Ricciardo expecting good battle with Kvyat next year

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Daniel Ricciardo is looking forward to racing alongside Daniil Kvyat at Red Bull next year, believing that the young Russian will pose a good challenge during his sophomore F1 season.

Kvyat made his Formula 1 debut at the beginning of 2014, but has been fast-tracked to Red Bull for 2015 following Sebastian Vettel’s decision to leave the team for Ferrari.

Speaking to the team’s website, Ricciardo admitted that he was surprised by Kvyat’s quick promotion, although he is anticipating a good battle in 2015 with the Russian.

“It was a surprise, but also not because you can never be surprised with what Red Bull does,” Ricciardo said. “To be honest, I’ve followed him probably for the last five years and he’s always been pretty quick and adapted very quickly.

“I really thought this year in Formula 1 he had some fantastic showings, and I wasn’t too surprised in the end.

“I knew it would be someone from the Red Bull programme and he’s young but I expect him to be quick. It should be a good battle.”

Reflecting on his season, Ricciardo said that despite winning three races, he does not feel under any extra pressure to impress in 2015 when he steps up to the role of team leader at Red Bull.

“The weight of expectation won’t affect me, but the reality is now that I can win and people know that I’ve, shall we say, got the goods,” Ricciardo said.

“So if I’m coming sixth and seventh when they feel the car should be fourth and fifth then that obviously isn’t meeting expectations, but it honestly doesn’t add any more pressure to me.”

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