Full transcript: George Bruggenthies and Derrick Walker as INDYCAR returns to Road America

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Road America track president George Bruggenthies and INDYCAR president of competition and operations Derrick Walker, who also runs and operates the Team Falken Tire team in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, held a press conference Saturday morning at Road America to confirm INDYCAR’s return to the track in 2016.

The full transcript from the press conference is below.

Derrick Walker: I’m pleased to be here along with George at Road America. We wondered how we could make it happen. And now we have. We’re here today from an INDYCAR perspective to let you know it’s happening. We’re back.

George Bruggenthies: Derrick and his team have been great to work with. Obviously there were numerous details to work out to have the Verizon IndyCar Series be able to race here. A lot of details to go through. We have reached a date, June 23-26, 2016. It’s a multi-year agreement. We understand that the future of IndyCar needs to be here at Road America. Thank you to Derrick.

Moderator: We’ll open up for some questions.

Q: Having a race here in Road America in the Wisconsin state, what that does mean for status of Milwaukee?

DW: Good question. Milwaukee is very similar to Elkhart Lake to us. It’s a classic track, a track INDYCAR does really well. We don’t see Milwaukee going off our schedule. We want it to be part of our schedule.

We’re not breaking any secrets, but George has been looking at it with us to see how we can co-produce, co-promote both events. Because there’s a lot of fans in this region for IndyCar. We want to see it continue. The schedule is still being worked on Milwaukee is still very much on the list.

GB: Absolutely, back in the Champ Car days, Road America and Milwaukee Mile worked together and co-promoted events. We’re very open to that.

Q: Having this race here in June, what will happen with the race in Fontana? Will that change dates?

GB: I don’t do the schedule, that’s for Derrick.

DW: The event… Fontana has its problems in the sense of the time of year of when you have that event, temperature there. What we’re trying to do is keep Fontana on the schedule. But finding an available date and putting it in the best chance to succeed is what we’re working on right now. I’d say it’s still a work in progress. I don’t have a definitive answer. I’d say negotiations are still in progress. I think IndyCar can work for it to still keep it on the schedule… which incidentally happened to be one of the most exciting races for someone as old as I am has ever seen, Fontana this year.

Q: Is there going to be a test for IndyCar prior to the June date?

GB: I understand several teams have been calling us. We’ll probably have some testing after the IndyCar season this year, late September I expect, and then probably in the spring.

Q: With it being a four-day weekend, does this include Pirelli World Challenge?

GB: Yes. Pirelli World Challenge GT and GTS series will be combined as a support series for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Q: Why is this happening now, what triggered it come together?

GB: We completed the agreements about 15 minutes ago. Literally 15 minutes ago. It’s been very complicated and only just been completed.

Q: For a lot of business reasons it’s taken this long…

GB: Initially it was scheduled. We don’t have a lot of room on the schedule. June became possibly available. Working on the details has a lot of requirements on both sides. Understanding the capabilities of what they can do.

We’re offering a special ticket promotion to our fans, today and online at the retail store. It’s $100 for four-day admission, garage access, free program, free parking. Limited time offer.

DW: One other comment I’d be remiss not to mention. We have with the IndyCar Series the Mazda Road to Indy, so all our feeder series on the schedule. So a full contingent of open-wheel racing on the schedule.

Q: Are there any other type of open-wheel events here?

GB: A lot of series that come here have open-wheel cars. F1 and F5000 at the vintage weekend in July. Some of the Sports Car Club of America ones are open-wheel. Those with IndyCar.

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Seattle


The final results from the Monster Energy Supercross race in Seattle suggests the season is turning into a two-rider battle as Eli Tomac scored his sixth win of the season to tie Cooper Webb for the points’ lead and Chase Sexton crashed in yet another race.

Tomac downplayed the neck strain that caused him to lose the red plate for two weeks, but without that holding him back, it would appear it might have been a bigger problem than he admitted. Despite finishing on the podium in Detroit, Tomac has not shown the late-race strength everyone has come to expect. He was in a slump after scoring a season-worst in Indianapolis and described his sixth win as a “bounce back”.

With this win, Tomac tied James Stewart for second on the all-time list with 50 career Supercross victories. Six rounds remain and there is no sign that Tomac is slowing down. Jeremy McGrath’s 72 wins remains untouchable, for the moment at least.

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

Cooper Webb was disappointed with second-place, but he recognized the Supercross results at Seattle could have been much worse. He rode in fifth for the first nine laps of the race, behind Tomac and Sexton. When Sexton crashed from the lead and Tomac took the top spot, Webb knew he could not afford to give up that many points and so he dug deep and found enough points to share the red plate when the series returns in two weeks in Glendale, Arizona for a Triple Crown event.

Justin Barcia scored his third podium of the season, breaking out of a threeway tie of riders who have not been the presumed favorites to win the championship. Barcia scored the podium without drama or controversy. It was his fourth consecutive top-five and his 10th straight finish of eighth or better.

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

Jason Anderson kept his perfect record of top-10s alive with a fourth-place finish. Tied for fourth in the standings and 49 out of the lead, his season has been like a death of a thousand cuts. He’s ridden exceptionally well, but the Big Three have simply been better.

Sexton rebounded from his fall to finish fifth. He entered the race 17 points out of the lead and lost another five in Seattle. Mistakes have cost Sexton 22 points in the last three races and that is precisely how far he is behind Tomac and Webb. Unless those two riders bobble, this deficit cannot overcome.

The rider who ties Anderson for fourth in the points, Ken Roczen finished just outside the top five in sixth after he battled for a podium position early in the race.

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

The 250 West riders got back in action after four rounds of sitting on the sideline and Jett Lawrence picked up where he left of: in Victory Lane. Lawrence now has four wins and a second-place finish in five rounds. One simply doesn’t get close to perfection than that.

Between them, the Lawrence brothers have won all but two races though 11 rounds. Jett failed to win the Anaheim Triple Crown and Hunter Lawrence failed to win the Arlington Triple Crown format in the 250 East division. In two weeks, the series has their final Triple Crown race in Glendale. When he was reminded of this from the top of the Seattle podium, Jett replied, “oof”.

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

RJ Hampshire finished second in the race and is second in the points. This is fourth time in five rounds that Hampshire finished second to Lawrence. If not for a crash-induced 11th-place finish in the Arlington Triple Crown, he would be much closer in the points standings. With that poor showing, he is 23 points behind Lawrence.

Cameron McAdoo made a lot of noise in his heat. Riding aggressively beside Larwence, the two crashed in the preliminary. McAdoo could never seem to get away from Hampshire in the Main and as the two battled, the leader got away. It would have been interesting to see how they would have raced head-to-head when points were on the line.

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

The Supercross results in Seattle were kind to a couple of riders on the cusp of the top five. Enzo Lopes scored his second top-five and fourth top-10 of the season after crossing the finish line fourth in Seattle.

Tying his best finish of the season for the third time, Max Vohland kept his perfect record of top-10s alive. Vohland is seventh in the points.

2023 Results

Round 11: Eli Tomac bounces back with sixth win
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 10: Chase Sexton leads with consistency
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