IndyCar extends deals with Chevrolet and Honda, delays new engine

INDIANAPOLIS — 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. They also reached a multiyear contract extension, which fits neatly into the series’ five-year plan that runs through 2028.

“It’s been a huge challenge,” Frye said, referring to keeping this season on track. “So it’s great that there’s some clarity now — clarity with the schedule, clarity with this deal.”

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2020 IndyCar Harvest GP Live Grand Prix Race 1,2 : Auto Racing Class

IndyCar Harvest GP Grand Prix Race 1,2 : The Harvest Auto Racing Classic was a series of three automobile races held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday, October 2.and ends on Saturday, October 3.

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The” Rinus VeeKay took his maiden (IndyCar series) pole position in qualifying for the first race of the Harvest Grand Prix double-header on the Indianapolis road course, just pipping Colton Herta.

“VeeKay, in his first season in the IndyCar series driving for Ed Carpenter Racing, was one of 13 drivers to run in the second group of a split qualifying session at the 2.4-mile 14-turn circuit with the Dutchman improving his pace on the softer Firestone Red tyres, after the group had posted Black tyre benchmark times.

“The #21 Chevrolet powered machine posted a 1m09.6903s during a flurry of times late in the session, which no other driver could match.

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