IndyCar: After Pocono DNFs from contact, mechanical failures, teams need to rebuild ahead of Sonoma

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As we close in on this Sunday’s season-ending race at Sonoma Raceway, this past Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 Verizon IndyCar Series race at Pocono Raceway proved to be a very costly proposition for numerous teams, and has now forced all teams into a scramble to prepare and rebuild cars for this weekend’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Accounting for the highest attrition rate of the season, by the time the checkered flag fell on Lap 200, only 11 cars of the original 24-car field were still running. The 13 DNFs in the 24-car field surpassed the 11 DNFs in the 33-car field at this year’s Indianapolis 500 for the highest number of retirements.

And with just one race remaining, the cost to repair the damaged cars at this late stage of the season is something most teams’ budgets probably didn’t need.

All told, more than one-third (74 laps) of the 200-lap race was run under caution due to the 12 caution periods.

Nine cars were knocked out due to contact: Sage Karam, Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan, Graham Rahal, Tristan Vautier, Jack Hawksworth, Sebastian Bourdais and Justin Wilson.

Sadly, Wilson, who was struck in the head by debris off Karam’s wrecked car, passed away just over 24 hours later, the first IndyCar driver to die from a racing incident since Dan Wheldon at Las Vegas in 2011.

Four other drivers and their cars failed to finish the race due to mechanical issues: Gabby Chaves, Charlie Kimball, Ed Carpenter and Stefano Coletti.

The weekend also proved particularly costly for Kimball, who wrecked his primary car during qualifying.

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Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
Feld Entertainment, Inc.

NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.