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RLL unveils ’86 Indy 500 tribute livery for No. 15 – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing unveiled a new Total livery for their No. 15 entry for Graham Rahal to drive at Portland and Long Beach. The livery is a tribute to owner Bobby Rahal’s 1986 Indy 500 winning design. View the livery on our No. 15 livery page here. – RLL – (3/5/2021)

Bryan Herta to call races for son Colton this year – Bryan Herta will serve as the race strategist for his son Colton Herta in the Andretti Autosport No. 26 entry for the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. Full story at the link. – INDYCAR – (3/5/2021)

Spectators to be allowed at Barber, final number not set yet – The Indianapolis Star’s Nathan Brown reports spectators will be allowed at Barber Motorsports Park but the exact number has yet to be determined. Full story at the link. – Indianapolis Star – (3/5/2021)

INDYCAR’s Day 1 “Content Day” notebook – INDYCAR’s notebook from Content Day 1 is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (3/5/2021)

Spectators approved for St. Pete – “Officials from the City of St. Petersburg and Green Savoree St. Petersburg, LLC (GSSP) announced today that members of City Council have unanimously approved for spectator attendance at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg set for April 23-25, 2021. At today’s City of St. Petersburg City Council Meeting, an event plan was presented by GSSP officials and Mayor Rick Kriseman’s administration, and City Council approved the resolution by a count of seven votes to zero for 20,000 spectators to attend per day. As was implemented at the October 2020 race weekend, GSSP will operate the event under specific health and safety protocols for COVID-19. Fans should visit gpstpete.com/covid19 for more information on these essential event protocols.” Full release at the link. – GP of St. Pete – (3/4/2021)

Fittipaldi named oval driver for DCR/RWR No. 51 – “Pietro Fittipaldi is returning to the team with which he made his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut three years ago to pilot its No. 51 Dale Coyne Racing with RWR entry at all 2021 oval events on the schedule. Fittipaldi will share driving duties of the team’s #51 full season entry with his former Haas F1, and now current Dale Coyne Racing with RWR teammate, Romain Grosjean who is taking part in all the road and street course races on the schedule.” Full release at the link. – Dale Coyne Racing – (3/4/2021)

INDYCAR releases ’21 broadcast schedule – “NBC Sports and INDYCAR have announced the full 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES telecast schedule, featuring a record nine races on broadcast network NBC, including the 105th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 30 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Six of the first eight races of the season will air on NBC, including the season-opening Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst on Sunday, April 18 at Barber Motorsports Park. The 17-race season, which will be exclusively presented across NBC Sports, also features the inaugural Music City Grand Prix in Nashville, Tennessee, on Sunday, Aug. 8 on NBCSN.” Full release and schedule with television start times at the link. – INDYCAR – (3/3/2021)

First look at halo for Lights in ’21 – Marshall Pruett has posted four excellent pictures of the halo head protection device that will feature on Indy Lights cars in 2021. Check it out at the link. – Marshall Pruett – (3/3/2021)

Miller’s Mailbag 3/3/21 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (3/3/2021)

Trackside podcast 3/2/21 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 3/2/2021 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (3/3/2021)

IMS to host Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinic March 5-7 – “The Indiana Department of Health today announced that it has partnered with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, University of Notre Dame and Ivy Tech Community College to host three mass vaccination clinics to help eligible Hoosiers receive a free COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, effective today, Hoosiers age 55 and older are now eligible to receive a free vaccine…The mass vaccination clinics will offer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which received its Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA on Saturday. The vaccine requires only one dose and has been shown to be safe and effective at preventing hospitalizations and deaths in clinical trials involving nearly 44,000 participants from all races and ethnicities.” Full release at the link. – ISDH – (3/2/2021)

XPEL to be primary sponsor for Race 2 at Texas Motor Speedway – “XPEL, Inc. – a leading provider of protective films and coatings today announced a multi-year sponsorship at Texas Motor Speedway. The second race of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader, scheduled for Sunday, May 2, will be called the XPEL 375. The race will be televised live on NBCSN with coverage beginning at 4 p.m. CT.” Full release at the link. – Texas Motor Speedway – (3/2/2021)

O’Ward fastest at Laguna Seca test – Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward was fastest in an eight car NTT INDYCAR SERIES test at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Monday. Full story at the link – Motorsport.com – (3/2/2021)

Arrow McLaren SP unveils ’21 liveries – “Arrow McLaren SP today launched its 2021 campaign with the new driver pairing of Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist, together with the reveal of new liveries for Arrow McLaren SP.” View the liveries on our No. 5 and No. 7 livery pages. Full release at the link – Arrow McLaren SP – (2/26/2021)

Haas rescinds Grosjean’s INDYCAR sponsorship after F1 incident – RACER’s Chris Medland has posted a fascinating story on how and why Gene Haas changed his mind on sponsoring Romain Grosjean’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES program after the French driver’s terrifying Formula 1 crash in Bahrain. Full story at the link – RACER – (2/25/2021)

VeeKay tops Barber test as Grosjean makes testing debut – RACER’s Marshall Pruett has posted a recap from Monday’s 12 car NTT INDYCAR SERIES test at Barber Motorsports Park. Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay posted the fastest time. Romain Grosjean drove his Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing machine for the first time. Full story at the link – RACER – (2/24/2021)

Miller’s Mailbag 2/24/21 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (2/24/2021)

Trackside podcast 2/23/21 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 2/23/2021 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (2/24/2021)

Arrow McLaren SP announces multi-year partnership with Vuse – “Arrow McLaren SP and Vuse will continue to charge beyond with a new, multi-year INDYCAR agreement and partnership expansion that includes enhanced activation and assets, and a new Vuse-titled livery on the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet…Coming on the heels of last year’s partnership, which drove innovation for both brands despite the year’s challenges, Vuse and Arrow McLaren SP’s new multi-year agreement is turning up their collaboration with enhanced branding on the No. 5 and No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolets and two annual custom-designed livery paint schemes throughout the season.” Full release at the link. – Arrow McLaren SP – (2/23/2021)

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