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Herta fastest in final practice at Road America – Colton Herta’s lap of 1:47.6312 led final practice for the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America. The full Top 5 was Herta, Dixon, Rahal, Newgarden, and Chilton. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/19/2021)

Kirkwood wins wild Road America Lights Race 1 – Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood won his fifth Road to Indy race at Road America is as many tries in a wild Indy Lights Race 1 at Road America after the front row of Frost and Malukas made contact and went off track in Turn 1 on Lap 1. The full Top 5 was Kirkwood, Pedersen, Megennis, Lundqvist, and Sowery. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (6/19/2021)

Newgarden takes REV Group GP pole at Road America – Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden took the pole for the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America with a Firestone Fast 6 lap of 1:46.0186. The full Firestone Fast 6 was Newgarden, Herta, Harvey, Power, Palou, and Pagenaud. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/19/2021)

Newgarden leads Practice 2 at Road America – Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden’s lap of 1:45.3399 led Practice 2 for the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America. The full Top 5 was Newgarden, Herta, Rahal, Grosjean, and Askew. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/19/2021)

Frost sweeps Lights qualifying for Road America Race 2 pole – Andretti Autosport’s Danial Frost earned the pole for Indy Lights Race 2 at Road America with a qualifying lap of 1:54.3044. The full Top 5 was Frost, Malukas, Kirkwood, DeFrancesco, and Megennis. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (6/19/2021)

Grosjean tops the charts in Practice 1 at Road America – Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing’s Romain Grosjean topped the charts in Practice 1 for the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America with a lap of 1:47.6781. The full Top 5 was Grosjean, Hunter-Reay, Newgarden, Palou, and Rahal. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/18/2021)

Frost earns first Lights pole for Road America Race 1 – Andretti Autosport’s Danial Frost earned the first pole position of his Indy Lights career in Race 1 qualifying at Road America with a lap of 1:55.5938. The full Top 5 was Frost, Malukas, DeFrancesco, Kirkwood, and Lundqvist. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (6/18/2021)

Megennis quickest in Road America Lights practice – Andretti Autosport’s Robert Megennis’ lap of 1:56.0097 was fastest in the only Indy Lights practice session of the weekend at Road America. The full Top 5 was Megennis, Peroni, Sowery, Kirkwood, and Bogle. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (6/18/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Road America preview – The Open Wheel’s preview of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES REV Group Grand Prix at Road America is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (6/17/2021)

Kohler Grand Prix entry list – The official INDYCAR entry list for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Kohler Grand Prix at Road America is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (6/16/2021)

Magnussen to sub for Rosenqvist in AMSP No. 7 at Road America – Arrow McLaren SP has announced Kevin Magnussen will fill in for Felix Rosenqvist, the team’s regular driver who hasn’t been cleared by the INDYCAR medical team following a big crash in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, in the team’s No. 7 entry for this weekend’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES Kohler Grand Prix at Road America. – Arrow McLaren SP – (6/16/2021)

ECR announces Askew to fill in for injured VeeKay at Road America – “Ed Carpenter Racing driver Rinus VeeKay underwent successful outpatient surgery this afternoon to repair a fractured left clavicle. He sustained the injury Monday on a cycling trail during a training ride and has been under the care of INDYCAR’s medical staff. As VeeKay is not medically cleared to participate in this weekend’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES event at Road America, Oliver Askew will compete in the No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet.” Full release at the link. – Ed Carpenter Racing – (6/16/2021)

Miller’s Mailbag 6/16/21 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (6/16/2021)

Trackside podcast 6/15/21 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 6/15/2021 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (6/16/2021)

VeeKay injures clavicle in cycling incident – Per Ed Carpenter Racing: “Yesterday, Ed Carpenter Racing driver Rinus VeeKay was involved in an accident on a cycling trail during a training ride. He sustained a clavicle injury and is currently being treated by INDYCAR’s medical staff. VeeKay is in good spirits and has no other injuries. VeeKay’s participation in this weekend’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES event at Road America is pending more updates will be released when available.” – Ed Carpenter Racing – (6/15/2021)

MSR unveils Transcard livery for No. 06 at Nashville – “Coming off of his record-setting fourth Indianapolis 500 win, Helio Castroneves will return to INDYCAR action with Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) when the series heads to Nashville for the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix on August 8th. MSR is excited to release the official livery for the No. 06 Transcard Honda Indy Car for the street racing event. Transcard, a leading provider of solutions that accelerate payment and business commerce, will sponsor Castroneves’ No. 06 Indy Car upon his return to INDYCAR action. Castroneves is set to compete in five more INDYCAR events in 2021, starting with The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix.” Full release at the link. – Meyer Shank Racing – (6/15/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Belle Isle livery feature – The Open Wheel’s livery feature from the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (6/15/2021)

Cody Ware to make debut at Road America in DCR w/RWR No. 52 – “NASCAR driver Cody Ware will be making his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut this weekend at Road America with Dale Coyne Racing with RWR aboard the team’s No. 52 Nurtec ODT (rimegepant) entry.” Full release at the link. – Dale Coyne Racing – (6/15/2021)

Report: NBC and INDYCAR closer to extension – Sports Business Journal’s Adam Stern and John Ourand are reporting that NBC and INDYCAR are closer to an extension than previously thought and that appears to be the direction the two sides are moving in for the moment. Full story at the link. – SBJ – (6/15/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Belle Isle photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery from the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (6/13/2021)

O’Ward first repeat winner of ’21 in Belle Isle Race 2 thriller – Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward become the first repeat winner of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season with a thrilling victory in Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park. The full Top 5 was O’Ward, Newgarden, Palou, Herta, and Rahal. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/13/2021)

Kirkwood sweeps Lights weekend with Belle Isle Race 2 win – Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood swept the Indy Lights weekend at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park with a dominant win in Race 2 after an early pass on Lundqvist. The full Top 5 was Kirkwood, Lundqvist, Malukas, Sowery, and DeFrancesco. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (6/13/2021)

Newgarden grabs pole for Race at Belle Isle – Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden earned the pole for Race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park with a lap of 1:14.1094. The full Top 6 in qualifying was Newgarden, Herta, VeeKay, Palou, Grosjean, and Dixon. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/13/2021)

Askew to sub in for Rosenqvist for Belle Isle Race 2 – “Oliver Askew will pilot the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet in Race Two of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on Sunday. Askew will be filling in for Arrow McLaren SP driver Felix Rosenqvist, who is being held overnight at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital following an accident in Race One of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. Rosenqvist is being observed overnight prior to discharge, after being sent to the hospital for advanced imaging and evaluation by the trauma and neurological teams at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital. Evaluation revealed no life or limb threatening injuries and he is awake and alert.” Full release at the link. – Arrow McLaren SP – (6/12/2021)

Ericsson wins wild Chevrolet Detroit GP Race 1 – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson held off the field on a late restart for his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory in Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park. The full Top 5 was Ericsson, VeeKay, O’Ward, Sato, and Rahal. A lengthy red flag delay occurred early in the race after an incident with Rosenqvist heavily into the barriers. INDYCAR Medical Director Dr. Geoffrey Billows said Rosenqvist was conscious, alert and talking throughout. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/12/2021)

Kirkwood dominates for Lights Race 1 win at Belle Isle – Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood won from pole and led from start to finish in Indy Lights Race 1 at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park. The full Top 5 was Kirkwood, Lundqvist, Sowery, Peroni, and Malukas. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (6/12/2021)

O’Ward gets pole for Belle Isle Race 1 – Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward earned the pole for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park with a lap of 1:15.5776. The full Top 6 in qualifying was O’Ward, Rossi, Grosjean, Jones, Newgarden, and Herta. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/12/2021)

Lundqvist takes Lights Race 2 pole at Belle Isle – Global Racing Group with HMD Motorsports’ Linus Lundqvist took the pole in Indy Lights Race 2 qualifying at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park with a lap of 1:23.5678. The full Top 5 was Lundqvist, Malukas, Kirkwood, Megennis, and Frost. Serravalle and DeFrancesco each brought out the red flag for incidents into the barriers and will need quick repairs to be ready for Race 1 soon after this qualifying session. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (6/12/2021)

Power quickest in practice at Belle Isle – Team Penske’s Will Power was quickest in the only practice session of the weekend for the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park with a lap of 1:17.2768. The full Top 5 was Power, Bourdais, O’Ward, Dixon, and Rossi. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (6/11/2021)

Kirkwood earns Lights Race 1 pole at Belle Isle – Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood earned the pole in Indy Lights Race 1 qualifying at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park with a lap of 1:23.2582. The full Top 5 was Kirkwood, Lundqvist, Sowery, Peroni, and Malukas. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (6/11/2021)

Kirkwood tops Lights practice at Belle Isle – Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood topped the charts in the only Indy Lights practice session of the weekend at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park with a lap of 1:24.2423. The full Top 5 was Kirkwood, Frost, Peroni, Sowery, and Lundqvist. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (6/11/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Belle Isle preview – The Open Wheel’s preview of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (6/11/2021)

INDYCAR announces grid penalty for Ganassi No. 10 – From INDYCAR: “INDYCAR officials have announced a six grid-spot penalty for the No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing entry for an unapproved engine change prior to the start of the 2021 Indianapolis 500. The team was in violation of: Rule 16.5.4. Once an Indianapolis 500 Engine is fitted to the Car, removal of the Engine prior to the Indianapolis 500 Race is an Unapproved Engine Change-Out, unless it is for Repair. According to the rule book, the penalty for such a change at the Indianapolis 500 comes at the series’ next event, which is Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit on Saturday, June 12.” – INDYCAR – (6/9/2021)

Mid-Ohio paddock to be open to fans – “Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has some exciting news to share. The NTT INDYCAR SERIES Paddock will be open to fans during The Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Presented by the HPD Ridgeline, July 2-4, 2021! Paddock Passes and Pit Passes, as well as general admission tickets, are available for purchase now at midohio.com/tickets. Hospitality guests and Season Race Passholders will receive paddock access at no extra cost.” Full release at the link. – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – (6/9/2021)

Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix entry list – The official INDYCAR entry list for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (6/9/2021)

St. Pete extended through ’26 – “The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will remain a cornerstone event on the downtown streets and waterfront through at least 2026. St. Petersburg City Council unanimously approved a two-year extension to the existing agreement with Green Savoree St. Petersburg, LLC (GSSP) on June 3rd. This spring break racing tradition has been a marquee event on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ annual calendar for the past 17 years. The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg brings worldwide exposure and spectators from across the globe to the City of St. Petersburg.” Full release at the link. – GP of St. Petersburg – (6/9/2021)

INDYCAR names Racing Optics as partner – “Racing Optics, the industry leader in multilayer, laminated tear-offs, has signed a multiyear agreement to become an official partner of INDYCAR and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Among its diverse product line, Racing Optics manufactures the multilayer tear-offs used on the aeroscreen safety device equipped on every NTT INDYCAR SERIES car. Racing Optics’ products are considered the industry standard for driver visibility and protection with transparent shields.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (6/9/2021)

Miller’s Mailbag 6/9/21 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (6/9/2021)

Trackside podcast 6/8/21 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 6/8/2021 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (6/9/2021)

Marco to drive with Andretti IMSA program at WGI – “In a proud and historic family moment, Andretti Autosport today announced that Marco Andretti, the 2020 Indianapolis 500 polesitter and grandson of Mario Andretti, will join third cousin Jarett Andretti as a co-driver of the Andretti Autosport LMP3 team for the upcoming IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of Watkins Glen on June 25-27. Also returning to the Andretti Autosport No. 36 as the third co-driver for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of Watkins Glen is 2021 Rolex 24 Hour LMP3 Champion Oliver Askew.” Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (6/8/2021)

RLL to run third entry for Ferrucci at Belle Isle – “Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (RLL) announced today that team partner, Hy-Vee, Inc. – an employee-owned supermarket chain that operates more than 280 retail stores across eight Midwestern states – will expand its program to include primary sponsorship of a third entry for the team in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit doubleheader races on June 12-13 for Santino Ferrucci. Hy-Vee sponsored RLL entries in the past two Indianapolis 500 races, with Ferrucci piloting the No. 45 Hy-Vee Honda on May 30 to his third straight top-seven finish in the event with a sixth-place result. In April, the team announced that Hy-Vee would be the primary sponsor of Graham Rahal’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES entry at Road America (June 20) and World Wide Technology Raceway (August 21) as well as the primary sponsor of Ferrucci’s entry for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 and be a full-season associate sponsor on Rahal’s car.” Full release at the link. – RLL – (6/7/2021)

August IMS race to be called Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix – “The Big Machine brand is increasing its already substantial involvement with INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway as its refreshing new adult vodka juice pouches, Big Machine Vodka Spiked Coolers, will become the title sponsor of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race Saturday, Aug. 14 on the IMS road course.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (6/4/2021)

Lions HC Campbell named Chevrolet Detroit GP grand marshal – “New Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell will bring his passion and enthusiasm to Belle Isle on June 12 as the Saturday Grand Marshal of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear. A former Lions player who took the reigns of Detroit’s popular National Football League (NFL) team in January, Campbell will attend his first Detroit Grand Prix and help celebrate the return of one of the first national events to the Motor City since the pandemic.” Full release at the link. – Detroit GP – (6/3/2021)

IMS confirms return of BC39 in August – “Exciting United States Auto Club (USAC) NOS Energy Drink National Midget Championship racing will return Wednesday, Aug. 18 and Thursday, Aug. 19 to The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third Driven2SaveLives BC39 Powered by NOS Energy Drink. The event is back for its third running after a hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in a new calendar slot – the week after the NASCAR-INDYCAR tripleheader at IMS. Tickets will go on sale soon, with information available at IMS.com/BC39. Reserved seat ticket prices for qualifying and the feature event Thursday, Aug. 19 will start at $35, the same price as in 2019.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (6/3/2021)

NBC gets largest Indy 500 audience in five years – From NBC Sports: “Sunday’s #Indy500 averaged a TAD of 5.581 million viewers, making it the MOST-WATCHED INDY 500 IN FIVE YEARS. The race peaked at 7.129 million viewers as Helio Castroneves won his fourth Indy 500.” – NBC Sports – (6/2/2021)

Miller’s Mailbag 6/2/21 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (6/2/2021)

Trackside podcast 6/1/21 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 6/1/2021 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (6/2/2021)

Helio outduels Palou to become four-time Indy 500 winner – Meyer Shank Racing’s Helio Castroneves became a four-time Indy 500 winner with a thrilling victory in the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The full Top 5 was Castroneves, Palou, Pagenaud, O’Ward, and Carpenter. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/30/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Indy 500 starting grid gallery – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery with liveries of the starting grid for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2021 Indy 500 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (5/29/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Indy 500 livery feature – The Open Wheel’s livery feature with photos of all the cars and drivers at the NTT INDYCAR SERIES 2021 Indy 500 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (5/29/2021)

Dixon fastest on Indy 500 Carb Day – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon’s lap of 228.323 mph was fastest in rain delayed and eventually shortened Carb Day final practice for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The full Top 5 was Dixon, Pagenaud, Newgarden, Daly, and Andretti. There were no significant incidents in the session. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/28/2021)

IMS reaches 500 capacity, lifts local television blackout – The Indianapolis Motor Speedway issued this statement Thursday, May 27 regarding the lifting of this year’s broadcast delay: “We’ve hit our capacity for this year’s Indianapolis 500 and look forward to hosting 135,000 fans at the world’s largest sporting event since the pandemic began. We’re thrilled to welcome fans “Back Home Again” and appreciate our loyal customers and their continued support. “With no more tickets available and 40 percent of venue capacity reached, we have decided to lift the local broadcast delay for this year’s race. Central Indiana spectators will be able to tune in on NBC beginning at 11 a.m. We look forward to an exciting and historic edition of the Indy 500 this weekend.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (5/27/2021)

Paddock open to fans at Belle Isle – “As the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear welcomes additional fans in its grandstands as a result of restrictions in Michigan being lifted at outdoor venues on June 1, attendees will also be able to access the Fifth Third Bank Paddock free of charge. All ticketholders at this year’s Grand Prix, held June 11-13, will once again be welcome in the paddock, where race teams and drivers prepare the cars that compete on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park circuit.” Full release at the link. – Detroit GP – (5/25/2021)

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