$3.1 Mil for Ericsson and Ganassi for Indy Win

Sunday’s 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 paid a record purse, with race winner Marcus Ericsson taking home $3.1 million from a total load of $16,000,200. It’s the largest purse ever in the century-plus history of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The Chip Ganassi Racing driver’s prize is also the largest…

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Rough and Ready Gateway Gets it Right

photos by Stephen Taylor, facts by IndyCar, opinions by Tim Hailey World Wide Technology Raceway—AKA Gateway—is a rough and ready oval, dragstrip, road course and go-kart track rebuilt in the ’90s with tax breaks. It lies between a swamp and landfill, in a notorious Illinois suburban St. Louis area more…

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Thank You, Takuma Sato, for the $800

“In all the pre-race talk, few were mentioning Taku (Takuma Sato) as someone to keep an eye on,” Robin Miller wrote on Racer.com Seriously? How recent winner (knows how it’s done), front row starter (very fast), and drama-free-in-August (smooth Carb Day with all the right things to say afterwards) Sato…

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Sato Superb at Great Gateway

Sweet Mother of Redemption! After being lambasted from all sides (sometimes with vitriolic hate, as happens today in our world of angry, armchair know-it-alls) and lustily defended by his Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan team, Takuma Sato rebounded with a storybook win at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. The win came six days…

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IndyCar Sparks Sure to Fly at Gateway

After a week of swirling controversy, finger-pointing, and hand-wringing following last weekend’s first lap pile-up at Pocono, drivers away-from-the-fray took the upper hand in qualifying for IndyCar’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway. NHDRO will run their World Finals on the Gateway dragstrip in October.…

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Are Two Bumped Teams Better as One?

Former polesitter James Hinchcliffe of the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team failed to qualify for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 and qualified second-to-last in 2019. Two time F1 champ Fernando Alonso of Team McLaren failed to qualify in 2019. Now these two teams are joining together to share their experience at…

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Strategy Nets Newgarden Texas Win

Josef Newgarden came seemingly from nowhere to win the IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway. The 2019 championship leader fended off Alexander Rossi in a thrilling duel over the final 10 laps to capture the DXC Technology 600. “I didn’t see him up front all day,” said Rossi. “All of…

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