Piquet dismisses idea of full-time drive in IndyCar

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DONINGTON PARK – Nelson Piquet Jr. has dismissed the idea of racing full-time in IndyCar in 2016, saying that his focus remains with his duties in FIA Formula E and Red Bull Global Rallycross.

Piquet became the first ever Formula E champion in London in June, clinching the title by a solitary point with the NEXTEV TCR team.

The Brazilian driver has balanced his Formula E duties with a drive in the GRC, but will test an IndyCar with Penske in the young driver running at Sonoma later this week.

Speaking to MotorSportsTalk at the first Formula E pre-season test at Donington Park on Monday, Piquet said how he was relishing the opportunity to test with one of the leading IndyCar teams.

“[Penske] decided to invite me to do a test, and luckily it was on a perfect day because it’s between a test and a race that I have so it worked perfectly,” Piquet said.

“It takes a day to get there, and then I have to fly overnight to get to D.C. to race rallycross so it’s all kind of worked out perfectly.

“I’ve always wanted to test an IndyCar, and not necessarily wanted to race, so it’s going to be a great opportunity to be with the best team and testing with them.”

However, when asked by MotorSportsTalk whether this could lead to a full-time drive in the series in 2016, Piquet dismissed the idea.

“Well I have a three year contract with [Formula E], so there’s no way I can think about IndyCar,” Piquet said.

Piquet has remained with NEXTEV TCR for the second season of Formula E, and said that the car was feeling good following private testing over the winter.

“Yeah it’s feeling good,” he said. It’s hard to say until we get to the first race, but I’m happy. The team did a lot of work in the off season, so it should be good.”

The 2015/2016 FIA Formula E season kicks off in Beijing on October 17.

Chase Sexton wins Triple Crown Anaheim 2 Supercross: Levi Kitchen unseats Jett Lawrence in 250s

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Chase Sexton won two of the three races in the Monster Energy Supercross Anaheim 2 Triple Crown, which was enough to overcome a fifth-place finish in Race 2 and give him the overall victory. It was the second Supercross win of his career.

“Super big night for me,” Sexton told NBC Sports’ Will Christien. “After last weekend with that being a struggle, I just need to come out here and stop the bleeding a little bit and I did that tonight.”

Sexton suffered a crash on Lap 1 of his heat, sending him into Last Chance Qualifier. The bad gate pick put him in a difficult position to start the race and he was able to climb to only fifth at the checkers.

At Anaheim 2, three riders entered the final race of the Triple Crown in a winner-take-all scenario. Sexton, Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac each had a shot at victory. It raised the intensity level for all riders in an evening that featured a lot of comers and goers.

Jason Anderson took the early lead in Race 3, which set him up for the overall victory. Sexton stalked and passed him midway through the race and then a minor mistake late allowed Webb to slip around as well. Anderson’s 5-1-3 gave him second overall.

“I had a tough couple of rounds, getting off that Anaheim 1 crash and then last week weekend I fumbled a little bit, but I’m excited to get back on the box and start moving forward,” Anderson told Jason Thomas.

Anderson finished seventh in the first two rounds of 2023.

RESULTS: How they finished for the 450 Main in Anaheim 2

Ken Roczen was the model of consistency in the opening rounds and at Anaheim 2. In three races so far this year, he’s gotten progressively better each time with a fifth in A1, a fourth last week in San Deigo and a third this week.

With results of 2-3-4, he earned his first podium of the season, which lands him fourth in the standings.

“This was hard earned,” Roczen said after the race. “I completely botched the start and then to have to work my way up. I only happen on the very last lap to step up here on the podium.”

The intensity of the race was a little too much for Tomac. While battling side-by-side with Webb in Race 3 at the one-third mark, Tomac jumped wide and crashed hard. He fell to 14th. He did some damage to his bike and advanced only one position in that race to 13th. His first two races, a third and second, were strong enough to give him sixth overall. He retains the points lead, but it has shrunk to a gap of only four over Sexton and Webb. Tomac’s race results were 3-2-13.

Malcolm Stewart injured late in the week and was not able to mount.


Levi Kitchen became the first rider to unseat Jett Lawrence in the Triple Crown format at Anaheim 2 and won the overall with consistency. In his three races, Kitchen finished 4-2-2 to narrowly edge the winner of the first two races.

“This whole day; this is unbelievable. I took a few good slams in practice and I was down on myself. The first moto I got a good start and got shuffled back, then I knew I just needed to be consistent.

Jett Lawrence saved his best for last.

He entered Race 3 of the Triple Crown three points behind Kitchen after suffering a pair of horrible races. In the first and second 250 races of the night, Lawrence hit the ground in both events, dropping to the final rider in the running order in Race 2 with an early fall. In both races, he was able to overcome his mistake and close the gap so that he had a chance to take his first Triple Crown win of his career.

Lawrence rode to third in Race 1 and sixth in Race 2. In the final race of the night, Lawrence did all he could. He earned the holeshot, but when Kitchen fell in behind him, Lawrence’s fate was sealed. His 3-6-1 tied him in points with Stilez Robertson, but the tiebreaker goes to the final round and his win secured second-place.

“I can definitely say Triple Crowns are not my thing,” Lawrence told NBC Sports Will Christien. “We have one more to try and fix this, so hopefully we can get that done.”

Lawrence will move into the 450 class for the Lucas Oil Motocross outdoor season and his 250 record book will be closed.

Click here for full 250 West Main Results

The best news for Lawrence is the other riders entering this round in the top three had a worse night, so Lawrence leaves Anaheim with a 16-point gap on Cameron McAdoo and 17 over RJ Hampshire.

Roberston finished 6-1-3 to take the final step of the podium.

“Getting that win in the second Main meant a lot,” Roberston told Jason Thomas. “I wish I could have done a little better in the third one, but we’re still up here on the box.”

RJ Hampshire set himself up as the early favorite with his Race 1 win. In Race 2, it all fell apart. He fell in the sand section and damaged his bike, finishing last in that race. The final event of the night for the 250s provided only a 13th-place finish, leaving Hampshire deep in the points.

Cameron McAdoo hard crash in qualification, which was scary news for a team that has seen three of their riders sidelined with injury. McAdoo was never quite able to get his rhythm with an 8-7-5

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