NASCAR: Top drivers of 2014 – No. 29 Justin Allgaier

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Justin Allgaier

Season finish: 29th

2014 Season Stats: 0 wins, 0 top-5, 0 top-10, 0 Poles.

What went right: It was admittedly a trying Sprint Cup rookie season for Justin Allgaier. Still, there were positives: he led 16 laps (more than Danica Patrick’s 15), and had a pair of 15th place finishes, his best showings of the season, within five races of each other: Charlotte and Homestead. All told, he had 10 top-20 finishes, including four in the last five races, a definite sign of optimism heading into 2015.

What went wrong: Sure, Allgaier likely would have wanted a better first season in the Cup series. But after five seasons in the Nationwide Series (four top-five finishes and one top-six season finish), it was time for him to make the jump upward into the Cup ranks. The team was sold late in the 2013 season from James Finch to Harry Scott Jr., and when 2014 came around, it took a while for Allgaier and crew chief Steve Addington to bond and establish good communication. But there were definitely positive signs in the second half of the season that bode well for 2015. Perhaps the worst thing that went wrong is he failed to qualify for the fall Talladega race.

2015 Prospectus: The 2015 season could be a mixed bag for Allgaier. On the one hand, he’ll be in his second full season of the schedule, as well as working with Addington. But on the flip side, he may be one of those beset by NASCAR’s notorious sophomore jinx for second-year drivers in the Cup series. However, given that 2014 wasn’t the year he wanted, Allgaier may surprise us and have a much improved campaign in 2015.

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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