A day later, Brazil Indy cancellation leaves more questions than answers


About the only positive of the Brasilia IndyCar cancellation news thus far is that it dropped at roughly 5 p.m. ET on a Thursday, so at least a good 24 hours clear of the proverbial Friday night news dump.

Other than that, there have been more questions that have emerged as a result of the cancellation – which, although it looks bad for IndyCar, is not IndyCar’s fault.

Two key stories have come out on Friday to shed a little bit more light on the situation, the day after the race was announced as canceled by the Brazilian promoters before INDYCAR put out a statement of its own to confirm the news.

A Brazilian AP report put the story down to the single driving force that makes racing work: money.

Public prosecutors warned it would cost the local government too much and waste public funds, organizers said on Friday. Per the AP report, the government said track renovations and improvements would cost nearly $100 million.

The AP report also indicated that Brasilia is in the midst of a serious financial crisis, where some public workers’ salaries hadn’t been paid. A MotoGP race scheduled for Brazil in 2014 also was axed, because the aforementioned Brasilia circuit wouldn’t be completed in time.

The AP report also went into a potential breach of contract fine of $27 million, but said that was only valid between IndyCar and the Brazilian TV network promoter, Band TV.

A further report from FOXSports.com’s Bruce Martin added more details – Martin spoke to Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles, the head of INDYCAR’s parent company. Miles told Martin the government funding issue cut deeper than just the IndyCar race.

“The government has a bigger issue than INDYCAR,” Miles said in that interview. “The government of Brasilia was not receiving all the funds it normally expects to receive from the national Brazilian government and there was any number of complications for the lack of national funds that were much more broad than our race. A number of cuts and cutbacks and changes and arrangements were made by the Brazilian government and we happened to be one of them.”

If your Portuguese and/or ability to read small print is strong, the full government report outlining the reasons for cancellation is linked here.

The common thread in the cancellation is surprise. Miles said drivers and teams were caught off guard; INDYCAR’s official statement was one of surprise; and several sources told MotorSportsTalk even in this week’s preseason meetings in Indianapolis, there was little to no idea this was coming.

Leave it to Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves, who was undoubtedly going to be one of the star attractions for this race, to sum up the feelings.

“I was caught by surprise, as far as I knew everything was going well,” Castroneves said in a statement released to media. “It’s a shame that the race was canceled, but I trust that a solution can be given to this problem in the future. I’m sorry for the fans, but things like that are beyond the control of the teams and drivers.”

Some questions immediately pop up as a result of this.

Could INDYCAR attempt a backup or replacement plan on short notice? Several sources have indicated to MST this could be a possibility. The most recent example occurred for the Milwaukee Mile in 2012, when Andretti Sports Marketing and INDYCAR worked together to revive the race in four months from February to June. Even so, that was a Herculean effort to pull off.

What does this do to Miles’ international hopes? Adding international races and shifting the schedule forward has been one of Miles’ big strategies – he even said “get your passports ready” at the 2014 championship banquet – but it appears Canada will be the only international event for 2015.

Lastly, what does this do from a reputation standpoint? Several times in Champ Car’s waning years of 2004 through 2007, the proposed Korea or China round never occurred – it became a running joke to insiders as to when the race would drop – and the Qingdao, China cancellation in 2012 also was a reminder of the peril of scheduling international events.

With this news, the cancellation isn’t even close to the end of the story. It’s merely the beginning of the next chapter in IndyCar’s “International Exploits” book that has featured a plethora of plot twists.

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Seattle


The final results from the Monster Energy Supercross race in Seattle suggests the season is turning into a two-rider battle as Eli Tomac scored his sixth win of the season to tie Cooper Webb for the points’ lead and Chase Sexton crashed in yet another race.

Tomac downplayed the neck strain that caused him to lose the red plate for two weeks, but without that holding him back, it would appear it might have been a bigger problem than he admitted. Despite finishing on the podium in Detroit, Tomac has not shown the late-race strength everyone has come to expect. He was in a slump after scoring a season-worst in Indianapolis and described his sixth win as a “bounce back”.

With this win, Tomac tied James Stewart for second on the all-time list with 50 career Supercross victories. Six rounds remain and there is no sign that Tomac is slowing down. Jeremy McGrath’s 72 wins remains untouchable, for the moment at least.

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Cooper Webb was disappointed with second-place, but he recognized the Supercross results at Seattle could have been much worse. He rode in fifth for the first nine laps of the race, behind Tomac and Sexton. When Sexton crashed from the lead and Tomac took the top spot, Webb knew he could not afford to give up that many points and so he dug deep and found enough points to share the red plate when the series returns in two weeks in Glendale, Arizona for a Triple Crown event.

Justin Barcia scored his third podium of the season, breaking out of a threeway tie of riders who have not been the presumed favorites to win the championship. Barcia scored the podium without drama or controversy. It was his fourth consecutive top-five and his 10th straight finish of eighth or better.

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Jason Anderson kept his perfect record of top-10s alive with a fourth-place finish. Tied for fourth in the standings and 49 out of the lead, his season has been like a death of a thousand cuts. He’s ridden exceptionally well, but the Big Three have simply been better.

Sexton rebounded from his fall to finish fifth. He entered the race 17 points out of the lead and lost another five in Seattle. Mistakes have cost Sexton 22 points in the last three races and that is precisely how far he is behind Tomac and Webb. Unless those two riders bobble, this deficit cannot overcome.

The rider who ties Anderson for fourth in the points, Ken Roczen finished just outside the top five in sixth after he battled for a podium position early in the race.

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The 250 West riders got back in action after four rounds of sitting on the sideline and Jett Lawrence picked up where he left of: in Victory Lane. Lawrence now has four wins and a second-place finish in five rounds. One simply doesn’t get close to perfection than that.

Between them, the Lawrence brothers have won all but two races though 11 rounds. Jett failed to win the Anaheim Triple Crown and Hunter Lawrence failed to win the Arlington Triple Crown format in the 250 East division. In two weeks, the series has their final Triple Crown race in Glendale. When he was reminded of this from the top of the Seattle podium, Jett replied, “oof”.

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RJ Hampshire finished second in the race and is second in the points. This is fourth time in five rounds that Hampshire finished second to Lawrence. If not for a crash-induced 11th-place finish in the Arlington Triple Crown, he would be much closer in the points standings. With that poor showing, he is 23 points behind Lawrence.

Cameron McAdoo made a lot of noise in his heat. Riding aggressively beside Larwence, the two crashed in the preliminary. McAdoo could never seem to get away from Hampshire in the Main and as the two battled, the leader got away. It would have been interesting to see how they would have raced head-to-head when points were on the line.

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The Supercross results in Seattle were kind to a couple of riders on the cusp of the top five. Enzo Lopes scored his second top-five and fourth top-10 of the season after crossing the finish line fourth in Seattle.

Tying his best finish of the season for the third time, Max Vohland kept his perfect record of top-10s alive. Vohland is seventh in the points.

2023 Results

Round 11: Eli Tomac bounces back with sixth win
Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 10: Chase Sexton leads with consistency
Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s