Aston Martin announces Cognizant as title partner for F1 return

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When the F1 season begins in March, Aston Martin will make their highly anticipated return with title support from Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation.

The new team, which was known as Racing Point in 2020 with Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez behind the wheel, will be renamed Aston Martin Cognizant Formula One with Sebastian Vettel joining Stroll.

The four-time F1 champion Vettel announced he would race for Racing Point last September, which came one day after Perez said he would not return to the team.

“The return of Aston Martin to F1 after more than 60 years away is a landmark moment in the history of the sport,” said Lawrence Stroll, Chairman of the Aston Martin F1 team in a release. “Everyone knows what Aston Martin stands for, but the F1 team will allow us to take the essence of the brand to new places, building on the strong foundations laid by the previous iterations of the team.”

In addition to great drivers and engineers, technology is critical to the success of F1 teams. The multi-year association with Cognizant will provide Information Technology infrastructure and software solutions.

“We’re just two months away from the start of the season, so it’s fantastic to celebrate the new era of Aston Martin in F1 by welcoming Cognizant as our title partner,” said Otmar Szafnauer, CEO & Team Principal. “Innovation and technology are central pillars for any F1 team, and this long-term partnership is more than just a branding exercise. With a new factory already under construction, Cognizant’s expertise and resources will add value in all areas of our IT operations and make a valuable contribution to our performance on-track.”

Racing for Scuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow last year, Vettel scored one podium in the Turkish Grand Prix but no other top-fives.

“I can’t wait to start working with Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team,” Vettel said. “There’s so much for me to discover over the next few months and I’m incredibly determined to help make this team even more successful. Before we know it, we will be at the first race, seeing this famous name back where it belongs.

“I’m proud to be part of this journey.”

There is still an open question about when and where the first race will come. The Australian Grand Prix is scheduled for March 21, but speculation has surfaced that race might be delayed in light of the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If that happens, the next race scheduled in is Bahrain on March 27.

With Racing Point in 2020, Stroll earned podium finishes in the Grand Prix of Italy at Monza and the Sakhir Grand Prix at Bahrain in the next to last race of the season. Both were third-place finishes.

“Seeing Aston Martin back in F1 is a huge deal – especially with a new title partner, Cognizant,” Stroll said. “Whenever I’m at the factory, you can feel the buzz and energy. We’re ready for this. There’s so much hunger in the team, and I just can’t wait to get the season started.”

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