Joey Logano rackin’ up the miles this weekend


With dates in the Nationwide Series at Iowa Speedway and the Sprint Cup Series at Pocono Raceway this weekend, Joey Logano could likely be one exhausted driver by the time it’s all over.

As detailed by USA Today’s Nate Ryan, Logano has a packed docket. With Cup practice and qualifying rained out at Pocono today, Logano shuttled off to the 7/8-mile Iowa bullring for two practice sessions this afternoon for the stand-alone DuPont Pioneer 250 (Sat., 8 pm ET). Weather permitting, Saturday will see him do two Cup practice sessions in the morning at Pocono and then head back to Iowa for qualifying (5:05 pm ET) and the “250.” After that’s done, he’ll then fly back to Pennsylvania for Sunday’s Cup race, the Party in the Poconos 400.

If you’re thinking that this is not an ideal situation, “Sliced Bread” has already beaten you to it.

“Does going to Iowa make perfect sense to run? No, it doesn’t,” Logano told Ryan. “I’m not going to lie about that, but it was either [teammate] Brad [Keselowski] or me to drive this thing. We’re going run into the same situation in the second Iowa race [in August], so I told them I would do the first one and then we’ll go from there.”

Logano does indeed have momentum on the NNS side after winning last weekend at Dover International Speedway, but it’d be really impressive if he can do it again in Iowa with the hectic schedule he’s got right now. The Penske Racing driver is the sole Cup pilot that will face the NNS regulars in the cornfields.

Still, one of those NNS regulars, Justin Allgaier, isn’t counting on an easier day at the office just because most of those pesky Cup drivers are busy at “The Tricky Triangle.”

“I think we’ve seen it in all the stand-alone [races] – it’s like the less Cup guys you have, the more challenging the [Nationwide] races are,” Allgaier told the Associated Press in Iowa. “Because the Nationwide regulars, everybody steps up their game and pushes that much harder.”

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:

Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change