IndyCar Texas starting lineup: Felix Rosenqvist captures first oval pole of career

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Felix Rosenqvist will lead the starting lineup of an NTT IndyCar Series oval race to the green flag for the first time.

The Arrow McLaren SP driver qualified first Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway with a 221.110 mph two-lap average in his No. 7 Dallara-Chevrolet around the 1.5-mile oval, nipping Scott McLaughlin by 0.003 seconds.

It was the first pole position since the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in May 2019 for Rosenqvist, who had to endure a wait nearly as agonizing Saturday. After being the 11th driver to make a qualifying attempt, Rosenqvist finally was confirmed as the session’s fastest when McLaughlin completed his two laps as the 27th and final driver.

TEXAS QUALIFYING: Click here for speeds from Saturday’s session

“It was a bit of a torture to watch that thing unfold,” said Roseqnvist, who is coming off a disappointing winless 2021 season after breaking through for his first victory in ’20. “It feels really good. I think for the whole Arrow McLaren SP Team and the 7 car in general, it couldn’t have been better timing to get this pole.

“It was just so hard to wait for so long to get it.  This is huge for the team and for myself as far as a big confidence boost. Big comeback after some tough times. I am really pleased for everyone on my team to get this result. It’s awesome. So now we will just switch focus to the race and see what we can do.”

The confidence kept building for Team Penske’s McLaughlin, who became IndyCar’s newest first-time winner last month by winning from the pole in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The No. 3 Dallara-Chevrolet driver will start second at a track where he placed second last year — his best finish of a rookie season in which he had no other top 10s.

“I think there’s momentum and also self-belief and believing that you guys can do it as a squad, guys and girls,” he said. “We believed we could pop out a result here and there and be strong, but the way that St. Pete went for us was fantastic. Certainly when you have that confidence early, it’s a fantastic thing, but now it’s all about keeping that going, and, yeah, I believe the momentum is that. Even if we did qualify a little bit further down, I still think we would have rolled into (Sunday’s) race feeling pretty good.

“It’s a good vibe on the team, and I put that down to (engineer) Benny Bretzman. He is such a great team leader, great for the camaraderie between the guys and girls on the team. He puts a lot of confidence in me and my ability. That certainly is a momentum-builder for all.”

Here’s the IndyCar starting lineup for Sunday’s XPEL 375 at the 1.5-mile oval at Texas Motor Speedway (qualifying position, car number in parentheses, driver, engine, speed):


ROW 1

1. (7) Felix Rosenqvist, Dallara-Chevrolet, 221.110 mph
2. (3) Scott McLaughlin, Dallara-Chevrolet, 221.096

ROW 2

3. (51) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 221.094
4. (12) Will Power, Dallara-Chevrolet, 221.016

ROW 3

5. (9) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Honda, 221.011
6. (06) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Honda, 220.768

ROW 4

7. (2) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Chevrolet, 220.758
8. (21) Rinus VeeKay, Dallara-Chevrolet, 220.748

ROW 5

9. (26) Colton Herta, Dallara-Honda, 220.602
10. (5) Pato O’Ward, Dallara-Chevrolet, 220.579

ROW 6

11. (10) Alex Palou, Dallara-Honda, 220.571
12. (27) Alexander Rossi, Dallara-Honda, 220.458

ROW 7

13. (28) Romain Grosjean, Dallara-Honda, 220.412
14. (8) Marcus Ericsson, Dallara-Honda, 220.364

ROW 8

15. (60) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 220.338
16. (20) Conor Daly, Dallara-Chevrolet, 219.987

ROW 9

17. (29) Devlin DeFrancesco, Dallara-Honda, 219.888
18. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Dallara-Honda, 219.865

ROW 10

19. (18) David Malukas, Dallara-Honda, 219.864
20. (77) Callum Ilott, Dallara-Chevrolet, 219.462

ROW 11

21. (33) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevrolet, 219.212
22. (4) Dalton Kellett, Dallara-Chevrolet, 219.038

ROW 12

23. (14) Kyle Kirkwood, Dallara-Chevrolet, 219.013
24. (45) Jack Harvey, Dallara-Honda, 218.781

ROW 13

25. (30) Christian Lundgaard, Dallara-Honda, 218.687
26. (11) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevrolet, 218.584

ROW 14

27. (15) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 218.410

 

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

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Feld Entertainment, Inc.
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NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.