Drivers let loose across USA on Indianapolis 500 media day

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IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 Media Day on Tuesday took part not just in Indianapolis, but nearly two dozen cities across the country.

From San Francisco to Milwaukee to New York City and points in-between, drivers who will compete in Sunday’s 99th edition of the 500 had a chance to have some fun and – for at least one day – not worry about the inherent pressure of race day.

Thanks to the Twitterverse, here’s some of the highlights:

— Simon Pagenaud got a bit cheesy before taking a big ride in Milwaukee:

 

— Pippa Mann was ready for a Royal time in Kansas City

 

 

— Tony Kanaan and NASCAR drivers Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray enjoy a cold drink – of milk – in Charlotte

 

 

— Speaking of milk, rookie driver Gabby Chaves had a taste for milk, so he went right to the source

 

— JR Hildebrand looks like he’ll leave his heart in San Francisco

 

 

— Simona De Silvestro has a pre-Indy 500 makeover in the Big Apple

 

 

— Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud try their hands at tennis. A bit of advice, guys: Don’t give up your day jobs!

 

— Graham Rahal returns to his dad’s old hometown, the Windy City, Chicago.

 

— Rahal shows decent form when he throws out the first pitch before the White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field.

 

— Carlos Munoz, Oriol Servia and Sebastian Saavedra say “Hola!” to Miami

 

 

— Ed Carpenter does a little high-speed motoring in Motown, at Detroit’s Belle Isle, where the IndyCar Series will race at May 30-31.

 

 

— Jack Hawksworth gets some kicks with the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.

 

 

— Justin Wilson learns that everything is bigger in Texas, including the media.

 

 

— There’s no generation gap here: School kids visiting Indianapolis Motor Speedway know who A.J. Foyt is.

 

 

— Charlie Kimball got some practice spraying champagne in Detroit. Could it be for real on Sunday?

 

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IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:


Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change