Report: IMS will add additional SAFER barrier before May

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add more SAFER barriers coming out of Turn 2 and driver’s left on the short chute between Turns 3 and 4 before the month of May, track president Doug Boles confirmed to USA Today. Per the report, that’s roughly 1,560 additional feet of barriers.

“We’re so tight to begin with, the likelihood of getting into those (unprotected areas) is really slim and getting into one with any significant speed is even slimmer,” Boles told USA Today’s Brant James. “But we decided that the best thing to do was to add (SAFER) to those two locations.”

IndyCar crashes from exiting Turn 2 have occurred rather frequently in recent years, either where drivers hit the outside wall on corner exit or hit the outside wall and then spin down to the inside. It’s the latter where the SAFER would be installed.

Boles had previously told the Indianapolis Star that they were considering the possibility of additions, in the wake of Kyle Busch’s crash in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona to open the 2015 racing season.

IndyCar’s month of May commences with oval testing on May 3, before the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9 and the 99th Indianapolis 500 on May 24.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.