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

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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)

Donny Schatz edges Kyle Larson for Outlaws victory at Lake Ozark

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Donny Schatz made a last-lap pass on Kyle Larson, snatching a World of Outlaws victory Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway.

Larson started on the pole, led 30 of 35 laps and was in control until a caution set up a two-lap shootout to the finish before a limited crowd in Eldon, Missouri.

Schatz and Larson traded the lead twice over the final two laps, but the 10-time champion emerged with his first victory since the NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returned in mid-May from a two-month layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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“Man, I don’t know what to say, but Kyle’s a damn good racer,” Schatz, who led five laps, told DirtVision after his 296th Outlaws win. “I kind of had to go where he didn’t. We got that green-white-checkered, and I decided I was going to send it. He decided the same thing.

Donny Schatz celebrates at Lake Ozark Speedway after his second Outlaws Sprint Car victory of the season (Trent Gower).

“I’m glad to get the win. It feels like it’s been forever. I’ve been out here 24 years, and every night is a learning experience still.”

Larson finished second in his fifth start since he began racing with the Outlaws after being suspended from NASCAR.

“Obviously, it would have been nice to get the win,” Larson said on DirtVision. “I figured Donny would rip the middle. The restarts before, he’d almost clear me in (turns) 3 and 4. I should have known to protect and block his momentum. I felt I exited 2 OK. We don’t have spotters or rearview mirrors so you can’t see how close he is or really hear it when the pace is so slow.

“I just didn’t do a good enough job to run a smarter final couple of laps.”

Brad Sweet, Larson’s brother in law, finished third, with Shane Stewart and David Gravel rounding out the top five.

Larson rebounded from a 10th in Friday’s feature at Lake Ozark Speedway, continuing his streak of top-10 finishes in all five of his starts since the Outlaws’ return.

“We got our car a lot better from last night, so that was a plus,” said Larson, who finished second and first in back-to-back nights last week at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at Pevely, Missouri. “These guys are really tough. To be on the podium with Donny and Brad, they’ve won lots of big races and championships, it’s nice. I just didn’t do what I needed to do that last restart.”

Larson nearly had a flawless night Saturday, turning a 11.426-second lap to capture his second pole position this season and won the pole dash to start first in the feature.

Larson, who was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing from his NASCAR Cup Series ride last month for using a racial slur in an iRacing event, said last week that he plans to run several more NOS Energy Sprint Car Series races this year.

Larson remains indefinitely suspended by NASCAR but was approved to race by the Outlaws after completing sensitivity training.