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The Open Wheel’s Long Beach preview – The Open Wheel’s preview of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (9/23/2021)

Acura GP of Long Beach entry list – The official INDYCAR entry list for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2021 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (9/22/2021)

Trackside podcast 9/21/2021 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 9/21/2021 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (9/22/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Laguna Seca Sunday photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery from Sunday at the 2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (9/19/2021)

Herta dominates from pole for 2nd Laguna Seca victory – Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta won the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca from pole in dominant fashion for the second time in as many tries at the circuit. The full Top 5 was Herta, Palou, Grosjean, Rahal, and O’Ward. Palou leads O’Ward by 35 points and Newgarden by 48 points heading into the finale next week at Long Beach. Dixon and Ericsson have been eliminated from title contention. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (9/19/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Laguna Seca livery feature – The Open Wheel’s livery feature with photos of all the cars and drivers at the 2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (9/19/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Laguna Seca Lights livery feature – The Open Wheel’s livery feature with photos of all the cars and drivers at the Indy Lights Grand Prix of Monterey Presented by Cooper Tires at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (9/19/2021)

Kirkwood wins third race in row in Lights Race 2 at Laguna Seca – Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood won Indy Lights Race 2 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca by 26 seconds to extend his championship lead to 15 points. The full Top 5 was Kirkwood, Malukas, Lundqvist, Frost, and Pedersen. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (9/19/2021)

INDYCAR releases 2022 schedule – “INDYCAR has announced a 17-race schedule for the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, which will feature its bold and daring athletes competing against the thrilling backdrop of unprecedented coverage on network television, an earlier start date, a re-energized summer of fan favorites and a turbocharged stretch run. In the United States, a record 14 events will air on the NBC broadcast network, one more than previously announced in July. It is the most single-season appearances on network television in INDYCAR SERIES history. Two additional races will appear on USA Network while Peacock Premium, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, will provide live coverage of all 17 races in addition to practices and qualifying.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (9/19/2021)

Rossi quickest in morning warmup at Laguna Seca – Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi was quickest in the morning warmup for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with a lap of 1:12.8632. The full Top 5 was Rossi, Herta, Sato, Hunter-Reay, and Ericsson. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (9/19/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Laguna Seca Friday & Saturday photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery from Friday and Saturday at the 2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (9/18/2021)

Herta makes it two from two in poles at Laguna Seca – Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta earned his second pole at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in as many tries in Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey qualifying with a Firestone Fast 6 lap of 1:10.7994. The full Firestone Fast 6 order was Herta, Rossi, Power, Palou, Askew, and O’Ward. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (9/18/2021)

Kirkwood retakes Lights championship lead with Laguna Seca Race 1 victory – Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood dominated Indy Lights Race 1 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for victory from pole to retake the championship lead. The full Top 5 was Kirkwood, Lundqvist, Pedersen, Malukas, and Lindh. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (9/18/2021)

McLaughlin fastest in Laguna Seca Practice 2 – Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin was fastest in Practice 2 for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with a lap of 1:10.8755. The full Top 5 was McLaughlin, Herta, Palou, Pagenaud, and Power. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (9/18/2021)

Kirkwood earns pole again for Lights Laguna Seca Race 2 – Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood earned his second pole of the weekend for Indy Lights Race 2 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with a lap of 1:14.6939. The full Top 5 was Kirkwood, Malukas, Lundqvist, Frost, and Pedersen. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (9/18/2021)

Newgarden leads Laguna Seca Practice 1 – Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led Practice 1 for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with a lap of 1:11.7125. The full Top 5 was Newgarden, Herta, Palou, Jones, and Rossi. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (9/17/2021)

Kirkwood earns pole for Lights Laguna Seca Race 1 – Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood earned the pole for Indy Lights Race 1 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with a lap of 1:15.0235. The full Top 5 was Kirkwood, Lundqvist, Malukas, Pedersen, and Frost. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (9/17/2021)

DeFrancesco tops Lights practice at Laguna Seca – Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport’s Devlin DeFrancesco topped the charts in the only Indy Lights practice session of the weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with a lap of 1:16.3604. The full Top 5 was DeFrancesco, Kirkwood, Lindh, Malukas, and Lundqvist. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (9/17/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Laguna Seca preview – The Open Wheel’s preview of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (9/16/2021)

Firestone GP of Monterey entry list – The official INDYCAR entry list for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2021 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (9/15/2021)

Trackside podcast 9/14/2021 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 9/14/2021 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (9/15/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Portland photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery from the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2021 Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (9/13/2021)

Palou takes championship lead with Portland win – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou leads the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship once again after a victory from pole in the Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway. The full Top 5 was Palou, Rossi, Dixon, Harvey, and Newgarden. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (9/12/2021)

Kirkwood takes victory in Lights Race 2 at Portland – Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood won Indy Lights Race 2 at Portland International Raceway. The full Top 5 was Kirkwood, Malukas, Lundqvist, Pedersen, and Megennis. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (9/12/2021)

Dixon leads Final Practice at Portland – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon’s lap of 59.4111 led Final Practice for the Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway. The full Top 5 was Dixon, Newgarden, Jones, Palou, and Harvey. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (9/11/2021)

Malukas wins Lights Race 1 Portland from pole – HMD Motorsports’ David Malukas won Indy Lights Race 1 at Portland International Raceway from pole for his third straight victory. The full Top 5 was Malukas, Kirkwood, Lundqvist, Pedersen, and Megennis. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (9/11/2021)

Palou claims pole for GP of Portland – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou earned the pole for the Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway with a Firestone Fast 6 lap of 58.7824. The Firestone Fast 6 qualifying order was Palou, Rossi, Dixon, Rosenqvist, Rahal, and Herta. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (9/11/2021)

INDYCAR announces grid penalty for Sato – “INDYCAR officials have announced a six-position starting grid penalty for the No. 30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing entry for an unapproved engine change after practice today at Portland International Raceway. The team was in violation of: Rule 16.2.3.2 A fifth (5th) Engine is eligible to earn Engine Manufacturer points if a Full Season Entrant has completed the Full Season Entrant Engine Mileage with its first four (4) Engines. Otherwise, a fifth (5th) or more Engine does not earn Engine Manufacturer points and will be considered an Unapproved Engine change-out.” – INDYCAR – (9/11/2021)

Malukas on pole again for Lights Race 2 Portland – HMD Motorsports’ David Malukas took the pole for Indy Lights Race 2 at Portland International Raceway with a lap of 1:03.5727. The full Top 5 was Malukas, Lundqvist, Pedersen, Kirkwood, and Megennis. Full qualifying results here. – Indy Lights – (9/11/2021)

Palou tops the charts in Portland Practice 1 – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou topped the charts in Practice 1 for the Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway with a lap of 58.7824. The full Top 5 was Palou, Castroneves, Harvey, O’Ward, and Newgarden. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (9/11/2021)

INDYCAR announces grid penalty for VeeKay – “INDYCAR officials have announced a six-position starting grid penalty for the No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing entry for an unapproved engine change following the Aug. 21 race at World Wide Technology Raceway. The team was in violation of: Rule 16.2.3.2 A fifth (5th) Engine is eligible to earn Engine Manufacturer points if a Full Season Entrant has completed the Full Season Entrant Engine Mileage with its first four (4) Engines. Otherwise, a fifth (5th) or more Engine does not earn Engine Manufacturer points and will be considered an Unapproved Engine change-out.” – INDYCAR – (9/11/2021)

Malukas earns pole for Lights Race 1 Portland – HMD Motorsports’ David Malukas earned the pole for Indy Lights Race 1 at Portland International Raceway with a lap of 1:03.7747. The full Top 5 was Malukas, Lundqvist, Pedersen, Sulaiman, and Kirkwood. Full qualifying results here. – Indy Lights – (9/10/2021)

Timbers legend Valeri named grand marshal of Grand Prix of Portland – “Diego Valeri, one of the greatest Major League Soccer players of all time for the hometown Portland Timbers, will serve as the honorary grand marshal for the Grand Prix of Portland which began this morning and runs through Sunday at Portland International Raceway (PIR). Valeri, the attacking midfielder from Valentin Alsina, Argentina, who recently scored his 100th career goal with the Timbers on July 21, will give the command for 27 NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers to start their engines on Sunday at 12:35 p.m. PDT. The green flag flies on the field at 12:42 p.m PDT.” Full release at the link. – GP of Portland – (9/10/2021)

Malukas quickest in Lights practice at Portland – HMD Motorsports’ David Malukas was quickest in the only Indy Lights practice session of the weekend at Portland International Raceway with a lap of 1:04.0267. The full Top 5 was Malukas, Lundqvist, Pedersen, Kirkwood, and Frost. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (9/10/2021)

Ilott to finish ’21 season with Juncos Hollinger Racing – “Juncos Hollinger Racing announced today Callum Ilott will pilot the No. 77 entry for the remainder of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. Ilott will finish out the season at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and the Grand Prix of Long Beach this month. Ilott will make his official debut in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES this weekend running at Portland International Raceway. The young Briton was first announced to drive for Juncos Hollinger Racing just two weeks ago.” Full release at the link. – Juncos Hollinger Racing – (9/10/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Portland preview – The Open Wheel’s preview of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2021 Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (9/9/2021)

GP of Portland entry list – The official INDYCAR entry list for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2021 Grand Prix of Portland at Portland International Raceway is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (9/8/2021)

Lindh to finish season in Juncos Hollinger Racing Lights No. 51 – “Juncos Hollinger Racing announced today Rasmus Lindh would join the team for the final six races of the 2021 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. Lindh will pilot the No. 51 entry beginning at Portland International Raceway this weekend.” Full release at the link. – Juncos Hollinger Racing – (9/8/2021)

Trackside podcast 9/7/2021 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 9/7/2021 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (9/8/2021)

HMD fills Lights No. 59 at Portland with Sulaiman – “As the 2021 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship season begins to wrap up, HMD Motorsports has filled their vacant #59 entry for the upcoming Portland Grand Prix. Manuel Sulaiman, who has spent 2021 competing in Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, will be making the move up the Road to Indy ladder to debut in the series.” Full release at the link. – HMD Motorsports – (9/3/2021)

Kimball to race AJ Foyt Racing No. 11 at Long Beach – “Charlie Kimball will return to the cockpit of the No. 11 Tresiba Chevrolet for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, the season finale of the NTT INDYCAR Series.” Full release at the link. – AJ Foyt Racing – (9/2/2021)

Juncos Hollinger Racing announces Ilott as No. 77 driver at Portland – “Juncos Hollinger Racing announced today current Formula 1 Ferrari test driver, and Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN reserve driver Callum Ilott will make his debut in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES at Portland International Raceway. The 22-year-old Briton is the first driver announced for the No. 77 Chevy-powered Juncos Hollinger Racing entry for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES.” Full release at the link. – Juncos Hollinger Racing – (9/1/2021)

Askew to drive RLL No. 45 for final three races of ’21 – “Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that Oliver Askew, 24, will compete in the No. 45 Hy-Vee entry at the final three races in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season in Portland, Ore., Monterey and Long Beach, Calif. Hy-Vee, Inc. – an employee-owned supermarket chain that operates more than 280 retail stores across eight Midwestern states – was the primary sponsor of Graham Rahal’s entry for two races this season as well as a full season associate and was the primary sponsor of the No. 45 Hy-Vee-sponsored entry at the Indy 500, doubleheader races in Detroit, Mid-Ohio and Nashville.” Full release at the link. – RLL – (9/1/2021)

Trackside podcast 8/31/21 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 8/31/2021 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (9/1/2021)

Johnson enjoys first oval test at Texas – RACER’s Marshall Pruett has an excellent report with quotes on Jimmie Johnson’s first oval test with Chip Ganassi Racing at Texas Motor Speedway on Monday. Full story at the link. – RACER – (8/31/2021)

Report: Andretti and Grosjean agree on deal for No. 28 in ’22 – RACER’s Marshall Pruett reports Andretti Autosport and Romain Grosjean have reached a deal for the French driver to take over the team’s No. 28 entry in 2022. Full story at the link. – RACER – (8/30/2021)

Johnson to test at Texas on Monday – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Jimmie Johnson will test an NTT INDYCAR SERIES car on an oval for the first time on Monday, August 30th at Texas Motor Speedway. – Jimmie Johnson – (8/30/2021)

Rowe becomes first Black winner of INDYCAR sanctioned event with USF2000 victory – “Myles Rowe, driving for the African American-owned Force Indy team, made history Sunday by becoming the first Black driver to win an INDYCAR-sanctioned race when he captured the second leg of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Grand Prix tripleheader Sunday, Aug. 29 at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The 21-year-old Pace University student from Atlanta produced a sensational performance in mixed conditions following an earlier rain shower for his first USF2000 victory and first win for the Indianapolis-based Force Indy team, which was formed in December 2020 as part of the Race for Equality & Change diversity initiative introduced in July 2020 by INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.” Full story from INDYCAR at the link. – INDYCAR – (8/30/2021)

Juncos Hollinger Racing to enter No. 77 for final three races – “Juncos Hollinger Racing announced today DYNAMOEDGE will sponsor the No. 77 NTT INDYCAR SERIES entry for the final three events of the 2021 season. This is the first sponsorship announcement for the team since the co-ownership of Ricardo Juncos and Brad Hollinger was announced earlier this month to form Juncos Hollinger Racing.” Full release at the link. – Juncos Hollinger Racing – (8/26/2021)

Sowery ends Lights season effectively immediately – From Juncos Racing Indy Lights driver Toby Sowery: “With immediate effect Toby Sowery will end his 2021 Indy Lights season. The decision has been made after a disappointing run of results with Juncos Racing. Toby will now focus on stepping up to a full time IndyCar program.” Full release at the link. – Toby Sowery – (8/25/2021)

Robin Miller dies at 71 – “Robin L. Miller, a lifelong motorsports fan who became one of the sport’s most recognized and influential media personalities, died Aug. 25 in Indianapolis. He was 71. A native of his beloved Southport, Indiana, Miller rose to prominence as an Indianapolis Star sports writer, parlaying his love of many sports into more than 50 years of communication that defined his life. Known predominantly as a writer and columnist covering the Indianapolis 500 and INDYCAR SERIES racing, Miller became a television personality first with ESPN, then SPEED and most recently NBC. He also had long stints at all of Indianapolis’ TV affiliates over the years.” Full statement from IMS at the link. – IMS – (8/25/2021)

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