Power wins Verizon P1 Award in Detroit with new track record

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DETROIT – Courtesy of a new track record of 1:16.0941, Will Power has secured the Verizon P1 Award (pole position) for Saturday’s Round 7 of the Verizon IndyCar Series season, the first race in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans.

Power, in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, was flirting with the mark early in the Firestone Fast Six before he set the time on his second lap, on reds, in the session. It beats the previous mark of 1:16.1371 set last year by Takuma Sato.

Power also returned Penske to the pole position after a one-race hiatus, when Scott Dixon scored the pole for the 99th Indianapolis 500.

“Yeah I had new tires, so I was pushing hard,” Power told IndyCar Radio. “I made a couple mistakes but fantastic job. Good start to the weekend.”

The top three drivers were from Team Penske’s stable, with Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya just behind the defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion.

Sato upheld Honda’s honor, as he did in St. Petersburg, with fourth place while Simon Pagenaud and Sebastien Bourdais completed the Fast Six.

Three other Hondas made it into Q2, in the form of Marco Andretti, James Jakes and a particularly impressive Tristan Vautier for Dale Coyne Racing. Vautier is in his first IndyCar road and street race since Houston, 2013, then driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

DETROIT – Qualifying Friday for the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans Race #1 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.35-mile Raceway at Belle Isle Park, with qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, time and speed in parentheses:

1. (1) Will Power, Chevrolet, 01:16.0941 (111.178)
2. (3) Helio Castroneves, Chevrolet, 01:16.1200 (111.140)
3. (2) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 01:16.4428 (110.671)
4. (14) Takuma Sato, Honda, 01:16.5363 (110.536)
5. (22) Simon Pagenaud, Chevrolet, 01:16.6656 (110.349)
6. (11) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 01:17.0406 (109.812)
7. (9) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 01:16.9768 (109.903)
8. (4) Stefano Coletti, Chevrolet, 01:17.3638 (109.353)
9. (27) Marco Andretti, Honda, 01:17.3785 (109.333)
10. (7) James Jakes, Honda, 01:17.5158 (109.139)
11. (19) Tristan Vautier, Honda, 01:17.8140 (108.721)
12. (8) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 01:17.9046 (108.594)
13. (15) Graham Rahal, Honda, 01:18.2239 (108.151)
14. (41) Jack Hawksworth, Honda, 01:18.7504 (107.428)
15. (10) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 01:18.3144 (108.026)
16. (28) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Honda, 01:19.3634 (106.598)
17. (83) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 01:18.3303 (108.004)
18. (67) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 01:21.4632 (103.851)
19. (20) Luca Filippi, Chevrolet, 01:18.4404 (107.853)
20. (26) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 01:21.4796 (103.830)
21. (5) Conor Daly, Honda, 01:18.4937 (107.779)
22. (18) Rodolfo Gonzalez, Honda, 01:21.8208 (103.397)
23. (98) Gabby Chaves, Honda, 01:19.2306 (106.777)

World of Outlaws release 2023 Sprint Car Series schedule

2023 Outlaws Sprint schedule
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The 2023 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule features 87 races, almost identical to the last year’s number, to be contested at 36 venues across 19 states. With cancelations for mostly weather, they closed out this year’s calendar on November 5 with 69 events in the books. Carson Macedo won a series high 11 races.

In 2022, David Gravel chased Brad Sweet into the three-race finale on the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in one of the most hotly contested championships in Outlaws history. Sweet emerged victorious for the fourth straight year.

For the 19th consecutive season, the Outlaws Sprints will begin their season at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals from Feb. 9-11 and will return March 5-6 for another two-day show before hitting the road with a three-track swing into Pennsylvania to take on the Posse.

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“Every year we continue to build the best schedule we can for drivers and fans across the country,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter is a series release. “I’m excited for the journey we’ve put together, which includes the biggest races in Sprint Car racing, our new Spring Swing through Pennsylvania, the thrill of combining the World of Outlaws and ‘Bike Week’ and so much more.”

Some tracks returning from hiatus and one brand new course include 81 Speedway in Park City, Kans. in April and again in October, Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon City, Ill. in April, Ogilvie (Minn.) Raceway in June and BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Penn.

BAPS hosts its first race in more than 30 years when the track was known as Susquehanna Speedway. This midweek show will give the local Pennsylvania Posse 14 attempts to beat the traveling Outlaws.

Ogilvie Speedway is completely new to the series and makes it the 224th different venue they will have challenged.

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Notably missing from the calendar are Vado (N.M.) Speedway Park, Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway and the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track.

In addition to the new spring Pennsylvania Swing, the second date at Volusia Speedway will coincide with Daytona Beach’s Bike Week and bring new eyes to the sport.

Knoxville Raceway adds another multi-night show to the calendar in April, giving this track eight sanctioned events in 2023.

And of course, there are plenty of mainstays and high dollar events, such as the Memorial Day Spectacular at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, the 35th running of the Brad Doty Classic in July and the Labor Day Spectacular at Gray’s Harbor in Elma, Wash.

Several big paydays are on the line in 2023 including the 40th annual Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio paying $175,000 to the winner, the Huset’s High Bank Nationals’ $250,000-to-win finale and the grandaddy of them all, the 62nd Knoxville Nationals with a total purse exceeding $1 million.

2023 Outlaws Sprint Schedule

Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11 – Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL)

Sunday-Monday, March 5-6 – Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL)
Friday-Saturday, March 10-11 – Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Friday, March 17 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday, March 18 – Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA)
Friday, March 24 – Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, AL)
Saturday, March 25 – Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS)
Friday, March 31-Saturday, April 1 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX)

Friday, April 7 – US-36 Raceway (Osborn, MO)
Saturday, April 8 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
Friday-Saturday, April 14-15 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Friday-Saturday, April 21-22 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Friday, April 28 – Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
Saturday, April 29 – Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

Friday-Saturday, May 5-6 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Wednesday, May 10 – Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA)
Friday-Saturday, May 12-13 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Friday, May 19 – Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH)
Saturday, May 20 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH)
Friday-Saturday, May 26-27 – Atomic Speedway (Chillicothe, OH)
Monday, May 29 – Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Friday, June 2 – River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND)
Saturday, June 3 – Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, MN)
Friday-Saturday, June 9-10 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Friday-Saturday, June 16-17 – Beaver Dam Raceway (Beaver Dam, WI)
Wednesday-Saturday, June 21-24 – Huset’s Speedway (Brandon, SD)
Friday, June 30-Saturday, July 1 – Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, WI)

Friday, July 7 – 34 Raceway (West Burlington, IA)
Saturday, July 8 – Wilmot Raceway (Wilmot, WI)
Tuesday, July 11 – Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH)
Friday-Saturday, July 14-15 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Wednesday, July 19 – BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Friday-Saturday, July 21-22 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday-Sunday, July 29-30 – Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY)

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 4-5 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 9-12 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 17-19 – Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, MN)
Friday, Aug. 25 – River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND)
Saturday, Aug. 26 – Red River Valley Speedway (West Fargo, ND)
Thursday, Aug. 31-Saturday, September 2 – Skagit Speedway (Alger, WA)

Monday, Sept. 4 – Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, WA)
Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 7-9 – Silver Dollar Speedway (Chico, CA)
Friday, Sept. 15 – Keller Auto Speedway (Hanford, CA)
Saturday, Sept. 16 – Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)
Friday, Sept. 22 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Saturday, Sept. 23 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH)
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7 – Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Friday, Oct. 13 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
Saturday, Oct. 14 – Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 20-21 – TBA

Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 1-4 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, NC)