Red Bull Global Rallycross series is going racing, Cajun style, with New Orleans event

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Break out the boujailles, creole gumbo, po’ boy sandwiches, Andouille sausage – oh, and don’t forget the beads.

GRC officials announced today that the fourth of 12 events on the 2018 schedule will be held for the first time in the state of Louisiana.

Specifically, the 750-acre New Orleans Motorsports Park (NOLA) will host the series on Saturday, June 23.

“Red Bull Global Rallycross’ first visit to New Orleans will undoubtedly be one of the most exciting events of our 2018 season, and we look forward to making our debut at NOLA Motorsports Park,” Red Bull GRC CEO Colin Dyne said in a media release.

“Both Red Bull GRC and NOLA are known for innovative and forward-thinking approaches to auto racing, making our new partnership a perfect fit and welcome addition to this year’s schedule.”

Both Red Bull GRC and NOLA entered the motorsports scene in 2011 and had been discussing an event for some time before finalizing the June date.

The track at NOLA will include dirt sections and a 70-foot tabletop jump, with each joining NOLA’s road course design for a new, purpose-built layout.

“We are excited to be hosting Red Bull Global Rallycross at Louisiana’s World Class Motor-tainment Venue,” said Francisco Christian, CEO and Experience Creator of NOLA Motorsports Park. “NOLA Motorsports Park was built to host adrenaline action sport events and this is one of the most exciting out there right now.

“In a city known for taking it easy, this will be a great weekend for guests to take in the music, the food and the racing action. We are going to show the fans the true meaning of  ‘Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler’ (Let the good times roll)!

Among drivers expected to take part in the GRC Supercar race include former series champions Scott Speed and Tanner Foust.

Also taking part in the weekend will be GRC Lites and the Polaris RZR side-by-side class.

Tickets are already on sale.

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