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Four rookies complete successful oval test at Texas – RACER’s Marshall Pruett has a nice report from NTT INDYCAR SERIES rookie oval testing at Texas Motor Speedway last Friday. Oliver Askew, Scott McLaughlin, Alex Palou, and Rinus VeeKay were the rookies involved in the test while veterans Josef Newgarden and Ed Carpenter helped shake down their teammates’ machines. All the rookies passed their necessary test phases. Full story at the link. – RACER – (2/17/2020)

IMS announces numerous improvements for Indy 500 and facility – “A wide-ranging, multifaceted plan to boost and strengthen the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was unveiled today featuring significant improvements and financial investment that will resonate with fans from Central Indiana and throughout the globe. The goal of the plan is to produce a legendary Month of May. Enhancements revealed exactly 100 days from the 104th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24 include: The largest purse in Indianapolis 500 history, Improvements to the Indianapolis 500 qualifying format and television schedule, New sponsors investing long term in the “500,” IMS and NTT INDYCAR SERIES, A multimillion-dollar investment in the fan experience at IMS.” Full details and release at the link. – IMS – (2/14/2020)

Penske to test McLaughlin at Texas on Friday – Motorsport.com’s David Malsher-Lopez reports Team Penske will be testing Scott McLaughlin at a rookie test at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday. Full story at the link. – Motorsport.com – (2/13/2020)

Power fastest at COTA open test – Team Penske’s Will Power was fastest at the NTT INDYCAR SERIES open test at Circuit of The Americas with a lap of 1:46.7603. The full Top 5 was Power, Rossi, McLaughlin, Newgarden, and Herta. Full results here. See all the liveries from the test here. – INDYCAR – (2/12/2020)

The Open Wheel’s COTA livery guide – The Open Wheel’s INDYCAR liveries feature with photos of all the cars and drivers at the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Open Test at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas is available at the link. – The Open Wheel – (2/12/2020)

INDYCAR update from Tuesday COTA testing and revised Wednesday schedule – INDYCAR.com has a thorough update from Tuesday’s open test day at Circuit of The Americas including quotes from visiting NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. Wednesday’s revised schedule is for cars to run from 10AM to 7PM ET with a 30 minute break for lunch at 1PM ET. Full story at the link. – INDYCAR – (2/12/2020)

Miller’s Mailbag 2/12/20 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (2/12/2020)

Trackside podcast 2/11/20 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 2/11/20 is a great listen as always. – 107.5 The Fan – (2/12/2020)

Cold and rain cuts Practice 2 short at COTA open test – Cold and wet conditions again limited running in Practice 2 of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES open test at Circuit of The Americas as testing for the day was ended early due to weather conditions after a limited number of install laps. Full results here. – The Open Wheel – (2/11/2020)

Andretti announces return of Capstone sponsorship for No. 88 – “The green and white of Capstone Turbine Corporation will again be displayed on the No. 88 Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport car of Colton Herta for the 2020 NTT INDYCAR® SERIES season. The southern-California based clean energy company will serve as the primary sponsor at the upcoming COTA open test, as well as six events including the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge at COTA and races at Texas Motor Speedway, Road America, Richmond Raceway, the streets of Toronto and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.” View the livery on our No. 88 livery page here. Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (2/11/2020)

Andretti announces Frost for ’20 Lights program – “Andretti Autosport has expanded its roster with the addition of Danial Neilsen Frost for the 2020 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season. The 18-year-old from Singapore is slated to slide into the No. 68 machine for the championship team.” Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (2/11/2020)

Cold and rain ruins Practice 1 at COTA open test – Cold and wet conditions limited running in Practice 1 of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES open test at Circuit of The Americas to just seven install laps across the entire field. Full results here. – The Open Wheel – (2/11/2020)

Foyt unveils No. 14 livery – AJ Foyt Racing Racing has unveiled their livery for the Circuit of The Americas open test for their No. 14 car to be piloted by Sebastien Bourdais and Dalton Kellett. View the livery at the link or our No. 14 livery page here. – AJ Foyt Racing – (2/11/2020)

MSR unveils No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM livery – AJ Foyt Racing Racing has unveiled their 2020 AutoNation/SiriusXM livery for the No. 60 car to be piloted by Jack Harvey. View the livery at the link or our No. 60 livery page here. – Meyer Shank Racing – (2/11/2020)

COTA open test Tuesday and Wednesday – “Twenty-seven drivers in 25 cars are anticipated to converge on the Circuit of The Americas layout in Austin, Texas, for a full-field open test Tuesday and Wednesday as the start of the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season looms just over a month away. This event marks the first full-field test of the new year and should prove beneficial to the drivers and teams when they return to COTA on April 24-26 for the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge. The 17-race NTT INDYCAR SERIES season opens March 13-15 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the city streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. The test sessions will be held on COTA’s challenging 20-turn, 3.41-mile permanent road course. Tuesday’s session will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. ET and then from 2:30-6:30 p.m. On Wednesday, the test will run from 10 a.m.-noon and then return to the track from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday’s session will be open to the public. Both days will be streamed live and available on the INDYCAR Mobile App and INDYCAR.com.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (2/11/2020)

Foyt unveils No. 4 Tresiba livery – AJ Foyt Racing Racing has unveiled their 2020 Tresiba livery for the No. 4 car to be piloted by Charlie Kimball. View the livery at the link or our No. 4 livery page here. – AJ Foyt Racing – (2/11/2020)

Marco to enroll in Rob Wilson’s Driving School – Motorsport.com’s David Malsher-Lopez reports Marco Andretti will enroll in Rob Wilson’s Driving School for the second time in his career. Full story at the link. – Motorsport.com – (2/11/2020)

Report: Daly in contention for Carlin No. 59 on non-Indy 500 ovals – Motorsport.com’s David Malsher-Lopez reports Carlin is “negotiating” with Conor Daly to drive the team’s No. 59 entry in the oval races he doesn’t have with Ed Carpenter Racing. Full story at the link. – Motorsport.com – (2/10/2020)

Carlin announces Nasr and Sette Camara will test No. 31 at COTA – Carlin announced on Monday that Felipe Nasr and Sergio Sette Camara will test their No. 31 car at this week’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES Open Test at Circuit of The Americas. – Carlin – (2/10/2020)

ECR unveils 2020 liveries – Ed Carpenter Racing has unveiled their 2020 liveries for their No. 20 and No. 21 cars for Conor Daly and Rinus VeeKay at the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Open Test at Circuit of The Americas. See the liveries on our No. 20 and No. 21 livery pages. – Ed Carpenter Racing – (2/10/2020)

Carlin announces Chilton and Gallagher for ’20 partial season – “Carlin announced the return of Gallagher, a leading global insurance brokerage, risk management and consulting services firm, to the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season with driver Max Chilton behind the wheel of the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet for select races. Chilton will compete in the 12 road and street course events of the 2020 season as well as the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. The driver of the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet for the remaining oval races will be announced at a later date.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (2/7/2020)

Arrow McLaren SP unveil 2020 liveries – Arrow McLaren SP has unveiled their 2020 Arrow Electronics liveries for their No. 5 and No. 7 cars for Patricio O’Ward and Oliver Askew. See the liveries on our No. 5 and No. 7 livery pages. – Arrow McLaren SP – (2/7/2020)

INDYCAR confirms COTA open test will be live streamed – “The first major event of the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be streamed live next week from Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. The full-field test scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday can be viewed live on the INDYCAR Mobile App and INDYCAR.com. INDYCAR will debut its revolutionary Aeroscreen, a driver cockpit safety device fitted to all cars for the 2020 season. Twenty-six drivers in 25 cars are scheduled to participate in the Open Test, including two-time defending Virgin Australia Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin driving for Team Penske.” Full release at the link. – INDYCAR – (2/6/2020)

Ganassi unveils No. 10 NTT Data livery – Chip Ganassi Racing has unveiled their 2020 NTT Data livery for the No. 10 car to be piloted by Felix Rosenqvist. View the livery at the link or our No. 10 livery page here. – Felix Rosenqvist – (2/6/2020)

RLL unveils No. 15 United Rentals livery – Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has unveiled their 2020 United Rentals livery for the No. 15 car to be piloted by Graham Rahal. View the livery at the link or our No. 15 livery page here. – RLL – (2/5/2020)

Penske confirms Helio not in currents plans for GMR Grand Prix – Team Penske tweeted their four-car driver lineup for both races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this May and Helio Castroneves was only on the list for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Scott McLaughlin’s newly announced ride with the team in the GMR Grand Prix will be the team’s fourth car. – Team Penske – (2/5/2020)

McLaughlin to race for Penske in GMR Grand Prix – “Team Penske announced today that defending Virgin Australia Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin will make his NTT IndyCar Series debut on Saturday, May 9, racing in the GMR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. The two-time Supercars title winner, who will attempt to win his third consecutive series championship for DJR Team Penske (DJRTP) in 2020, will also participate in next week’s IndyCar Series preseason open test at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas…McLaughlin will pilot the No. 2 Dallara/Chevrolet during both the COTA test and the GMR Grand Prix in Indianapolis.” Full release at the link. – Team Penske – (2/5/2020)

Miller’s Mailbag 2/5/20 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (2/5/2020)

Trackside podcast 2/4/20 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 2/4/20 is a great listen as always. Santino Ferrucci and Dalton Kellett are guests on the show. – 107.5 The Fan – (2/5/2020)

Foyt announces Bourdais and Kellett in partial season deals for No. 14 – “Four-time Champ Car Series champion Sebastien Bourdais and Canadian rookie Dalton Kellett complete the driver roster for the No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet. Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan, who announced last week that this year will be his final season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, will drive the No. 14 in the five oval races, starting with the Indy 500 on May 24.” Bourdais will race in four races with the team while Kellett will race in nine including the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in the team’s third car. Full release at the link. – AJ Foyt Racing – (2/4/2020)

HMD announces Urrutia for ’20 Lights campaign – “HMD Motorsports has signed their second driver for the 2020 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires Championship season. Multi-time Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires race winner, Santiago Urrutia, will be joining the Road to Indy Paddock once again, driving the #55 Dallara IL-15. Urrutia will be competing in his fourth Indy Lights season and has one goal, the championship.” Full release at the link. – HMD Motorsports – (2/3/2020)

HPD announces Indy Lights scholarship for F3 Americas champion – “Supporting the next generation of racing talent is a fundamental value of Honda Performance Development (HPD), and as a committed partner to the F4 U.S. Championship, the F3 Americas Championship and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, HPD is proud to expand its support for the F3 Drivers’ Champion. HPD’s scholarship will enable the F3 Drivers’ Champion to compete in the subsequent year’s Indy Lights full season. This annual HPD scholarship will be used to support the F3 Champion’s chosen Indy Lights team in the following year’s season and will be transferable to any HPD partner team supporting the F3 Drivers’ Champion in the Indy Lights or NTT INDYCAR SERIES.” Full release at the link. – HPD – (2/3/2020)

IMS produces Super Bowl commercial for regional audience – “The Super Bowl is a fixture of the first weekend of February in America, but Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge fans also will get “That May Feeling” through a television advertisement for “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” during the telecast of the game Sunday, Feb. 2, featuring past winners of the race and an American sports broadcasting icon. The 30-second ad will be shown on FOX affiliates throughout Indiana toward the end of the second quarter of the game. The spot and an extended version will be posted on IMS social channels, the IMS YouTube channel and IMS.com/May shortly after it airs Sunday evening, so fans can watch and share on their social platforms.” View the commercial at the link. – IMS – (2/3/2020)

Report: Honda nixes Alonso/Andretti deal – RACER’s Chris Medland and Marshall Pruett report Honda has nixed Andretti Autosport and Fernando Alonso’s potential deal for the Spaniard to drive for the team in the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. If Alonso is to race in this year’s Indy 500, it will have to be with a Chevrolet team. Full story at the link. – RACER – (2/3/2020)

John Andretti passes away at the age of 56 – “It with the heaviest of hearts we share that John Andretti has today lost his battle with cancer. John was a loving husband and father, a devoted son and a trusted cousin. He was a philanthropist, an advocate for the sport, a dedicated teammate, a driven competitor and most importantly a dear friend.” Full release at the link. – Andretti Autosport – (1/30/2020)

Kanaan announces 2020 season with Foyt on ovals will be his last – “(Tony) Kanaan, an Indy 500 winner and 2004 series champion, announced that the upcoming 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be his final as a primary driver. Kanaan is set to compete in the five oval races of the NTT INDYCAR Series season driving the No. 14 Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing. He is scheduled to begin his final campaign which will be called the “TK Last Lap,” with the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 24. Kanaan will then run Saturday night races at Texas Motor Speedway (June 6), Richmond Raceway (June 27), Iowa Speedway (July 18) and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (Aug. 22) to close out his final season. He did leave open the possibility of returning for a future Indianapolis 500, but not for another partial or full NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.” Full release at the link. – AJ Foyt Racing – (1/30/2020)

IMS unveils ticket for 104th Indy 500 – “When Simon Pagenaud unveiled the ticket for the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, he savored a snapshot of the pinnacle of his racing career and one of the greatest memories of his life. The ticket features a profile photograph of Pagenaud drinking the traditional winner’s bottle of milk in triumph after earning his first victory in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” last May 26. That image also signaled the start of a personal transformation for Pagenaud. He’s a different guy than the one who strapped into the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet three hours earlier for his eighth start in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”” Full release at the link. – IMS – (1/30/2020)

Miller’s Mailbag 1/29/20 – RACER’s Robin Miller’s weekly fan Q&A is a great read as always. – RACER – (1/29/2020)

Trackside podcast 1/28/20 – 107.5 The Fan’s Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee radio show from 1/28/20 is a great listen as always. Ryan Briscoe is a guest on the show. – 107.5 The Fan – (1/29/2020)

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