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)

Supercross points leader Eli Tomac finds silver linings in interruption

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Though his Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship charge was put on hold, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had a silver lining for Eli Tomac.

Off the road while the season was postponed for nearly three months, the points leader was able to be present as his girlfriend, Jessica, gave birth to their daughter, Lev, on April 26

“A huge blessing for us there,” Tomac told host Mike Tirico during a “Lunch Talk Live” interview (click on the video above) in which he also joked about becoming a pro at busting off diaper changes. “That was one good blessing for us as we had our daughter on a Sunday, that would have been on a travel day coming back from the race in Las Vegas.


“That was probably the only positive out of all this mess was being able to be there for the birth.”

But there also could be more good fortune for Tomac as the series resumes Sunday at Salt Lake City, Utah (3-4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, 4-6 p.m. on NBC).

The final seven events will be held over 22 days in Rice-Eccles Stadium, which sits at just over 4,000 feet.

The elevation could favor Tomac, who was born and lives in Colorado and is accustomed to riding and training at altitude, which is a departure for many Supercross riders (many of whom hail from California and Florida).

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“That’s going to be the test for us,” said the Kawasaki rider, who five of the first 10 races this season. “We’re at elevation in Salt Lake, so when you’re on a motorcycle, you have a little bit of a loss of power. That’s just what happens when you come up in elevation. And a lot of guys train at sea level, and we’re at 4,000 to 5,000 feet, so cardio-wise, we’ll be pushed to the limit.

“Most of our races are Saturday nights and back to back weeks, but this go around it’s Sunday and Wednesday, so recovery is going to be key.”

Supercross will race Sunday and Wednesday for the next three weeks, capping the season with the June 21 finale, which also will be shown on NBCSN from 3-4:30 p.m. ET and NBC from 4:30-6 p.m. ET.

Tomac, who holds a three-point lead over Ken Roczen (who also recently visited “Lunch Talk Live”), told Tirico he had been riding for 90 minutes Thursday morning on a track outside Salt Lake City.

“Most of us we can rely on our past riding pretty well,” Tomac said. “The question is if you can go the distance. That’s what a lot of guys have to train on is going the distance. We go 20 minutes plus a lap. That’s what you’ve got to keep sharp is your general muscles. Within two to three days, your brain starts warming up more if you take a few weeks off the motorcycle.”

Here is the schedule and TV information for the rest of the season:

  • Sunday, May 31 (3-4 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4-6 p.m. ET, NBC);
  • Wednesday, June 3 ( 10:00 pm – 1:00 am ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 7 (5-8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Wednesday, June 10 (7–10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 14 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Wednesday, June 17 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 21 (3-4:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET, NBC).
Eli Tomac rides his No. 3 Kawasaki in the Feb. 29 race at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia (Charles Mitchell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images).