What does the future hold for F1 in the United States?


Formula 1’s growth in the United States over the past few years has been rapid, as detailed in the two features published earlier today on MotorSportsTalk.

However, one eye will always be on the future. Regardless of the here and now, just how might the perception of Formula 1 in the American market change over the years to come?

The two big talking points about the future for the American F1 market are Haas F1 Team and Alexander Rossi, who could soon grace the grid. Haas has been given the green light by the FIA to go racing in 2016, and the plans are certainly coming into place quite nicely. Earlier this week, the team released a time-lapse video of its new factory being constructed in Kannapolis, and all of the plans to push ahead seem to be coming together.

Naturally, the pessimist’s comparison is to the failed US F1 project from a few years ago. After much of the same fanfare that we are experiencing now about an American team coming to the grid and beating the Europeans at their own game, the project ultimately fell flat without getting even near a full race start.

And that is the big worry for many about Haas: it would be another US F1 and another failure for the sport in the United States.

However, the big difference with Haas is that there is a very successful racing operation and business already in place. The Stewart-Haas NASCAR team acts as proof of that. There is a corporate operation behind the outfit with racing heritage. With US F1, everything was being built from the ground up. Haas has history and resources to rely on.

That does not diminish the immense challenge that Gene and his team will face, though. He even admitted himself that this is the biggest challenge he has ever faced, as it is new territory. The recent financial collapse of both Caterham and Marussia will act as warning signs that one can only hope the Haas operation will recognize and learn from – it is to be avoided at all costs.

But let’s look at the positives: say Haas gets off the ground, all goes to plan, and an American team does indeed hit the grid in 2016. All going well, it would be huge for the sport’s profile in the United States. I have written earlier today about the ‘boom’ that is currently being enjoyed in the American market, but this would only be furthered should the stars and stripes appear on the Haas car, lining up on the grid at the Circuit of The Americas in 2016.

What would make it all the sweeter is if there was an American driver behind the wheel of the car, with Alexander Rossi being the most obvious candidate. Rossi has been within touching distance of his grand prix debut on three occasions, only to be denied in each instance, meaning that he is still without a grand prix start to his name.

After appearing to jump from the sinking ship at Caterham, he has seen his F1 hopes put on ice once again following Marussia’s own collapse. However, he is still fighting, and if the team does push for an American driver, Rossi is the only man that can realistically be picked.

And this is all very encouraging. The sport is on the cusp of having two major breakthroughs for the American market, and it is something that will be embraced. F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone said a while back that he would like to see Ferrari run with an American driver if it ever opted for a third car, as it would do wonders for the sport’s profile. Although this particular example is a bit far-fetched, it shows that continuing the growth and evolution of the sport in the US is a key priority.

In terms of races, Austin has been and continues to be a great success. The more pressing issue is the push for a second grand prix in the United States, and whether or not it will actually happen.

The biggest charge in recent years has been for a grand prix in New Jersey, taking place around Port Imperial. It was listed on the provisional calendar for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, only to fall from both before it was ratified by the World Motor Sport Council as everything was not in check. It was not listed on the provisional schedule for the 2015 season, and with few developments coming out of GP America, hopes of a grand prix in New Jersey are dimmer than ever.

A recent report suggested that Formula 1 could be set to head to Las Vegas for a grand prix along the city’s famous Strip. Although Bernie Ecclestone was very suggestive about the project, it is a very lofty ambition that would unquestionably leave the sport jumping through hoops. It would be a short-term thing – if F1 wants a long-term marriage, stumbling into a Vegas chapel is not the way to do it.

Two races in the United States would undoubtedly be brilliant for the sport’s profile and for fans in North America. However, it must follow the same blueprint as COTA: it mustn’t be another Indy.

All in all though, the future for the sport in the United States is very bright indeed. Once again, this year’s event in Austin is set to welcome huge numbers of fans, which will likely surpass attendances seen at some of the European rounds over the summer. Throw in an American team or an American driver, and Formula 1’s success in the United States could go off the chart.


IndyCar results, points after 107th Indy 500


INDIANAPOLIS — With his first victory in the Indy 500, Josef Newgarden became the first repeat winner through six race results of the 2023 NTT IndyCar Series season and made a move in the points.

Newgarden, who celebrated with fans in the grandstands, moved from sixth to fourth in the championship standings with his 27th career victory and second this season (he also won at Texas Motor Speedway).

The Team Penske star won his 12th attempt at the Brickyard oval, tying the record for most starts before an Indy 500 victory with Tony Kanaan (2013) and Sam Hanks (1957). Newgarden, whose previous best Indy 500 finish was third with Ed Carpenter Racing in 2016, became the first Tennessee native to win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing and the first American since Alexander Rossi in 2016.

He also delivered the record 19th Indy 500 triumph to Roger Penske, whose team ended a four-year drought on the 2.5-mile oval and won for the first time since he became the owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in 2020.

Newgarden, 32, led five laps, the third-lowest total for an Indy 500 winner behind Joe Dawson (two in 1912) and Dan Wheldon (one in 2011).

The race featured 52 lead changes, the third most behind 68 in 2013 and 54 in ’16, among 14 drivers (tied with ’13 for the second highest behind 15 leaders in ’17 and ’18). Newgarden’s 0.0974-second victory over Marcus Ericsson was the fourth-closest in Indy 500 history behind 1992 (0.043 of a second for Al Unser Jr. over Scott Goodyear), 2014 (0.0600 of a second for Ryan Hunter-Reay over Helio Castroneves) and 2006 (0.0635 of a second Sam Hornish Jr. over Marco Andretti.).

It also marked only the third last-lap pass in Indy 500 history — all within the past 17 years (Hornish over Andretti in 2006; Wheldon over J.R. Hildebrand in 2011).

Ericsson’s runner-up finish was the ninth time the defending Indy 500 finished second the next year (most recently four-time winner Helio Castroneves in 2003).

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the 107th Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:


Click here for the official box score from the 200-lap race on a 2.5-mile oval in Indianapolis.

Lap leader summary

Full lap chart

Best section times

Full section data

Event summary

Pit stop summary

Here is the finishing order in the Indy 500 with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (17) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 200, Running
2. (10) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 200, Running
3. (4) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 200, Running
4. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 200, Running
5. (7) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 200, Running
6. (6) Scott Dixon, Honda, 200, Running
7. (8) Takuma Sato, Honda, 200, Running
8. (16) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 200, Running
9. (21) Colton Herta, Honda, 200, Running
10. (2) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 200, Running
11. (18) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Chevrolet, 200, Running
12. (27) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 200, Running
13. (25) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 200, Running
14. (14) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 200, Running
15. (20) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 200, Running
16. (9) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 200, Running
17. (24) Marco Andretti, Honda, 200, Running
18. (32) Jack Harvey, Honda, 199, Running
19. (30) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 198, Running
20. (13) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 197, Contact
21. (11) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 196, Contact
22. (33) Graham Rahal, Chevrolet, 195, Running
23. (12) Will Power, Chevrolet, 195, Running
24. (5) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 192, Contact
25. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 192, Contact
26. (26) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 192, Contact
27. (3) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 183, Contact
28. (15) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 183, Contact
29. (23) David Malukas, Honda, 160, Contact
30. (19) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 149, Contact
31. (31) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 90, Contact
32. (28) RC Enerson, Chevrolet, 75, Mechanical
33. (29) Katherine Legge, Honda, 41, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 168.193 mph; Time of Race: 2:58:21.9611; Margin of victory: 0.0974 of a second; Cautions: 5 for 27 laps; Lead changes: 52 among 14 drivers. Lap leaders: Palou 1-2; VeeKay 3; Palou 4-9; VeeKay 10-14; Palou 15-22; VeeKay 23-27; Palou 28-29; VeeKay 30-31; Rosenqvist 32; Rossi 33-34; Palou 35-39; VeeKay 40-47; Palou 48-60; VeeKay 61-63; Rosenqvist 64-65; O’Ward 66; Power 67; Herta 68; Rosenqvist 69; O’Ward 70-78; Rosenqvist 79-81; O’Ward 82-89; Rosenqvist 90-94; Ilott 95-99; Rosenqvist 100-101; O’Ward 102; Rosenqvist 103-107; O’Ward 108-109; Rosenqvist 110-113; O’Ward 114-115; Rosenqvist 116-119; O’Ward 120-122; Rosenqvist 123-124; O’Ward 125-128; Rosenqvist 129-131; Ferrucci 132; Ericsson 133-134; Castroneves 135; Rosenqvist 136; Ericsson 137-156; Newgarden 157; Ericsson 158; Ferrucci 159-168; Ericsson 169-170; Rossi 171-172; Sato 173-174; O’Ward 175-179; Hunter-Reay 180-187;
O’Ward 188-191; Ericsson 192; Newgarden 193-195; Ericsson 196-199; Newgarden 200.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the GMR Grand Prix:



Engine manufacturers

Pit stop performance

Top 10 in points: Palou 219, Ericsson 199, O’Ward 185, Newgarden 182, Dixon 162, McLaughlin 149, Rossi 145, Grosjean 139, Power 131, Herta 130.

Rest of the standings: Lundgaard 122, Kirkwood 113, Rosenqvist 113, Ilott 111, Ferrucci 96, VeeKay 96, Rahal 94, Malukas 84, Armstrong 77, Daly 73, Castroneves 69, Harvey 65, DeFrancesco 63, Canapino 61, Pagenaud 55, Pedersen 51, Robb 47, Sato 37, Carpenter 27, Hunter-Reay 20, Kanaan 18, Andretti 13, Enerson 5, Legge 5.

Next race: The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, which has moved from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown, will take place June 4 with coverage starting on Peacock at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.