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Changes Coming to the 2019 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear

  Source: Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Presented by Lear Corporation Press Release EXCITING CHANGES COMING TO THE CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR IN 2019 All Ticketholders to Enjoy Paddock Access; Tickets Go On Sale October 9 DETROIT, Mich. (October 3, 2018) – As the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear prepares to […]

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Reviewing Born Racer – the Scott Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing film about commitment is available today

Steve’s movie review: A person who competes in races is the simplistic definition of racer that appears in the Oxford English Dictionary. For those that compete in the high risk, high reward world of Indy car racing that simple five letter word has so much more meaning. And, adding the appellation born before racer, brings […]

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Veteran Engineer Allen McDonald Joins Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing as Senior Development Engineer

VETERAN ENGINEER ALLEN MCDONALD JOINS RAHAL LETTERMAN LANIGAN RACING AS SENIOR DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER   BROWNSBURG, Ind. (October 2, 2018) – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that respected engineer Allen McDonald has joined the team as senior development engineer in a multi-year deal. In addition to other notable successes, McDonald was race engineer or […]

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INDYCAR – Felix Rosenqvist Will Join Chip Ganassi Racing’s IndyCar Series Program Beginning in 2019

A few quick notes from Steve: Since team owner Chip Ganassi made it clear the Indianapolis, Ind. based team would only be two cars in 2019, this means that sophomore Ed Jones is looking for a job. TSO has been in touch with Jones, and the 2016 Indy Lights champion told us that he is […]

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Three open tests highlight INDYCAR testing regulations for 2018-19

Three open tests highlight INDYCAR testing regulations for 2018-19 INDIANAPOLIS (Friday, Sept. 28, 2018) – A preseason open test at Circuit of the Americas and in-season open tests at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca highlight the 2018-19 IndyCar Series testing rules issued to teams by INDYCAR. Circuit of the Americas, […]

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Opinion – The addition of Mike Harding and George Steinbrenner IV brings much needed ownership diversity to the IndyCar paddock

By Steve Wittich The addition of racing outsiders Mike Harding and George Steinbrenner IV can be nothing but a good thing for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Before the year 2000, Indy car teams came from a relatively equal mix of former participants and entrepreneurs with little to no ties with racing. Let us use the […]

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Harding Racing and Steinbrenner Racing Join Forces for IndyCar Series Effort

New York, N.Y. (September 19, 2018) A new partnership in open-wheel racing has begun today with the launch of Harding Steinbrenner Racing, a combined effort bringing together current IndyCar and Indy Lights competitors, Harding Racing and Steinbrenner Racing. The new team will field two full-time IndyCar Series entries in 2019 with Freedom 100 winner Colton Herta piloting the #88, joined by newly-crowned Indy Lights Champion Patricio O’Ward in the […]

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Herta and O’Ward Enthusiastic for Verizon IndyCar Series Debut at Sonoma Raceway

Herta and O’Ward Give Harding Racing their Best Finish of the 2018 IndyCar Season Sonoma, Calif. (September 16, 2018) The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series finale brought Harding Racing its best start and finish of the season after entering two cars in the Grand Prix of Sonoma. Patricio O’Ward, pilot of the #8, participated in the […]

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JORDAN KING GAINS A DOZEN POSITIONS IN 2018 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON FINALE

JORDAN KING GAINS A DOZEN POSITIONS IN 2018 VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON FINALE King Concludes Rookie Campaign With 13th Place Finish; Spencer Pigot Sidelined with Gearbox Issue Near the Midway Point of Grand Prix of Sonoma SONOMA, Calif. (September 16, 2018) – Race Notes The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season concluded today after 85 laps […]

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Race Report: INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif.—The Verizon IndyCar Series wrapped up its final race of the season with its final appearance at Sonoma Raceway with the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma. Scott Dixon finished second in the race to Ryan Hunter-Reay but Dixon won the championship title, the fifth of his career.   Tony Kanaan made his record 300th […]

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