Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay is confident he'll be a strong contender in his rookie season in the NTT IndyCar Series after testing at Texas Motor Speedway and in Spring Training at the Circuit of the Americas.
One hundred days out from the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500, Roger Penske, as owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has announced that the purse for the Indy 500 will rise by $2m and that the controversial concept of guaranteed starting spots will not be introduced.
IndyCar drivers have given largely positive feedback regarding visibility through the aeroscreen which becomes mandatory from the opening round of the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season, but cockpit cooling at hot races remains a concern.
Team Penske-Chevrolet’s Will Power finished top of IndyCar Spring Training at Circuit of The Americas, although his teammate, Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin, was a remarkable third fastest in only his second NTT IndyCar Series test.
Sebastien Bourdais put AJ Foyt Racing at the top in Texas with three hours of the 6hr10min Spring Training session still remaining, but his replacement at Dale Coyne Racing, rookie Alex Palou has also been a stars.
Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, who is attending NTT IndyCar Series Spring Training at Circuit of The Americas, has reiterated that retiring from stock cars at the end of this year will open up possibilities to explore other forms of racing.
The NTT IndyCar Series’ adoption of the Red Bull Advanced Technologies aeroscreen for 2020 created additional work for several companies and individuals. Less well appreciated is the huge effort made by Firestone to absorb the screen's knock-on effect, as David Malsher-Lopez points out.
Carlin Racing has confirmed it will enter its third full season in the NTT IndyCar Series with Max Chilton driving the Gallagher-sponsored #59 Chevrolet at all 12 road and street courses and the Indianapolis 500.
Two-time and reigning NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden says he’s been impressed by Supercars champ Scott McLaughlin’s speed in an open-wheel car and wants to try his hand at tin-tops Down Under.