Chilton returns to Iowa, site of his first U.S. race win

Chilton devours the victory pizza. Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography

The circumstances are a bit different for Max Chilton upon his return to Iowa Speedway this year.

Twelve months ago, Chilton had only just finished his first oval start in the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires a week earlier at the Milwaukee Mile, and wasn’t expected to be a threat on the 0.894-mile Iowa bullring.

Yet he promptly delivered his most impressive weekend yet on these U.S. shores, scoring the pole and his first Indy Lights win under admittedly difficult circumstances, leading a 1-2 finish for Carlin.

Chilton’s Formula 1 teammate, Jules Bianchi, had succumbed to his injuries a day earlier, and after winning the race Chilton led a moment of silence during IndyCar pre-race.

The Chilton that’s back now at Iowa enters in a slightly different state.

One, obviously, he’s in an IndyCar – but he’s one of two drivers who has a chance to defend his win from a year ago (Ryan Hunter-Reay is the other, having won the last two IndyCar races at Iowa).

Two, he’s fresh off what was arguably his best road and street course performance of the year in the No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.

He qualified seventh and was unlucky to have not made it through to the Firestone Fast Six at Road America, as he got held up on a lap. Then while running up front he ran out of fuel entering before a pit stop, and that dropped him down the order.

Three, he’s in the car that got headlines this race last year – what was Sage Karam’s car – after the rookie driver dazzled the field, if aggressively, en route to his first IndyCar podium of third place.

Chilton leads Rossi at Phoeix
Chilton leads Rossi at Phoenix. Photo: Getty Images

Chilton’s done well at the ovals this year though. He was a solid seventh – thus far his best result of the year – at Phoenix and was a respectable 15th at the Indianapolis 500, bouncing back from an accident in qualifying.

“For whatever reason, ovals have suited me better this year than road and street courses,” Chilton told NBC Sports heading into Road America.

Now, as he prepares for his first IndyCar run at Iowa, he’ll suit to recapture his Phoenix form and deliver a good result at the site of his first U.S. race win.

“I’m really looking forward to Iowa as that was the site of my first win in America in Indy Lights (in 2015),” he said pre-race. “The track is very fast and we just did testing there last week, so it’s one of the few tracks I’m entering my rookie season where I have some confidence and don’t have to come in and learn it when we show up.

“The Ganassi cars have been fast so far this year, we just need to put together an entire race and I think good results will happen for the Gallagher team.”

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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