Racing survives wet weather for Watkins Glen win

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – The No. 90 Racing pairing of Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante won their second race of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen held in primarily wet and frequently changing conditions.

Westbrook took the lead in the final 15 minutes when Joey Hand made a final splash for fuel in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford, which took the car he and Scott Pruett shared out of the lead.

“We had plenty in the tank actually,” Westbrook said. “When Michael pitted the last time when he came in under his own, I knew we’d be in good shape and that was it until the end.

“It was super fun out there, especially when it was raining out there and we were on slicks. I think the officials did a great job today, with the red flagging and the standing water. They made some great tough calls today.”

It dropped that pairing down to second, while Action Express Racing finished third overall with the No. 5 Corvette DP of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi.

Hand survived a near miss when Ricky Taylor spun the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP on the wet track exiting Turn 10 in the final hour, then smacked a barrier. There was slight damage to the Riley-Ford but not enough to take it out of contention.

Fuel mileage was also a storyline in the GT Le Mans class, with the No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR car making it home on fumes to score an emotional first victory of the year.

The win, achieved by Bryan Sellers and Wolf Henzler, occurs in the first race since it was announced in mid-May that Falken would be withdrawing its support of the Walker Racing program at year’s end. It leaves all in a position knowing they’ll have to find new work at the end of the year.

Starworks Motorsport (Prototype Challenge, Renger van der Zande, Mike Hedlund, Alex Popow) and Riley Motorsports (GT Daytona, Al Carter, Cameron Lawrence, Marc Goossens) won the other two classes.

All except GTD will be in action at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in two weeks, while GTD returns with PC at Lime Rock Park at the end of July.

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