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* ''Hélio Castroneves'' - Brazilian. One of the most decorated [=IndyCar=] drivers ever, having claimed pretty much every prize possible in the sport... [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut except a series title]]. Was a fixture with Team Penske for nearly 20 years, but was shunted off to its sports car program, and then let go completely after winning the 2020 IMSA series title when Roger Penske shut down the sports car program. Signed with Meyer Shank as a part-timer for the 2021 oval races, and made the most of it, winning his record-tying fourth Indy 500 in 2021. Also a season winner of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''. [[RedBaron Known as]] Spider-Man for his victory celebration of climbing the catch fence. Yes, he was still capable of doing it at age 46.

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* ''Hélio Castroneves'' - Brazilian. One of the most decorated [=IndyCar=] drivers ever, having claimed pretty much every prize possible in the sport... [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut except a series title]]. Was a fixture with Team Penske for nearly 20 years, but was shunted off to its sports car program, and then let go completely after winning the 2020 IMSA series title when Roger Penske shut down the sports car program. Signed with Meyer Shank as a part-timer for part-timer, initially planning to run in the 2021 oval races, and races but ending up only running the Indy 500. He made the most of it, winning his record-tying fourth Indy 500 in 2021. Also a season winner of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''. [[RedBaron Known as]] Spider-Man for his victory celebration of climbing the catch fence. Yes, he was still capable of doing it at age 46.


* ''Jack Harvey'' - British. After driving in the Formula BMW, British Formula 3, and [=GP3=] (winning a season championship in British F3), he moved across The Pond and finished second overall in Indy Lights in 2014 and 2015. After running part-time in [=IndyCar=] starting in 2017, he became a full-timer in 2020, mainly finishing in the mid-pack.

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* ''Jack Harvey'' - British. After driving in the Formula BMW, British Formula 3, and [=GP3=] (winning a season championship in British F3), he moved across The Pond and finished second overall in Indy Lights in 2014 and 2015. After running part-time in [=IndyCar=] starting in 2017, he became a full-timer in 2020, mainly finishing in the mid-pack.


* ''Hélio Castroneves'' - Brazilian. One of the most decorated [=IndyCar=] drivers ever, having claimed pretty much every prize possible in the sport... [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut except a series title]]. Was a fixture with Team Penske for nearly 20 years, but was shunted off to its sports car program, and then let go completely after winning the 2020 IMSA series title when Roger Penske shut down the sports car program. Signed with Meyer Shank as a part-timer for the 2021 oval races, and made the most of it, winning his record-tying fourth Indy 500 in 2021. Also a season winner of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''.

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* ''Hélio Castroneves'' - Brazilian. One of the most decorated [=IndyCar=] drivers ever, having claimed pretty much every prize possible in the sport... [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut except a series title]]. Was a fixture with Team Penske for nearly 20 years, but was shunted off to its sports car program, and then let go completely after winning the 2020 IMSA series title when Roger Penske shut down the sports car program. Signed with Meyer Shank as a part-timer for the 2021 oval races, and made the most of it, winning his record-tying fourth Indy 500 in 2021. Also a season winner of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''. [[RedBaron Known as]] Spider-Man for his victory celebration of climbing the catch fence. Yes, he was still capable of doing it at age 46.


* ''Scott McLaughlin'' - Australian. A 3-time Australian Supercars champion, McLaughlin initially joined the team as a guest driver during the sport's iRacing events and was announced to be joining the team in real life after a dominant season for Penske's V8 Supercars team.

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* ''Scott McLaughlin'' [=McLaughlin=]'' - Australian. A 3-time Australian Supercars champion, McLaughlin [=McLaughlin=] initially joined the team as a guest driver during the sport's iRacing events and was announced to be joining the team in real life after a dominant season for Penske's V8 Supercars team.


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* ''Jack Harvey'' - British. After driving in the Formula BMW, British Formula 3, and [=GP3=] (winning a season championship in British F3), he moved across The Pond and finished second overall in Indy Lights in 2014 and 2015. After running part-time in [=IndyCar=] starting in 2017, he became a full-timer in 2020, mainly finishing in the mid-pack.
* ''Hélio Castroneves'' - Brazilian. One of the most decorated [=IndyCar=] drivers ever, having claimed pretty much every prize possible in the sport... [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut except a series title]]. Was a fixture with Team Penske for nearly 20 years, but was shunted off to its sports car program, and then let go completely after winning the 2020 IMSA series title when Roger Penske shut down the sports car program. Signed with Meyer Shank as a part-timer for the 2021 oval races, and made the most of it, winning his record-tying fourth Indy 500 in 2021. Also a season winner of ''Series/DancingWithTheStars''.


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The series is named for the annual UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}} 500, [[OlderThanRadio which has been hosted every year since 1911]] (With the exception of during World Wars I and II). The cars are open-wheel, open cockpit single seaters, very similar to UsefulNotes/FormulaOne, although the differences between the two are many. [=IndyCar,=] once the pinnacle of American motorsports, has slowly declined in ratings and popularity over the past 25 years as UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} became popular for its wild, down-to-earth appeal. Even today, the Indianapolis 500, the crown jewel in the series schedule, is normally [[OvershadowedByAwesome overshadowed in the ratings by just about any NASCAR race during the year.]][[note]]With special mention to the Coca-Cola 600, which NASCAR runs in primetime on the same day as the 500.[[/note]] The Indy 500 is still, however, the largest single-day sporting event on the planet in terms of live attendance. Yes, even bigger than the Super Bowl. Permanent seating capacity at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is just over a quarter of a million seats-which alone makes it the highest capacity sports venue in the world, but with extra infield capacity that's put into place for Raceday, attendance of the annual event routinely tops 400,000.

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The series is named for the annual UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}} 500, [[OlderThanRadio which has been hosted every year since 1911]] (With the exception of during World Wars I and II). The cars are open-wheel, open cockpit single seaters, very similar to UsefulNotes/FormulaOne, although the differences between the two are many. [=IndyCar,=] [[note]]Specifically, Indycars are much less technologically advanced than F1 cars, lacking assists like power steering and traction control, and they also all share the same chassis.[[/note]][=IndyCar,=] once the pinnacle of American motorsports, has slowly declined in ratings and popularity over the past 25 years as UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} became popular for its wild, down-to-earth appeal. Even today, the Indianapolis 500, the crown jewel in the series schedule, is normally [[OvershadowedByAwesome overshadowed in the ratings by just about any NASCAR race during the year.]][[note]]With special mention to the Coca-Cola 600, which NASCAR runs in primetime on the same day as the 500.[[/note]] The Indy 500 is still, however, the largest single-day sporting event on the planet in terms of live attendance. Yes, even bigger than the Super Bowl. Permanent seating capacity at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is just over a quarter of a million seats-which alone makes it the highest capacity sports venue in the world, but with extra infield capacity that's put into place for Raceday, attendance of the annual event routinely tops 400,000.



* ''Marco Andretti'' - American. [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut has never won either a championship or an Indy 500, despite his famous name]]. Of course, following in the footsteps of your legendary father ''and'' grandfather must be no easy feat, considering many people believe he's {{curse}}d. He tried to lift it by switching his number from 27 to 98(his old number went to Alexander Rossi, who would become a standout driver) from 2018 on. He won the Indy 500 pole in 2020, 33 years after his grandfather, Mario, last won the pole, but failed to convert it into a win, ultimately finishing 13th.

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* ''Marco Andretti'' - American. [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut has never won either a championship or an Indy 500, despite his famous name]]. Of course, following in the footsteps of your legendary father ''and'' grandfather must be no easy feat, considering many people believe he's {{curse}}d. He tried to lift it by switching his number from 27 to 98(his old number went to Alexander Rossi, who would become a standout driver) from 2018 on. He won the Indy 500 pole in 2020, 33 years after his grandfather, Mario, last won the pole, but failed to convert it into a win, ultimately finishing 13th. Has announced that he will run only a part-time schedule in 2021 to focus on other interests.


* ''Scott Dixon'' - New Zealander. A force to be reckoned with on the track. An [=IndyCar=] legend with 6 championships(2003, 2008, 2013, 2015, and 2018,2020), known for aggressive driving early in his career. [[TheAce Most agree, though, that he is a contender, even with a slower car.]] After a frustrating title defense in 2019, Dixon came back with a vengeance to dominate an abbreviated 2020 season.
* ''Marcus Ericsson'' - Swedish. An F1 mainstay for 5 years prior, he left the perpetually struggling Haas team and took Robert Wickens' seat after his massive accident at Pocono that left him partially paralyzed. Has managed decent results so far.
* ''Jimmie Johnson'' - American. A seven-time NASCAR champion with 83 victories. The Californian announced his interest in driving in Indycar for 2021 and had several promising tests in 2020. Johnson has stated he plans on only running the road courses, with Chip Ganassi bringing in veteran Tony Kanaan for the ovals.

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* ''Scott Dixon'' - New Zealander. A force to be reckoned with on the track. An [=IndyCar=] legend with 6 championships(2003, championships (2003, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2018, and 2018,2020), 2020), known for aggressive driving early in his career. [[TheAce Most agree, though, that he is a contender, even with a slower car.]] After a frustrating title defense in 2019, Dixon came back with a vengeance to dominate an abbreviated 2020 season.
* ''Marcus Ericsson'' - Swedish. An F1 mainstay for 5 years prior, he left the perpetually struggling Haas Sauber team and took Robert Wickens' seat after his massive accident at Pocono that left him partially paralyzed. Has managed decent results so far.
* ''Jimmie Johnson'' - American. A seven-time NASCAR champion with 83 victories. The Californian announced his interest in driving in Indycar IndyCar for 2021 and had several promising tests in 2020. Johnson has stated he plans on only running the road courses, with Chip Ganassi bringing in veteran Tony Kanaan for the ovals.



* ''Will Power'' - Australian. Mr AwesomeMcCoolName. His successes on road courses are balanced by his failures on ovals, usually due to outside circumstances. He's always competing for the title, but his failure to get results on oval tracks means that he kept losing to the more consistent Dario Franchitti, until he finally pulled it off in 2014, beating his own teammate Helio Castroneves, for the championship. Somewhat [[SixthRanger incidentally]] got his ride with Team Penske. Got over his EveryYearTheyFizzleOut reputation at the Indy 500 by winning in 2018 at the 11th time of asking, and became NotSoStoic in Victory Lane with one of the more OTT celebratory yells in recent memory.

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* ''Will Power'' - Australian. Mr Mr. AwesomeMcCoolName. His successes on road courses are balanced by his failures struggles on ovals, usually due to outside circumstances. He's always competing for the title, but his failure to get results on oval tracks means that he kept losing to the more consistent Dario Franchitti, until he finally pulled it off in 2014, beating his own teammate Helio Castroneves, for the championship. Somewhat [[SixthRanger incidentally]] got his ride with Team Penske. Got over his EveryYearTheyFizzleOut reputation at the Indy 500 by winning in 2018 at the in his 11th time of asking, attempt, and became NotSoStoic in Victory Lane with one of the more OTT celebratory yells in recent memory.



* ''Marco Andretti'' - American. [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut has never won either a championship or an Indy 500, despite his famous name]]. Of course, following in the footsteps of your legendary father ''and'' grandfather must be no easy feat, considering many people believe he's {{curse}}d. He tried to lift it by switching his number from 27 to 98(his old number went to Alexander Rossi, who would become a standout driver) from 2018 on. He won the Indy 500 pole in 2020, 33 years after his grandfather, Mario, last won the pole, but .

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* ''Marco Andretti'' - American. [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut has never won either a championship or an Indy 500, despite his famous name]]. Of course, following in the footsteps of your legendary father ''and'' grandfather must be no easy feat, considering many people believe he's {{curse}}d. He tried to lift it by switching his number from 27 to 98(his old number went to Alexander Rossi, who would become a standout driver) from 2018 on. He won the Indy 500 pole in 2020, 33 years after his grandfather, Mario, last won the pole, but .but failed to convert it into a win, ultimately finishing 13th.



* ''Alexander Rossi'' - American. The former F1 driver for Manor came to [=IndyCar=] while being held on as Manor's reserve. After winning the Indy 500 in his first attempt and second oval race ''ever'', he became more well known, and even rejected the offer to return to Manor after Rio Harayanto was removed due to running out of money. Rossi's career has exploded after his maiden 500 win, contesting for the championship in the years after. He also competed in the 30th season of ''Series/TheAmazingRace''.

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* ''Alexander Rossi'' - American. The former F1 driver for Manor came to [=IndyCar=] while being held on as Manor's reserve. After winning the Indy 500 in his first attempt and second oval race ''ever'', he became more well known, and even rejected the offer to return to Manor after Rio Harayanto was removed due to running out of money.sponsorship troubles. Rossi's career has exploded after his maiden 500 win, contesting for the championship in the years after. He also competed in the 30th season of ''Series/TheAmazingRace''.



* ''Takuma Sato'' - Japanese. TheKlutz. After a mildly successful F1 career from 2002-2008 that saw him take one podium, he arrived in [=IndyCar=] and at first didn't do much better. 2011 was one accident after another on the track for him, but he has enough raw speed and talent to be as competitive here as when he was in F1. In 2012, he spun out on the final lap of the Indy 500 trying to overtake for the lead. OddCouple pairing with Foyt has worked well in 2013, giving Sato his first career win and Foyt his first win as an owner in over a decade. Things only got better with his win at the 2017 Indy 500 with Andretti. Joined Rahal due to a risk that Andretti would switch engines for 2018, in which case he wouldn't be allowed to drive. Won his second 500 in 2020 after an accident caused it to end under caution.

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* ''Takuma Sato'' - Japanese. TheKlutz. After a mildly successful F1 career from 2002-2008 that saw him take one podium, he arrived in [=IndyCar=] and at first didn't do much better. 2011 was one accident after another on the track for him, but he has enough raw speed and talent to be as competitive here as when he was in F1. In 2012, he spun out on the final lap of the Indy 500 trying to overtake for the lead. OddCouple pairing with Foyt has worked well in 2013, giving Sato his first career win and Foyt his first win as an owner in over a decade. Things only got better with his win at the 2017 Indy 500 with Andretti. Joined Rahal due to a risk that Andretti would switch engines for 2018, in which case he wouldn't be allowed to drive. Won his second He won another 500 in 2020 after an accident caused it to end under caution.



** Kanaan signed with Ganassi late in 2013 to drive the car that Ryan Briscoe ran at Indy. He would drive for the full season save for Indy when Briscoe would take it. He announced his retirement in 2020, but when NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson announced he was going to run a partial schedule in 2021, Kanaan was picked to substitute.

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** Kanaan signed with Ganassi late in 2013 to drive the car that Ryan Briscoe ran drove at Indy. He would drive for the full season save for Indy when Briscoe would take it. He announced his retirement in 2020, but when NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson announced he was going to run a partial schedule in 2021, Kanaan was picked to substitute.



* ''Matheus Leist'' - Brazilian. After an impressive rookie season in Indy Lights, with three wins and 4th in the Championship, he moved to Foyt where he aims to make a splash and continue the legacy of Brazilian [=IndyCar=] drivers.


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* ''Matheus Leist'' - Brazilian. After an impressive rookie season in Indy Lights, with three wins and 4th a fourth place finish in the Championship, he moved to Foyt where he aims to make a splash and continue the legacy of Brazilian [=IndyCar=] drivers.




* ''Sébastien Bourdais'' - French. {{The Bus Came Back}}. After winning four straight Champ Car championships, he was {{Put On A Bus}} and left for Formula One. His failure there meant that for the 2011 season, {{Hes Back}}. His time with KV Racing saw him get 4 wins, but after 2016 the team went bust. His new seat with Coyne in '17 saw him win the season-opening race in St. Pete, and 2nd at Long Beach, and a respectable 8th at Barber before his luck turned on him, with two [=DNFs=], and a horrific crash in Indy 500 qualifying(with the fastest time) that took him out for most of the season. With top 10s in his return, there is a feeling of {{What Could Have Been}} if he didn't have that crash.

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* ''Sébastien Bourdais'' - French. {{The Bus Came Back}}.[[TheBusCameBack]]. After winning four straight Champ Car championships, he was {{Put On A Bus}} and left for Formula One. His failure there meant that for the 2011 season, {{Hes Back}}. [[HesBack he was back]]. His time with KV Racing saw him get 4 wins, but after 2016 the team went bust.folded. His new seat with Coyne in '17 saw him win the season-opening race in St. Pete, and 2nd at Long Beach, and a respectable 8th at Barber before his luck turned on him, with two [=DNFs=], [=DNFs=] and a horrific crash in Indy 500 qualifying(with qualifying (with the fastest time) that took him out for most of the season. With top 10s in his return, there is a feeling of {{What Could Have Been}} [[WhatCouldHaveBeen]] if he didn't have that crash.



* ''Patricio "Pato" O'Ward'' - Mexican. 2018 Indy Lights champion. After running a partial schedule in 2019, he signed to race full-time with S-P for 2020--a move that ruffled a few feathers, as he displaced fan-favorite James Hinchcliffe. However, he has shown a lot of promise thus far, delivering a dominating performance in the second race at Road America before being passed by Felix Rosenqvist with 2 laps to go.
* ''Oliver Askew'' - American. 2019 Indy Lights champ. Hasn't made much noise in his young career compared to teammate O'Ward. Arrow [=McLaren=] have announced he is not coming back for 2021, filling his seat with Felix Rosenquist.

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* ''Patricio "Pato" O'Ward'' - Mexican. 2018 Indy Lights champion. After running a partial schedule in 2019, he signed to race full-time with S-P SP for 2020--a move that ruffled a few feathers, as he displaced fan-favorite James Hinchcliffe. However, he has shown a lot of promise thus far, delivering a dominating performance in the second race at Road America before being passed by Felix Rosenqvist with 2 laps to go.
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* ''Oliver Askew'' - American. 2019 Indy Lights champ.champion. Hasn't made much noise in his young career compared to teammate O'Ward. Arrow [=McLaren=] have announced he is not coming back for 2021, filling his seat with Felix Rosenquist.Rosenqvist.



* ''Max Chilton'' - British. After leaving F1 following a stint with Marussia, he came to Indy Lights for a season with Carlin in 2015(which was joining the Lights series at the time and was partially owned by Max's father). He raced with Ganassi for his first two seasons, getting an impressive 4th at the 2017 Indy 500, before moving to Carlin, who was moving up, taking his sponsorship and teammate Kimball with him.

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* ''Max Chilton'' - British. After leaving F1 following a stint with Marussia, he came to Indy Lights for a season with Carlin in 2015(which 2015 (which was joining the Lights series at the time and was partially owned by Max's father). He raced with Ganassi for his first two seasons, getting an impressive 4th at the 2017 Indy 500, before moving to Carlin, who was moving up, taking his sponsorship and teammate Kimball with him.


* ''Takuma Sato'' - Japanese. TheKlutz. After a mildly successful F1 career from 2002-2008 that saw him take one podium, he arrived in [=IndyCar=] and at first didn't do much better. 2011 was one accident after another on the track for him, but he has enough raw speed and talent to be as competitive here as when he was in F1. In 2012, he spun out on the final lap of the Indy 500 trying to overtake for the lead. OddCouple pairing with Foyt has worked well in 2013, giving Sato his first career win and Foyt his first win as an owner in over a decade. Things only got better with his win at the 2017 Indy 500 with Andretti. Joined Rahal due to a risk that Andretti would switch engines for 2018, in which case he wouldn't be allowed to drive. Won his second 500 in 2020 after am accident caused it to end under caution.

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* ''Takuma Sato'' - Japanese. TheKlutz. After a mildly successful F1 career from 2002-2008 that saw him take one podium, he arrived in [=IndyCar=] and at first didn't do much better. 2011 was one accident after another on the track for him, but he has enough raw speed and talent to be as competitive here as when he was in F1. In 2012, he spun out on the final lap of the Indy 500 trying to overtake for the lead. OddCouple pairing with Foyt has worked well in 2013, giving Sato his first career win and Foyt his first win as an owner in over a decade. Things only got better with his win at the 2017 Indy 500 with Andretti. Joined Rahal due to a risk that Andretti would switch engines for 2018, in which case he wouldn't be allowed to drive. Won his second 500 in 2020 after am an accident caused it to end under caution.


The 2012 season saw the introduction of a newer formula car, tested by double Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon. Tragically, Wheldon was killed in the last race for the car that dated back to 2003 at the finale of 2011. This race saw 34 entries (one more than the Indy 500) and was held on the 1.5 mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A large number of cars bunched together on the relatively short track led quickly to an appalling case of DisasterDominoes where one car clipped another, which hit another, which hit another, while other cars were hitting each other trying to avoid the earlier ones. Though there had been big pile-ups before (perhaps the worst example of this was in the 1966 Indy 500, where ''eleven'' cars were involved in a pileup just before the green flag) this crash left the track looking like a warzone and the race was canceled, making for a tragic coda to the "IRL" age. Fortunately, the [=DW12=] car (named in tribute after Wheldon's initials) has proven to be racier and less prone to pack racing as it's predecessor, though its rather awkward looks drew derision from many fans. In 2018, the car was given an AdrenalineMakeover re-clothing. The same chassis is underneath but there was a raft of bodywork changes designed to improve overtaking by increasing downforce from the underfloor and reducing it from the wings. Removing the manufacturer-specific body kits reduced costs - especially helpful to small teams - and the controversial rear wheel guards were removed, as they were deemed ineffective as safety devices and a needless source of potentially dangerous debris. The car was also made to look sleeker by replacing the airbox with a roll hoop and lengthening the sidepods. The last also deliberate retro nostalgia {{Fanservice}} by recreating the fan-favorite 1990s CART-era car aesthetics.

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The 2012 season saw the introduction of a newer formula car, tested by double Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon. Tragically, Wheldon was killed in the last race for the car that dated back to 2003 at the finale of 2011. This race saw 34 entries (one more than the Indy 500) and was held on the 1.5 mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway. A large number of cars bunched together on the relatively short track led quickly to an appalling case of DisasterDominoes where one car clipped another, which hit another, which hit another, while other cars were hitting each other trying to avoid the earlier ones. Though there had been big pile-ups before (perhaps the worst example of this was in the 1966 Indy 500, where ''eleven'' cars were involved in a pileup just before the green flag) this crash left the track looking like a warzone and the race was canceled, making for a tragic coda to the "IRL" age. Fortunately, the [=DW12=] car (named in tribute after Wheldon's initials) has proven to be racier and less prone to pack racing as it's predecessor, though its rather awkward looks drew derision from many fans. In 2018, the car was given an AdrenalineMakeover re-clothing. facelift. The same chassis is underneath the same underneath, but there was a raft of bodywork changes designed to improve overtaking by increasing downforce from the underfloor and reducing it from the wings. Removing the manufacturer-specific body kits reduced costs - especially helpful to small teams - and the controversial rear wheel guards were removed, as they were deemed ineffective as safety devices and a needless source of potentially dangerous debris. The car was also made to look sleeker by replacing the airbox with a roll hoop and lengthening the sidepods. The last was also deliberate retro nostalgia {{Fanservice}} by recreating the fan-favorite 1990s CART-era car aesthetics.



* ''Scott Dixon'' - New Zealander. A divisive figure. To some an [=IndyCar=] legend with 5 championships(2003, 2008, 2013, 2015, and 2018), to others an unskilled driver who drives with no respect for anyone else. [[TheAce Most agree, though, that he is a contender, even with a slower car.]]
* ''Felix Rosenqvist'' - Swedish. Replaced the removed Ed Jones, came from Formula E after finishing 6th in the championship. Very fast and consistent, he looks like a true challenger for the championship next to his teammate.
* ''Marcus Ericsson'' - Swedish. An F1 mainstay for 5 years prior, he took Robert Wickens' seat after his massive accident at Pocono that left him partially paralyzed. Has managed decent results so far.

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* ''Scott Dixon'' - New Zealander. A divisive figure. To some an force to be reckoned with on the track. An [=IndyCar=] legend with 5 6 championships(2003, 2008, 2013, 2015, and 2018), to others an unskilled driver who drives with no respect 2018,2020), known for anyone else.aggressive driving early in his career. [[TheAce Most agree, though, that he is a contender, even with a slower car.]]
* ''Felix Rosenqvist'' - Swedish. Replaced the removed Ed Jones,
]] After a frustrating title defense in 2019, Dixon came from Formula E after finishing 6th in the championship. Very fast and consistent, he looks like back with a true challenger for the championship next vengeance to his teammate.
dominate an abbreviated 2020 season.
* ''Marcus Ericsson'' - Swedish. An F1 mainstay for 5 years prior, he left the perpetually struggling Haas team and took Robert Wickens' seat after his massive accident at Pocono that left him partially paralyzed. Has managed decent results so far.
* ''Jimmie Johnson'' - American. A seven-time NASCAR champion with 83 victories. The Californian announced his interest in driving in Indycar for 2021 and had several promising tests in 2020. Johnson has stated he plans on only running the road courses, with Chip Ganassi bringing in veteran Tony Kanaan for the ovals.



* ''Simon Pagenaud'' - French. A similar case to fellow Frenchman Bourdais, Pagenaud raced in Champ Car with Team Australia before going to the WEC in [=LMP1=]. He returned part-time in 2011 before joining Schmidt-Hamilton in 2012. With three championship top 5s, he was picked up by Penske, where he would have his worst season yet(11th). However, he rebounded by winning the Astor Cup in 2016 and came close to going back to back but was stopped by new teammate...
* ''Josef Newgarden'' - American. The 2017 Champion didn't have a really strong start to his career with Sarah Fisher Racing having replaced Ed Carpenter, but in his fourth year won his first race. He became teammates with the driver who replaced him at the now-Ed Carpenter Racing before showing that he could be a championship contender in 2016; he was signed by Penske in 2017 to replace the aging Juan Pablo Montoya. In his first season with Penske(in stark contrast to Pagenaud's 2015) he wins the championship in one of the most competitive seasons of the series.

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* ''Simon Pagenaud'' - French. A similar case to fellow Frenchman Bourdais, Pagenaud raced in Champ Car with Team Australia before going to the WEC in [=LMP1=]. He returned part-time in 2011 before joining Schmidt-Hamilton in 2012. With three championship top 5s, he was picked up by Penske, where he would have his worst season yet(11th). However, he rebounded by winning the Astor Cup in 2016 and came close to going back to back but was stopped by new teammate...
2016. He would win his first Indy 500 in 2019, with the icing on the cake being winning the Indy Grand Prix on the infield road course before winning the 500 from the pole.
* ''Josef Newgarden'' - American. The 2017 Champion didn't have a really strong start to his career with Sarah Fisher Racing having replaced Ed Carpenter, but in his fourth year won his first race. He became teammates with the driver who replaced him at the now-Ed Carpenter Racing before showing that he could be a championship contender in 2016; he was signed by Penske in 2017 to replace the aging Juan Pablo Montoya. In his first season with Penske(in stark contrast to Pagenaud's 2015) he wins the championship in one of the most competitive seasons of the series. \n In 2019, he managed to fend off Pagenaud and Rossi to win his second championship [[Main/DownToTheLastPlay by less than 50 points]].
* ''Scott McLaughlin'' - Australian. A 3-time Australian Supercars champion, McLaughlin initially joined the team as a guest driver during the sport's iRacing events and was announced to be joining the team in real life after a dominant season for Penske's V8 Supercars team.



* ''Marco Andretti'' - American. [[SpoiledBrat The Spoiled Brat]]. Despite having raced for several years with limited success, he still manages to be the epitome of immaturity when things don't go his way. Of course, following in the footsteps of your legendary father ''and'' grandfather must be no easy feat, considering many people believe he's {{curse}}d. He tried to lift it by switching his number to 98(and having his car assisted by engineers from Herta) from 2018 on. He won the Indy 500 pole in 2020, 33 years after his grandfather, Mario, last won the pole.

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* ''Marco Andretti'' - American. [[SpoiledBrat The Spoiled Brat]]. Despite having raced for several years with limited success, he still manages to be the epitome of immaturity when things don't go [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut has never won either a championship or an Indy 500, despite his way.famous name]]. Of course, following in the footsteps of your legendary father ''and'' grandfather must be no easy feat, considering many people believe he's {{curse}}d. He tried to lift it by switching his number to 98(and having his car assisted by engineers from Herta) 27 to 98(his old number went to Alexander Rossi, who would become a standout driver) from 2018 on. He won the Indy 500 pole in 2020, 33 years after his grandfather, Mario, last won the pole.pole, but .



* ''Alexander Rossi'' - American. The former F1 driver for Manor came to [=IndyCar=] while being held on as Manor's reserve. After winning the Indy 500 in his first attempt and second oval race ''ever'', he became more well known, and even rejected the offer to return to Manor after Rio Harayanto was removed due to running out of money. He looks to be a title contender for years to come. He also competed in the 30th season of ''Series/TheAmazingRace''.

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* ''Alexander Rossi'' - American. The former F1 driver for Manor came to [=IndyCar=] while being held on as Manor's reserve. After winning the Indy 500 in his first attempt and second oval race ''ever'', he became more well known, and even rejected the offer to return to Manor after Rio Harayanto was removed due to running out of money. He looks to be a title contender Rossi's career has exploded after his maiden 500 win, contesting for the championship in the years to come.after. He also competed in the 30th season of ''Series/TheAmazingRace''.



* ''Takuma Sato'' - Japanese. TheKlutz. After a mildly successful F1 career from 2002-2008 that saw him take one podium, he arrived in [=IndyCar=] and at first didn't do much better. 2011 was one accident after another on the track for him, but he has enough raw speed and talent to be as competitive here as when he was in F1. In 2012, he spun out on the final lap of the Indy 500 trying to overtake for the lead. OddCouple pairing with Foyt has worked well in 2013, giving Sato his first career win and Foyt his first win as an owner in over a decade. Things only got better with his win at the 2017 Indy 500 with Andretti. Joined Rahal due to a risk that Andretti would switch engines for 2018, in which case he wouldn't be allowed to drive. Won his second 500 in 2020.

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* ''Takuma Sato'' - Japanese. TheKlutz. After a mildly successful F1 career from 2002-2008 that saw him take one podium, he arrived in [=IndyCar=] and at first didn't do much better. 2011 was one accident after another on the track for him, but he has enough raw speed and talent to be as competitive here as when he was in F1. In 2012, he spun out on the final lap of the Indy 500 trying to overtake for the lead. OddCouple pairing with Foyt has worked well in 2013, giving Sato his first career win and Foyt his first win as an owner in over a decade. Things only got better with his win at the 2017 Indy 500 with Andretti. Joined Rahal due to a risk that Andretti would switch engines for 2018, in which case he wouldn't be allowed to drive. Won his second 500 in 2020.2020 after am accident caused it to end under caution.



** Kanaan signed with Ganassi late in 2013 to drive the car that Ryan Briscoe ran at Indy. He would drive for the full season save for Indy when Briscoe would take it.

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** Kanaan signed with Ganassi late in 2013 to drive the car that Ryan Briscoe ran at Indy. He would drive for the full season save for Indy when Briscoe would take it. He announced his retirement in 2020, but when NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson announced he was going to run a partial schedule in 2021, Kanaan was picked to substitute.



* ''Santino Ferrucci'' - American. After being suspended from Formula 2 (and fired by his team) due to a nasty incident involving race and his teammate, he came to [=IndyCar=] looking for a fresh start. When in Europe he had a brash attitude and wasn't doing any favors for potential Americans in F1. However, he seems to have calmed down and demonstrated his talent, often being faster than and outracing Bourdais.

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* ''Santino Ferrucci'' - American. After being suspended from Formula 2 (and fired by his team) due to a nasty regrettable incident involving race his temper and his teammate, he came to [=IndyCar=] looking for a fresh start. When in Europe Europe, he had a brash attitude and wasn't doing any favors for potential Americans in F1. However, he seems to have calmed down and demonstrated his talent, often being faster than and outracing Bourdais.
Bourdais. In 2021 it was announced he was going to leave the sport to race in NASCAR.



* ''Oliver Askew'' - American. 2019 Indy Lights champ. Hasn't made much noise in his young career, but was involved in a scary crash in the 2020 Indy 500, suffering concussion-like symptoms.

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* ''Oliver Askew'' - American. 2019 Indy Lights champ. Hasn't made much noise in his young career, but was involved in a scary crash career compared to teammate O'Ward. Arrow [=McLaren=] have announced he is not coming back for 2021, filling his seat with Felix Rosenquist.
* ''Felix Rosenqvist'' - Swedish. Replaced the removed Ed Jones, came from Formula E after finishing 6th
in the 2020 championship. Very fast and consistent, he's even challenged Scott Dixon for the win. Announced as the replacement for Indy 500, suffering concussion-like symptoms.
Lights champ Oliver Askew at Arrow [=McLaren=].


In late 2019, business tycoon and longtime team owner Roger Penske made a deal to buy the [=IndyCar=] series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the Hulman-George family. With his deep pockets and long record of fielding championship-winning race teams, most fans are optimistic that Penske will increase the series' visibility and popularity. The year 2020 also saw the debut of the new "Aeroscreen," designed to protect the drivers better. The aeroscreen initially had a lukewarm reception because of how it looks from the front, but [[https://arstechnica.com/cars/2020/07/indycars-aeroscreen-gets-first-real-test-saves-lives-at-iowa-race/ two incidents in a single race]] at Iowa Speedway changed all that. The same year, the Indy 500 was be run without fans and in August for the first time, because of the then-ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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In late 2019, business tycoon and longtime team owner Roger Penske made a deal to buy the [=IndyCar=] series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the Hulman-George family. With his deep pockets and long record of fielding championship-winning race teams, most fans are optimistic that Penske will increase the series' visibility and popularity. The year 2020 also saw the debut of the new "Aeroscreen," designed to protect the drivers better. The aeroscreen initially had a lukewarm reception because of how it looks from the front, but [[https://arstechnica.com/cars/2020/07/indycars-aeroscreen-gets-first-real-test-saves-lives-at-iowa-race/ two incidents in a single race]] at Iowa Speedway changed all that. The same year, the Indy 500 was be run without fans and in August for the first time, because of the then-ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.


* ''Conor Daly '' - American. Mainly drives Carpenter's #21 car on road courses. He had bounced around several teams, including Andretti, Coyne and Foyt. He also raced in a few GP3 and GP2 races, winning two races in the former. Son of F1 driver Derek Daly and stepson of IMS president Doug Boles. Has a friendship with Alexander Rossi, and the two competed on ''Series/TheAmazingRace''.

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* ''Conor Daly '' - American. Mainly drives Carpenter's #21 car on road courses.courses, but with Carlin on ovals. He had bounced around several teams, including Andretti, Coyne and Foyt. He also raced in a few GP3 and GP2 races, winning two races in the former. Son of F1 driver Derek Daly and stepson of IMS president Doug Boles. Has a friendship with Alexander Rossi, and the two He competed on ''Series/TheAmazingRace''.
''Series/TheAmazingRace'' with Alex Rossi.




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* ''Conor Daly'' - American. See his entry under Ed Carpenter Racing.


* ''Charlie Kimball'' - American. HandicappedBadass. Although 2011 was his first Indy 500 start, he deserves recognition as being the first ''ever'' driver at the race with Type 1 Diabetes. He only managed P13, but for him to complete the race ''at all'' (which he did handily) was a noteworthy achievement. Due to his condition, he needed to have ''two'' drink reservoirs, one with water, the other with a high-glucose drink, and a switch to let him select which reservoir he'd be drinking from, chosen based on a blood-sugar-level gauge integrated into his car's custom steering wheel. In the event that an insulin shot was needed, his pit crew included a doctor who could provide him with the needed injection on the next stop.



* ''Charlie Kimball'' - American. HandicappedBadass. Although 2011 was his first Indy 500 start, he deserves recognition as being the first ''ever'' driver at the race with Type 1 Diabetes. He only managed P13, but for him to complete the race ''at all'' (which he did handily) was a noteworthy achievement. Due to his condition, he needed to have ''two'' drink reservoirs, one with water, the other with a high-glucose drink, and a switch to let him select which reservoir he'd be drinking from, chosen based on a blood-sugar-level gauge integrated into his car's custom steering wheel. In the event that an insulin shot was needed, his pit crew included a doctor who could provide him with the needed injection on the next stop.


* ''Takuma Sato'' - Japanese. TheKlutz. After a mildly successful F1 career from 2002-2008 that saw him take one podium, he arrived in [=IndyCar=] and at first didn't do much better. 2011 was one accident after another on the track for him, but he has enough raw speed and talent to be as competitive here as when he was in F1. In 2012, he spun out on the final lap of the Indy 500 trying to overtake for the lead. OddCouple pairing with Foyt has worked well in 2013, giving Sato his first career win and Foyt his first win as an owner in over a decade. Things only got better with his win at the 2017 Indy 500 with Andretti. Joined Rahal due to a risk that Andretti would switch engines for 2018, in which case he wouldn't be allowed to drive.

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* ''Takuma Sato'' - Japanese. TheKlutz. After a mildly successful F1 career from 2002-2008 that saw him take one podium, he arrived in [=IndyCar=] and at first didn't do much better. 2011 was one accident after another on the track for him, but he has enough raw speed and talent to be as competitive here as when he was in F1. In 2012, he spun out on the final lap of the Indy 500 trying to overtake for the lead. OddCouple pairing with Foyt has worked well in 2013, giving Sato his first career win and Foyt his first win as an owner in over a decade. Things only got better with his win at the 2017 Indy 500 with Andretti. Joined Rahal due to a risk that Andretti would switch engines for 2018, in which case he wouldn't be allowed to drive. Won his second 500 in 2020.




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* ''Oliver Askew'' - American. 2019 Indy Lights champ. Hasn't made much noise in his young career, but was involved in a scary crash in the 2020 Indy 500, suffering concussion-like symptoms.



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* ''Marcus Ericsson'' - Swedish. An F1 mainstay for 5 years prior, he took Robert Wickens' seat after his massive accident at Pocono that left him partially paralyzed. Has managed decent results so far.



'''Arrow-[=McLaren=] SP''' - Honda

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'''Arrow-[=McLaren=] '''Arrow [=McLaren=] SP''' - Honda



* ''Marcus Ericsson'' - Swedish. An F1 mainstay for 5 years prior, he took Robert Wickens' seat after his massive accident at Pocono that left him partially paralyzed. Has managed decent results so far.

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* ''Marcus Ericsson'' - Swedish. An F1 mainstay for 5 years prior, he took Robert Wickens' seat after his massive accident at Pocono that left him partially paralyzed. Has managed decent results so far.

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