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Kvyat: ‘I left my soul on the track’ in Singapore

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Daniil Kvyat made no secret of his delight after ending a barren run of form by finishing Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix in ninth place for Toro Rosso.

Kvyat entered the Singapore weekend chasing his first points since the British Grand Prix after a barren run of form that saw him struggle mentally with his demotion from a Red Bull seat.

Kvyat spent much of the summer switched off from racing, and the effect was clear in Singapore as he qualified an excellent seventh on Saturday.

The Russian remained high up the order early on and even won a wheel-to-wheel battle with the man who replaced him at Red Bull, Max Verstappen.

However, a dud strategy call meant Kvyat could not stay ahead of his rival, ultimately finishing the race ninth.

“Yeah [it] probably killed our race,” Kvyat told NBCSN.

“We thought we’d get ahead of Alonso with clever strategy. But we didn’t do something clever today.

“We were behind Perez, and the engine and straight line [speed] is more than enough to hurt us.”

The result marked Kvyat’s best finish since his podium for Red Bull at the Chinese Grand Prix in April, but more importantly, he has rediscovered his love for racing.

“I enjoyed it a lot,” Kvyat said.

“This racing… this month was a big test for my passion. I love it again. Pushing to the very last centimeter.

“I left my soul on the track.”

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold