MRTI: Entry lists set for Cooper Tires Winterfest in NOLA, Barber


The North American open-wheel racing season kicks off this week with the annual Cooper Tires Winterfest for the Mazda Road to Indy.

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires test, while both the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda each have tripleheader races on tap.

Action occurs at NOLA Motorsports Park this week on Feb. 18-19, before shifting to Barber Motorsports Park Feb. 24-25.

Entry lists are linked here (Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, USF2000). Of note:

  • 8Star Motorsports will only test at Barber, not NOLA, with Scott Hargrove. The Canadian is confirmed for the season opener only at this point.
  • Otherwise the field of 12 for Indy Lights is the same as it was at Homestead-Miami last month, with two to three more additions likely to be confirmed before the St. Petersburg season opener.
  • Pro Mazda’s list includes Alessandro Latif, the 18-year-old sports car veteran who has signed with World Speed Motorsports (listed on entry as M1 Autosport, but that will change). Watch this space on him, as Latif is a very intriguing prospect.
  • Jake Eidson shifts from Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing to Pabst Racing for Winterfest in USF2000. Eidson, along with Aaron Telitz, Victor Franzoni and four others have some USF2000 race experience – the remaining 11 drivers in the 18-car field are rookies.

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
Feld Entertainment, Inc.

NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.