GP2: Pierre Gasly claims first pole position at Monza


DAMS’ driver Pierre Gasly scored his maiden pole position in the GP2 Series during Friday’s qualifying session at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

Gasly moved into GP2 at the beginning of 2015 following a successful year in Formula Renault 3.5 that saw him finish second to Carlos Sainz Jr. in the championship.

The Frenchman’s form so far this season in GP2 has been patchy, balancing seven non-scores with seven finishes in the points that include three podiums.

Now, Gasly will be in the running for his first win in the series after he stormed to pole position at Monza on Friday afternoon, edging out Russian Time driver Mitch Evans.

Gasly’s lap of 1:31.272 was enough to beat Evans by less than two-tenths of a second in the final classification as a late late saw Gasly usurp the long-time leader for pole.

The result marks Gasly’s first pole position since the Formula Renault 3.5 race at Paul Ricard almost one year ago, and will now be looking to convert it into his first win of the season.

Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne’s hopes of claiming a record-breaking fifth pole position of the season remain on hold after he could only qualify third on Friday, finishing two-tenths of a second behind Gasly.

The Belgian will be joined on the second row of the grid by Gasly’s teammate, Alex Lynn, whilst Sergey Sirotkin and Rio Haryanto qualified fifth and sixth respectively.

American driver Alexander Rossi struggled to match the front-runners during qualifying at Monza, leaving him tenth on the grid for the start of tomorrow’s race.

In his first GP2 qualifying session, Jann Mardenborough ran well to finish P19 overall, whilst fellow debutants Patric Niederhauser and Meindert van Buuren finished 24th and 25th respectively.

IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:

Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change