MotoGP event at COTA canceled; Superbike rescheduling its finale

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Circuit of The Americas announced the cancellation Wednesday of the MotoGP Red Bull Grand Prix. Via social media and its website, the Austin, Texas, track announced the COTA MotoGP would return next season on April 16-18, 2021.

MotoGP announced last month that its 2020 season would begin July 19 at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Its revised schedule had listed the Austin round as an unconfirmed date after initially rescheduling the race from April 3-5 to Nov. 13-15.

The cancellation of the MotoGP race also affects the MotoAmerica HONOS Superbike Series, which had intended to hold its season finale on the same race weekend.

In a statement, MotoAmerica president Wayne Rainey said the series is working on options to keep its 20-race schedule intact.

“It’s a shame that we have to cancel the MotoAmerica round at COTA,” Rainey said in a release. “The race is a highlight of our schedule, and it’s always good to combine our efforts with Dorna to put on a great show in Austin.

“COVID-19 has made it virtually impossible for the MotoGP series to travel to the U.S., so we fully understand the issues they are facing in 2020. We look forward to returning to COTA with MotoGP in 2021. In the meantime, we are working on a solution to find a replacement round as we continue to strive towards having a 20-race Superbike Series.”

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.