Ten with Townsend: Post-Le Mans, Road America debrief

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The fourth season of the MotorSportsTalk original series “Ten with Townsend” – a 10-question Q&A with NBCSN IndyCar analyst Townsend Bell – continues this week following the KOHLER Grand Prix, IndyCar’s return to Road America and after Bell has returned from winning his class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

A full archive of past posts is linked here and we thank Townsend for his time and insights.

Here’s the breakdown after Sunday’s race, where Will Power held off Tony Kanaan and after the series made its triumphant return to the track.

What was most exciting part of IndyCar return to Road America for you? How does it compare to sports car weekends?

It’s just great to see the universal support across fans, drivers, media, etc. We don’t always ALL agree, but when we do, it’s a good feeling.

Did the race live up to expectations/hype?

As good as it gets.

Did you think the race length was good, or would you have liked to seen it extended a bit to make for some varying strategies?

Seemed pretty good. I think 60 laps would be about right for fuel (no saving) and time duration.

Do you think the tires fell off too fast? Or was the wear about what you would have liked to see?

Spot on. No complaints here. Of course, that’s from the air conditioned comforts of the booth.

When was the last time you remember seeing Will Power this dominant? What’s triggered his being back on usual form?

I’m not sure he ever left. But the qualifying issues have been the struggle the last few street/road courses. When it looked like he might get an interference call in quali…I thought…here we go again.

Has Pagenaud been lucky to get away with now three bad results in four races? Still his title to lose?

Road America was set to be a solid podium day before mechanical issues set in for Pagenaud. Same can be said for Scott Dixon. It’s not a bad thing for us fans that others have a chance to catch up now!

How impressive have Helio and TK been to you considering how strong both of their seasons have been?

There’s a reason they’ve both been at this for almost 20 years. Hard workers. Hard chargers. That’s what they do.

Newgarden’s resiliency to be able to compete this weekend. What did you make of the fact he A. drove and B. generally drove as well as he did?

I love what he represents across every measurable category. Outright Speed. Ability to win on road courses and ovals. Hard work. Grit. Self belief. Optimism. Teamwork. If we had more wealthy team owners in the paddock, JNew would be locked down with a king’s ransom already.

Coming back to Road America after the month at Le Mans, what was the feeling of those who were there (yourself, Dixon, Bourdais, Aleshin) and how you endured the Texas rain delay to survive that, then focus on Le Mans, then get back to your usual IndyCar duties here?

It’s not so bad. I can think of worse ways to burn through a few weeks.

Lastly, how nice was it to have both family here at RA and have Leigh back in the booth?

I misread this as ‘booth family’. You mean my chipper brutha ‘Diff’ and crazy cousin “Thrilla”?

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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