Senna open to future IndyCar road and street course deal

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Bruno Senna is open to a future drive in the Verizon IndyCar Series for road and street courses, saying he would “totally do it”.

The nephew of racing icon Ayrton Senna, Bruno has spent the past two years balancing drives in Formula E and sportscars, having previously enjoyed a stint in Formula 1 with Williams, Lotus and HRT.

During a Facebook Live Q&A for Formula E, Senna expressed an interest in a future IndyCar drive, but said he would not race on ovals due to the wishes of his family following Ayrton’s death during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.

“Yes, I always think about IndyCar, it’s something I would love to race,” Senna said.

“But I would not race ovals in a single-seater because the risk is high. It’s not a personal thing only, but also my family.

“I cannot put my family through that sort of stress again of having a big crash that will damage me or kill me. I think it’s agreed in my family that I’m not suppose to race that.

“If I got a deal to race only the street courses, I would totally do it.”

Senna raced for Mahindra in the first two seasons of Formula E, but is not set to return to the team for the third campaign, set to begin in Hong Kong on October 9.

However, the Brazilian is relaxed about his plans, saying he could take a year away from Formula E before returning for season four.

“The answer is we don’t know yet,” Senna said when asked if he would be returning.

“I’m pretty relaxed at the moment. I have good racing programmes going on for next year.

“I hope I can continue in Formula E next year, but if I don’t do it next year, there’s nothing stopping me coming back the year after. So let’s wait and see.”

Senna is set to take on more sportscar duties for 2017, including further drives with McLaren’s GT operation and even a seat in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

“I am already organising to drive for McLaren next season,” Senna said.

“I’ll do more races for them. This year I’ve only done the 24 Hours of Spa.

“This year LMP2 is going really well for us, we’re doing the World Endurance Championship and we’re second in the championship, so we’re fighting for the championship until the end, and the plan is to continue with that as well.

“There are plans to race in the US as well with the prototypes, so racing is going very well and so far the plans are that. We’ll see what happens with Formula E.”

Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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