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VeeKay leads 21 car Barber Motorsports Park test – almost a second under track record

By Steve Wittich If today’s NTT INDYCAR® SERIES test at Barber Motorsports Park were the first chapter in a book about the 2021 season, the title would be 20.33 – the average age of the top three drivers during the November test. Rinus van Kalmthout (VeeKay), only eight days removed from winning the 2020 Rookie…

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Sato and Newgarden complete aero test at IMS – McLaughlin completes ROP

Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) leads Josef Newgarden (Team Penske) around the 2.5 mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval during testing in October 2020 (Photo Courtesy of INDYCAR- Joe Skibinski) By Steve Wittich After a whole two-day off-season break, Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Takuma Sato were back at work at…

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2020 NTT INDYCAR® SERIES close part 1 – St. Pete redux

By Steve Wittich Chaos Sunday’s NTT INDYCAR® SERIES finale could best be described as chaotic. The 100 lap race featured 26 laps run under yellow flag conditions. The other seven road and street course races in 2020 COMBINED for only 21 caution laps. That included going caution-free in three of the last four races with…

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SPOILER – Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg rough notes – SPOILER

First – that was completely nuts, and chaoticSecond – these are the rough notes with plenty of mistakes and likely missing a bunch of stuff The anthem was sung by local 15-year-old singer Marissa Peddie The flyover was performed by a pair of F-16 Fighting Falcons.  The emphatic command to fire the two-dozen twin-turbo was…

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – starting line-up and tire choices

STARTCAR NO.DRIVERTEAMTIRE112Will PowerTeam PenskeAlternate (Red)227Alexander RossiAndretti AutosportPrimary (Black)388Colton HertaAndretti Harding Steinbrenner AutosportPrimary (Black)426James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportPrimary (Black)560Jack HarveyMeyer-Shank RacingPrimary (Black)65Pato O’WardArrow McLaren SPAlternate (Red)714Sebastien BourdaisA.J. Foyt RacingPrimary (Black)81Josef NewgardenTeam PenskePrimary (Black)921Rinus VeeKayEd Carpenter RacingAlternate (Red)107Oliver AskewArrow McLaren SPAlternate (Red)119Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingAlternate (Red)1222Simon PagenaudTeam PenskePrimary (Black)1330Takuma SatoRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingAlternate (Red)1420Conor DalyEd Carpenter RacingAlternate (Red)158Marcus EricssonChip…

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Herta leads final tune-up for 100 lap race

By Steve Wittich When the final 30-minute tune-up for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg began at 10:40 am, the ambient temperature was already 80F, and the track temperature was 96F. When the session began, 22 of the 24 cars went out on the Firestone Racing Primary Tires (Blacks), with Santino Ferrucci, Charlie Kimball,…

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Good morning from St. Petersburg – it’s race day – notes on Johnson, Power, qual & Road To Indy races

By Steve Wittich Good morning from a sunny and humid St. Petersburg, Florida. In eight hours, we’ll know whether Scott Dixon is a six-time INDYCAR champion or if Josef Newgarden will steal the Astor Cup away from the Kiwi. If Newgarden prevails, it will be his third championship in four years. Before the 100-lap Firestone…

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – rough qual notes from an interesting qualifying session

By Steve Wittich After a slight one minute delay for some track repair after a Porsche GT3 Cup race, the first group recieved the green flag at 3:06pm.  When the 10 minute session began, the ambient temperature was 85F and the track temperature was 115F.  All 12 drivers went out on the Firestone Racing Primary…

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg qualifying groups

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Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – welcome – scene set – travel notes – Road To Indy updates

By Steve Wittich First, thanks to Patrick for grabbing the practice notes for the first NTT INDYCAR® SERIES session. That has allowed me to get some social notes done and start working on some notebook items. With the timing of the Road To Indy sessions and the ancillary press conferences/media bullpens this weekend, single-person coverage…

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