 2021) – INDYCAR SERIES Champion and winner of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 Simon Pagenaud will join Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) for the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Championship driving the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda. Pagenaud will team with four-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves in the No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda.  Pagenaud […]

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Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach Sunday notebook part 1 – A collection of notes, quotes and numbers

By Steve Wittich Steves’ completely random championship stats and notes Palou joins Henry Banks (1950), Chuck Stevenson (1952), Sam Hanks (1953), Jimmy Bryan (1954), Mario Andretti (1965), Jacques Villeneuve (1995), Scott Sharp (1996), Alex Zanardi (1996), Tony Stewart (1996-1997), Kenny Brack (1998), Sam Hornish, Jr. (2001), and Sebastien Bourdais (2004) as drivers to win an...

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SPOILER – Rough race notes from the Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach – SPOILER

By Steve Wittich Here are the extra rough race notes from the final race of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES. With a mix of Firestone Racing Primary Tires (blacks) and Firestone Racing Alternate Tires (reds) on the 28 starters, we’ll be watching closely what strategy is most effective. All three championship contenders started the 85-lap...

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A few Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach pre-race notes including starting line-up

By Steve Wittich The 85-lap Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach is a two-stop race with relatively narrow windows. The first pit stops should happen between Lap 23 and 30, and the final pit window opens around Lap 54. Staring Line up with tire choices RANK CAR NO. NAME TEAM TIRE 1 2 Josef Newgarden...

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Herta back on top in Long Beach warm-up

By Steve Wittich When morning warm-up began at 9 am, the ambient temperature was 65F, and the track temperature was only 73F. It was cloudy and breezy. Early in the session, Helio Castroneves was the only driver circulating the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street course on Firestone Racing Alternate Tires (reds) when he made right front to...

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