Kaiser scores second pole of Indy Lights season at Phoenix

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AVONDALE, Ariz. – Kyle Kaiser in the No. 18 Juncos Racing Dallara IL-15 Mazda scored his second pole of the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires season, in three races.

The young Californian also nabbed the pole for the season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, which was his first career pole position. He was also the only driver to score podiums in both St. Petersburg races.

Kaiser, in the Intervision-backed entry, set a two-lap average of 167.872 mph, a new track record, at the 1.022-mile Phoenix International Raceway.

He went out fourth and noted it was important to go out when he did, because the sun got worse as the session progressed. He sweated it out but hung on despite the nerve-wracking wait.

Ed Jones, in the No. 11 Carlin entry, starts second ahead of Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires champion Santiago Urrutia in the No. 55 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car.

Jones had arguably the moment of the day with this save, as tweeted out by NBCSN Indy Lights analyst Anders Krohn below:

RC Enerson, who led the Indy Lights test at Phoenix in February, starts fourth ahead of Felix Serralles, one of the two St. Petersburg race winners.

Serralles led the morning practice while Kaiser led the second practice.

St. Pete race two winner Felix Rosenqvist qualified 13th for his oval debut. Belardi Auto Racing teammate Zach Veach didn’t get to qualify following an accident in second practice, but will start from the rear of the 16-car field tomorrow.

Saturday’s race will occur at 1:30 p.m. MT and local time (same as PT) from Phoenix, and will air on NBCSN on Wednesday, April 6, at 2:00 am EDT.

Times are below:

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