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Trackside podcast 5/5/21 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/5/2021 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/6/2021)

Trackside podcast 5/4/21 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/4/2021 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/5/2021)

Miller’s Mailbag 5/4/21 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (5/5/2021)

Wickens drives a race car again with BHA – “Inspired by the goal to race again and powered by courage, determination, persistence and perseverance, Robert Wickens returned to the cockpit in a Hyundai Veloster N TCR car today, for the first time since his horrific IndyCar accident in 2018…The #54 Hyundai Veloster N TCR equipped with hand controls, is normally piloted by International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) race-winning and paralyzed Hyundai driver Michael Johnson and teammate Stephen Simpson. The team competes in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge for Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA). In collaboration with BHA, Johnson loaned the #54 Universal Coating Veloster N TCR race car to Wickens for the milestone occasion.” Full release at the link. – Bryan Herta Autosport – (5/4/2021)

Foyt unveils No. 11 livery for Indy 500 – AJ Foyt Racing has unveiled the new Tresiba livery for their No. 11 entry for Charlie Kimball in the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. See the livery on our No. 11 livery page here. Full release at the link. – AJ Foyt Racing – (5/4/2021)

Andretti confirms Stefan Wilson in No. 25 for Indy 500 – “Andretti Autosport announced today that Stefan Wilson and new partner LOHLA SPORT will join the five-time Indianapolis 500 winning team for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 to complete the team’s six-car lineup. Wilson, who ran the 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport and competed for the team in Indy Lights, will team up with the new premier women’s golf lifestyle brand to run the No. 25 LOHLA SPORT Honda.” See the livery on our No. 25 livery page here. Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (5/4/2021)

Team Penske and Porsche announce IMSA/WEC partnership – “Porsche Motorsport and Team Penske have agreed to collaborate closely in fielding the new LMDh vehicle commencing in 2023. The successful US team will work together with the experts from Weissach to run factory entries in the FIA WEC World Endurance Championship and the North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC). Under the name of Porsche Penske Motorsport, two of the spectacular LMDh prototypes will compete for overall victories in the top class of each of the two racing series.” Full release at the link. – Team Penske – (5/4/2021)

Trackside podcast 5/3/21 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 5/3/2021 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (5/4/2021)

Bobby Unser passes away at 87 – “Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser, one of the most colorful, outspoken and popular drivers in the history of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” died Sunday, May 2 at his New Mexico home. He was 87. Unser won the Indianapolis 500 in 1968, 1975 and 1981. He is one of just 10 drivers to win the “500” at least three times and is a member of numerous motorsports Halls of Fame, including induction into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame in 1990. Unser and Rick Mears are the only drivers to win the “500” in three different decades. He was one of six members of the Unser family to race in the Indianapolis 500. Bobby and his brother Al, a four-time winner, are the only brothers to win the race.” Full release at the link. – IMS – (5/4/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Texas photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery from the 2021 Genesys 300 and XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (5/2/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Texas livery feature – The Open Wheel’s livery feature with photos of all the cars and drivers at the 2021 Genesys 300 and XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (5/2/2021)

O’Ward claims first NTT INDYCAR SERIES win at XPEL 375 – Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward earned his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory in the 2021 XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway. The full Top 5 was O’Ward, Newgarden, Rahal, Dixon, and Herta. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/2/2021)

Dixon wins again at Texas to claim points lead – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon won the 2021 Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway in dominant fashion to take the points lead into Sunday’s second race of the doubleheader weekend. The full Top 5 was Dixon, McLaughlin, O’Ward, Palou, and Rahal. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/1/2021)

Palou on pole for Genesys 300 with earlier start time – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou will start on the pole for the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway by leading the entrant points after qualifying was cancelled due to the effects of rain. Engines will fire at 6:05PM CT (local time) with an anticipated green flag at 6:10PM CT. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/1/2021)

Kanaan tops Texas practice as qualifying is scrapped – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan topped the sole practice session for the 2021 Genesys 300 and XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway with a lap at 220.173mph. The full Top 5 was Kanaan, O’Ward, Sato, Dixon, and Pagenaud. The session started much later than planned as moisture delayed the schedule causing the cancellation of qualifying. The starting grid for each race will be set by entrant points. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (5/1/2021)

The Open Wheel’s Texas preview – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery from the 2021 Genesys 300 and XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (4/30/2021)

XPEL 375 entry list – The official INDYCAR entry list for the 2021 XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (4/28/2021)

Genesys 300 entry list – The official INDYCAR entry list for the 2021 Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway is available at the link. – INDYCAR – (4/28/2021)

St. Pete was NBC’s most-watched non-Indy 500 afternoon INDYCAR race – From NBC Sports PR: “With a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 1.225 million viewers on NBC, Sunday’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is now NBC Sports’ most-watched afternoon #INDYCAR race EVER (excluding the Indy 500).” – NBC Sports PR – (4/28/2021)

Miller’s Mailbag 4/28/21 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (4/28/2021)

Trackside podcast 4/26/21 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 4/26/2021 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (4/27/2021)

Carlin announces Daly will drive No. 59 at Texas – “Conor Daly will re-join Carlin’s NTT INDYCAR Chevrolet entry for this weekend’s running of the Genesys 300 and Xpel 375 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The 29-year-old Indiana native shares driving duties of the #59 car for the third consecutive season in Texas, before Max Chilton returns for the GMR Grand Prix in mid-May.” Full release at the link. – Carlin – (4/26/2021)

The Open Wheel’s St. Pete photo gallery – The Open Wheel’s photo gallery from the 2021 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the Streets of St. Petersburg is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (4/26/2021)

The Open Wheel’s St. Pete livery feature – The Open Wheel’s livery feature with photos of all the cars and drivers at the 2021 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the Streets of St. Petersburg is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (4/25/2021)

Herta dominates from pole to win at St. Pete – Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta dominated throughout the race for victory at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the Streets of St. Petersburg. The full Top 5 was Herta, Newgarden, Pagenaud, Harvey, and Dixon. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (4/25/2021)

The Open Wheel’s St. Pete Lights livery feature – The Open Wheel’s livery feature with photos of all the cars and drivers at the 2021 Indy Lights Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the Streets of St. Petersburg is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (4/25/2021)

Malukas takes victory and title lead in Lights Race 2 at St Pete – HMD Motorsports’ David Malukas won Indy Lights Race 2 on the Streets of St. Petersburg to take over the championship lead. The full Top 5 was Malukas, Kirkwood, Lundqvist, Frost, and DeFrancesco. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (4/25/2021)

Kirkwood tastes first Lights victory in Race 1 at St Pete – Andretti Autosport’s Kyle Kirkwood won the first Indy Lights race of his young career in Race 1 on Streets of St. Petersburg. The full Top 5 was Kirkwood, Frost, Malukas, Megennis, and Peroni. Full results here. – Indy Lights – (4/24/2021)

Herta earns pole at St. Pete – Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta earned the pole for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the Streets of St. Petersburg with a lap of 1:00.3210. The full Firestone Fast 6 order was Herta, Harvey, Newgarden, Pagenaud, Bourdais, and O’Ward. Full results here. – INDYCAR – (4/24/2021)

Penske extends Power contract through ’23 – The NBC Sports/Peacock broadcast team for Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg qualifying announced that Will Power’s contract with Team Penske has been extended through 2023. – NBC Sports – (4/24/2021)

Andretti announces addition of Wheldon brothers to development program – “Andretti Autosport has announced an expansion to the team’s development efforts with the addition of brothers Sebastian and Oliver Wheldon as junior drivers. Through its history, Andretti Autosport has been committed to developing driver, crew and engineering talent across its wide range of operations.” Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (4/24/2021)

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