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David Malsher-Lopez

David Malsher-Lopez is Motorsport.com’s U.S. editor, covering the NTT IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Since completing journalism college in 1994, he has worked for Autosport, TRMG, Motor Sport, Autosport (again) and Racer, before joining Motorsport.com in 2015… where he has found himself enjoying a third spell writing for Autosport. Over the course of those 27 years, he has served as a journalist, sub-editor, features editor, deputy editor and editor. In 2015, he also wrote Will Power’s biography. David lives with his wife Sophia in California and when not writing about racing, he will be found reading about planes and classic cars, attending airshows, listening to a wide variety of music or watching cop shows from the ’70s. He intends to one day own a grand piano, an Airedale terrier and a vintage Pontiac. He doesn’t do Facebook and doesn’t understand Instagram but can be found @DavidMalsher on Twitter.

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Hinchcliffe: Full-time return “was the only option”

James Hinchcliffe says he never had doubts over his IndyCar future despite starting last year with just three races guaranteed.

Rossi positive on Andretti changes after 2020 “sucked”

Alexander Rossi says the Andretti Autosport-Honda team is “is in a really strong place right now” after a difficult 2020, and admits he has also focused on improving his driving.

Bourdais, Foyt targeting best title campaign for 19 years

Sebastien Bourdais and AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet are aiming to finish in the Top 10 in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series, the team’s best championship result since 2002.

Rosenqvist on IndyCar: I haven't done anything as difficult

Felix Rosenqvist says that he wishes he could warn his rookie self from 2019 about how tough the transition to IndyCar would be.

Dixon still evolving his style after six IndyCar titles

Scott Dixon says both he and Chip Ganassi Racing have tried to address shortcomings from 2020, but won’t truly know if their efforts were successful until the season starts.

O’Ward: Racing Indy was “like driving into a black hole”

Arrow McLaren SP ace Pato O’Ward says that superspeedways are among the areas he has targeted for self-improvement in 2021 now that he has a complete IndyCar season of experience.

Palou says he has better chance to win than Alonso or Sainz

New Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda driver Alex Palou believes he’s more likely to win races than his Spanish compatriots in Formula 1, Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz Jr.

VeeKay on rookie year: “I’m a whole different driver now”
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VeeKay on rookie year: “I’m a whole different driver now”

Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet’s 2020 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Rinus VeeKay has vowed to do better this season after learning to not take “any unnecessary risk”.

Carlin confirms Chilton’s IndyCar schedule for 2021

Max Chilton will return to Carlin’s IndyCar team to race all road and street courses plus the Indianapolis 500.

Contract year at Penske won’t affect how Power drives

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s 2014 champion and 2018 Indy 500 winner Will Power says he won’t let looming contract talks alter the way he tackles the 2021 season.

Johnson: Tire temps a big challenge in “monster” IndyCar

Jimmie Johnson says getting his IndyCar’s tires up to temperature while they’re still at peak grip level has been one of his main challenges as he learns about open-wheel racing.

Rahal on IndyCar driver talent: “The golden era is right now”

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda winner Graham Rahal believes that Indy car racing has never had a deeper pool of driver talent.

Coyne would run third car for Grosjean on Gateway oval

Dale Coyne has confirmed to Motorsport.com that his team can run its extra Indy 500 entry for Gateway, should Romain Grosjean decide to take his first venture into IndyCar oval racing.

Herta confident that having Dad as new strategist can work

Colton Herta says that both he and ex-Indy car racer Bryan Herta are “mellow” enough to avoid friction in their new working relationship.

Castroneves: IndyCar return means ditching sportscar habits

Helio Castroneves has admitted that adapting back to IndyCar after three years in IMSA sportscars has been difficult.

St. Petersburg IndyCar event to host 20,000 fans per day

Officials from the City of St. Petersburg and IndyCar race promoters Green Savoree announced today that members of City Council have unanimously approved spectator attendance at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Pietro Fittipaldi returns to Coyne for IndyCar ovals

Pietro Fittipaldi will compete in the NTT IndyCar Series four oval races this year including the Indianapolis 500 after signing for Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing-Honda.

Cadillac: LMDh regs have “caught our attention”

General Motors’ new sports car racing program manager Laura Wontrop Klauser says the company is currently evaluating the continuation of its Cadillac program into IMSA’s LMDh era.

NBC Sports reveals 2021 IndyCar telecast schedule

NBC Sports has announced the full 2021 NTT IndyCar Series telecast schedule, featuring a record nine races on broadcast network NBC.

Jimmie Johnson: The NASCAR legend's IndyCar challenge

Jimmie Johnson is one of the greatest NASCAR drivers of all time, yet has decided to take on the NTT IndyCar Series for 2021. He tells David Malsher-Lopez why, while Ganassi managing director Mike Hull explains the challenges.

AXR signs Johnson, Kobayashi, Pagenaud for all IMSA enduros

Action Express Racing confirmed today that Jimmie Johnson, Kamui Kobayashi and Simon Pagenaud will reunite to run all three remaining rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Michelin Endurance Cup.

Grosjean “more confident” after second IndyCar test
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Grosjean “more confident” after second IndyCar test

Ex-Formula 1 racer Romain Grosjean says he’s made “good progress” in becoming accustomed to the driving style necessary for an IndyCar, after a solid day of testing at Laguna Seca.

O’Ward leads Jones, Grosjean in eight-car Laguna Seca test

Arrow McLaren SP’s Patricio O’Ward led a small group of IndyCar testers at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Monday, while Dale Coyne Racing's Ed Jones and debutant Romain Grosjean also showed strong pace.

Marco Andretti considering IMSA LMP3 outings with cousin

Marco Andretti says he could team up with cousin Jarett in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s LMP3 class this year, after testing the car at Sebring last week.

Rallying great Hannu Mikkola dies aged 78

One of the legends of rallying, Hannu Mikkola, best known for winning for Ford and Audi, passed away on Friday. He was 78.

Rosenqvist: O’Ward "one of the quickest" in the world

Felix Rosenqvist says that new teammate Pato O’Ward is a huge talent, and believes that while it’s too early to compare driving styles, that might not ultimately be so relevant.

Arrow McLaren SP reveals dual liveries for 2021 IndyCar season

Patricio O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist will race notably different colorschemes on their Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolets in 2021.

The best IndyCar colorschemes from McLaren and Schmidt Peterson

Ahead of tomorrow's Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet livery launch, we trawled for images of our favorite colorschemes from the Indy car histories of both McLaren and the Schmidt Peterson team.

Bourdais’ “analytical approach” is paying off for Foyt

AJ Foyt Racing’s technical director Mike Colliver says Sebastien Bourdais’ talent, experience and attitude, and the engineering group “pulling in the same direction”, has resulted in the IndyCar team making big strides.

Grosjean: “I used to be an asshole as a teammate”
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Grosjean: “I used to be an asshole as a teammate”

Ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says he’s already appreciating the friendly atmosphere within IndyCar, and has told new teammate Ed Jones that he’d prefer to be friends, despite wanting to beat him.

McLaughlin remains harsh critic of his IndyCar adaptation

Scott McLaughlin says he’s not astonished by his pace in an IndyCar because “I’m my own harshest critic” and “there’s areas where I’m OK and areas where I’m still really bad!”

VeeKay tops test at Barber, Grosjean within one second

Rinus VeeKay put Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet on top in the 12-car IndyCar test at Barber Motorsports Park, while Romain Grosjean finished his first IndyCar test within one second of top spot.

Grosjean content with IndyCar test despite spin and soreness

Ex-Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean says he’s “really happy” with his first morning of testing an IndyCar, despite spinning off and feeling soreness in his arms and recovering burnt left hand.

Roe joins Turn 3 Motorsport in Indy Pro 2000 series

Irishman James Roe has signed with Turn 3 Motorsport for the 2021 Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires.

Jimmie Johnson’s Carvana IndyCar livery unveiled

Chip Ganassi Racing has unveiled the Carvana colorscheme that will grace Jimmie Johnson’s #48 CGR-Honda as he embarks on his first IndyCar season.

RLL reveals new five-race primary sponsor for Sato

Digital Ally will serve as sponsor for Takuma Sato’s #30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda in five IndyCar rounds this year, promoting the company’s health protection products.

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Is Arrow McLaren SP ready for IndyCar’s title fight?

With Patricio O'Ward and Felix Rosenqvist leading its line-up, 2021 could be the year Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet joins the IndyCar elite, writes David Malsher-Lopez.

Sato unveils second image on Borg-Warner Trophy

Takuma Sato has unveiled his second likeness on the legendary Borg-Warner Trophy that bears the image of every Indianapolis 500 winner.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan reveals Sato’s new Indy 500 livery

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing announced today that PeopleReady has returned as primary sponsor of two-time Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato’s entry for the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Schmidt: Arrow McLaren SP ready to complete IndyCar “Big Four”

Sam Schmidt believes Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet can join Chip Ganassi Racing, Team Penske and Andretti Autosport in the top echelon of the NTT IndyCar Series in 2020.

Hinchcliffe to run Capstone sponsorship in six races

Capstone Turbine Corporation will return to Andretti Autosport-Honda in 2021 as primary sponsor for James Hinchcliffe at six of the seven races in which he isn’t sponsored by Genesys.

John Force Racing confirms its return to action

The 21-time NHRA championship-winning team John Force Racing will start the 2021 NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series with next month’s opening round of the season.

Jenkins reduces Indy 500 duties as he tackles brain cancer

Bob Jenkins, former TV and Indianapolis Motor Speedway announcer, has revealed he is suffering brain cancer.

Andretti, Jourdain join forces in Super Copa championship

Michael Andretti will join forces with former Indy car competitor Michel Jourdain to enter a team in the Mexico-based Super Copa Championship.

United Rentals reveals new livery for Rahal in 2021

Graham Rahal will this year run a special United Rentals livery that echoes the colorscheme used by his father Bobby Rahal in his final year as a racecar driver.

Meyer Shank adjusts Castroneves’ six-race IndyCar schedule

Helio Castroneves will compete in this year’s Music City Grand Prix on the Nashville street course, but will not race the season-opener at Barber Motorsports Park.

Mazda to end IMSA Prototype program in October

This will be the final season for Mazda Motorsports in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's Prototype category, it was announced today.

Foyt team now “engineering-led” after lacking consistency

Larry Foyt, president of AJ Foyt Racing, says that team members are now “all pulling in the same direction” and that a new-found consistency in personnel should reap dividends.

Kimball rejoins AJ Foyt Racing for Indy 500 and Indy GP

Charlie Kimball will make his 11th run at the Indianapolis 500 from behind the wheel of a Tresiba-backed AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet.

IndyCar: OEMs “positive” over 2023 regs despite Ferrari rejection

Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto says the Scuderia has now pulled out of talks with IndyCar, but series bosses say they remain optimistic of landing a third engine supplier.

Dale Coyne picks the Top 10 drivers in his giant-slaying team Prime

Dale Coyne picks the Top 10 drivers in his giant-slaying team

Over 37 seasons, Dale Coyne has run no fewer than 80 Indy car drivers – including himself! Ahead of his first season running Romain Grosjean, we asked Coyne to pick the best 10 drivers ever to compete for him. By David Malsher-Lopez.

Era Motorsport commits to full IMSA season in LMP2

Era Motorsport, the team that conquered the LMP2 class in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, will run the full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Force Indy announces Rowe as USF2000 driver for 2021

Myles Rowe will take his first step on the Road To Indy program in 2021, having landed a ride with the new Force Indy team in USF2000.

Enzo Fittipaldi to race Andretti-supported RP car in IP2000

Enzo Fittipaldi has signed a contract with RP Motorsport to race fulltime in this year’s Indy Pro 2000 championship, with Michael Andretti supporting the move with an Indy Lights offer for 2022.

Newgarden excited by Nashville prospects, track build begins

Construction has begun on IndyCar’s new street course in Nashville, and local star Josef Newgarden says he’s excited to race in front of his home fans – and on a truly unique layout.

Grosjean’s talent key to sponsor appeal, say Coyne, Ware

Romain Grosjean’s pace will make him a hit with sponsors in IndyCar, according to his new team bosses Dale Coyne and Rick Ware who hope to confirm his primary backer by month’s end.

Rolex 24 winners Era hire Laskaratos for Asian Le Mans Series

Era Motorsport, which won the LMP2 class at last week’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, will be joined by Andreas Laskaratos for its debut in the Asian Le Mans Series next week.

Marco Andretti enters new SRX series

Marco Andretti is the latest big-name signing for the new Superstar Racing Experience series which is to run six events in this, its inaugural season.

Juncos signs Kyffin Simpson to Indy Pro 2000 team

Kyffin Simpson will race part-time for Juncos Racing in the 2021 Indy Pro 2000 championship, joining USF2000 graduate Reece Gold.

IMSA hails “sensational” Rolex 24, NBC reveals record viewership

IMSA president John Doonan has written to thank WeatherTech SportsCar Championship stakeholders after NBC announced vastly improved viewing figures for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.