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IndyCar delays new hybrid engine until 2023

Honda and Chevrolet would love to see a third engine manufacturer in the series

The IndyCar Series will continue running the same engines each of the next two seasons. It also will be working with the same two engine manufacturers, Chevrolet and Honda, into the foreseeable future. IndyCar President Jay Frye announced Saturday the three parties agreed to delay the introduction of a new engine until 2023 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NASCAR's Jimmie Johnson partners with Chip Ganassi Racing in IndyCar move

7-time champion will be teammates with 5-time champ Scott Dixon

Jimmie Johnson will transition from NASCAR to IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing in a partnership that could pair two of the most dominant drivers of this generation on one team. The seven-time NASCAR champion will work with the Ganassi organization to finalize sponsorship on a two-year program for Johnson to run the road and street course races on IndyCar's schedule. If funding is secured, Johnson would be teammates with five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.

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Roger Penske to Indianapolis 500 fans: 'I wanted you here'

The seats will be empty — and for the first time we know how many seats there are

Roger Penske will not pretend he is not disappointed he can't open the gates to spectators for his first Indianapolis 500 as steward of the iconic event. Penske purchased Indianapolis Motor Speedway in January and spent an additional $15 million on capital improvements for an enhanced fan experience. Without fans roaming the property and celebrating at downtown Indianapolis establishments, the buildup to Sunday's race has lacked the energy that elevates the Indy 500 into a world-class event.

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Indy 500's TV audience on Sunday could set a record

Sports-starved audience will tune in, though some traditions will be missing

Everything was new to Mike Tirico when he walked past the famed pagoda that dominates the front stretch at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, assumed his broadcast perch high above pit lane and proceeded to host his first Indy 500. One year after NBC assumed the rights from longtime broadcaster ABC, the network is preparing to bring one of the iconic events in sports to a potentially record-setting television audience Sunday.

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An Andretti wins family's first Indy 500 pole position in 33 years

'He's seriously focused on winning the 500,' Marco's grandfather Mario says

Marco Andretti was 2 months old the last time his venerable racing family led the field to green at the Indianapolis 500. In this strange pandemic-plagued season, he ended a 33-year Andretti drought by winning the pole. Jeff Andretti went 0 for 3.

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Marco Andretti breaks 233 mph on Indy 500 Fast Friday

Others clock 231: 'Going 231 around Indianapolis? Man, this is fun'

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Indy 500 scraps plan for spectators as COVID-19 surges in Indiana

World's biggest single-day sports event will be the world's smallest this year

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging in several regions of the United States and having already claimed over 150,000 lives, IMS said it was an abundance of caution that prompted them to abandon efforts to have fans at the Aug. 23 event. Indiana is one of the regions seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases, with IMS noting in a statement that in Marion County, where the organisation is located, the number of cases has tripled and the positivity rate has doubled. "As dedicated as we were to running the rac

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NASCAR champ Jimmie Johnson enamored with IndyCar after test

'First day of school' for an expected tryout with McLaren

Jimmie Johnson finally fulfilled his childhood dream of driving an Indy car with a test session Tuesday. When the seven-time NASCAR champion finished turning laps, he was sold on figuring out how to race next year in the IndyCar Series. NASCAR has been so good to me and I am so proud of the success I've had.

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IndyCar drivers grateful to have fans back this weekend

Sprawling Road America course is conducive to social distancing

Simon Pagenaud says racing hasn’t been quite the same without spectators to cheer the drivers on for the opening stages of the IndyCar season. The IndyCar series will welcome fans for the first time this season during the REV Group Grand Prix doubleheader Saturday and Sunday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Road America’s setup makes it an ideal testing ground for welcoming back fans.

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Mario Andretti would love to see Ferrari join Indycar

Ferrari has long flirted with the idea of getting involved in IndyCar

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IndyCar will open its coronavirus-delayed season June 6 in Texas

You can see it on TV, but the grandstands will be empty

IndyCar has gotten the green flag to finally start its season in Texas next month with a nighttime race June 6 without spectators. The race at Texas Motor Speedway was the next one on the series schedule that hadn't been postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. IndyCar and track officials announced the details Thursday, heavy with safety precautions.

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Graham Rahal drives into the surreal world of virtual IndyCar

Virtual autographs, Miss Alabama singing the anthem remotely, mid-race bathroom breaks ... it's weird

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iRacing gets real: Indy 500's Sage Karam shares his winning secrets and setup

IndyCar drivers are flocking to virtual racing, and so are TV viewers and fans

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Detroit IndyCar double-header races canceled due to coronavirus

Workers can't construct the island track while under stay-at-home order

Roger Penske has canceled the doubleheader race at Detroit and adjusted the IndyCar schedule Monday as the series remains on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. Penske told The Associated Press he had no choice but to cancel the two races at Belle Isle because Michigan is under a stay-at-home order and workers cannot begin constructing the track. Penske is the promoter of that race.

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Robert Wickens feels like he's almost back after virtual race

The 31-year-old suffered a terrible crash two years ago

"My eyes were burning," the Canadian told NBCSN after getting behind the wheel for the first time since a near fatal crash two years ago. "It was a ride," Wickens said of working his way through the turns of the virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama while sitting in his basement as he finished eighth behind Australian winner Scott McLaughlin after an embarrassing moment in qualifying. "I was so mad at myself," Wickens said.

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Indy 500 postponed until August because of coronavirus

Penske makes the call to delay his first Indy 500 as owner

The Indianapolis 500 was postponed Thursday until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won't run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. “The month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is my favorite time of year, and like our fans, I am disappointed that we have had to reschedule the Indianapolis 500,” said motorsports giant Roger Penske, who finalized his purchase of IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this year. The Indianapolis 500 began in 1911 bu

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IndyCar joins other racing series by going virtual

Last Sunday's NASCAR race was the most-watched esports event in U.S. history

IndyCar isn't sure when it can get its cars on track to officially start the season. IndyCar's first iRacing event will be Saturday with a 25-car field. IndyCar, like all sports, has been idled during the coronavirus pandemic, which hit the United States just as the series was ready to open its season.

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'Right now is strange' — NASCAR, IndyCar reverse course on coronavirus, call off races

NASCAR calls off this weekend and next, IndyCar through April

NASCAR and IndyCar reversed course Friday and pulled the plug on racing this weekend, with IndyCar also suspending its season through the end of April due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. NASCAR called off Sunday's race at Atlanta Motor Speedway and next weekend's events at Homestead-Miami Speedway. IndyCar was scheduled to open its season Sunday on the streets of downtown St. Petersburg without fans.

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Penske plans to spend big as Indy owner, maybe bring a 24-hour race or F1

'We're looking forward to seeing what we can do to make IndyCar even stronger'

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Roger Penske buys Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar

Penske is the winningest team owner in Indianapolis 500 history with 18 victories

Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series have been sold to Penske Entertainment Corp. in a stunning Monday announcement that relinquishes control of the iconic speedway from the Hulman family after 74 years. Tony Hulman bought the dilapidated speedway in 1945 and brought racing back to the corner of 16th St. and Georgetown Ave. after a four-year hiatus following World War II. The speedway spun off multiple other subsidiaries, including the IndyCar Series and Indianapolis Motor Speedw

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