IndyCar Gateway race resumes after two-hour delay with Scott McLaughlin in the lead

IndyCar McLaughlin Gateway rain
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Scott McLaughlin was on the verge of his first NTT IndyCar Series oval victory Saturday, snatching the lead from teammate Josef Newgarden during the last pit stop exchange before rain delayed the race at World Wide Technology Raceway Gateway.

McLaughlin took the lead on Lap 213 after his final pit stop, and the race was red-flagged a few minutes later on Lap 218 of a scheduled 260 because of rain at 7:55 p.m. ET.

The red flag was lifted at 10:09 p.m. after a delay of more than two hours to dry the 1.25-mile track for the final 42 laps,

After opening the season by breaking through for his first win on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, McLaughlin was seeking his third career victory. The Team Penske driver also won at Mid-Ohio in the No. 3 Dallara-Chevrolet.

Newgarden, who had zoomed into the lead after motoring from seventh to first in eight laps on fresh tires after a Lap 157 restart, was in second after pitting from the lead on Lap 209. He lost a second in the pits to McLaughlin, who had made his final stop a lap earlier.

Pato O’Ward was in third when the race was put under the red flag.

Will Power, who tied an IndyCar record with his 67th career pole position, was in fourth for Penske and in position to extend his championship lead with two races remaining (Sept. 4 at Portland International Raceway and Sept. 11 at Laguna Seca Raceway).

Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson was in seventh, and Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon, who entered Gateway trailing Power by seven points, was in eighth.

Defending series champion Alex Palou, who also remains in the title hunt, was in 10th.

Rookie David Malukas was in fifth at the red flag, and teammate Takuma Sato was sixth.

The Dale Coyne Racing drivers were in a position to be 1-2 if the rain had started just a few minutes earlier, but they gave up their spots on track for pit stops four laps before the yellow flew for the rain.

“We could have held one for probably one more lap, but our whole strategy was to just push because we don’t know when it’s going to rain,” Malukas told NBC Sports’ Kevin Lee. “If we would have, we probably could have saved a bit of fuel for three laps. It hurts a little bit, we were two laps away, but all in all, it was a lot of fun and a good run.”

Inclement weather had been in the forecast, causing IndyCar officials to move the start of the race up by 30 minutes.

2023 MotoGP schedule announced, highlighted by trips to India and Kazakhstan

2023 MotoGP schedule
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A new opening venue and the addition of two Grands Prix in India and Kazakhstan will highlight the 2023 MotoGP schedule.

The 2023 MotoGP season will kick off March 24th with the opening round in Portugal instead of the typical trip to Qatar. Work on the Losail International Circuit pushed their date back to the penultimate weekend after the series finishes a series of races around the Pacific Rim.

Following Portugal, MotoGP heads to Argentina and the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for their only visit to the United States before heading back to Europe for most of the next 10 rounds.

Interrupting the long European stint will be the series’ first visit to the Sokol International Circuit in Kazakhstan on July 7, 2023. The traditional summer break will be three weeks and then MotoGP heads to England for the British GP in August.

After three more European rounds at Austria, Catalunya and San Marino, the second new date on the calendar will come on the 16-turn, Buddh International Circuit for a September 24 race date. Both the India and Kazakhstan races are subject to homologation and approval by the circuit.

The next six races will be held in Asia and Oceania before Qatar and Valencia close out the schedule.

“We’re very proud to announce that Buddh International Circuit will be on the 2023 calendar,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna, which manages the series. “We have a lot of fans in India and we’re excited to be able to bring the sport to them.

“India is also a key market for the motorcycle industry and therefore, by extension, for MotoGP as the pinnacle of the two-wheeled world. We very much look forward to racing at Buddh International Circuit and can’t wait to welcome the fans through the gates to see this incredible sport in person.”

One of two new races announced for 2022, in Finland, did not materialize this season and has not been added to the 2023 MotoGP schedule. In addition, the Aragon GP has been removed to keep the rounds at 21.

2023 Provisional Schedule

Portugal GP, Algarve, March 26
Argentina GP, Termas de Río Hondo, April 2
American GP, Circuit of the Americas, April 16
Spanish GP, Jerez, April 30
French GP, Le Mans, May 14
Italian GP, Mugello, June 11
German GP, Sachsenring, June 18
Dutch GP, Assen, June 25
Kazakhstan GP, Sokol, July 9 *
British GP, Silverstone, August 6
Austrian GP, Red Bull Ring, August 20
Catalan GP, Catalunya, September 3
San Marino GP, Misano, September 10
Indian GP, Buddh, September 24 *
Japanese GP, Motegi, October 1
Indonesia GP, Mandalika Street Circuit, October 15
Australian GP, Philip Island, October 22
Thailand GP, Chang International Circuit, October 29
Malaysian GP, Sepang, November 12
Qatar GP, Losail International Circuit, November 19
Valencia GP, Ricardo Tormo, November 26

* subject to approval