NHRA releases 2015 schedule


No major changes are planned for the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule.

The 24-race slate for Top Fuel, Funny Car and Pro Stock continues with a number of traditional events, with the marquee U.S. Nationals set from Sept. 2-7.

As usual, the series opens and closes in Pomona, Calif.

Here’s the slate. The 16th Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM) weekend is yet to be determined:

NHRA Mello Yello Series Regular Season
Feb. 5-8 NHRA Winternationals Pomona, Calif.
Feb. 20-22 CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals Phoenix
March 12-15 Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals (PSM) Gainesville, Fla.
March 27-29 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals (PSM) Charlotte, N.C.
April 10-12 SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals Las Vegas
April 24-26 O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA SpringNationals Houston
May 15-17 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals (PSM) Atlanta
May 22-24 NHRA Kansas Nationals Topeka, Kan.
June 4-7 Toyota NHRA Summernationals (PSM) Englishtown, N.J.
June 12-14 Auto-Plus NHRA New England Nationals Epping, N.H.
June 19-21 NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals Bristol, Tenn.
July 2-5 Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals (PSM) Norwalk, Ohio
July 9-12 O’Reilly Auto Parts Route 66 NHRA Nationals (PSM) Chicago
July 24-26 Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals (PSM) Denver
July 31-Aug. 2 NHRA Sonoma Nationals (PSM) Sonoma, Calif.
Aug. 7-9 O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Northwest Nationals Seattle
Aug. 20-23 Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Brainerd, Minn.
Sept. 2-7 Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals (PSM) Indianapolis
NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship
Sept. 18-20 NHRA Carolina Nationals (PSM) Charlotte, N.C.
Sept. 25-27 AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals (PSM) St. Louis
Oct. 1-4 NHRA Nationals (PSM) Reading, Pa.
Oct. 15-18 AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals (PSM) Dallas
Oct. 29-Nov. 1 NHRA Toyota Nationals (PSM) Las Vegas
Nov. 12-15 Auto Club NHRA Finals (PSM) Pomona, Calif.

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.