Dates for 2016 IndyCar schedule starting to come together


It hasn’t come out yet, but with some tracks already announcing their dates or them being reported in the news, puzzle pieces of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule are coming together.

Multiple draft versions of the schedule are being circulated at the present time.


St. Petersburg, the season opener this year, is the latest race to have its date revealed, with Tampa Bay Times report confirming a Trackside Online report that the race date will move forward two weeks to March 11-13, 2016.

Here’s the other dates we know for sure:


Although not officially announced, it was revealed in contract writing last year that after its one-year switch to June, Toronto would move back to July 14-17 next year.

So for the second straight year, it appears the Toronto race date could be the single domino that puts all the other race dates in motion for the rest of the schedule.

A Toronto move back to July would have a knock-on effect of forcing Iowa Speedway to move forward a week, into what is Milwaukee’s 2015 date (July 12), or perhaps moving back one week to the end of July. The problem with a move back of one week is it would put it up against the track’s NASCAR Xfinity Series date. Either way, the track is working with INDYCAR on a return.

The Wisconsin situation remains fluid as ever. Multiple sources have confirmed to MotorSportsTalk that a deal is close, if not completely done, to bring IndyCar back to Road America – and the weekend most likely mentioned is with the Pirelli World Challenge weekend, which ran as a standalone feature weekend at the end of June this year.

That end of June slot was also the place for Auto Club Speedway’s Fontana race this year; a low on-site crowd number was unfortunate considering it was one of the best races in recent memory for IndyCar, and it also prompted Robin Miller’s rant against the race date to Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles. Miller’s current schedule projection piece for is linked here.

If you slot Road America end of June, that frees up Fontana to move to mid-to-late September, after Boston, and be the season finale.

But back to Wisconsin. An Iowa move against Milwaukee puts Milwaukee’s race, again, in jeopardy.

Signs were mixed after the race this year, with Kevin Healy positive and Michael Andretti not-so-much about the race’s future.

Things have evolved since then, with multiple sources indicating internal issues and layoffs occurring within Andretti Sports Marketing, the race promoters. ASM has stepped up to promote multiple IndyCar races over the last few years – Milwaukee was saved, Baltimore helped and NOLA promoted this year – but things have since taken a turn for the worse.

So figure Milwaukee’s chances, like the Brewers’ playoff hopes this season, aren’t high for a return.


So long as Honda is part of the series – and while an extension with INDYCAR hasn’t been formalized yet, comments from Honda Peformance Development president Art St. Cyr at Mid-Ohio indicated positive developments – Barber Motorsports Park and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be on the schedule.

Texas and Sonoma figure to be back as well.


Note these dates for three races (and a test day) that traditionally draw IndyCar driver interest:

  • January 30-31, Rolex 24 at Daytona
  • March 19, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
  • June 5, 24 Hours of Le Mans test day
  • June 18-19, 24 Hours of Le Mans

If INDYCAR has a race on the June 18-19 weekend, it would prevent drivers from doing the Le Mans race itself. Test day participation on June 5 – which clashes with Detroit – is mandatory for new drivers (barring rare occasional exemptions, as occurred for Platinum-rated driver Kevin Estre this year) but might not prevent a driver such as a Sebastien Bourdais or Simon Pagenaud – Le Mans veterans – from competing.


The wild card on the current schedule is Pocono, which is in the last year of its original three-year deal right now.

NOLA, as mentioned above, appears to be one-and-done.

Homestead and Phoenix have also been mentioned for potential returns, and this is where things could sync up nicely for them and for crews from a logistical standpoint.

With St. Pete on March 11-13 and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring confirmed for a week later (March 19), which would allow  sports car teams that use IndyCar drivers as third drivers to continue to do so, a perfect landing spot for Homestead would be the last weekend in March, in what was traditionally its slot before it moved to the end of season.

Then throw Phoenix a week before Long Beach, and suddenly you’d open up the perfect possibility of back-to-back Florida races, with a week off before a back-to-back west coast jaunt.

Barber for its traditional end-of-April slot would follow nicely after Long Beach and lead in perfectly into the month of May, and the rest of the schedule would sort itself out from there.

It will be interesting to see whether the actual 2016 schedule matches the potential best-case scenario – it usually doesn’t in IndyCar – but there seem to be enough positive possibilities that exist to make it a needed improvement over 2015’s.

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Detroit


The focus of the Detroit Monster Energy Supercross round was on the mid-pack battle while Aaron Plessinger pulled away from the field, but when he crashed after hooking his foot in the dirt, the results once more looked like we’ve come to expect, with Chase Sexton, Cooper Webb and Eli Tomac sharing the podium for the fifth time in 10 rounds.

Supercross Results Detroit
Justin Barcia was part of an exciting, four-rider battle in the middle of Detroit’s A-Main. – Feld Motor Sports

For Sexton, Plessinger’s late-race crash was a vindication of sorts. Several times already this season, Sexton has crashed while battling for the lead and the points that has cost him keeps him sporting the red plate. He lost points in Detroit for a different reason, however.

Sexton was allowed to keep the win, but was penalized seven points for jumping in a red cross section of the course. As a result, he dropped four points to Webb and two to Tomac. Sexton is now 17 points behind Webb in the championship hunt.

RESULTS: Click here for full 450 Overall Results; Click here for 250 Overall Results

One week after snatching the red plate from Tomac for the first time in 2023, Webb stretched his advantage by two. With his second-place finish, Webb holds a three-point lead over Tomac, which essentially means both riders control their fate in the coming weeks. Webb continues to have a sweep of the top five this season with his sixth consecutive podium.

Coming off his worst finish of the season, Tomac rebounded to finish third. His eighth-place result last week was partially attributed to a stiff neck that hindered him in traffic and he still suffered some of those same effects in Detroit. Before Plessinger’s crash, he was destined to be the only rider in the three-man title scrum to finish off the podium in Detroit.

It is surprising what one position can do for one’s confidence.

Click here for 450 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier | Lap Chart

Justin Barcia scored his fourth top-five of the season. He was part of the exciting four-man battle that dominated the middle stages of the race before Sexton and Webb gained a little separation. Finishing less than three seconds behind Tomac, he kept that rider honest for the entire race.

Coming off his first win of the season, Ken Roczen finished fifth. It was his seventh top-five of the season and it elevated him to fifth in the standings.

Plessinger’s fall took the wind from his sails. He attempted to right his bike after a hard crash, but as it smoked and pinged, he dropped to 13th in the final rundown.

Click here for 450 Overall results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points

Hunter Lawrence tied his brother Jett Lawrence with 10 wins each after another dominating ride in the Detroit Supercross race and the results in the points continue to widen. With his fifth win in six rounds and a worst finish of third, Lawrence now has a 35-point advantage over Nate Thrasher with four rounds remaining. Finishes of 14th or better in the final four mains will give him his first 250 championship.

Supercross Results Detroit
Strong starts have been one of the keys to Hunter Lawrence’s success in 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

Jett will have an opportunity to retake his wins’ lead as Supercross heads west for the next two rounds in Seattle and Glendale, Arizona.

Nate Thrasher earned his third second-place finish of the season with a gap of 7.6 seconds to Lawrence. He won the overall in Arlington earlier this season, but a 15th-place finish in the opening round in Houston and 10th in Daytona hurts his championship chances.

Click here for 250 Heat 1 | Heat 2 | Last Chance Qualifier | Lap Chart

Haiden Deegan scored his second podium and fourth top-five in six rounds of his young career. On his way to that finish, he rode aggressively against his teammate Jordon Smith in the heat race. Fans are getting a glimpse of what his on-track personality might be.

Jeremy Martin continues to be the model of consistency. He has not finished worse than sixth or better than fourth in six rounds now and that has allowed him to close to within two points of third in the 250 East championship standings.

Rounding out the top five is Chris Blose, who was pressed into service at the start of the season because of a rash of injuries at Pro Circuit Kawasaki. This is Blose’s first top-five of the season, although he’s steadily improved over the past five rounds.

Click here for 250 Overall results | 250 East Rider Points | 250 Combined Rider Points

Max Anstie entered the race weekend second in the points, but a hard crash in heavy traffic early in the main forced him to retire after two laps. Earning only one point for the round, he plummeted to fifth in the standings.

The news was worse for Smith, who was dropped out of the top nine in his heat after the altercation with Deegan and failed to advance through the LCQ. In the last chance race, he stalled his engine and had to mount a determined charge. He got only as high as seventh in that race after crashing while attempting to make a pass on fourth-place Jack Chambers.

2023 Results

Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s