IndyCar entry list for Sunday’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg season finale

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There are 24 cars entered in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg as Scott McLaughlin makes his NTT IndyCar Series debut Sunday in the No. 3 Dallara-Chevrolet with Team Penske, fresh off his latest Supercars championship.

The focus will be on championship contenders Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden. Seeking his sixth championship, Dixon will bring a 32-point lead into the race, and the Chip Ganassi Racing driver can win the title with a ninth place or better, regardless of Newgarden’s finish.

In the most recent IndyCar race at St. Pete on March 10, 2019, Newgarden won for the first time at the circuit as Dixon finished second for the fourth time in the race.

ENTRY LIST: Click here for who will be racing in the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

After missing the Harvest Grand Prix on Oct. 2-3 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Oliver Askew will return to the No. 7 Dallara-Chevrolet for Arrow McLaren SP Motorsports. Askew was declared fit to race by the IndyCar medical team.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG (all times ET):

Saturday

—IndyCar practice: 10:55 a.m., NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar qualifying: 3:05 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

Sunday

–IndyCar warmup: 10:40 a.m. , NBC Sports Gold

—Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:32 p.m.)., NBC (streaming on NBC Sports App, NBCSports.com), NBC Sports Gold

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.