Kobayashi told to stop car by Caterham management to save mileage (VIDEO)

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Kamui Kobayashi has revealed that he was told to retire from today’s Russian Grand Prix by the management at Caterham F1 Team in a bid to save the mileage on his car.

The Japanese driver was one of just two drivers to not finish the race at the Sochi Autodrom today, but he revealed to NBCSN’s Will Buxton that he could have seen the checkered flag as there was nothing wrong with his car.

“I don’t know actually, nothing,” he said when asked what the problem was. “We could have done the race. Maybe I think management decided we’re not fighting with anyone, so we stop racing.

“I think we have limitations with the mileage and we want to save it. I don’t understand what happened, but this is what I get from the top management.”

Caterham is known to be struggling financially of late, having had some goods seized by bailiffs earlier this month. The team currently ranks last in the constructors’ championship, and is not expected to be on the grid in 2015.

Kobayashi has been racing at the back of the grid all year long for the team, and was asked by NBCSN if he regretted leaving a works drive with Ferrari in the World Endurance Championship to return to F1.

“I enjoy racing,” he said. “I had a chance to try this V6 engine with turbo, but I didn’t expect it to be so hard.”

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold