Hunter-Reay keen to make up for Fontana disappointment in Milwaukee

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Ryan Hunter-Reay has set his sights on joining an exclusive club of four-time winners at the Milwaukee Mile in this weekend’s ACB Supply Wisconsin 250 as he bids to revive his difficult 2015 season.

The 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion has struggled to find any kind of form so far this year, recording a best finish of fifth at the Grand Prix of Alabama in April.

At the MAVTV 500 in Fontana two weeks ago, Hunter-Reay had been battling towards the front of the field following the late red flag period.

However, following contact with Ryan Briscoe with one lap remaining, the Andretti driver crashed out and was eventually classified in 16th position.

Hunter-Reay is refusing to get too downbeat about missing out, though, and remains upbeat ahead of the race in Milwaukee this weekend.

“We were just one lap away from a breakthrough result in Fontana, so hopefully we can put it all together this weekend at one of my favorite tracks, The Milwaukee Mile,” Hunter-Reay said in preview of the race.

“We’ve had success at this track in the past and it would be a huge achievement to join the short list of four-time winners at the famed one-mile oval.”

Hunter-Reay claimed his first win in Milwaukee back in 2004 in Champ Car, leading all 250 laps in the process. He was also victorious in his championship year of 2012 and again in 2013.

As noted in our preview of this weekend’s race, if we are to go by the form book, Andretti’s hopes of success this weekend may lay within the family.

Marco Andretti heads to Milwaukee with four top-five finishes in the past five races, including two podiums, and has twice started from pole at the famous Mile.

“Milwaukee has a ton of history – both as the oldest track in the U.S. and for my family which has nine wins at the track,” Andretti said.

“It’s a challenging short oval, but we need to crack the top five in points for the Snapple car. I’m aiming for a third pole there and would love a win at The Mile.”

For full broadcast details ahead of the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250, click here.

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