IndyCar racing is far from perfect. All of the cars sport the same spec Dallara chassis mated to an engine from one of just two suppliers. The once-international series no longer ventures past Toronto, and the once-diverse schedule is down to just three ovals. Without the shining beacon that is the Indianapolis 500, the series would be unable to support itself and North American open wheel racing’s time as an elite rung of auto racing’s ladder would be over. It is, however, worth your attention. That has never been more true than 2021.
The headliner, of course, is the talent. From the outside, IndyCar has a stagnant field, dominated by Scott Dixon, with Will Power nipping at his heels, just the way the series has been since the day Dario Franchitti retired. That is changing quickly. Dixon and Power are joined by fellow champions Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud as the clear class of the field, with Andretti Autosport’s Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi an eternal contender. Rossi himself is just one championship win away from joining that conversation at the top of the field. All five are threats to win any race, but what makes their battles so compelling are their contrasting styles. Power is fastest over one lap, for instance, while Rossi’s reckless talent for making a crucial pass is unmatched. All drive for the three traditional powerhouse teams in the series (Team Penske, Chip Ganassi Racing, and Andretti Autosport), and all will come into 2021 expecting to contend for a title. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.