Andretti-Bound Herta Celebrates at Laguna Seca
Sun, 22/09/19 – 9:10 | No Comment
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Colton Herta will begin the final IndyCar Series race of the season from the pole. (Photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Mercurial rookie Colton Herta celebrated his newly-secured future at Andretti Autosport Saturday with a salute to his father while upstaging the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series championship contenders during qualifying for the season-ending […]

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2019 IndyCar Title To Be Decided This Weekend
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Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden leads IndyCar into Laguna Seca this weekend. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Same as it’s ever been, the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series driver’s championship could be finished at the start of Sunday’s season-ending Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.

Open-wheel has returned to historic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s 2.258-mile/11-turn permanent road-course under INDYCAR sanction for the first time since the Champ Car World Series in 2004. Fourteen of the 22 Indy car races contested on the scenic California layout have been won from pole position. That will put a premium on Saturday’s Firestone Fast Six qualifying session, a 75-minute, three-round knock-out format, which will be televised live on NBC Sports Network at 4:35 p.m. (EDT).

Separated by 41 points, championship leader Josef Newgarden and runnerup Alexander Rossi agree qually looms as a white-knuckler in terms of scoring the pole’s bonus point and securing early track position.

“I think it’s going to be an important part of the weekend, without a doubt,” said Newgarden, the 2017 series champion and driver of the No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet. “It’s always better to start up- front, to get yourself out of harm’s way hopefully, not get yourself into trouble at the very beginning.

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Fri, 09/20/19 – 14:58 | No Comment
2019 IndyCar Title To Be Decided This Weekend
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Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden leads IndyCar into Laguna Seca this weekend. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Same as it’s ever been, the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series driver’s championship could be finished at the start of Sunday’s season-ending Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey.

Open-wheel has returned to historic WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca’s 2.258-mile/11-turn permanent […]

Fri, 09/20/19 – 14:58 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: Where Have You Gone Jimmie Johnson?
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Non-contender Jimmie Johnson will spend the 2019 Cup Series Playoffs just trying to win a race. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Alan Marler)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

We may have seen the last of Jimmie Johnson in Victory Lane for at least the remainder of the 2019 season.

Currently riding an 86-race losing streak, Johnson and […]

Wed, 09/18/19 – 8:53 | No Comment
Young Oldster Force Sets Sights On No. 17
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John Force has been driving like a teen-ager in recent weeks. Can he keep doing it in the Countdown, which begins this weekend? (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Harold Hinson)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Only Funny Car icon John Force could upstage perfection.

Buoyed by a pair of milestone, late-season NHRA national event victories, Force has re-introduced […]

Fri, 09/13/19 – 8:37 | No Comment
Flat Spot On: The Perplexities of Danger in Racing
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Track workers work to repair the catch fence at Pocono as a medical evacuation helicopter transports injured driver Robert Wickens to a hospital in 2018. (File photo courtesy of INDYCAR)

By Jonathan Ingram | Senior Writer RacinToday.com

Last week there was an outpouring of grief when two drivers died in high-profile racing crashes. This week, there’s been […]

Sat, 09/7/19 – 7:29 | Comments Off on Flat Spot On: The Perplexities of Danger in Racing
IndyCar 2020 Schedule: Pocono Out, Richmond In
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The IndyCar Series is driving away from Pocono next year. In its place is a short oval.

By John Sturbin/Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Open-wheel racing’s return to Richmond Raceway next summer after a 10-year hiatus comes wrapped with the promise of delivering a demographic that is not necessarily so NASCAR-centric.

The 2020 NTT IndyCar Series schedule includes a return to […]

Wed, 09/4/19 – 8:49 | One Comment
Newgarden Leads IndyCar Season To Finish Line
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IndyCar Series points-leader Josef Newgarden warmed up for Sunday’s race in Portland by meeting with fans. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Team Penske’s Will Power continues to play spoiler in the NTT IndyCar Series championship chase, and teammate Josef Newgarden is loving it.

Power notched his second victory in three starts _ and […]

Tue, 09/3/19 – 7:51 | Comments Off on Newgarden Leads IndyCar Season To Finish Line
Jones’ Win May Prolong His Career At JGR
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Erik Jones got a really big victory Sunday/Monday at the Southern 500 in Darlington, S.C. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Speculation has persisted throughout the year that Erik Jones’ ride at Joe Gibbs Racing might be in jeopardy for the 2020 season, but early Monday he silenced his […]

Mon, 09/2/19 – 20:17 | Comments Off on Jones’ Win May Prolong His Career At JGR
Southern 500 A Biggie For Playoff Hopefuls
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Jimmie Johnson’s hopes to earn a berth in this year’s Cup Playoffs are in big trouble. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Two races, two positions, four drivers. That is the situation facing Ryan Newman, Daniel Suarez, Clint Bowyer and seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson as they battle for […]

Sat, 08/31/19 – 18:54 | Comments Off on Southern 500 A Biggie For Playoff Hopefuls
Junior Returns: From Plane Crash and Retirement
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. is climbing back into a race car this weekend at Darlington. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

By Deb Williams | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Dale Earnhardt Jr. believes the more than two decades he spent driving race cars has played a key role in the way he has processed the plane crash he […]

Fri, 08/30/19 – 16:56 | Comments Off on Junior Returns: From Plane Crash and Retirement
Sato Responds To Pocono Woe With Win In St. Louis
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The podium after Saturday night’s IndyCar Series race featured the unlikely trio of Ed Carpenter, Takuma Sato and Tony Kanaan. (Photos courtesy of INDYCAR)

By John Sturbin | Senior WriterRacinToday.com

Call it “Taku’s Revenge.”

Six days after drawing relentless scrutiny for his part in an opening-lap wreck at Pocono Raceway, Takuma Sato answered and silenced his critics with […]

Mon, 08/26/19 – 8:25 | Comments Off on Sato Responds To Pocono Woe With Win In St. Louis