No wins in Chase, no problem so far for Ryan Newman

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Before the Chase began, Ryan Newman seemed to be among those drivers that would be in danger of early elimination.

While he racked up 13 Top-10s in the regular season, he went without a win – the result that was supposed to be the most important to attain in this new post-season format.

Through five Chase races, Newman remains without a win and he hasn’t even had a Top 5 finish.

But he’s been steady enough to put himself and his No. 31 Richard Childress Racing team in position to advance to the Eliminator Round.

With a 21-point cushion over the cutoff, Newman can move on by finishing 19th or better in Sunday’s GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.

It’s not a bullet-proof situation by any means, but it’s doable. And Newman has the chance to pull it off because of his recovery on Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

In the midst of a Top-10 run, a Lap 223 pit stop under caution went south for Newman when the jack broke. He dropped back to 17th as a result, but another caution at Lap 237 gave him a chance to make up some spots with another stop, this time for two tires.

Newman slotted in 11th for a restart at Lap 239, but a short time later, Danica Patrick was sent spinning by Joey Logano up ahead of him. Forced to spin in order to avoid hitting Patrick, Newman avoided damage to his car.

A four-tire stop under the caution left Newman in 19th for the next restart, but he was able to make progress. He eventually cycled up to the lead during the final round of green flag stops and then stayed out on track during the last yellow with seven laps to go for Brian Vickers’ blown engine.

Newman then held his own in the two-lap dash to the checkered flag and finished seventh for his third consecutive Top-10 finish – a sign that the 31 camp is picking up the pace at the right time.

“It was a good rebound with all the problems after missing the wreck and broken jack,” Newman said afterwards. “These Caterpillar guys don’t give up. I don’t give up. I am so proud that we were able to fight back. We had some fun.

“We didn’t have the best car on the short run there at the end when we needed it. To go from 18th to seventh isn’t too darn bad.”

The same can be said about Newman and RCR’s run in this Chase.

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,