Monday, May 16
Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- “It’s such a good track for Lexus that Lexus decided to name the race after itself.”
 
The words of Aaron Telitz couldn’t ring truer as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for the fifth round of the 2022 season. Lexus recently acquired entitlement rights to what is now known as the Lexus Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio – and with good reason.
 
The manufacturer collected its first WeatherTech Championship victory at Mid-Ohio in 2018, the first of three consecutive GT Daytona (GTD) wins on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course. Lexus’ streak was broken last year at the track when Telitz and co-driver Frankie Montecalvo finished second in the No. 12 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3.
 
“We’ve had lots of success there in the past,” Telitz said Tuesday from his Minnesota home during a Zoom media teleconference. “It’s a great track for the Lexus RC F GT3 car and our Vasser Sullivan team has performed well there in the past. … I know our winning streak ended there last year but we can start it over again this year.”
Telitz, who won at Mid-Ohio in 2020 when he was paired with Jack Hawksworth in the No. 14 Vasser Sullivan entry, said the nature of the circuit in the rolling hills of Lexington, Ohio, plays into the strengths of the Lexus.
 
“The corners are all pretty flowing. There’s not a lot of stop-and-start corners, which is kind of our big issue when we’ve got to accelerate from a really low speed,” he said. “It’s a track that just flows. Every corner just flows into the next one and our weakest where the slowest corners – the Carousel and the Keyhole – are still corners that you’re rolling a lot of speed around. … I think that plays a big part into it.”
 
Vasser Sullivan and Lexus will have two bullets in the GTD chamber this weekend. The team split its two-car operation for the 2022 season, running one each in GTD (the No. 12 for Telitz and Montecalvo) and the new GTD PRO class (the No. 14 for Hawksworth and Ben Barnicoat). Since GTD PRO is not on the program this weekend, the team has entered Hawksworth and Richard Heistand in the No. 17 Lexus in what Telitz termed as a “wingman” car.
 
“Anytime you can have two cars on the same team, whether we run different strategies each car, you’re just kind of maximizing your chances for a good finish for Lexus,” Telitz said. “It’s to give Lexus the best chance to have a good finish.”
 
Tickets to attend in person are still available at midohio.com. WeatherTech Championship practices are scheduled for 4 p.m. ET Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Qualifying streams live at 1:15 p.m. Saturday on IMSA.com/TVLive.
 
Sunday’s race airs live at 2 p.m. on USA Network and IMSA Radio.
 
Formula E’s 11 teams and 22 world-class drivers return to the German capital – a fixture on the calendar since the inaugural 2014/15 season – to tackle an anti-clockwise and clockwise variation of the circuit.
 
As it stands, just 10 points split Drivers’ World Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ), Jean-Eric Vergne (DS TECHEETAH), Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing) and Robin Frijns (Envision Racing). With 58 points on offer over the race weekend, there will be twists and turns before the chequered flag falls on Round 8, and plenty of opportunity for any number of drivers to work themselves into the title hunt.
Saturday’s action gets underway with Free Practice from 07:15 local time, with qualifying at 10:40 and Round 7 itself from 15:00 CET. Free Practice ahead of Round 8 starts at the same time on Sunday, with qualifying also following at 10:40 and the race once again at 15:00. Keep track of all the action at fiaformulae.com/live and tune in where you are via fiaformulae.com/watch.
 
 
As it stands…
Last time out, Vandoorne wrested control of the Drivers’ championship after steering to victory in the Monaco E-Prix Round 6. The Belgian fended off the attentions of Jaguar TCS Racing’s Mitch Evans, with the Kiwi unable to convert Julius Baer Pole Position in the Principality, instead winding up second, with DS TECHEETAH driver Jean-Eric Vergne coming home third. Vandoorne has won around Tempelhof before and he’ll undoubtedly be the driver with the target on his back this weekend.
 
Third in Monaco made it consecutive podium finishes for Vergne after his second-placed finish in race two from Rome. He’s on an unmatched streak of six points finishes - all inside the top eight - and his podium tally of three is a joint-high and a 50% silverware strike rate in Season 8. Consistency is key in Formula E as Vergne knows better than anybody, and even after losing the Drivers' advantage to Vandoorne for now, he knows he's sitting pretty just six points back.
2022 Monaco E-Prix podium
Evans is three points shy of Vergne, while Robin Frijns (Envision Racing) is stringing together a charge another point behind in fourth spot. The Dutchman has scored strongly in all but the opening race of the season, and his three podiums are as good as any other driver in the standings has yet managed.
 
ROKiT Venturi Racing’s Edoardo Mortara had topped the table heading to Rome, but a pair of retirements in Rounds 5 & 6 have temporarily put the brakes on the Swiss-Italian’s challenge. The Season 7 runner-up will be hoping for better luck in Berlin in Season 8 after a dramatic start-line collision with Evans in the finale ended his, and the Jaguar driver’s, title effort right at the last in 2020/21.
 
As with Mortara, the pace has been there for the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team pairing of Andre Lotterer and Pascal Wehrlein so far this season. They find themselves sixth and seventh, respectively, and have been points regulars. Monaco was a borderline disaster, however, with Wehrlein suffering a technical issue which forced him into retiring from the race lead. Lotterer, meanwhile, was pushed into the wall at Turn 1 while running in the points.
 
That left a 30-plus point hole in their tally, but the silver lining was that pace and energy management once again looked strong.
Reigning champion Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ) currently sits eighth in the running with his season yet to fire into life proper, despite a Round 1 win. If he’s to retain his World Championship crown, he must push on in Berlin.
Berlin E-Prix track map
Return to Tempelhof
The net zero carbon race series returns to the 2.4km Tempelhof Airport Street Circuit on the outskirts of the German capital city. Berlin is the only city to have hosted a race in every season of Formula E. In all but one of those seasons – Season 2, when the German round took place near Alexanderplatz – Tempelhofer Feld has been the host venue.
 
Two different configurations will be used over the weekend with Saturday’s race using the traditional anti-clockwise direction and Sunday switching to clockwise. It’s a unique challenge for the teams and drivers, but one they relish – and a favourite of many. The bumpy concrete apron, higher than usual degradation and high grip takes a toll on energy management and makes race strategies a headache but the action is always among the best on the calendar.

Sebastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) has six podium finishes in Berlin, and two victories, albeit one at Alexanderplatz. Antonio Felix da Costa is one of three drivers to have two wins to his name at Tempelhof. The DS TECHEETAH driver’s came at the Season 6 finale as he hammered home his advantage to take the title.
 
Lucas di Grassi won here with Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in 2019 and signed off on Audi’s first spell in Formula E with another win on home soil for the brand in Season 7. Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-EQ) strode to victory in the last race of Season 6 at Tempelhof.
 
German team announces Formula E return
ABT Sportsline last week confirmed it will return to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship from the beginning of the Gen3 era, starting 2023.
The German outfit is set to enter as a customer team and makes its way back to Formula E having been a fixture throughout the championship's first seven seasons. Despite a hiatus in Season 8, following the exit of Audi, ABT can still count itself among the most successful teams in Formula E history, with 47 podiums and 1,380 points to its name.
 
The team won the first ever Formula E race in Beijing, 2014, while Lucas di Grassi steered to the Drivers' title in 2017. ABT sealed the Teams' crown a season later and partnered with Audi between 2017 and 2021.
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Follow every lap from Monaco as it happens in the Live Hub. Keep across Live Timing – including a real-time interactive track map and the ability to follow your favourite driver – plus detailed session reports, exclusive interviews, all the standings and results as well as reaction from the ground means fans won’t miss a moment.
 
New for Season 8, there’s a full race day rundown pulling together everything on-track with the best of social media and in-race clips – alongside the usual Live Hub experience that debuted in Season 7. Get involved using #ABBFormulaE.
The Formula E app allows fans to go behind the scenes and listen to Driver Radio for live reactions from the cockpit and the pit wall as the race plays out. To listen in, download now on iOS and Android.
 
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Don't miss a minute of Season 8. Keep track of the best ways to tune in where you are at fiaformulae.com/watch.
 
Get involved
Formula E blurs the lines between the real and virtual worlds of motorsport and there are even more opportunities to engage with the championship in Season 8, even if you can’t be at an E-Prix in person.
 
Formula E is the only motorsport in the world that lets fans play an active role in influencing the outcome. FANBOOST for Rounds 7 & 8 opens on Tuesday 10 May, until 15 minutes into race one, with voting for Round 8 opening at the chequered flag on Saturday. To give your favourite driver an extra boost of power, visit FANBOOST and the Formula E app.
 
Can you predict the unpredictable? The Formula E Predictor puts you in the hot seat to predict each round of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. 
 
It's free to play, and points are awarded for each correct prediction. Make your picks for five race outcomes - selecting from the 22 Formula E drivers that you think will win the E-Prix, clinch Julius Baer Pole Position, set the TAG Heuer Fastest Lap, be the first to use ATTACK MODE and be the driver to make up the most places in the race.

Utopia today announces the acquisition of the worldwide rights to the critically acclaimed documentary “ROWDY,” which chronicles the career of Kyle Busch, one of the most successful and controversial drivers in NASCAR history. 

In anticipation, Utopia—in partnership with Fathom Events--will hold a worldwide premiere and VIP event in Nashville on June 23, prior to that weekend’s Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway.  On June 29, “ROWDY” will screen for one night only in theaters nationwide.

“Kyle Busch is a world-class competitor and for nearly two decades has shined as one of the biggest stars in NASCAR,” said Matt Summers, Managing Director of Entertainment Marketing and Content Development at NASCAR. “We’re thrilled to partner with Chance Wright, Utopia and Fathom in bringing Kyle’s story to life for all race fans to enjoy.”  

Establishing one of the greatest and most memorable comebacks in sports history, Busch - who earned the moniker “ROWDY” because of his flat-out, no-holds-barred racing style - is widely considered to be one of the most polarizing drivers of the contemporary NASCAR Series. 

 

 

The documentary provides a special look at his unmatched talent and singular determination to win at everything while giving candid insights from family, friends and NASCAR personnel on his life and career. Busch confronts his physical limits when he sustains a potentially career-ending wreck in 2015, only to find a path to the first of many Cup Series Championships.

“Since I started racing at 13, I’ve focused on becoming the best driver I could possibly be,” said Busch. “This film documents my journey, sacrifice and passion for the sport that led to winning races and, ultimately, championships. It also sets the record straight about controversial instances with perspectives from the people who were a part of those pivotal moments that changed me.”

Busch’s irreverent and polarizing personality, whether in or out of the driver’s seat, has earned him both diehard fans and vehement detractors, though his accomplishments are irrefutable. His 60 Cup wins lead all active drivers, ranking Busch ninth on the all-time wins list. Busch is the all-time record-holder for wins in both the NASCAR Xfinity Series (102) and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (61). Busch has a total of 223 victories in all three NASCAR national series.

“ROWDY is an incredible comeback story of perseverance, grit, and overcoming improbable odds” said Chance Wright, Executive Producer of ROWDY. “Peeling back the curtain shows the truth in athleticism in NASCAR and Kyle. Hardcore fans of NASCAR will get as much out of this as the person who has never seen a race.”

In addition to interviews with Busch himself, the documentary provides commentary from some of NASCAR’s most legendary personalities, including but not limited to NASCAR superstars Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon, team owners Rick Hendrick and Joe Gibbs, brother Kurt Busch and wife Samantha Busch.

F1 great Juan Pablo Montoya had a conversation with VegasInsider where he discussed the situation at Mercedes. He opined that there's no drama at Mercedes between Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. Here's what he had to say:

  • I don't think there's drama between Lewis Hamilton and George Russell - Mercedes are trying to figure out the car

"I think there's no drama (betweem Lewis Hamilton and George Russell)."

"Lewis is in a different position in his career than George and that makes a big, big difference."

"The focus, at the team, at the moment, they're not racing each other at all. They're just trying to figure out the car. And I bet you they're trying different setups and different things."

"If they struggle on a weekend and it's terrible, they'll be like, 'okay, we move on to the next one.'"

"A team like Mercedes that are used to winning races, if they finish fifth or ninth in a race, or ninth and 12th. Who cares? In the big picture, who cares?"

"What really matters is understanding what's missing and figure it out and if they can understand what they need to do, it'll make a big difference."

 

  • George was fighting in traffic for the last two-three seasons at Williams and Lewis was cruising up in front - that makes a difference

"Lewis is struggling and people are like - 'it really shows it was just the car, look how good is George (Russell).'"

"I'm a big fan of George, I really like Lewis as well. I think the biggest difference is that you got to remember, George has been in Williams for the past three-four seasons. So, he's been in the melee every weekend. Like he is 'traffic, traffic' and racing people all day."

"And Lewis, the last seven-eight seasons, he's been cruising by himself every weekend. He hasn't really raced people because when he gets to lap them, everybody needs to get out of the way."

"All of a sudden he's stuck in traffic and it doesn't matter how good you are, if you don't practice it, it's hard."

"Somebody who's been doing it all his life (George Russell), it doesn't mean he's (Hamilton) worse, it's just going to take him more time to figure it out."

 

  • Lewis is not as comfortable in the car - he's focused on making it better

"I think Lewis is not as comfortable and I think the car is doing a lot of different things."

"I think Lewis is at a point that if the car doesn't drive really, really good, I mean when you're younger, and I've been through it, when you're younger, you'll drive it however it is and you think it's okay. As you get older and wiser, you go - 'uh, it's not driving well, there's no point'."

"I think you always want to drive the wheels out of the car but a guy like Lewis that has been used to winning every year, and championships, I think, for him to qualify 10th or 12th, it's kind of the same thing."

"Give him a winning car and you'll see how different he's gonna behave."

"I know he doesn't want to get his ass kicked every week by George. George looks a lot more comfortable and is pushing, and he's got a point to prove. Whereas Lewis doesn't really need to prove anything."

"I think Lewis is really focused on making the car better and is just really uncomfortable in the car."

"Did he forget how to drive? No, that doesn't happen. You don't forget overnight. He's just not happy with the car."

 

  • The Mercedes W13 looks awful and it seems to have given up a lot of pace to deal with the porpoising

 

 

"It (the Mercedes W13) looks awful. I think they've given up a lot of pace because they need to run the car really high, for the porpoising."

"You see how bad at the end of the straights that car bounces! It's like the driver is going like that (bobs head) and you're trying to figure out where is the braking zone."

"I've been through it. It's a nightmare."

"It hurts the car, the gearbox, everything takes a beating. They've just given up a lot of pace just to make it survive the races. Once they figure it out, the whole grid is going to flip upside down, it's going to change a lot."

 

 

Montoya was speaking to VegasInsider, and you can find the entire interview here.

ABT Sportsline has confirmed it will return to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship from the beginning of the Gen3 era, starting in 2023.
 
The German outfit will enter as a customer team and makes its way back to Formula E having been a fixture throughout the championship's first seven seasons. Despite a hiatus in Season 8, ABT can still count itself among the most successful teams in Formula E history, with 47 podiums and 1,380 points to its name.
 
The team won the first ever Formula E race in Beijing in 2014 while Lucas di Grassi steered to the Drivers' title in 2017. ABT sealed the Teams' crown a season later and partnered with Audi between 2017 and 2021.
 
“Formula E has always had a big place in our hearts and we have never made a secret of the fact that we want to be back,” says Hans-Juergen Abt, Managing Partner. Abt and the team's aim is to put together a perfect package alongside Head of Sports Marketing Director Harry Unflath and CEO Thomas Biermaier. “After the internal kick-off, we are now talking to our current and potential partners. The goal is to bring a strong team to the championship, both on and off track.”
 
“We have always been in contact with Formula E and the FIA, had many discussions and have received great support from the whole team around Alejandro (Agag), Alberto (Longo), Jamie (Reigle) and Frédéric (Bertrand),” says Biermaier. The result: ABT has expressed its intention to take over the twelfth license for Season 9.
 
ABT has secured a powertrain supplier for 2023, which it will announce shortly, and discussions are already underway as the privateer aims to secure a pair of "clever" drivers to leverage every possible advantage at the start of Formula E's new era.
 
“As far as our two drivers are concerned, we have very clear ideas,” adds Biermaier. “We will probably as underdogs, unlike last time as a factory team. That’s why it’s all the more important that we have quick and clever drivers in the cockpit, who fit in well with us. The first talks are exciting and very positive, so I’m sure we’ll have our team together soon.”
 
“I am delighted to welcome ABT back to where they belong in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship,” says Alberto Longo, Co-Founder and Chief Championship Officer, Formula E. “ABT is a proven success story in Formula E with record-setting points and podium finishes so their return after a season out to be part of the Gen3 era is positive for fans and the sport."
 
Jamie Reigle, Formula E CEO, said: “Formula E is the pinnacle of all-electric motorsport so it’s natural that teams and manufacturers leading the electric mobility revolution want to be part of the championship.”
 
“In Season 9 we will introduce two game-changing developments designed to enhance the appeal of racing in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. First, we debut the Gen3 race car which will set the standard in performance, efficiency and sustainability. Second, we introduce new financial regulations to underpin competitive balance and financial sustainability for our teams.
 
"Together, they create an environment for competitive racing and long-term growth. We look forward to seeing ABT embrace these opportunities as they return to Formula E in Gen3.”
 
Frédéric Bertrand, Director Formula E & Innovative Sport Activities at the FIA:” I'm delighted that a team so closely associated with Formula E since the beginning has expressed its clear intention to return to the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship from next season and to feature on the first grid of the new Gen3 era. ABT has solid references in the series, and more broadly in motorsport as a whole, and its commitment underscores the appeal of both Formula E and the new Gen3 car launched in Monaco recently.”
 

1st Impressions Race Team announced today it has signed Chad Cose to compete aboard a Honda CRF450R in the Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER class for the remainder of the 2022 Progressive American Flat Track season.

 

A seat on the four-rider effort opened up following the injury of Michael Lainhart at Texas Motor Speedway. Lainhart suffered a tibial plateau fracture and torn meniscus after colliding with a bike that went down directly in his path and now faces several months of recovery.

 

Despite the disappointing setback, 1st Impressions Race Team was fortunate to land the services of a rider as accomplished and motivated as Cose.

 

The Californian boasts more than a decade of professional experience, during which he has continually improved his racecraft and speed. Over the past five years in particular, Cose has established himself as a genuine front-running force across all three Progressive AFT classes.

 

He took his career to new heights in 2018, earning a first-career premier-class podium finish among his 12 top-ten finishes to secure sixth place in the Grand National Championship. He then took the undercard by storm, winning races in Mission Production Twins presented by Vance & Hines and Parts Unlimited AFT Singles in 2019 while finishing the season ranked inside the top five in both categories.

 

He continued his winning ways in 2020 and 2021, highlighted by championship runner-up honors at the conclusion of his ‘21 Mission Production Twins campaign.

 

In his new position with 1st Impressions Race Team, Cose will focus all his efforts on Parts Unlimited AFT Singles with the goal of securing the team a maiden victory in its third year of competition.

 

Team Owner Eric Hoyt said, “Leading up to this season, (Team Manager) Sandriana (Shipman) and I were set on fielding a four-rider team. Due to the unfortunate injury of Mikey Lainhart at the Texas round, we were left a rider short in our team roster. After discussions with Chad it was agreed that he would be a great full-time addition to the team for the remainder of the season. We are excited to welcome him to the 1st Impressions Race Team.”

 

Five-time Progressive AFT race winner Cose said, “I’m really excited and grateful for the opportunity to race for the 1st Impressions Race Team. I have a great relationship with Eric, and I’m anxious to see what we can do together. I feel they have taken a step forward each year as a team, and I’m confident they will provide me with bikes capable of contending for race wins.

 

“I’m also looking forward to the challenge of racing the singles class. The class is ultra-competitive and full of young talent hungry to win. The whole team has already been super accommodating. It’s pedal to the floor to have us in a really good spot for the Kentucky mile doubleheader.”

 

Cose will make his 1st Impression Race Team debut at the Mission Red Mile Doubleheader presented by Indian Motorcycle of Lexington on May 28-29 in Lexington, Kentucky.

Former INDYCAR SERIES driver and team owner Sarah Fisher, who remains the fastest woman in Indianapolis 500 history, will drive the 2023 Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition Pace Car to lead the field to the green flag for the 106th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Ohio native Fisher started “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” nine times between 2000 and 2010, a record for female drivers. Her fastest four-lap qualifying speed of 229.439 mph in 2002 also remains an event record for a female driver.

Fisher also was the first woman to win the pole position for a major North American open-wheel event, for the INDYCAR SERIES race in 2002 at Kentucky Speedway. She also was the first female driver to earn a top-three finish in INDYCAR SERIES competition, placing third in 2000 at Kentucky Speedway and second in 2001 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

After her driving career, Fisher turned to team ownership, providing two-time series champion Josef Newgarden with his first ride in the INDYCAR SERIES. Since her team ownership role ended, she stayed involved with the sport by serving as the Pace Car driver at selected NTT INDYCAR SERIES events.

She now co-owns with her husband, Andy O’Gara, the successful Speedway Indoor Karting facilities in Speedway, Indiana, and Daytona Beach, Florida, and is the mother of two children.

“Every time I’ve had the opportunity to drive at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it’s been special – from INDYCAR SERIES cars to two-seaters to vintage cars,” Fisher said. “Driving the Pace Car is just as special of an honor. And to have served in that role for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES since Johnny Rutherford retired, I’ve had many great memories to add to my career.

“I am humbled and proud to become the official Pace Car driver for the 106th Indianapolis 500 and to represent the hard work and development that Chevrolet puts into these fantastic pieces of automobile advancement and technology.”

The 2023 Corvette Z06 is powered by the all-new 5.5L LT6 which creates 670 horsepower, making it the highest-horsepower naturally aspirated V-8 ever to hit the market in any production car. The Indianapolis 500 Corvette Z06 Pace Car exudes confidence with a wide stance and exotic mid-engine proportions. This year’s Pace Car is equipped with the available Z07 Performance Package, featuring a carbon fiber rear wing, aerodynamic ground effects, carbon ceramic brakes and more, for maximum track capability.

With a nod to Corvette’s 70-year history, the Pace Car is a model year 2023 70th Anniversary Edition Z06, finished in a special White Pearl Tri-Coat Metallic paint. Unique to this package on the production car and the Pace Car are 70th Anniversary Edition exterior badging, including special Corvette crossflags, Edge Red brake calipers and the 70th Anniversary Edition logo on seats, steering wheel and sill plates.

Chevrolet’s Performance Design Studio created an asymmetric stripe package specifically for the Pace Car that draws inspiration from the 70th Anniversary Edition badging on the door of the Z06.

“The Chevrolet Team is proud to pace the Indianapolis 500 for the 33rd time, while celebrating 70 years of Corvette,” said Steve Majoros, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing. “It’s only fitting the Indianapolis 500 will be the first race the 2023 Corvette Z06 paces, a truly special moment for Corvette and INDYCAR fans around the world.”

Chevrolet and Corvette have led the starting field more than any other manufacturer and nameplate, respectively. The 2022 race marks the 33rd time for Chevrolet to pace dating back to 1948, and the 19th time since 1978 for America’s favorite sports car.

“Sarah Fisher is an Indianapolis 500 icon who always takes the time to appreciate her fans and represent the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ with class and humility,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “She is such a fitting person for this honor, and it will be such a thrill and privilege to see her lead the field of 33 cars to the green flag before a huge crowd at the track and a global television audience.

“I’m sure Sarah will enjoy driving the 2023 Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition, which is an incredible car with the performance to match its great looks.”

Visit IMS.com for tickets and more information on all Month of May events and activities at IMS.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, available in 80 countries with more than 3.2 million cars and trucks sold in 2020. Chevrolet models include electric and fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

In the high stakes world of motorsports, nothing is more intense than competitive go-karting and the parents of young racers know that if anyone can get their kid to the top, it's Troy Adams of the legendary Adams Motorsports Park. As one of the first African American owned tracks in the country, go-karting is more than a hobby, it’s a platform to raise up a new generation of elite athletes. This is the breeding ground for the next racing superstar, and for the dads and moms of kids as young as 7 years old who are dangerously taking corners at 70mph, extreme risk and big money is the name of the game. Families will spend up to $10,000 in a weekend and put all else in their lives on hold to support their young drivers. As Troy coaches these talented group of adolescents to become the future of professional racing, their parents are on the sidelines coaching, arguing with other parents, and vicariously living through their kids. In this series where the kids go too fast and the parents go too far, it’s all in the name of the future of racing. BABY DRIVERS streams exclusively on discovery+ beginning Monday, May 23.
 
 
For over 60 years, Adams Motorsports Park has led the way in training hundreds of kids to take their first step towards their dreams of racing professionally, whether NASCAR to Formula 1, off-road and more. In BABY DRIVERS, Troy Adams, who himself has raced open wheel and NASCAR, is shining a light on a new diverse generation of athletes by creating the number one driver development program in the country for minorities and women. As the world of racing continues to evolve, when it comes to go-karting there are three classes coached by Troy which each kid strives to be the top of their group: Kid Carts (ages 5-7), Cadets (ages 8-11), and Juniors (ages 12-16). It’s here on the track where audiences will see each kid put the pedal to the metal, while their overly enthusiastic parents watch from sidelines (and sometimes even jump onto the track!) to get in on the racing action and the drama really begins.
 
In this all-new series, Troy trains & accesses the latest team of competitors. Among them include 
  • The Ferguson family where parents Ron & Jenny are pushing for their son, Lil Troy to become the most ruthless competitor and dominate the Cadet class
  • The Hidalgos, where parents Ronaldo & Monica have ambitions for their son Hudson to live up to Ronaldo’s vicarious dream of become a professional racer
  • The Walcott Family, where Nick has brought his son, Grayson, to California from Chicago to be coached by Troy in hopes of becoming the best of the best while Grayson’s mother, Dr. Kadijah Walcott, has made the ultimate sacrifice of remaining in Chicago to financially support her son’s goal from afar.
  • The Biezonsky Family, where former soccer player, Danny, and former pageant-winner, Jeannette, expect the same competitive spirit from their kids Diesel, Danya, and Asher who need to prove they belong in the upper tier racing group. 
 
In addition to seeing Coach Troy in action with these unforgettable kids, he also takes on the task of coaching his own son, Truly, whose dream is to become a Formula 1 racer. But will Truly be able to live up to the Adam’s family lineage? With each family's reputations on the line, these kids are willing to do whatever it takes to make it cross the finish line first.
 
In addition to streaming BABY DRIVERS on discovery+, viewers can join the conversation on social media by using #BabyDrivers and following @discoverymotor and @discoveryplus on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and TikTok.
 
BABY DRIVERS is produced for discovery+ by Lucky 8 TV in association with Exit Four. For Lucky 8 TV, Gregory Henry, Isaac Holub, George Kralovansky, Kimberly Woodard, Matt Weber, and Jill Garelick-Aron are executive producers. For Exit Four, Jason Bolicki is executive producer. For discovery+, Kyle Wheeler is senior executive producer and Paola Espinosa is associate producer
 

Kyffin Simpson, the 2021 Champion driver of Formula Regional Americas Championship powered by Honda (FR Americas) and current Indy Lights competitor, attended the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix as a guest of Haas F1 Team in an experience coordinated by FR Americas. With VIP Credentials in tow, the 17-year-old Caribbean Islander got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the weekend.

What were some of the things you got to see and experience? 

Simpson: “It was a really cool experience in Miami. I was able to meet Kevin [Magnussen, driver of the No. 20 for Haas F1 Team], Mick [Schumacher, driver of the No. 47 for Haas F1 Team] and Guenther [Steiner, team principal of Haas F1 Team], and had some time to talk with each of them during the weekend. I was able to hang out in the back of the Haas F1 garage, and was able to listen on the team radio to hear more about their setup and strategy, which was really interesting. There were a lot of celebrities there to watch the race, and I was able to meet a few of them, as well.”

Were you able to get an up-close look at the engine, and if so, what did you think of seeing the innards of an F1 engine compartment?

“Yes, the Haas F1 Team had another room where they kept a couple of engines and we were able to go in there and see that. They were dissembled at the time, and honestly it was a bit difficult to tell what went where, but it gave a great perspective on how many components are included. I was able to see the actual race engines while inside the garage, so to see how they start with the various components and then how everything fits together into quite a small area, it made it even more impressive.”

Did you notice any similarities or differences from the Haas F1 Team to your team at TJ Speed Motorsports?

“The way they talked about setup was quite similar, which was interesting to hear. In fact, the way they talked on the radio, in general, is very similar. It was really cool to be able to see that parallel.”

You were able to spend time with each of the Haas F1 Team drivers, and even sat down with team principal Guenther Steiner. Did you walk away with any words of advice? 

“When talking with Kevin and Mick, we more so just talked about racing in general. Which, honestly, was quite cool to have a conversation like that with some of the best drivers in the world. With Guenther, however, I was able to get some more advice. He talked to us quite a lot about knowing the right people and spending time with the right people. Connections are a big part in motorsport, and he really stressed that.”

Kyffin Simpson (far right) with Guenther Steiner, Haas F1 Team principle (far left) and George Silbermann, ACCUS President (second from left) with the other guests of the Haas F1 team at the Miami GP.

I know you were able to connect with two officials that you knew previously from your time in FR Americas, what were they able to show you? 

“That was fun. I knew both of them from when I raced with FR Americas, but they were in Miami as part of the scrutineering team. With them, I was able to walk down the pit lane to see all the cars as they were getting ready for the race. They also took me back to the tech area and showed me all their technology that they use to tech the cars, and talked through the specific aspects and areas that they look for to make sure the cars are in compliance. It was very interesting.”

What did you think of the track in Miami?

“The track looked pretty cool, but it also looked quite difficult—especially to be consistent on. It seemed like as soon as they made even a slight mistake and got off-line, there was very little to no grip. I think it would’ve been a fun track to drive, just maybe a little difficult to race. Still, it was awesome to watch the race.”

What were your overall impressions of the weekend, and what impact do you think the Miami Grand Prix will have on growing the American motorsport fan base?

“The Miami Grand Prix was a great event. There were concerts every day, and just stuff going on constantly. There were all sorts of cool things in the fan zone—there was a simulator set up, a pit stop challenge, a reaction test and all sorts of fun things to do. The vibe was great, and there were tons of fans there having a great time. I think it definitely was a great place to grow motorsport and get new interest in the sport.” 

Kyffin Simpson at the F1 Miami Grand Prix.

With Mohammed bin Sulayem, FIA President.

The focus for open-wheel racing fans is now set firmly on Indianapolis, Indiana. As tradition demands, the month of May will culminate with the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Memorial Day weekend. But the intensity at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway begins to ramp up this week when the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and the entire Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires open-wheel development ladder takes to the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course for a packed schedule of races on Friday and Saturday, May 13-14.
 
The first two rungs on the Road to Indy ladder are finely poised with four out of the season’s 18 races already in the books. And with a triple-header on the docket for both the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship, this week is likely to prove pivotal in determining the favorites for a pair of scholarships valued at well over $1 million for the two end-of-season champions to continue their rise toward the pinnacle of the sport.
 
California Teenager Leads Indy Pro 2000 Entry
The youngest driver in the Indy Pro 2000 field, 17-year-old Nolan Siegel, from Palo Alto, Calif., has taken an early lead in the chase for a scholarship valued at almost $615,000 to ensure graduation onto the top rung of the Road to Indy ladder, Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, in 2023. Siegel already has two wins to his credit this season for DEForce Racing, one apiece at the opening two events on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala.
 
 
Even so, Siegel holds only a slender five-point edge over English rookie Louis Foster, who has three podium finishes and a fourth to his credit for Exclusive Autosport. Foster also has gained the bonus point for fastest race lap in three of the four races held to date.
 
Consistency also has been a hallmark for Braden Eves, who currently lies third in the points chase after notching four top-six results for last year’s championship-winning team, Jay Howard Driver Development. Eves, from New Albany, Ohio, surely will encounter mixed emotions as he heads back to IMS. After sweeping both USF2000 races en route to winning the championship crown in 2019, Eves’ rookie Indy Pro 2000 campaign ended prematurely the following year due to injury following a crash at the Speedway. Last year he rebounded magnificently by securing a trio of podium finishes en route to second in the championship.
 
Based almost literally across the street from the race track in Speedway, Ind., Juncos Hollinger Racing also has high expectations as Reece Gold, from Miami, Fla., and London, England-raised Pakistani Enaam Ahmed are both in the thick of the championship battle. Gold, also still only 17, qualified on pole position for all three races in 2021 but failed to convert any of them into a victory. He set that record straight by securing his maiden Indy Pro 2000 win at New Jersey Motorsports Park last fall, and notched his first triumph of 2022 recently at Barber Motorsports Park. Ahmed, a former British F3 champion, exemplified his capabilities by claiming podium finishes in two of the four races held so far this year, in addition to posting a fastest race lap at Indianapolis during an abbreviated rookie season in 2021.
 
Other contenders among an extremely competitive field include Turn 3 Motorsport’s Josh Green, from Mount Kisco, N.Y., who won the opening race of the season in Florida; Pabst Racing’s Colin Kaminsky, from Homer Glen, Ill., who scored a runner-up finish at Barber; Brazilian Kiko Porto (DEForce Racing), who employed a victory in one of the three USF2000 races last year at Indianapolis as the springboard toward his successful championship run; and local driver Jack William Miller (Miller Vinatieri Motorsports), from Carmel, Ind., a podium finisher at the Speedway who was at the top of the timesheets in the series’ open test held in late October.
 
This weekend also will see the Road to Indy debut of social media star Lindsay Brewer, from Newport Beach, Calif., who joins the Exclusive Autosport ranks after a partial season of racing touring cars in 2021 and a concerted test program.
 
The Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Indianapolis Supporting INDYCAR Ministry will begin on Thursday, May 12, with a pair of one-hour test sessions followed by 30 minutes of official practice at 3:45 p.m. EDT. Qualifying at 8:45 a.m. on Friday morning will set the grid for Race One at 2:45 p.m. The starting positions for Race Two, at 9:10 a.m. on Saturday, will be set according to each driver’s second fastest lap in qualifying or their best lap in Race One, whichever is faster. A similar procedure will determine the grid for the third and final race at 12:10 p.m.
 
Live streaming will be available at RoadToIndy.TV, the Road to Indy TV App and indypro2000.com.
 
Rowe Heads 23-Car USF2000 Field
A quartet of newcomers will ensure a bumper crop of 22 young chargers looking to knock new sensation Myles Rowe from his perch at the top of the USF2000 point standings.
 
Rowe, 21, hails originally from Atlanta, Ga., but is now based in New York, N.Y. He is soon to graduate from the city’s Pace University with a degree in film making. But his passion is racing. After being chosen as the first representative of INDYCAR’S Race for Equality & Change initiative in 2021, Rowe struggled with a brand-new team before scoring a breakthrough win at New Jersey Motorsports Park. This year, after joining acknowledged front-running team Pabst Racing on a race-by-race basis, Rowe has shown that was no fluke by scoring a pair of emphatic victories.
 
 
Ironically, Rowe is fighting to secure the funding to continue his season and potentially clinch a scholarship valued at almost $407,000 to graduate to Indy Pro 2000 in 2023, but with Pabst Racing having won two of the three races at Indianapolis in 2021, Rowe will surely be among the pacesetters.
 
Michael d’Orlando, from Hartsdale, N.Y., is currently tied on points with Rowe but is still striving for his first win of the season for Cape Motorsports.
 
Teammate and third-generation racer Jagger Jones became the newest USF2000 race winner when he took the checkered flag last month at Barber Motorsports Park. The triumph vaulted him into the title mix along with fellow Scottsdale, Ariz., resident Jace Denmark, who won the opening race of the season in St. Petersburg.
 
Seven drivers representing five different teams have so far claimed at least one podium finish, with New Zealander Billy Frazer (Exclusive Autosport) earning two second-place finishes and Bijoy Garg (DEForce Racing) and Christian Weir (Turn 3 Motorsport), from Naperville, Ill., each claiming a third from the opening four encounters.
 
Simon Sikes, from Athens, Ga., also has come close, finishing fifth on three occasions for Legacy Autosport. Sikes has enjoyed success previously at Indianapolis, winning the SCCA National Championship Runoffs last year in the Formula Continental division.
 
The regular contenders will be joined this weekend by experienced Englishman Alex Quinn, who joins Velocity Racing Development in a partnership with Arden, one of the leading European open-wheel teams; proven F1600 Championship Series race winner Joey Brienza (Exclusive Autosport), from Golden, Colo.; ex-F4 racer Chase Gardner (DEForce Racing), from Prosper, Texas; and fellow accomplished karter Frankie Mossman (Jay Howard Driver Development), from La Verne, Calif., who served notice of his talent earlier this year when he won one of the preseason TireRack.com iRacing eSeries Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires virtual races at Road America.
 
The schedule for the Cooper Tires Grand Prix of Indianapolis will mirror that of Indy Pro 2000 with two 60-minute test sessions on Thursday preceding 30 minutes of official practice at 3:00 p.m. EDT. A single qualifying session will take place at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, followed by the first of three races at 11:45 a.m. Two more races will complete the agenda on Saturday at 8:05 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
 
Global live streaming can be found at RoadToIndy.TV, the Road to Indy TV App as well as usf2000.com.
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