What to watch for: IndyCar at Milwaukee (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN and Live Extra)


MILWAUKEE – A historic venue is set to host a hectic battle as the Verizon IndyCar Series has its 12th race of the season, and fourth on an oval, in 2015 with today’s ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers.

The primarily one-day event (there was first practice on Saturday) will undoubtedly be one of the tougher tests of the season for crews. If you don’t roll off strong, it could be a long day.

Second practice and qualifying are in the books and here is what to watch for heading into today’s 250-lap race:


These are the single biggest keys to success at the one-mile oval, even more than pit stops. How well your car manages traffic, whether it can go on another line besides the standard groove through Turns 1 and 2, then 3 and 4, and how you hold up when being lapped makes or breaks your race.

Will Power won as much with traffic domination as with outright pace here last year, while veterans Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Kanaan maligned some of the drivers who were less than agreeable when getting lapped.

The heat has also been a talking point today. How will cars handle the warmer than expected temperatures.


The 2012 and 2013 races in Milwaukee were damn near perfect for Andretti Autosport. The sister Andretti Sports Marketing company promoted the race (as they do this year), and Ryan Hunter-Reay won both races.

This year is a crapshoot because Andretti’s team has not been great on setup, but been better in recent races. Carlos Munoz has won a race while Marco Andretti and Hunter-Reay haven’t; both of those drivers though have good histories at Milwaukee.

There is one wild card though in the team, and that’s the fourth driver in Justin Wilson, back for the first time since the Indianapolis 500. Here’s more there:


“Bad Ass” is back. The tall, friendly giant that is Justin Wilson makes a most welcome return for the first of the five final races. He was 16th in first practice on Saturday but was poised to make improvements on Sunday.

Wilson, a veteran, is one of the smartest drivers in terms of finding the balance between having too much downforce and not enough for a race like Milwaukee. He may not win it but he adds an interesting variable to the race.


This race marks the first short oval race with the new road course/short oval aero kits. It will be interesting to see who experiments with different downforce levels, or whether all 24 drivers will run the same specifications. It’s a high downforce circuit.


Graham Rahal added his name to the winner’s list at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, joining Montoya, Power, Munoz, Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden, Sebastien Bourdais and James Hinchcliffe.

So that’s your list of winners and as you can imagine anyone else not in that list – Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Simon Pagenaud and more among them – would make it nine in 12 this season.

Montoya leads Power by 46 points going into the race but we’ll see whether the Aussie can close that down.

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Houston


Eli Tomac led all 23 laps of the Monster Energy Supercross race at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and the results show he now has three wins in the season and is one shy of tying Ricky Carmichael’s 48 for third on the all-time list. With this win, he takes a seven point lead in the standings with 12 rounds remaining.

For Tomac at Houston, it was literally a tale of two races. Both his heat and the main started the same with Tomac grabbing the holeshot, but he was passed quickly by Chase Sexton in the heat. Tomac faded quickly after getting passed and was trailing by almost eight seconds at the checkered flag, which caused him to retreat to the hauler and reassess his lines. Without making any adjustments to the bike, Tomac entered the Main with a new attitude, and simply rode better.

Supercross Results Houston
Chase Sexton played it safe in the sand, but he was aggressive in every other turn. – Feld Motor Sports

Sexton had so great a lead in his heat that one could not even use the cliche that he left Tomac in his dust. By the time the rider with the No. 1 plate crossed the same real estate as the No. 23, the dust was well settled. Sexton had a modest start on the initial gate drop and ended Lap 1 in fourth. He worked his way past Aaron Plessinger on Lap 3 and got around Jason Anderson three laps later. Sexton was able to catch Tomac and pressure him, but he picked a safe, i.e. slow line through the sand section and could never get alongside his rival.

RESULTS: Click here for 450 Results; Click here for full 250 East Main Results

After starting the season with back-to-back seventh-place finishes, Anderson now has a pair of podiums. He won his heat and was easily one of the top three riders in the field, ultimately finishing behind the riders who finished 1-2 in the other preliminary. Anderson was subdued on the podium – happy he was there, but disappointed he has not yet found a way around the riders he is chasing in the points.

In the early stages of the race, Plessinger appeared to have a bike capable of winning. He pressured Tomac on the first two laps and was setting up the pass just as a red flag waved for an injury to Dylan Ferrandis that brought out a red flag. He lost second to Anderson on the restart and eventually slipped to fourth to score his first top-five of the season.

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Cooper Webb rounded out the top five. Along with Sexton, he is now one of just two riders with a sweep of that mark in 2023, but with Tomac’s three wins, he is beginning to slip in the points. Webb sits third in the standings, 12 points behind the leader.

Ken Roczen entered the race as the third rider with a sweep of the top five and progressively better results in the first three races of 2023. Had the pattern held, he would have finished at least second, but he struggled for most of the night, finishing fifth in his heat and eighth in the Main. There may have been extenuating circumstances, however. Ferrandis’ injury was suffered when he landed on the back of Roczen’s bike and potentially damaged the No. 94 Suzuki.

Click here for 450 Main results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points | Lap Chart

The 250 East division made their 2023 debut in Houston, but the name atop the board was familiar. Hunter Lawrence joined his brother Jett Lawrence as the early points’ leader in their respective divisions, but it didn’t come without a little anxiety.

Riding behind Supercross newbie Tom Vialle on the second lap, Lawrence was forced to take evasive action when the leader pitched his bike sideways to scrub speed over a jump. Lawrence veered left and landed off course, but he cleared the Tuff Blox and kept his bike straight. Lawrence made the pass for the lead on Lap 18 and never relinquished it.

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In his first attempt on a 250, Max Anstie ascended to the podium. – Feld Motor Sports

England’s Max Anstie made the move from 450s to 250s this year after scoring a best result of 11th on the big bike at Anaheim 2 last year. It didn’t take anytime at all to find the front for Anstie, who finished second in both his heat and main.

It has been a while since Jordon Smith stood on the podium: February 23, 2019 to be exact when he finished that well in Detroit. A series of injuries kept him off the bike for much of 2020 and 2021, but he’s proving to be a factor when he’s healthy.

Click here for 250 Main results | 250 East Rider Points | Combined Rider Points | Lap Chart

There was a lot of hype surrounding the debut of Haiden Deegan in the 250 class and he proved it was merited. He finished fourth in his heat and main. He was as far down as ninth at one point in the feature before slowly picking off riders on his way to the front.

Jeremy Martin finished fifth and now has a streak of three consecutive top-fives to his credit stretching back to last year. Unfortunately, his pair of strong runs in 2022 were interrupted by injury.

Making impressive debuts in the 250 division, Vialle recovered from a fall to finish seventh, Chance Hymas finished eighth, and Talon Hawkins just missed the top 10 with an 11th.

2023 Results

Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Chase Sexton falls
Week 1: Eli Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s