Hawksworth, Coletti, Clauson survive second qualifying group; Lazier fails to make Indy 500

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The agony was real for Jack Hawksworth, Stefano Coletti and Bryan Clauson – and their teams – in the final 45-minute second qualifying session for the 99th Indianapolis 500.

But the three of them still made it into the field on Sunday evening, with 1996 Indianapolis 500 champion Buddy Lazier the lone driver who failed to qualify for this year’s race.

Hawksworth, Coletti and Clauson looked like they’d rather be anywhere but in the second session, which was added by INDYCAR as something of a fail-safe in case a, with no disrespect to those three, more marquee name had an issue in the primary qualifying session.

As it was, Clauson went out and posted a speed of 221.358 in the No. 88 KVSH/Jonathan Byrd’s Racing Chevrolet, before Coletti posted a 222.001 in the No. 4 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet and Hawskworth clocked a 223.738 in the No. 41 ABC Supply Co. Honda.

Lazier came up short on his first attempt in the session in his No. 91 Lazier Racing Partners Chevrolet at 219.438 mph.

“We’re on the grid. That’s all I gotta say,” Hawksworth told ABC after his run.

Asked whether this was one of the strangest days he’d seen at IMS, Clauson and Coletti co-owner Jimmy Vasser told ABC, “Right at the top, or second to when Penske didn’t qualify in 95. We’re miffed why we’re out here. We don’t have the speed today. They just won’t go.”

James “Sulli” Sullivan, another co-owner and race strategist for the KVSH/Byrd’s car told ABC, “Bottom line we’re watching the Lazier camp. We’ve got spotters. If he moves, we move. Simple as that.”

Lazier’s crew made several changes ahead of a second run, notably leaning the rear wing back to a crazy negative amount in hopes of finding more speed.

But despite the effort, Lazier ended his run shy of the mark, at 220.153 mph.

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

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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.