FIA Formula E to cut down in-season driver changes

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One of the, if not hallmarks, certainly quirks of the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship season was a continual, thorough checking of the entry lists to see what changed from race-to-race.

The changing won’t be as frequent in 2015-2016, the series announced today.

Formula E announced Monday that the 10 teams will be limited to just two driver changes per car during season two. Driver changes need to be announced two weeks prior to the event.

No changes will be allowed for the final three races of the year, to prevent outside “ringers” from posing a threat or conflict in championship battles.

A driver can be replaced last-minute if he or she is unavailable for an unforeseen reason, with Stewards having discretion for force majeure.

This comes in the wake of some 35 drivers competing in the inaugural season of Formula E, when grids were just 20 cars.

Andretti Formula E led the way with eight different drivers. It began the year with Charles Pic and the later-suspended Franck Montagny, then cycled through Jean-Eric Vergne, Matthew Brabham, Marco Andretti, Scott Speed, Simona de Silvestro and the late Justin Wilson in one of their two cars. The No. 28 car alone featured all of the above with the exception of Montagny and Vergne, who ran the No. 27 car.

De Silvestro and Robin Frijns have been announced as drivers for the renamed Amlin Andretti FE for season two.

There were also five driver changes going into the last double race weekend of the year at Battersea Park in London, although only one of the five, Oliver Turvey, scored points during the weekend.

The changes were:

  • Turvey in for Antonio Garcia at NEXTEV TCR
  • De Silvestro in for Wilson at Andretti
  • Fabio Leimer in for Jaime Alguersuari at Virgin
  • Alex Fontana in for Vitantonio Liuzzi at Trulli
  • Sakon Yamamoto in for Antonio Felix da Costa at Amlin Aguri

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