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Newgarden concerned about car weight after ’23 test simulation – Motorsport.com’s David Malsher-Lopez has a great story with quotes from Josef Newgarden with Newgarden’s thoughts following a recent Firestone test at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course simulating anticipated 2023 specs with a new engine formula on the way. “The thing that jumped out to me today was the physicality of the car,” Newgarden said. “I think we’re starting to push over the edge of what some of the drivers can do physically, in some conditions, and we need to be cognizant of that. It’s something I’ve spoken to IndyCar about.” Full story at the link. – Motorsport.com – (10/15/2021)

Kirkwood and DeFrancesco NTT INDYCAR SERIES test recap – Motorsport.com’s David Malsher-Lopez has posted a great recap from Kyle Kirkwood and Devin DeFrancesco’s first NTT INDYCAR SERIES tests with Andretti Autosport at Sebring on Wednesday. Full story at the link. – Motorsport.com – (10/14/2021)

Trackside podcast 10/12/2021 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 10/12/2021 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (10/13/2021)

Francis Jr to test Lights car with Force Indy – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports Ernie Francis Jr will test an Indy Lights car with the Force Indy team at the upcoming Chris Griffis Memorial Test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Full story at the link. – RACER – (10/12/2021)

INDYCAR names Levi Jones as Director of Indy Lights – “Levi Jones Veteran United States Auto Club (USAC) executive and champion driver Levi Jones was named as director of the Indy Lights series, INDYCAR officials announced today. Jones will oversee all operations and competition of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the final step for drivers in the Road to Indy ladder that prepares drivers for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. INDYCAR adds the role of promoter to its duties as the sanctioning body of Indy Lights on Nov. 1.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (10/11/2021)

RLL names Harvey as driver for No. 45 in ’22 – “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. Hy-Vee, Inc., an employee-owned supermarket chain that operates more than 285 retail stores across eight Midwestern states, has been the primary sponsor of the No. 15 and No. 45 entries for 11 races with the team since 2020, and will expand their program to become a full-season primary sponsor of the No. 45 entry beginning in 2022 in a multi-year agreement. They will also be a team-wide associate sponsor.” Full release at the link. – RLL – (10/11/2021)

Grosjean and Johnson pass ROP test at IMS on Wednesday – Andretti Autosport’s Romain Grosjean and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Jimmie Johnson each passed their Rookie Orientation Program on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval in a test on Wednesday. Full story from INDYCAR at the link. – INDYCAR – (10/7/2021)

Trackside podcast 10/4/2021 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 10/4/2021 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (10/5/2021)

Kirkwood wins Lights title, Lundqvist wins final race at Mid-Ohio – Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood sealed the 2021 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires title on Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Linus Lundqvist won the race. The full Top 5 was Lundqvist, Malukas, Pedersen, DeFrancesco, and Kirkwood. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (10/3/2021)

Malukas keeps title hopes alive with Race 2 pole at Mid-Ohio – HMD Motorsports’ David Malukas earned the pole in the wet for Indy Lights Race 2 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a lap of 1:46.7873. The full Top 5 was Malukas, Lundqvist, Pedersen, DeFrancesco, and Kirkwood. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (10/3/2021)

Kirkwood all but seals Lights title with Race 1 win at Mid-Ohio – Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood virtually sealed the Indy Lights title with a dominant Race 1 win at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday. The full Top 5 was Kirkwood, Malukas, Megennis, Frost, and Robb. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (10/2/2021)

Kirkwood earns Lights Race 1 pole at Mid-Ohio – Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood earned the pole for Indy Lights Race 1 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a lap of 1:11.2100. The full Top 5 was Kirkwood, Malukas, Frost, Megennis, and Pedersen. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (10/2/2021)

Kirkwood paces Indy Lights practice at Mid-Ohio – Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood was fastest in Indy Lights practice on Friday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a lap of 1:12.2884. The full Top 5 was Kirkwood, Robb, Lindh, Pedersen, and Malukas. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (10/1/2021)

USF Juniors launches as springboard to USF2000 – “Andersen Promotions today announced a new series that will help drivers prepare for the highly acclaimed Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires driver development platform, a clear-cut path to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. USF Juniors Presented by Cooper Tires will launch in 2022 offering a prize package exceeding $325,000 including a scholarship valued at more than $200,000 to advance to the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship – the first official step on the ladder to the pinnacle of U.S. motorsports.” Full release at the link. – USF Juniors – (10/1/2021)

Toyota speculation increases as potential third engine manufacturer – RACER’s Marshall Pruett has posted a story on the increasing speculation that Toyota has become a possibility as a potential third engine manufacturer in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Full story at the link. – RACER – (9/30/2021)

NBC Sports announces ’21 was most-watched INDYCAR season in NBC Sports history – “NBC Sports’ coverage of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ 2021 season delivered its most-watched INDYCAR season on record, NBCSN’s most-watched season on record, and the best combined broadcast/cable viewership for the series in five years. For the 15 races across NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports digital platforms, the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 1.223 million viewers, the best in NBC Sports history, up 19% vs. last season’s average viewership (1.027 million), up 10% vs. 2019 (1.108 million), and the most-watched season for the INDYCAR SERIES since 2016 (1.310 million, ABC/NBCSN).” Full release at the link. – NBC Sports – (9/29/2021)

Detroit GP looking into Detroit circuit for ’23 – Detroit Grand Prix organizers have confirmed they are working with local officials to possibly return to a downtown Detroit circuit again as soon as 2023. The Belle Isle circuit will be used in 2022. Full release at the link. – Detroit Grand Prix – (9/29/2021)

Trackside podcast 9/28/2021 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 9/28/2021 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (9/29/2021)

Grosjean and Johnson IMS ROP slated for 10/6 – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports Andretti Autosport’s Romain Grosjean and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Jimmie Johnson will begin their Indianapolis Motor Speedway Rookie Orientation Program in a test on October 6th. Full story at the link. – RACER – (9/28/2021)

MSR adds Pagenaud to No. 60 entry for ’22 – “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 will be joining MSR which has grown its presence in the series continuously since it’s series debut in 2017 with a one-off entry in the 2017 Indianapolis 500. In five short years, MSR won the prestigious 2021 Indianapolis 500 with Castroneves. The 2022 season will mark the first two-car full-time campaign for MSR as it will field two Indianapolis 500 winners in the team’s hunt for the 2022 INDYCAR championship.” Full release at the link. – Meyer Shank Racing – (9/27/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Long Beach photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery from Sunday at the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (9/26/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Long Beach livery feature – The Open Wheel’s livery feature with photos of all the cars and drivers at the 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (9/26/2021)

Palou wins the title; Herta wins the race at Long Beach – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou finished P4 to seal his first career NTT INDYCAR SERIES title as Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta was victorious in the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach. The full Top 5 was Herta, Newgarden, Dixon, Palou, and Pagenaud. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (9/26/2021)

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