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Friday notebook from Long Beach

By Steve Wittich Due to a few family things, I (Steve) didn’t fly to Los Angeles until this morning. Not ideal for the championship weekend, but to quote Juan Montoya, “it is, what it is.” It is nice to have our direct flights from Indianapolis to Los Angeles back on Delta’s timetable, which allowed me…

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Home stater Herta leads Friday practice in Long Beach

By Steve Wittich The ambient temperature when the lone Friday practice session of the 2021 edition of the Roar By The Shore got underway at 3 pm was 75F, and the track temperature was 111F. The 28 entries quickly took to the 1.968-mile, 11-turn street course, turning single install laps. The 28 drivers are tied…

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Andretti Autosport adds Romain Grosjean and brings back DHL as sponsor

INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 24, 2021) — After an impressive rookie season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Romain Grosjean has been named to pilot Andretti Autosport’s No. 28 DHL Honda entry for the 2022 season. The Swiss-born French driver will join longtime Andretti partner, DHL, in his second season competing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Championship. “We…

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Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach preview part 2 – all about the finale

By Steve Wittich Golden State Conclusion For the 30th time since WW2, the Indy car champion will receive their crown in the Golden State, the most of any state that has played host to a finale. The Indy car champion will be decided on the 1.968-mile, Long Beach 11-turn street course for the first time….

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Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach preview part 1 – proof of the youth movement

By Steve Wittich The two drivers that are fighting for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship are among the youngest and least experienced drivers to fight for an Indy car championship since 1946. Since WW2, the average age of the Indy car champion is 32.5, meaning that the driver who wins the Astor Cup on…

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Quick Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Race Report

By Patrick Stephan As always please forgive typo’s and exact lap count errors, as we go through the running of today’s 95 lap race from BEAUTIFUL Laguna Seca, California. YEAH, we got through Turn 1 and Turn 2 with the entire field on the track Someone at the back dropped a tire driver’s right heading…

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Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Pre-Race Notes with Starting Line-Up and Tire Designations

By Patrick Stephan First, my thoughts on the 2022 NTT INDYCAR Series schedule. I see some great things and some not so great pieces. The first GREAT is that 14 of the 17 races are on NBC. That’s over the air, that’s TV you can get with an antenna for free. That is awesome. The…

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Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey – Final Warmup Notes and Results

Cars head up the hill toward Turn 1 at a misty Laguna Seca during this morning’s final warmup. TSO Photo by Patrick By Patrick Stephan (@TSO_Patrick) The NTT INDYCAR Series teams got in far more work than I expected given the conditions, though again, I’m not sure how much of a “read” it really gave…

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Welcome to INDYCAR Race Day at Laguna Seca…and News and Notes!

By Patrick Stephan (@TSO_Patrick) Cloudy and cool start to the day on Sunday at Laguna Seca. TSO Photo by Patrick We’ve got a cloudy and cool start to race day at Laguna Seca for the FIrestone Grand Prix of Monterey. If you can’t tell yet by the location of all my photos, I am parked…

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Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Post Qualifying Notes

By Patrick Stephan Colton Herta wins 2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey NTT Pole Award. Penske Entertainment: Chris Jones This is Colton Herta’s third pole of 2021 (St. Pete and Nashville). It’s his 7th career pole in 47 races – 2019-Road America, Portland, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca; 2020-Mid-Ohio-2; 2021-St. Petersburg, Nashville. Herta started from the…

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