Clauson announces ambitious 200-race programme for 2016 including Indy 500

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Bryan Clauson has announced that he will attempt to qualify for the 100th Indianapolis 500 as part of an ambitious 200 race programme for the 2016 season.

Clauson has raced twice before in the Indy 500, with his most recent effort coming in 2015 thanks to a partner deal between Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and KVSH Racing. An early accident meant that he was classified in 31st position overall.

The 26-year-old will work with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing once again for his ambitious 200 race programme that has been named: “The Chasing 200 Tour: Circular Insanity.”

Part of this will see Clauson attempt to qualify for the race at the Brickyard once again on May 29, but he will also be taking part in a variety of other series.

200 races. That’s one every 1.825 days. Circular insanity indeed.

“It started as a crazy idea I had and took shape in Las Vegas,” Clauson said at the announcement of his 2016 programme.

“It’s going to be a lot of racing and a lot of travel, but we feel pretty good about the partners and everybody we have involved.

“The amount of time and effort that’s gone into planning this adventure has been immense and I can’t thank everyone enough for getting this deal put together.”

Andretti ‘getting closer’ to re-signing Alexander Rossi in IndyCar

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TORONTO – Team owner Michael Andretti told NBCSports.com that contract negotiations with both Alexander Rossi and Honda Performance Development are progressing positively with hopes of reaching a conclusion “within the next week or two.”

Andretti spoke to NBCSports.com and to NBCN’s Robin Miller Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto.

“I think things are getting there,” Andretti said. “We’re not there yet, but we’re close. I can’t comment, but I think things are going in the right direction.

“Honda has been great. They’ve been really good to work with. I’m hoping we can put something together there, too. We’ve been part of Honda for so long. I think we are getting real close there.

“I’m hoping to have this resolved in the next week or two.”

Rossi, who is in the final year of his contract, finished third in the race, one position ahead of championship rival Josef Newgarden of Team Penske.

That leaves Rossi just four points behind Newgarden heading into Saturday night’s race at Iowa Speedway.

Rossi’s agent is his father, Pieter.

NBCSports.com spoke to Pieter Rossi before the race, and he also expressed optimism that a deal will be reached soon for his son as the star driver, 27, enters the prime years of his career.

Andretti had separate meetings with Honda Performance Development officials and with Pieter Rossi in the hours leading up to Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto.