Numerology update: What’s new for 2015 in NASCAR, F1, IndyCar

1 Comment

Ahead of a new season, there’s always a lot of team and driver maneuvering and with it, new numbers to identify.

Here’s a list of the numbers and/or driver team moves set to change from 2014 to 2015 in NASCAR Sprint Cup, Formula 1 and the Verizon IndyCar Series:

NASCAR Sprint Cup

  • Trevor Bayne: 21 (Wood Brothers) to 6 (Roush Fenway Racing). Bayne’s No. 6 car will inherit the No. 99 RFR owner points from 2014.
  • Alex Bowman: 23 (BK Racing) to 7 (Tommy Baldwin Racing)
  • Sam Hornish Jr.: 54 (Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity Series) to 9 (Richard Petty Motorsports)
  • Carl Edwards: 99 (Roush Fenway Racing) to 19 (Joe Gibbs Racing)
  • Ryan Blaney: 12 (Team Penske) to 21 (Wood Brothers)
  • Ron Hornaday: 9 (Camping World Truck Series) to 30 (TMG)
  • Cole Whitt: 26 (BK Racing) to 35 (Front Row Motorsports)
  • Michael Annett: 7 (Tommy Baldwin Racing) to 46 (HScott Motorsports)
  • Chase Elliott: 9 (JR Motorsports Xfinity Series) to 25 (Hendrick Motorsports); selected races only.

Formula 1

  • Sebastian Vettel: 1 (Red Bull) to 5 (Ferrari)
  • Fernando Alonso: Ferrari to McLaren (14 stays)
  • Daniil Kvyat: Toro Rosso to Red Bull (26 stays)
  • Marcus Ericsson: Caterham to Sauber (9 stays)
  • Felipe Nasr: 40 (Williams Friday driver) to 12 (Sauber)
  • Max Verstappen: 38 (Toro Rosso Friday driver) to 33 (Toro Rosso)
  • Carlos Sainz Jr.: New 55 (Toro Rosso)

Verizon IndyCar Series

  • Will Power: 12 to 1 (champion; Team Penske)
  • Luca Filippi: 16 (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing) to 20 (CFH Racing)
  • Simon Pagenaud: 77 (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports) to 22 (Team Penske)
  • Carlos Munoz: 34 (Andretti Autosport) to 26 (Andretti Autosport)
  • Marco Andretti: 25 (Andretti Autosport) to 27 (Andretti Autosport)
  • Jack Hawksworth: 98 (Bryan Herta Autosport) to 41 (A.J. Foyt Enterprises)
  • James Hinchcliffe: 27 (Andretti Autosport) to 77 (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)
  • Gabby Chaves: New 98 (Bryan Herta Autosport)

Indy 500 qualifying: Today’s schedule, TV times, how the 33-car field is set

Indy 500 qualifying schedule
Doug Mathews/IndyCar
Leave a comment

The 33-car field of the 104th Indianapolis 500 will be set through the two-day Indy 500 qualifying schedule Saturday and Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Today’s session will determine the nine cars that will compete for the pole position and starting positions 10-30.

On Sunday, the pole position then will be determined in a Fast Nine Shootout (the top nine qualifiers also received NTT IndyCar Series points).

All on-track activity will be on NBC Sports Gold’s IndyCar pass (click here for streaming Saturday and here for Sunday), and Indy 500 qualifying will be on NBC from 3-5 p.m. ET Saturday and Indy 500 pole qualifying from 1-3 p.m. ET on NBC.

Last year, Simon Pagenaud captured the pole position on the way to winning last year’s Indy 500.

Qualifying speeds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway are determined by a four-lap average around the 2.5-mile track.

Here is the Indy 500 qualifying schedule and how to watch on TV:

Saturday, Aug. 15

5:30 a.m. – Garage opens

6 a.m. – Tech inspection

8:30-9:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)

11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 qualifying (NBC Sports Gold; NBC coverage from 3-5 p.m.; NBCSN 5-6 p.m.)

7:30 p.m. – Garage closes

Sunday, Aug. 16

8 a.m. – Garage opens

9 a.m. — Tech inspection

11-11:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)

1:15-2:15 p.m. – Fast Nine pole qualifying (NBC begins at 1 p.m., NBC Sports Gold)

3:30-6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)