Chilton mulling 2016 options ahead of Le Mans debut with Nissan


LE MANS, France – The one 2014 Formula 1 driver who did make it onto Nissan’s new LMP1 program, Max Chilton, stands at something of a career crossroads heading into this weekend’s 2015 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is nearly the same place he was at the start of the year.

Chilton, the former Marussia F1 driver, has since moved onto a dual program this season with the debuting Nissan GT-R LM NISMO and the new Dallara IL15-Mazda with Carlin in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, although the latter was only meant to be a one-weekend program that has since grown.

So for 2016, he has no set plans and because he likes both, is a bit torn on where to go next.

“It depends what comes along, the best offer, to be honest. I like both. I haven’t made my mind up,” he told MotorSportsTalk.

It’s an interesting time for Chilton, who’s only 24 but has two years F1 experience banked, has done adequately well in Indy Lights and looks ahead to his Le Mans debut this weekend in Nissan’s first race with its new car.

“The most tiring thing is the travel,” Chilton said. “Yes so is F1, but it’s only a maximum of two weeks at a time. I’m sometimes to the States for a day and then back. I only did a couple trips originally, and every one I did was tied in with a test or seat fit. It’s made it slightly easier. But it’s been a very busy four months.”

The dual program has not gone exactly as planned. He has settled into Indy Lights and podiumed, but Chilton meant to focus more on the Nissan program from the start.

The program’s delays and additional testing done in place of its originally scheduled race debut at Silverstone has thrown everything a loop.

“Mixing the two projects isn’t fully working,” he admitted. “This [Nissan] is my main focus.

“I was only planning to do one race in Indy Lights, but it’s nice to be helping the team out.

“I believe you sort of make your own luck. It’s good we’ve had a couple podiums in the last couple meetings, and I’ve definitely shown my pace. But I’m in a weird stage at the moment, figuring out whether I want to do IndyCar.

“I’ll try to carry [Indy Lights] on as long as I can, but it might not be the whole year,” he added.

Indeed Chilton will miss Toronto this weekend – Carlin named Nelson Piquet Jr. as his replacement on Monday – and figure Chilton could return as early as Milwaukee on June 12, which is the next Indy Lights race after Toronto.

If he does return for that, he’d have a chance to make his actual first oval start after being sidelined before the green flag at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

“It was a leak in the fuel cell. In my career I’ve had it like once. It’s pretty rare,” he said. “It was very frustrating. They gave us the parts to fix it, and it still didn’t fix it. It’s a bit of a design fault with the fuel cell.”

We’ll see where Chilton goes next after he takes the green in the flagship No. 23 Nissan with Olivier Pla and Jann Mardenborough on Saturday.

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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