The team now known as Lotus has backed out of the first Formula One test this year. The team formerly known as Lotus, now Caterham, has not.
The Leafield-based squad confirmed it will run at all three tests, Jerez and both in Bahrain, which is an excellent sign. The team will launch its new car on January 28, the first day at Jerez. Mercedes also launches its car that day; McLaren announced an online-only launch for Jan. 24 on Tuesday.
Caterham also remains the most intriguing team on the driver lineup front, as the only squad yet to confirm a single driver for 2014. A report on the official Formula One website lists the team’s 2013 drivers Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde, along with Heikki Kovalainen, Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson as contenders for the seats. That more or less confirms rumors over the last month or so. Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi will be in Daytona for the Rolex 24 on Jan. 25-26, racing the DeltaWing.
You figure we may get one or perhaps both driver announcements before the Jerez test, which runs Jan. 28-31. Bahrain’s pair of four-day tests are Feb. 19-22 and Feb. 27-March 2.
After finishing 10th in 2010, 2011 and 2012, Caterham fell to 11th in this year’s Constructor’s Championship behind fellow tail-ender Marussia.
It’s known as “Carburetor Day” – or in its simplest term, just “Carb Day.”
But the final day of on-track action Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway before Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 is so much more.
Especially on NBCSN, which will have wall-to-wall live coverage starting Friday morning.
Here’s how Friday’s schedule breaks down:
- 11 a.m. ET: Carb Day kicks off with the final practice for Sunday’s Indy 500. The session will last one hour in length.
- 12 p.m. ET: We’re going racing! Strap in for coverage of the Indy Lights’ Freedom 100 on the famous Brickyard.
- 1:30 p.m. ET: We’ll have coverage of the annual IndyCar Pit Stop Challenge. Which teams have the best – and most importantly, fastest and accurate – pit crews? Team Penske has won 10 of the last 12, including the last two years edging out Schmidt Peterson Motorsports each time. Who can potentially beat them this year?
- 3:30 p.m. ET: We’ll have our annual NASCAR America Motorsports Special. Among segments included in the 90-minute show will be:1) 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi will discuss how it used to upset him when people suggested he “backed into” his big win and how he didn’t really feel vindicated until he qualified on the front row for last year’s race.
2) Defending 500 winner Takuma Sato, the first Japanese driver to ever win at Indianapolis, discusses the impact of his big win personally and professionally, particularly back in his native land.
3) An essay by Robin Miller on Stefan Wilson giving up his ride last year to allow Fernando Alonso to race for Andretti Autosport.
4) An essay by Nate Ryan on Danica Patrick as she looks to compete in her final Indy 500 before retiring from professional racing.