Status GP2 likely one to watch in 2015

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Yesterday we had a long conversation with Mark Gallagher on the wider business of F1, upon the release of his book The Business of Winning.

Where Gallagher could be winning himself, as a team principal, is with his Status Grand Prix team in GP2 next year.

Status has achieved a good amount of success in GP3, A1GP and in sports cars over the years and with Caterham’s GP2 operation (seen in Caterham colors, right) as in flux as its F1 team was given the management changes earlier this year, we thought it appropriate to inquire more about the team’s entry into GP2.

“We have been considering GP2 since the A1GP series stopped in mid-2009,” Gallagher told MotorSportsTalk. “The difficulty we faced was that A1GP ran to a ‘winter’ schedule, so it finishing summertime of 2009 and there was no GP2 franchise available for us to pick up. Instead GP3 was being launched so we tendered for a franchise, and were successful in securing that.

“We have now been in GP3 for 5 seasons and the Caterham GP2 deal was the first one that made sense from the point of view of the business, equipment, people and cost,” he added. “We had a lot of support from GP2 itself, and ultimately the deal happened very quickly.

“What excites us about GP2, as it did about A1GP, is that we like competing in international championships for big single seater cars; in the absence of doing F1, GP2 is very definitely the next best thing for a European-based team, and to be competitive in the categories leading to F1 is an exciting opportunity.”

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