IndyCar 2015 team preview: Bryan Herta Autosport

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Single-car team with a rookie driver. It worked with some success for Bryan Herta a year ago with Jack Hawksworth, and he’ll look to capture lightning in a bottle twice with Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves in the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series campaign.

Team: Bryan Herta Autosport
Engine/aero kits: Honda
Sponsors: Bowers & Wilkins (No. 98)

2014 STATS

Races: 18
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1 (Hawksworth)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 366
Laps Led: 32
Championship Position: 17th (Hawksworth)

2015 LINEUP (Engineers in parentheses)

98 Gabby Chaves (John Dick)
97 Jay Howard (Indy only; engineer TBC)

2014 RECAP (Hawksworth driver recap)

Jack Hawksworth and Bryan Herta Autosport overachieved early, particularly in qualifying, but two crashes (Indianapolis 500 practice, Pocono practice) and an untimely withdrawal of a sponsor and their financial promises left the team in a bit of a bind. Hawksworth had his moments of success though, notably a third at Houston race two and a consistent finishing record.

2015 OUTLOOK

Hawksworth has since moved to A.J. Foyt Enterprises and in his stead, BHA has brought up the Indy Lights champion Gabby Chaves. The Colombian American will work with engineer John Dick, who moves over from RLL Racing. A rookie on a smaller budget, single-car team is rarely a recipe for success, but as evidenced by the lanky Englishman a year ago, occasional moments of brilliance can occur. Chaves will seek to bank laps, gain experience, score some top-10 finishes and perhaps sneak a podium or two.

Supercross’ return Sunday in Salt Lake: Start time, TV, info for watching

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Nearly three months after the postponement of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Monster Energy Supercross is returning to action.

Sunday’s Round 11 is the first of seven remaining 2020 events to be completed. All are being held at Rice-Eccles Stadium, on the campus of the University of Utah, with no fans in attendance.

Here’s what you need to know …

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE

Television coverage will begin at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, then will move to NBC from 4-6 p.m. ET.

The event also will be streamed on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports App, and NBC Sports Gold’s Supercross Pass, which also will stream live qualifying for the event starting at 1:30 p.m. ET.

COVID-19 IMPACT

Earlier this month, Feld Entertainment senior director of two-wheel operations Dave Prater confirmed that protocols for the final seven races will include COVID-19 testing for everyone on-site at Rice-Eccles Stadium. A negative result will be required to enter the stadium’s perimeter; only one test will be necessary as long as the person remains in Utah throughout the seven-race stretch.

Additional protocols include temperature checks (administered when someone enters the stadium perimeter), face masks, increased sanitation efforts and social distancing.

TRACK MAP

Prater also noted there is a different track map for each of the seven remaining rounds. “You might not see as different a track as you would from Indy to Salt Lake, but it will be a different track,” he said. “The lanes will be the same but with different obstacles.”

Click here to see the map for Sunday’s event.

FORMAT

A standard event format will be used for the seven remaining rounds, except for the season finale on June 21, which will include an East/West Showdown in the 250SX class.

  • 450SX Class – 40 Riders based on current point standings and 2020 top 100 number or combined season qualifying results
  • 250SX Class – 40 Riders based on current point standings and 2020 top 100 number or combined season qualifying results
  • Two qualifying sessions will be held for gate pick
  • 250SX Class – Two Heat Races and a Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ)
  • 450SX Class – Two Heat Races and a Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ)
  • 250SX Class Main Event
  • 450SX Class Main Event

WEATHER

Riders will face a heat wave in Salt Lake City. Weather Underground forecasts temperatures near 90 degrees at race time under partly cloudy skies.

WHEN WE LAST LEFT YOU

On March 7 at Daytona International Speedway, Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac earned his fourth career Daytona Supercross win in the 450SX class. Tomac erased a nine-second deficit, took the lead from Honda rival Ken Roczen with two minutes to go before the white flag lap and went on to victory.

In the 250SX East class, 18-year-old Garrett Marchbanks became just the fourth rider to claim their first career 250 class win at Daytona. Marchbanks held on after absorbing late-race pressure from reigning 250SX East champion Chase Sexton.

Extended Highlights – Daytona 450SX

Extended Highlights – Daytona 250SX

Tomac – who has become a father for the first time during the shutdown – currently holds the 450SX class championship lead by three points over Roczen. Reigning champion Cooper Webb is in third place, 29 points back.

In the 250SX East class, Sexton leads the way by 10 points over Shane McElrath, followed by R.J. Hampshire, 18 points back.

REST OF THE SCHEDULE

After Sunday’s opener, here are the details for the remaining six rounds:

  • 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).