Former CART championship and Indy 500 winning owner Steve Horne putting the ‘Super’ in V8 Supercars

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After accomplishing pretty much what he wanted when he came to America first as a team manager and then a team owner – including an Indianapolis 500 win (1986, with Bobby Rahal behind the wheel), two CART championships and five Indy Lights titles – Steve Horne decided to return to his native New Zealand two years ago.

But Horne isn’t the retiring type. Nor is he part of a “Where Are They Now?” question.

If anything, Horne is as busy as he’s ever been, both running his own team as well as serving as chairman of the V8 Supercars Commission in New Zealand and Australia, according to a story on Stuff.com.nz.

Horne has helped reenergize the V8 series with a number of changes, most notably its new super sprint format, as part of his role of overseeing rules, regulations and formats.

The super sprint format includes two 100 kilometer races on the same day, plus 10-minute qualifying sessions, and then a 200 kilometer main event the following day.

Horne still keeps his hand somewhat in racing in America, serving as manager for driver and defending Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan.

But back in New Zealand, Horne is has approached his involvement in V8 Supercars in much the same fashion as when he first came to the U.S. to become involved with the now-defunct CART series.

“It has given me another perspective and I am enjoying it,” Horne told Stuff.com.nz. “I can also look at things from a competitor’s viewpoint about the issues they face.

“Racing is a tough business on the track and off it. Hopefully I can bring a level viewpoint to it.”

With the V8 series expected to grow and become even more popular – Roger Penske is reportedly interested in fielding a team next year, perhaps with current NASCAR driver Marcus Ambrose behind the wheel – Horne is certainly enjoying his new challenge.

“I am impressed by the quality of the teams and the quality of the drivers,” he said. “It is a parity formula which is designed to give everyone equal opportunity.

“I think it has a great future. It’s well-recognized in Australia (and) has an excellent television and media package. It is really, really popular in New Zealand and it’s great racing.”

Also check out Horne’s recent Q&A interview on V8Supercars.com.AU, as well as the video below that gives a great retrospective on Horne’s career in CART and Indy Lights.

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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