Times, comfort level improve on second day of Indy Lights test


The second day of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires testing is in the books from Palm Beach International Raceway. Times improved and the eight drivers raved about the conditions, and the new Dallara IL15 chassis partnered with the Mazda MZR-R engine.

As was the case on Tuesday, the top seven were separated by less than a second. Californian Kyle Kaiser, driving for series returnees Juncos Racing, led the field with a test-best 1:05.2689.

Pro Mazda sparring partners Scott Hargrove (8Star Motorsports) and Spencer Pigot (Juncos Racing) were next up. The top seven were covered by 0.7993 of a second.

Reactions were positive pretty much across the board.

“The car is super-fast. I really enjoy driving it,” Kaiser said. “I started off just getting acclimated and finding the limits of the car. The faster and faster I go, I find the more I can push the car. I just really enjoy driving it. Everything is faster. You have more brakes, more grip, more downforce – everything is just improved.

“The tires have been handling great. On the new tires, we have been finding almost over a second. They have a lot more grip and are pretty consistent.”

Added Hargrove, the Tuesday time leader, “It seems like every time I go on the brakes, I go a bit later and it’s kind of getting serious at this point. The PFC brakes are just so good. If you lock up a little bit, you are just really pedaling it and instantly the wheels start spinning again so it is super controllable.

“The 2015 tires are really, really good. I am looking forward to the year on Coopers. The tires are more consistent, they last longer in a run and the construction of the tire suits this car better so hats off to those guys for making the right tire for the right car.”

Perhaps the most crucial piece of analysis came from Jack Harvey, confirmed earlier this month to return for a second season with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, and thus far the only confirmed returnee to the series and driver with a year’s worth of experience in the old car.

“My first impression of the car was a pretty good one,” he said. “I think Dallara did a nice job of developing what I think was already a good car in the old Indy Lights. The new car in every way is a big step forward.”

As you’d expect, one would hope.

Here are the times from Wednesday’s test. Additionally, two videos captured on site are linked below, via Road To Indy TV and originally posted by Bart Ewer (the capture of five cars at one corner) and Ethan Ringel, one of SPM’s three confirmed drivers.

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
Feld Entertainment, Inc.

NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.