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Sutil leads early on Silverstone Friday test

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The early leader in the third day of the young driver test in Silverstone is, like yesterday, not a “young driver” but instead one of the current 22 on the Formula One grid: Force India’s Adrian Sutil. The German has turned in a best lap of 1:33.421 thus far.

Three other race drivers had time in the morning session with Felipe Massa turning laps for Ferrari, Jean-Eric Vergne for Toro Rosso and Giedo van der Garde in the Caterham.

Carlos Sainz Jr. led the young driver contingent as could be expected given he’s in a Red Bull. Nicolas Prost is back for Lotus on the day Kimi Raikkonen had been planned to drive.

Four other testers posting laps this morning included Kimiya Sato (Sauber), Susie Wolff (Williams), Gary Paffett (McLaren) and Rodolfo Gonzalez (Marussia).

Wolff, notably, is the first female tester in F1 since Maria de Villota last year for Marussia. De Villota’s straight line tests, unfortunately, ended with an accident that produced serious head and facial injuries.

A female driver last attempted to qualify for a Grand Prix in 1992. Giovanna Amati made three attempts for Brabham that year but did not qualify.

More to follow later this afternoon.

Behind the scenes of IndyCar with Will Power’s brother, Damien (VIDEO)

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Damien Power thinks his brother, Will, is a horrible person.

“You can’t choose your family,” the comedian dead pans in an episode of his “Behind The Scenes of IndyCar with Damien Power.”

That’s one of the droll exchanges between Power and driver James Hinchcliffe in the first episode of the weekly web series produced by IndyCar, which premiered September 26. That’s above.

The second episode, featuring Helio Castroneves debuted last week and shows the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner comparing his gelled hair to the comedian’s. In it, Castroneves also (sort of) shares his opinion on IndyCar’s newly introduced rule on drivers not saying anything detrimental to the sport, Rule 9.3.8.

Check out the second video below.

Report: No Mexico, 16 races expected on 2016 IndyCar schedule

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IndyCar chairman Mark Miles doesn’t expect the 2016 Verizon IndyCar season to begin in Mexico in February next year, according to a report by USA Today.

Though Miles said the Mexico race was “unlikely,” he believes the final schedule will 16 races at 15 venues over the course of seven months.

Miles said the series is waiting for a “highly, highly likely” event to be approved by a board around Oct. 13, going on to say it wasn’t Pocono Raceway.

“If we had to, we probably could put this out, in theory, sooner, but we want to go through the formality and respect the process of a formal approval from one of the promoters,” Miles said.

Miles said the Mexico City race has been put on hold due to concerns for proper promotion for the event, which would be the series’ first outside the United States since racing in Brazil in 2013.

“The process they needed to go through to get everything lined up has not really left a lot of time to be confident that everything can be done to properly promote the first race,” Miles told USA Today. “So I think the conversation is very much about ‘17. We just kind of ran out of time for ‘16.”

This is what is know about the 2016 IndyCar schedule so far.

Either the track, IndyCar, or an IndyCar support series (Pirelli World Challenge) have announced these dates for 2016:

March 13: St. Petersburg, Fla.
April 17: Long Beach, Calif.
April 24: Birmingham, Ala.
May 14: Indianapolis, In. (Indy GP)
May 29: Indianapolis, In. (100th Indy 500)
June 4-5: Detroit, Mich.
June 11: Fort Worth, Texas
June 26: Elkhart Lake, Wis.
July 31: Lexington, Ohio
Sept. 4: Boston, Mass.
Sept. 18: Sonoma, Calif.

These dates are not formal but are highly likely for 2016, per media reports:

April 2: Phoenix, AZ
July 17: Toronto, Ontario

These tracks have been rumored, but are yet to announce the status of IndyCar races for 2016:

Iowa Speedway
Pocono Raceway
The Milwaukee Mile
Gateway International Raceway