Indy Lights ties season-high in entries at Mid-Ohio

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We noted yesterday how much of a haven for one-offs the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is for the IZOD IndyCar Series. Turns out, it is for the Firestone Indy Lights Series as well.

Indy Lights’ car count has been the subject of much criticism throughout the year but to its credit, it’s provided a relatively balanced field at the top with several championship challengers. Carlos Munoz leads Sage Karam by just eight points, 317-309, heading into the weekend.

This week at Mid-Ohio, the field grows from nine cars to 11, tying the Firestone Freedom 100 at Indianapolis for the largest grid of the season.

Belardi Auto Racing has added a third car for ex-GP2 driver Giancarlo Serenelli, a Venezuelan. Meanwhile Bryan Herta Autosport has rolled out its chassis for the second time this year, to provide 19-year-old Zimbabwe driver Axcil Jeffries an opportunity in partnership with Starting Grid, Inc. Both drivers will make their Indy Lights debuts. Matthew Di Leo, a Canadian, will make his third start of the season as well for his family-run MDL Racing team.

The series’ return to Mid-Ohio for the first time since 2010 will air Sunday, August 4, at 2 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network. While 11 cars is far from great, it’s still a needed improvement.

Formula E announces Portland, Oregon as US race in 2023

Formula E Portland 2023
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The American date for the 2023 Formula E schedule will move from Brooklyn, New York to Portland, Oregon on June 24, 2023, filling the calendar at 16 rounds. This will be the first time in the nine-year history of the series that they have raced on the West Coast in only the third different city in the United States. Miami hosted one Formula E race in 2015. The series has visited the United States every season except 2020 due to the COVID-1+9 pandemic.

The 2023 race will be Round 12.

“We are excited to bring the premier electric motorsport world championship to Portland for the first time in June next year,” said Alberto Longo, Co-Founder & Chief Championship Officer, Formula E in a press release. “There is a big, passionate fanbase for professional sports in the city, together with strong ecological credentials which makes Portland a perfect host for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship.

“The USA remains an important market for Formula E. We are delighted to maintain that critical presence and engage a new audience in the Pacific Northwest region in all-electric motorsport.”

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Last year’s American round in Brooklyn was made up of two races with Nick Cassidy from Envision Racing winning Race 1 and António da Costa from DS Techeetah taking the second race.

Portland will host only one Formula E race in 2023.

The 2023 season will be highlighted by the new Gen 3 car, which features a battery capable of generating 350 kilowatts with regeneration capability from both the front and rear axles. This contributes to a top speed of 200 miles per hour (m.p.h.), an increase of about 25 m.p.h. from last year.

The 2023 season also marks the entry of two new iconic teams, Maserati and McLaren, who completed their roster of drivers in late November with the addition of Jake Hughes.

Season 9 Calendar

Round 1:  January 3, Mexico City, Mexico
Rounds 2 & 3: January 27-28, Diriyah, Saudi Arabia
Round 4: February 11, Hyderabad, India*
Round 5: February 6, Cape Town, South Africa*
Round 6: March 8, São Paulo, Brazil*
Rounds 7 & 8: April 22-23, Berlin, Germany
Round 9: May 6, Monaco
Rounds 10 & 11: June 3-4, Jakarta, Indonesia
Round 12: June 24, Portland, Oregon*
Rounds 13 & 14: July 15-16, Rome, Italy
Rounds 15 & 16: July 29-30, London

*subject to final FIA Safety and Technical checks,