NASCAR: Austin Dillon to run “majority” of 2015 XFINITY Series season

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Austin Dillon’s 2015 calendar is now a lot busier.

Dillon, who just completed his inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season in the famous No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, has been announced to run “a majority” of next year’s NASCAR XFINITY Series events for RCR along with his regular Cup duties.

For these XFINITY events, Dillon will drive the No. 33 Chevrolet and have Rheem Manufacturing Company serve as a sponsor; an exact number of races for the 2013 series champion was not announced by RCR.

Earlier this month, RCR announced that NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver Brandon Jones would also run select XFINITY races in that same No. 33 machine.

Said Dillon in the release: “Rheem has a long tradition of reliability and quality in their industry with close to 90 years in the business. My family has a long tradition in NASCAR and we also have a tradition of reliability and performance. I enjoy racing in the XFINITY Series and will be proud to represent Rheem while contending for wins on Saturday afternoons in 2015.”

The move will have him teaming up more often with little brother Ty Dillon, who runs RCR’s full-time No. 3 XFINITY entry; Ty tweeted the following after today’s announcement:

Austin’s first year in the Cup Series saw him avoid any DNFs, but only collect one Top-5 finish – a fifth at Daytona in July. He was put in the shade by fellow freshman and Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson, who had Rookie of the Year honors locked up long before NASCAR made it official at Homestead a week ago.

With that in mind, perhaps RCR figures that getting Austin more track time on Saturdays in the XFINITY Series will help him earn stronger results on Sundays in the Cup Series. At first glance, a little extra seasoning wouldn’t seem to hurt for a young driver that’s still growing.

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