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Indy Cars Becoming Hybrids in 2022

Aug 2 - IndyCar has an all new chassis arriving in 2022.

They will also be changing the powertrain by adding an
electric motor.

The hybrid technology will consist of a multi-phase motor,
inverter and electric storage device that will create energy
recovery from the car’s braking system.
The hybrid powertrain will be integrated into the push-to-
pass system and provide a power boost of 900-plus

Another benefit will be that the drivers will be able to start
their own cars.  This will help if they've spun or something
and killed their engine.  They won't have to wait on the
safety crew to get them started and back on track.
Max Verstappen Captures First Pole

Aug 3 - Max Verstappen claimed his first Formula 1
pole position while setting a new track record at the
Hungaroring - 1:14.572 seconds.

After seven wins in 93 starts, he became the fourth-
youngest poleman in F1 history.  

He also became F1’s 100th different pole sitter.
Photos from the SVRA Vintage Invitational at IMS
August 3rd - 4th.
Marco Andretti Livery

Aug 8 - For a third consecutive year,
Oberto Specialty Meats will paint the
No. 98 racing machine of
in their iconic black, red and
green colors – this year for races at
Portland and St Louis.  Circle K is
also part of the sponsorship deal.
Best Postcard Ever!  
2019 Indy 500 Winner Simon Pagenaud's morning at home!
Under the partnership, the team will be renamed Arrow
McLaren Racing SP and will field two Chevrolet-powered
cars in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series, reflecting the
continuing status of Arrow Electronics as the team’s title
partner, as well as
a new manufacturer partnership with

The partnership will see the infrastructure of Arrow SPM
underpin the team’s operations, while McLaren adds
technical expertise, commercial experience and marketing
strength to enable the new entity to perform at the highest
competitive level and regularly challenge for wins and the
series title. Arrow SPM co-founders
Sam Schmidt and
Ric Peterson continue in their current roles.

Gil de Ferran, Sporting Director, McLaren Racing, will
lead the McLaren IndyCar programme and involvement in
Arrow McLaren Racing SP. He will helm a dedicated group
from McLaren Racing, independent of the Formula 1 team.
McLaren Returns to IndyCar

Aug 10 - For several years now, American fans of Formula
1 driver
Fernando Alonso have hoped that he would join

He got support from his F1 team, McLaren, to come to
Indy in 2017 & 2019 to race in the Indy 500.  (He retired
from F1 at the end of 2018.)

Teaming with Andretti Autosport in 2017, he did well in
the Indy 500, but he didn't even qualify for the 2019 event
when McLaren teamed with Carlin Racing.

We've since learned that Alonso has no plans to run
IndyCar full-time.  However, these experiences has
prompted the British racing and car company, McLaren,
to race in IndyCar.

Apparently McLaren cannot start a team on their own and
they have been looking for an existing IndyCar team to
partner with.

One big problem McLaren had was that their company had
so angered Honda while in F1, that Honda refused to work
with them, including in IndyCar.  This left McLaren's only
engine option as Chevrolet.  This cut in half the number of
teams that McLaren could partner with, including Andretti

Today McLaren Racing announced it will return to full-
time IndyCar competition from 2020 in a strategic
partner-ship with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and
Chevrolet. McLaren last competed full-time in IndyCar in
Glory Days... Johnny Rutherford won the 1974 & 1976 Indy 500 driving for McLaren.
Mark Donohue won the 1972 Indy 500 in a McLaren, driving for Penske.
A McLaren M16B Won the 1972 Indianapolis 500.
Conor Daly Gets More Races

Aug 12 - Carlin Racing announced Conor Daly will race
Max Chilton's #59 Gallagher Racing entry at the remain-
ing two IndyCar oval races - Gateway in St. Louis and  
Pocono Raceway.  Daly also drove the car at Texas and
Iowa.  (Chilton decided to stop racing on oval tracks in
Daly is also going to race at the final IndyCar race of the
season, which is at Laguna Seca.  He will be driving for
Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from the U.S. Air
Force, as he did at this year's Indy 500 where he finished
Another driver who is driving part-time for Carlin in InyCar is
Charlie Kimball.  His car gets a new livery for Gateway -
Albon Replaces Gasly at Red Bull F1

Aug 12 - Red Bull are replacing
Pierre Gasly with their
Toro Rosso driver
Alex Albon.  It follows a tough season
for Gasly alongside
Max Verstappen – and a stellar one
for rookie Albon partnering
Daniil Kvyat. Gasly will
return to Toro Rosso for the remainder of the year.

Albon, in his first season of F1 after finishing runner-up in
last year’s FIA Formula 2 championship, has impressed all
in the paddock with his speed and maturity. The British-
born Thai driver has scored 16 points from his 12 Grands
Prix to date, with a best result of sixth in the rain-affected
German round - his first ever wet F1 race.

Gasly, by contrast, has spent 2019 struggling to keep pace
with Verstappen. Having himself been promoted from
Toro Rosso at the end of last season, he has been living
firmly in the Dutchman’s shadow, scoring just 63 points
to his team mate’s 181. The Frenchman has yet to appear
on the podium in a car that has taken Verstappen to two
race wins and three further top-three finishes, and has
been out-qualified by his team mate in nearly every race
so far.

A statement from Red Bull said, "The team will use the
next nine races to evaluate Alex’s performance in order to
make an informed decision as to who will drive alongside
Max in 2020."
Alex Albon
Pierre Gasly
New Harding Steinbrenner Livery

Aug 14 - IndyCar team Harding Steinbrenner Racing
tweeted a photo of their #88 car's new paint scheme for
the remainder of the IndyCar season.  
IndyCar Drivers Racing in Bathurst 1000

Aug 16 - IndyCar drivers
James Hinchcliffe and Alex
Rossi are heading to Australia to compete in a wildcard
entry for Walkingshaw Andretti United.

The Bathurst 1000,  also known as the "Great Race" and
held in some form since 1960, is the most famous race on

the Supercars calendar, as well as the longest both in terms
of race distance and race time. The race is run over 161
laps of the Mount Panorama Circuit, 1000 km (621 miles)
in total, with the race taking between six and seven hours
to complete.

The Supercars Championship is a touring car racing

category based in Australia.  They race front-engined,
rear-drive sedans that are for sale in Australia.  Power
output is between 620-650 hp and are limited to 6500-
A Walkingshaw Andretti United Supercar
Walkingshaw Andretti United race with Holden
Commodore ZBs.  Other makes currently being raced are
the Ford Mustang and Nissan Altima.

Out of 20 races so far this year,
Scott McLaughlin has
won 14 in his Shell V-Power Racing Team's Mustang.  
3 races have been won by his teammates.  Red Bull has
won the other three races with a Holden.