IndyCar preseason driver meetings almost a “Where’s Waldo” in finding drivers currently rideless


With only a little more than a month to go until the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener in Brasilia, Brazil, there’s, as mentioned previously, still a number of outstanding seats and items to get resolved.

First up on the list – you’d think, anyway – would be filling the seven or eight remaining cars set to make up the balance of the grid.

And these two photos from Josef Newgarden and Pippa Mann at IndyCar’s preseason driver meeting in Indianapolis – both of whom should figure in the 2015 Indianapolis 500 – give away some faces of drivers not currently on the 2015 grid but who could well be on the grid in a little more than a month’s time.

Among those spotted include: Justin Wilson, younger and taller brother Stefan Wilson, Conor Daly, Zach Veach, Carlos Huertas and Sebastian Saavedra.

Justin Wilson has been linked to Andretti Autosport’s vacant fourth seat, while budget is still needed to put that together for him. Stefan had been announced for a Fan Force United seat back last summer, but that deal has gone quiet since it was announced. Both drivers were in Daytona for the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test searching for rides, but due to their professional status as Gold or Platinum-ranked drivers, were strangely less valuable to teams who could instead opt to utilize Silver-ranked drivers per the 2 Silver/Bronze-ranked driver minimum in the pro-am classes.

Daly was also in Daytona staying with good friend James Hinchcliffe, and has an IndyCar test upcoming (more on that in a separate post to come on MST).

Veach, like Wilson, is on the Andretti Autosport short list and is still working towards a program there.

Colombians Huertas and Saavedra are, frankly, surprises in the room. The pair finished 20th and 21st in the 2014 championship – the last two positions among full-time drivers – although Huertas won Houston race 1 in the rain and Saavedra scored the pole position at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Neither has been mentioned in the conversation for the vacant rides as yet, but both found deals late last year and could well be poised to do so again this year.

With IndyCar news still pretty much at a standstill until the dominos start falling, the “Where’s Waldo!” driver approach is a good clue-finder to see what could be happening.

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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