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Herta fastest at IMS road course test – Motorsport.com’s David Malsher-Lopez reports Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta was fastest in an eight-car NTT INDYCAR SERIES test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Thursday. Full story at the link. – Motorsport.com – (6/24/2022)

McLaren confirms Rosenqvist with team in 2023; unclear on INDYCAR or Formula E – “McLaren Racing has signed a multi-year deal with Felix Rosenqvist to remain on the team’s driver roster from 2023 and beyond. McLaren Racing is currently in the process of evaluating its driver line-ups for 2023 with the newly formed McLaren Formula E Team set to embark on its debut season in the all-electric racing series and plans to expand Arrow McLaren SP into a three-car team with Felix set to be driving in one of the two series.” Full release at the link. – McLaren – (6/23/2022)

Firestone to serve as Indy Lights tire supplier in 2023 – “As part of the grand opening of Firestone’s Advanced Tire Production Center (ATPC) in Akron, Ohio, INDYCAR and Firestone officials announced plans for Firestone to become the sole tire supplier for Indy Lights beginning in 2023. The announcement highlights Firestone’s plans to expand its partnership with INDYCAR as the company is also the exclusive tire supplier for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, North America’s premier open-wheel series.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (6/22/2022)

JHR to test Pedersen at Sebring next week – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports Juncos Hollinger Racing will test Indy Lights driver Benjamin Pedersen at Sebring International Raceway next week in an NTT INDYCAR SERIES test. Full story at the link. – RACER – (6/22/2022)

RACER Q&A 6/22/2022 – RACER’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (6/22/2022)

Trackside podcast 6/21/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 6/21/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (6/22/2022)

Newgarden tops Iowa test – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports Josef Newgarden led a Team Penske Top 3 in a 19-car NTT INDYCAR SERIES test at Iowa Speedway on Monday. Full story at the link. – RACER – (6/21/2022)

NBC INDYCAR viewership off to best start since 2017 – “The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is averaging a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 1.721 million viewers across NBC Sports platforms (NBC, Peacock, USA Network) this season, making it the most-watched start to a season through the first eight races since 2017 (1.760 million; ABC/NBCSN). The beginning of the 2022 season is also up 5% vs. last year’s comparable coverage (1.634 million; NBC/NBCSN).” Full release at the link. – NBC Sports – (6/15/2022)

RACER Q&A 6/15/2022 – RACER’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (6/15/2022)

Trackside podcast 6/14/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 6/14/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (6/15/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s Sonsio GP at Road America photo gallery – OpenWheel.com’s photo gallery from the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (6/12/2022)

Rasmussen earns first Lights win after dramatic delay at Road America – Andretti Autosport’s Christian Rasmussen won his first race in Indy Lights at Road America after a delay to repair the Turn 5 fencing after an incredible incident involving Bogle (who was seen and released). The full Top 5 was Rasmussen, Robb, McElrea, Lundqvist, and Abel. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/12/2022)

Newgarden wins again at Road America – Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden won an exciting Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America to clinch the $1 million PeopleReady Force for Good Challenge bonus as the first driver to win on an oval, street course, and road course in 2022. The full Top 5 was Newgarden, Ericsson, Rossi, Grosjean, and Herta. Ericsson regained the championship lead. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/12/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s Sonsio GP at Road America livery feature – OpenWheel.com’s livery feature from the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (6/11/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s Indy Lights GP at Road America livery feature – OpenWheel.com’s livery feature from the 2022 Indy Lights Grand Prix at Road America is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (6/11/2022)

Palou paces Final Practice at Road America – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou’s lap of 1:46.2291 led Final Practice for the Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America. The full Top 5 was Palou, Newgarden, Pagenaud, Malukas, and Rosenqvist. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/11/2022)

Rossi grabs Sonsio GP pole at Road America – Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi grabbed the pole for the Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America with a Firestone Fast 6 lap of 1:44.8656. The full Firestone Fast 6 was Rossi, Newgarden, Palou, Ericsson, Herta, and O’Ward. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/11/2022)

Robb earns first Lights pole at Road America – Andretti Autosport’s Sting Ray Robb earned his first Indy Lights pole in qualifying at Road America with a lap of 1:53.9743 . The full Top 5 was Robb, McElrea, Rasmussen, Brabham, and Frost. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/11/2022)

O’Ward leads Practice 2 at Road America – Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward’s lap of 1:45.2681 led Practice 2 for the Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America. The full Top 5 was O’Ward, Power, Palou, Rossi, and Newgarden. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/11/2022)

Bogle fastest in Indy Lights Practice 2 at Road America – HMD Motorsports w/Dale Coyne Racing’s Christian Bogle was fastest in Indy Lights Practice 2 at Road America with a lap of 1:54.7706. The full Top 5 was Bogle, Serravalle, McElrea, Lundqvist, and Frost. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/11/2022)

Rossi quickest in Practice 1 at Road America – Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi was quickest in Practice 1 for the Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America with a lap of 1:45.6027. The full Top 5 was Rossi, Herta, Ericsson, Power, and Palou. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/10/2022)

Lundquist tops Indy Lights Practice 1 at Road America – HMD Motorsports w/Dale Coyne Racing’s Linus Lundqvist was topped the charts in Indy Lights Practice 1 at Road America with a lap of 1:55.0306. The full Top 5 was Lundqvist, Frost, Pedersen, Rasmussen, and McElrea. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/10/2022)

Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America spotter guide – The official INDYCAR spotter guide for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (6/9/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s Sonsio GP at Road America preview – OpenWheel.com’s preview of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires 2022 Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (6/9/2022)

Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America entry list – The official INDYCAR entry list for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (6/8/2022)

Indy Lights Road America entry list – The official INDYCAR entry list for the 2022 Indy Lights Grand Prix at Road America is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (6/8/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s “Head On” Chevy Detroit GP at Belle Isle livery feature – OpenWheel.com’s “head on” livery feature from the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park, featuring front views of each car, is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (6/8/2022)

Ilott cleared to return at Road America – “NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie Callum Ilott will return to the track this week in the Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America after an injury sustained to his hand May 29th during an incident at the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 sidelined him for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. Ilott was reevaluated and cleared today by the INDYCAR Medical Team and will be back in the No. 77 Juncos Hollinger Racing Chevrolet.” Full release at the link. – Juncos Hollinger Racing – (6/8/2022)

Road America set for a repave in late ’22 – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports Road America will undergo a full circuit repave later this year in October. Full story at the link. – RACER – (6/8/2022)

RACER Q&A 6/8/2022 – RACER’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (6/8/2022)

Trackside podcast 6/7/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 6/7/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (6/8/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s Chevy Detroit GP at Belle Isle photo gallery – OpenWheel.com’s photo gallery from the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (6/5/2022)

Power takes championship lead with impressive victory at Detroit – Team Penske’s Will Power held off a late charge by Alexander Rossi to win the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park and take over the championship lead. The full Top 5 was Power, Rossi, Dixon, Newgarden, and O’Ward. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/5/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s Chevy Detroit GP at Belle Isle livery feature – OpenWheel.com’s livery feature from the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (6/5/2022)

Lundqvist finishes Detroit Lights weekend sweep with Race 2 victory – HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing’s Linus Lundqvist won from pole in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Race 2 at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park to complete a weekend sweep of poles and race wins. The full Top 5 was Lundqvist, McElrea, Robb, Brabham, and Frost. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/5/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s Indy Lights GP at Detroit livery feature – OpenWheel.com’s livery feature from the 2022 Indy Lights Grand Prix at Detroit at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (6/5/2022)

Rossi leads morning warmup at Detroit – Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi led the morning warmup session for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park with a lap of 1:15.5816. The full Top 5 was Rossi, Ericsson, Dixon, Lundgaard, and Palou. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/5/2022)

Newgarden seals pole at Detroit – Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden earned the pole position for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park with a Firestone Fast 6 lap of 1:15.2153. The full Firestone Fast 6 order was Newgarden, Sato, Pagenaud, Castroneves, O’Ward, and Malukas. Grosjean has been cleared to drive following a hard contact incident in qualifying. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/4/2022)

Lundqvist wins wild Lights Race 1 at Detroit – HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing’s Linus Lundqvist won from pole in Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Race 1 at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park. The full Top 5 was Lundqvist, Pedersen, Brabham, Bogle, and Simpson. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/4/2022)

Rossi fastest in chaotic Practice 2 at Detroit – Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi’s lap of 1:15.8101 was quickest in Practice 2 for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park. The full Top 5 was Rossi, Pagenaud, Newgarden, Castroneves, and Malukas. Kirkwood, Kellett, and Power each brought out a red flag in the session for contact. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/4/2022)

Lundqvist sweeps both Lights poles in qualifying at Detroit – HMD Motorsports with Dale Coyne Racing’s Linus Lundqvist won the pole for both Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires races of the weekend at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park. Race 1 qualifying results here. Race 2 qualifying results here. – INDYCAR – (6/4/2022)

Kirkwood quickest in Practice 1 at Detroit – AJ Foyt Racing’s Kyle Kirkwood’s lap of 1:16.1345 was quickest in Practice 1 for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park. The full Top 5 was Kirkwood, O’Ward, Rossi, Pagenaud, and Ericsson. Rosenqvist brought out a red flag in the session for contact in Turn 1. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/3/2022)

Robb tops Lights practice at Detroit – Andretti Autosport’s Sting Ray Robb’s lap of 1:22.8943 topped the charts in the only Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires practice session of the weekend at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park. The full Top 5 was Robb, Brabham, McElrea, Lundqvist, and Pedersen. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/3/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s Chevrolet Detroit GP preview – OpenWheel.com’s preview of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires 2022 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (6/3/2022)

Chevrolet Detroit GP spotter guide – The official INDYCAR spotter guide for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (6/3/2022)

Rossi confirmed for AMSP in ’23 – “Arrow McLaren SP has signed American driver Alexander Rossi to a multiyear deal for him to drive for the team, starting in 2023. The arrival of Rossi underpins Arrow McLaren SP’s long-term strategy to become a consistent race winner and championship contender…Arrow McLaren SP will hold a press conference tomorrow (Friday, June 3) at 10:30 a.m. ET with Alexander Rossi and Taylor Kiel, President of Arrow McLaren SP, at the Detroit Grand Prix Media Center.” Full release at the link. – Arrow McLaren SP – (6/2/2022)

Chevrolet Detroit GP entry list – The official INDYCAR entry list for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (6/2/2022)

Indy Lights Detroit entry list – The official INDYCAR entry list for the 2022 Indy Lights Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (6/2/2022)

Ferrucci to substitute for injured Ilott for Juncos at Detroit – “After further evaluation of NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie Callum Ilott, from the injury he sustained during the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500, Ilott has not been cleared to drive this weekend in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. Santino Ferrucci will replace Ilott in the No. 77 JHR Chevrolet for one event.” Full release at the link. – Juncos Hollinger Racing – (6/1/2022)

Andretti announces Kirkwood to drive No. 27 in ’23 to coincide Rossi’s departure – “Andretti Autosport has today announced that NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie and 2021 Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tire Champion Kyle Kirkwood will pilot the No. 27 AutoNation Honda starting in the 2023 season…With this move, it is confirmed that Alexander Rossi will depart the team at the conclusion of the 2022 season after seven years. Together, Rossi and Andretti have captured seven wins, including the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 in Rossi’s rookie 2016 INDYCAR campaign.” Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (6/1/2022)

RACER Q&A 6/1/2022 – RACER’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (6/1/2022)

Trackside podcast 5/31/2022 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/31/2022 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (6/1/2022)

Kirkwood to drive “double duty” at Belle Isle – Kyle Kirkwood will drive for both AJ Foyt Racing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Vasser Sullivan in IMSA this weekend at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park. – Vasser Sullivan – (5/31/2022)

Report: INDYCAR in discussions for Argentina event – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports a group of Argentinians representing the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo circuit visited with INDYCAR during the past weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to discuss the possibility of holding a race. Full story at the link. – RACER – (5/31/2022)

Daly & Mulinaro’s Speed Street podcast picked up by Dirty Mo Media – Conor Daly and Joey Mulinaro’s Speed Street podcast has been picked up by Dale Earnhardt Jr’s Dirty Mo Media platform. The podcast will continue to feature weekly episodes. – Speed Street – (5/31/2022)

106th Indy 500 record purse details; Johnson ROY – “The Indianapolis 500 purse record was shattered after a wildly successful 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, with race winner Marcus Ericsson taking home $3.1 million from a total purse of $16,000,200. It’s the largest purse ever in the century-plus history of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The Chip Ganassi Racing driver’s prize is also the largest winner’s payout ever for the world’s largest single-day sporting event…Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson earned Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year honors for his historic and electrifying performance during the Month of May for Chip Ganassi Racing. Johnson earned a $50,000 bonus for being named Rookie of the Year, adding to a total take home prize of $207,900.” Full release from IMS at the link. – IMS – (5/30/2022)

Ericsson wins 106th Indy 500 – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson held off the field after a late red flag to win the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The full Top 5 was Ericsson, O’Ward, Kanaan, Rosenqvist, and Rossi. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/29/2022)

Arrow McLaren SP signs O’Ward through ’25 – “Arrow McLaren SP has extended its agreement with Pato O’Ward through the end of 2025, the team confirmed today. Pato joined Arrow McLaren SP in 2020 and extending the 23-year-old driver underpins the team’s ambition to consistently challenge for race wins, championships and Indianapolis 500 victories.” Full release at the link. – Arrow McLaren SP – (5/27/2022)

Arrow McLaren SP to build new shop in Whitestown, IN – “McLaren Racing confirmed today that it has commissioned a new IndyCar facility for the Arrow McLaren SP team, with construction scheduled to begin in the second-half of 2022. Intense detailed design and planning is already underway and it is anticipated that the new facility will become operational in phases between 2023 or early 2024. The facility will be located north of Indianapolis in Whitestown, Indiana.” Full release at the link. – McLaren – (5/27/2022)

Shell to become official NTT INDYCAR SERIES fuel provider as part of INDYCAR & IMS partnership – “Equilon Enterprises LLC (d/b/a Shell Oil Products US) and Pennzoil-Quaker State Company announced today a multiyear extension and expansion of their sponsorship agreement with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) and Team Penske. Building on a longtime business relationship and technical alliance that began in motorsports and has extended well beyond the track, the agreement will feature exciting new opportunities between industry-leading organizations, beginning in 2023…Beginning in 2023, Shell will become the Official Fuel of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and IMS. Additional details regarding the Official Fuel designation for INDYCAR will be announced soon.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (5/26/2022)

Tim McGraw to perform at Music City GP event – “GRAMMY AWARD®-winning superstar Tim McGraw will make his only stop in Nashville during his 2022 North American tour when the legendary music artist performs Saturday, Aug. 6, as part of the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix weekend on the Nissan Stadium campus. McGraw will hit the stage for his 90-minute show at 8:30 p.m. CT on the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix’s ZYN Main Stage. McGraw’s concert performance will be immediately followed by fireworks on the city’s Riverfront that can be viewed from the concert location. The concert will be the only stop in Nashville and Tennessee during the McGraw Tour 2022. All Big Machine Music City Grand Prix tickets for that day also include free access to the McGraw concert.” Full release at the link. – Music City GP – (5/26/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s Indy 500 starting grid feature – OpenWheel.com’s livery feature featuring the starting grid for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (5/25/2022)

IMS announces extension of Gainbridge partnership – “Gainbridge, an online digital platform offering trusted financial products simplified for the modern age, has reached a multiyear agreement to extend its presenting sponsorship of the Indianapolis 500, the world’s largest single-day sporting event.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (5/25/2022)

OpenWheel.com’s Indy 500 livery feature – OpenWheel.com’s livery feature from the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2022 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is available at the link. – OpenWheel.com – (5/22/2022)

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