Andretti Autosport spotters rack up more miles than their drivers in Texas

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If Cole and Dane Carter decided to sleep in Sunday or Monday, few would likely blame them – especially after the three wild and crazy days they went through last week.

The sons of 17-time Indianapolis 500 competitor and 1985 Indy 500 polesitter Duane “Pancho” Carter, Cole and Dane work as spotters for Andretti Autosport.

Dane spots for Marco Andretti, while Cole spots for Belle Isle #1 winner Carlos Munoz.

But this past weekend, both Carter brothers spent as much time on the road as they did atop the spotter’s stand at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.

The reason: both brothers also had to spot 200 miles away in Austin, Texas for the Red Bull Global Rallycross event in the X Games. Dane spotted for Tanner Foust, while Cole spotted for Scott Speed.

It was a most productive weekend for the team: Speed won the gold medal in the X Games Red Bull GRC event in Austin, while Andretti and Munoz finished 5-6 in the Firestone 600 at TMS – a week after Munoz and Andretti finished 1-2 in the Belle Isle #1 race on May 30.

The Carter brothers’ great adventure began last Thursday, when they flew from the team base in Indianapolis to Fort Worth.

As soon as they hit the ground, they hit the road towards Austin, 200 miles away, for a three-hour rallycross practice. Once that was over, they piled back in their rental car and drove north to TMS for Friday’s Firestone 600 practice and qualifying.

Then it was back on the road back to Austin later that same night for the X Games’ heat races and main event Saturday afternoon, only to put the pedal back to the metal to get back to Fort Worth for that evening’s IndyCar race.

If our math is correct, the brothers covered 800 miles in total to do their jobs, which was more mileage than their own drivers laid down on the racetracks.

Talk about a massive commute!

Read more about the Carter brothers’ exploits this past weekend at IndyCar.com.

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