2023 Combined Sprint Car Schedules of the Outlaws, ASCOC and USAC

2023 Combined Sprint Schedules
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The 2023 combined Sprint Car schedules, featuring the World of Outlaws, All-Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) and USAC National Sprints, will feature 148 events comprised of 184 races nights in 22 states.

The ASCoC grabs fans attention first with a two-night stand at Senoia (Ga.) Speedway on Feb. 3, followed quickly by another pair of races at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. as part of the DIRTcar Nationals. The final scheduled race for the All-Stars is scheduled for September 23 at Eldora Speedway as part of the 4 Crown Nationals. Fifty races are on the books for them 2023.

Six nights after the ASCoC launches, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series completes the DIRTcar Nationals with a three-night stand at Volusia beginning Feb. 9. They host the last race of the season on Nov. 4 at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Pending cancelations for weather and other unforeseen circumstances, the Outlaws have 87 races scheduled. In 2022, that number shrunk to 69 from 85.

The USAC National Series will also kick off their season at Volusia on Feb. 13 and end on September 15 at Circle City Speedway in Indianapolis after 48 scheduled events.

Currently six events are scheduled for February and seven in March. Late spring shows 12 events in April and 18 in May before the bulk of events are run in June (25) and July (26).

August and September feature 12 events each with four scheduled to run in October and one in November.

In 2022, the combined schedule featured 194 races.

In 2021, there were 150 races scheduled.

Ohio will host the most events in 2023 with 21, followed closely by Pennsylvania with 19. Indiana is the only other state with double digit events; they will host 15.

Combined Schedule by Month

Date Venue City State Series
2/3 2/4 Senoia Raceway Senoia Ga. ASCoC
2/7 2/8 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville Fla. ASCoC
2/9 2/11 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville Fla. Outlaws
2/13 2/14 East Bay Raceway Park Tampa Fla. ASCoC
2/13 2/14 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville Fla. USAC
2/16 2/18 Bubba Raceway Park Ocala Fla. USAC
3/5 3/6 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville Fla. Outlaws
3/10 3/11 Port Royal Speedway Port Royal Pa. Outlaws
3/17 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg Pa. Outlaws
3/18 Lincoln Speedway Abbottstown Pa. Outlaws
3/25 Talladega Short Track Eastaboga Ala. Outlaws
3/25 Magnolia Motor Speedway Columbus Miss. Outlaws
3/31 4/1 Devil’s Bowl Speedway Mesquite Texas Outlaws
4/1 Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg Ind. USAC
4/7 4/8 Attica Raceway Park Attica Ohio ASCoC
4/7 US-36 Raceway Osborn Mo. Outlaws
4/8 81 Speedway Park City Kans. Outlaws
4/14 4/15 Federated Raceway at I-55 Pevely Mo. Outlaws
4/14 Bloomington Speedway Bloomington Ind. USAC
4/15 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt Ind. USAC
4/21 4/22 Knoxville Raceway Knoxville Iowa Outlaws
4/27 Rocket Raceway Park Petty Texas USAC
4/28 4/29 Devil’s Bowl Speedway Mesquite Texas USAC
4/28 Tri-City Speedway Granite City Ill. Outlaws
4/29 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt Ind. Outlaws
5/5 5/6 Eldora Speedway Rossburg Ohio Outlaws
5/5 5/6 Eldora Speedway Rossburg Ohio USAC
5/10 Lincoln Speedway Abbottstown Pa. Outlaws
5/12 5/13 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg Pa. Outlaws
5/12 Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville Ill. ASCoC
5/13 Wilmot Raceway Wilmot Wis. ASCoC
5/19 Attica Raceway Park Attica Ohio Outlaws
5/19 Outlaw Speedway Dundee N.Y. ASCoC
5/20 Sharon Speedway Hartford Ohio Outlaws
5/20 Fonda Speedway Fonda N.Y. ASCoC
5/21 Weedsport Speedway Weedsport N.Y. ASCoC
5/24 TBA USAC
5/25 Bridgeport Speedway Bridgeport N.J. ASCoC
5/25 Circle City Raceway Indianapolis Ind. USAC
5/26 5/27 Atomic Speedway Chillicothe Ohio Outlaws
5/26 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg Pa. ASCoC
5/27 5/28 Port Royal Speedway Port Royal Pa. ASCoC
5/29 Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg Ind. Outlaws
6/2 6/3 Knoxville Raceway Eldon Iowa USAC
6/2 River Cities Speedway Grand Forks N.D. Outlaws
6/2 Dodge County Fairgrounds Beaver Dam Wis. ASCoC
6/3 Ogilvie Raceway Ogilvie Minn. Outlaws
6/3 Sheboygan County Fairgrounds Plymouth Wis. ASCoC
6/9 6/10 Knoxville Raceway Knoxville Iowa Outlaws
6/9 Attica Raceway Park Attica Ohio ASCoC
6/10 Fremont Speedway Fremont Ohio ASCoC
6/11 6/12 Wayne County Speedway Orrville Ohio ASCoC
6/13 Sharon Speedway Hartford Ohio ASCoC
6/13 Grandview Speedway Bechtelsville Pa. USAC
6/14 Bridgeport Speedway Swedesboro N.J. USAC
6/15 Atomic Speedway Chillicothe Ohio ASCoC
6/15 Big Diamond Speedway Pottsville Pa. USAC
6/16 6/17 Beaver Dam Raceway Beaver Dam Wis. Outlaws
6/16 Eldora Speedway Rossburg Ohio ASCoC
6/16 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg Pa. USAC
6/17 Portsmouth Raceway Park Portsmouth Ohio ASCoC
6/17 Port Royal Speedway Port Royal Pa. USAC
6/18 Action Track USA Kutztown Pa. USAC
6/21 6/24 Huset’s Speedway Brandon S.D. Outlaws
6/24 Wilmot Raceway Wilmot Wis. USAC
6/25 Angell Park Speedway Sun Prairie Wis. USAC
6/30 7/1 Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond Wis. Outlaws
6/30 7/1 Lincoln Park Speedway Putnamville Ind. USAC
7/7 7/8 Macon Speedway Macon Ill. USAC
7/7 34 Raceway West Burlington Iowa Outlaws
7/7 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville N.Y. ASCoC
7/8 Wilmot Raceway Wilmot Wis. Outlaws
7/8 Sharon Speedway Hartford Ohio ASCoC
7/11 Attica Raceway Park Attica Ohio Outlaws
7/14 7/15 Eldora Speedway Rossburg Ohio Outlaws
7/18 Lernerville Speedway Sarver Pa. ASCoC
7/19 BAPS Motor Speedway York Haven Pa. Outlaws
7/21 7/22 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg Pa. Outlaws
7/21 34 Raceway West Burlington Iowa ASCoC
7/21 Gas City I-69 Speedway Gas City Ill. USAC
7/22 Spoon River Speedway Canton Ill. ASCoC
7/22 Kokomo Speedway Kokomo Ind. USAC
7/23 Red Hill Raceway Sumner Ill. ASCoC
7/23 Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg Ind. USAC
7/24 Circle City Raceway Indianapolis Ind. USAC
7/26 Benton Speedway Benton Mo. ASCoC
7/26 TBA USAC
7/27 Lake Ozark Speedway Eldon Mo. ASCoC
7/27 Lincoln Park Speedway Putnamville Ind. USAC
7/28 I-70 Speedway Odessa Mo. ASCoC
7/28 Bloomington Speedway Bloomington Ind. USAC
7/29 7/30 Weedsport Speedway Weedsport N.Y. Outlaws
7/29 Knoxville Raceway Knoxville Iowa ASCoC
7/29 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt Ind. USAC
8/4 8/5 Federated Raceway at I-55 Pevely Mo. Outlaws
8/9 8/12 Knoxville Raceway Knoxville Iowa Outlaws
8/17 8/19 Jackson Motorplex Jackson Minn. Outlaws
8/18 Outlaw Speedway Dundee N.Y. ASCoC
8/19 Uttica-Rome Speedway Vernon N.Y. ASCoC
8/20 Selinsgrove Speedway Selinsgrove Pa. ASCoC
8/24 8/26 Kokomo Speedway Kokomo Ind. USAC
8/25 River Cities Speedway Grand Forks N.D. Outlaws
8/25 Tri-City Motor Speedway Auburn Mich. ASCoC
8/26 Red River Valley Speedway West Fargo N.D. Outlaws
8/26 Butler Speedway Quincy Mich. ASCoC
8/31 9/2 Skagit Speedway Alger Wash. Outlaws
9/1 9/2 Attica Raceway Park Attica Ohio ASCoC
9/4 Grays Harbor Raceway Elma Wash. Outlaws
9/7 9/9 Silver Dollar Speedway Chico Calif. Outlaws
9/7 9/9 Port Royal Speedway Port Royal Pa. ASCoC
9/15 9/16 Fremont Speedway Fremont Ohio ASCoC
9/15 Keller Auto Speedway Hanford Calif. Outlaws
9/15 Circle City Raceway Indianapolis Ind. USAC
9/16 Placerville Speedway Placerville Calif. Outlaws
9/22 Eldora Speedway Rossburg Ohio Outlaws
9/23 Sharon Speedway Hartford Ohio Outlaws
9/23 Eldora Speedway Rossburg Ohio ASCoC
9/29 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg Pa. Outlaws
10/6 10/7 Port Royal Speedway Port Royal Pa. Outlaws
10/13 81 Speedway Park City Kans. Outlaws
10/14 Lakeside Speedway Kansas City Kans. Outlaws
10/20 10/21 TBA TBA Outlaws
11/1/23` 11/4 The Dirt Track at Charlotte Concord N.C. Outlaws

Combined Schedule by State

Date Venue City State Series
3/25 Talladega Short Track Eastaboga Ala. Outlaws
9/7 9/9 Silver Dollar Speedway Chico Calif. Outlaws
9/15 Keller Auto Speedway Hanford Calif. Outlaws
9/16 Placerville Speedway Placerville Calif. Outlaws
2/7 2/8 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville Fla. ASCoC
2/9 2/11 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville Fla. Outlaws
2/13 2/14 East Bay Raceway Park Tampa Fla. ASCoC
2/13 2/14 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville Fla. USAC
2/16 2/18 Bubba Raceway Park Ocala Fla. USAC
3/5 3/6 Volusia Speedway Park Barberville Fla. Outlaws
2/3 2/4 Senoia Raceway Senoia Ga. ASCoC
4/28 Tri-City Speedway Granite City Ill. Outlaws
5/12 Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville Ill. ASCoC
7/7 7/8 Macon Speedway Macon Ill. USAC
7/21 Gas City I-69 Speedway Gas City Ill. USAC
7/22 Spoon River Speedway Canton Ill. ASCoC
7/23 Red Hill Raceway Sumner Ill. ASCoC
4/1 Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg Ind. USAC
4/14 Bloomington Speedway Bloomington Ind. USAC
4/15 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt Ind. USAC
4/29 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt Ind. Outlaws
5/25 Circle City Raceway Indianapolis Ind. USAC
5/29 Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg Ind. Outlaws
6/30 7/1 Lincoln Park Speedway Putnamville Ind. USAC
7/22 Kokomo Speedway Kokomo Ind. USAC
7/23 Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg Ind. USAC
7/24 Circle City Raceway Indianapolis Ind. USAC
7/27 Lincoln Park Speedway Putnamville Ind. USAC
7/28 Bloomington Speedway Bloomington Ind. USAC
7/29 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt Ind. USAC
8/24 8/26 Kokomo Speedway Kokomo Ind. USAC
9/15 Circle City Raceway Indianapolis Ind. USAC
4/21 4/22 Knoxville Raceway Knoxville Iowa Outlaws
6/2 6/3 Knoxville Raceway Eldon Iowa USAC
6/9 6/10 Knoxville Raceway Knoxville Iowa Outlaws
7/7 34 Raceway West Burlington Iowa Outlaws
7/21 34 Raceway West Burlington Iowa ASCoC
7/29 Knoxville Raceway Knoxville Iowa ASCoC
8/9 8/12 Knoxville Raceway Knoxville Iowa Outlaws
4/8 81 Speedway Park City Kans. Outlaws
10/13 81 Speedway Park City Kans. Outlaws
10/14 Lakeside Speedway Kansas City Kans. Outlaws
8/25 Tri-City Motor Speedway Auburn Mich. ASCoC
8/26 Butler Speedway Quincy Mich. ASCoC
6/3 Ogilvie Raceway Ogilvie Minn. Outlaws
8/17 8/19 Jackson Motorplex Jackson Minn. Outlaws
3/25 Magnolia Motor Speedway Columbus Miss. Outlaws
4/7 US-36 Raceway Osborn Mo. Outlaws
4/14 4/15 Federated Raceway at I-55 Pevely Mo. Outlaws
7/26 Benton Speedway Benton Mo. ASCoC
7/27 Lake Ozark Speedway Eldon Mo. ASCoC
7/28 I-70 Speedway Odessa Mo. ASCoC
8/4 8/5 Federated Raceway at I-55 Pevely Mo. Outlaws
11/1/23` 11/4 The Dirt Track at Charlotte Concord N.C. Outlaws
6/2 River Cities Speedway Grand Forks N.D. Outlaws
8/25 River Cities Speedway Grand Forks N.D. Outlaws
8/26 Red River Valley Speedway West Fargo N.D. Outlaws
5/25 Bridgeport Speedway Bridgeport N.J. ASCoC
6/14 Bridgeport Speedway Swedesboro N.J. USAC
5/19 Outlaw Speedway Dundee N.Y. ASCoC
5/20 Fonda Speedway Fonda N.Y. ASCoC
5/21 Weedsport Speedway Weedsport N.Y. ASCoC
7/7 Ransomville Speedway Ransomville N.Y. ASCoC
7/29 7/30 Weedsport Speedway Weedsport N.Y. Outlaws
8/18 Outlaw Speedway Dundee N.Y. ASCoC
8/19 Uttica-Rome Speedway Vernon N.Y. ASCoC
4/7 4/8 Attica Raceway Park Attica Ohio ASCoC
5/5 5/6 Eldora Speedway Rossburg Ohio Outlaws
5/5 5/6 Eldora Speedway Rossburg Ohio USAC
5/19 Attica Raceway Park Attica Ohio Outlaws
5/20 Sharon Speedway Hartford Ohio Outlaws
5/26 5/27 Atomic Speedway Chillicothe Ohio Outlaws
6/9 Attica Raceway Park Attica Ohio ASCoC
6/10 Fremont Speedway Fremont Ohio ASCoC
6/11 6/12 Wayne County Speedway Orrville Ohio ASCoC
6/13 Sharon Speedway Hartford Ohio ASCoC
6/15 Atomic Speedway Chillicothe Ohio ASCoC
6/16 Eldora Speedway Rossburg Ohio ASCoC
6/17 Portsmouth Raceway Park Portsmouth Ohio ASCoC
7/8 Sharon Speedway Hartford Ohio ASCoC
7/11 Attica Raceway Park Attica Ohio Outlaws
7/14 7/15 Eldora Speedway Rossburg Ohio Outlaws
9/1 9/2 Attica Raceway Park Attica Ohio ASCoC
9/15 9/16 Fremont Speedway Fremont Ohio ASCoC
9/22 Eldora Speedway Rossburg Ohio Outlaws
9/23 Sharon Speedway Hartford Ohio Outlaws
9/23 Eldora Speedway Rossburg Ohio ASCoC
3/10 3/11 Port Royal Speedway Port Royal Pa. Outlaws
3/17 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg Pa. Outlaws
3/18 Lincoln Speedway Abbottstown Pa. Outlaws
5/10 Lincoln Speedway Abbottstown Pa. Outlaws
5/12 5/13 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg Pa. Outlaws
5/26 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg Pa. ASCoC
5/27 5/28 Port Royal Speedway Port Royal Pa. ASCoC
6/13 Grandview Speedway Bechtelsville Pa. USAC
6/15 Big Diamond Speedway Pottsville Pa. USAC
6/16 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg Pa. USAC
6/17 Port Royal Speedway Port Royal Pa. USAC
6/18 Action Track USA Kutztown Pa. USAC
7/18 Lernerville Speedway Sarver Pa. ASCoC
7/19 BAPS Motor Speedway York Haven Pa. Outlaws
7/21 7/22 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg Pa. Outlaws
8/20 Selinsgrove Speedway Selinsgrove Pa. ASCoC
9/7 9/9 Port Royal Speedway Port Royal Pa. ASCoC
9/29 Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg Pa. Outlaws
10/6 10/7 Port Royal Speedway Port Royal Pa. Outlaws
6/21 6/24 Huset’s Speedway Brandon S.D. Outlaws
3/31 4/1 Devil’s Bowl Speedway Mesquite Texas Outlaws
4/27 Rocket Raceway Park Petty Texas USAC
4/28 4/29 Devil’s Bowl Speedway Mesquite Texas USAC
8/31 9/2 Skagit Speedway Alger Wash. Outlaws
9/4 Grays Harbor Raceway Elma Wash. Outlaws
5/13 Wilmot Raceway Wilmot Wis. ASCoC
6/2 Dodge County Fairgrounds Beaver Dam Wis. ASCoC
6/3 Sheboygan County Fairgrounds Plymouth Wis. ASCoC
6/16 6/17 Beaver Dam Raceway Beaver Dam Wis. Outlaws
6/24 Wilmot Raceway Wilmot Wis. USAC
6/25 Angell Park Speedway Sun Prairie Wis. USAC
6/30 7/1 Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond Wis. Outlaws
7/8 Wilmot Raceway Wilmot Wis. Outlaws

IndyCar Preseason, Day 2: Helio Castroneves addresses racing future, says 2023 is ‘huge’

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PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Entering what could be the final season of his NTT IndyCar Series career, there is one race that Helio Castroneves of course has circled as key to the future.

And it surely could cinch his plans with another record-breaking win.

“It’s obviously the big one – it’s Indianapolis 500,” the four-time Indy 500 winner said during preseason media interviews last week. “That’s the one that we feel that we have the same car. We have all our bets onto that. However, I’m not going to give up on the other ones, either. I feel that we have as much of a chance as anybody in some places that I feel comfortable. Finishing in the top 12 (in points) would be a great goal.

“However, we want to be able to have a podium. We want to be able to show what we can get, and we can.”

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Castroneves signed a one-year deal to return to Meyer Shank Racing’s No. 06 Dallara-Honda after finishing 18th in the 2022 standings, a career worst for the Brazilian over a full year in IndyCar. Castroneves managed a season-best seventh in the Indy 500 (recovering from a crash in testing) and only two other top 10s in 17 starts.

It marked the first time since Castroneves entered the CART ChampCar Series in 1998 that he failed to finishi on the podium during a full-time season (he competed part time in 2018-20 while running full time in IMSA).

Though he dodged questions about how critical results would be to keeping his seat beyond 2023, Castroneves concedes it’s a “huge” season for him. MSR has reshuffled the lineup with new “data people” and a new engineer for Castroneves, who will turn 48 in May. Though MSR already was facing challenges last season in adding a second full-time car along with Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud, the expectations are high for a swift turnaround.

Helio Castroneves at The Thermal Club test (Chris Owens/Penske Entertainment).

“Everyone understands when you’re going through, even if it’s one year, people think it’s a long time, but hey, we’re talking about teams that’s been together for a long, long time, years of experience and communication and everybody is in sync,” said Castroneves, who made six starts (including his fourth Indy 500 win) for MSR in 2021.

“Even though for us we did 2021, all those people were part-timers, and we have to start all over again. That was the first time that we had two cars in the team. There was a lot of dynamics changing. Now we are continuing to move forward. It’s important for us to be part of this process, be patient. Yeah, I can’t wait when things start to connect so we can show at the racetrack.”

Beyond coming off a dismal year and racing into his late 40s against drivers who are more than 20 years his junior, the stakes also are high for Castroneves because there’s a high-profile and obvious candidate to supplant him in 2024.

Tom Blomqvist, who teamed with Castroneves to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the second consecutive season, has drawn high praise for his championship-level performance in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s premier prototype category. He also has a keen interest in racing IndyCar and tested for MSR last October.

It’s led to some speculation that MSR could broker a trade between its IndyCar and IMSA teams that could swap Blomqvist for Castroneves next year.

AUTO: JAN 29 IMSA Rolex 24 Daytona
Helio Castroneves celebrates after being part of the overall winning team in the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the third consecutive year (David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images).

“First of all, it’s too early to say,” Castroneves said. “Second, I don’t want anything more than great things for this team. This team is incredible. They already stamped that they’re not just a small team. They stamped that they’re an incredible team. That things amazing (are) about to happen in the future.

“Tom, come on, the kid is a superstar. He’s really quick. He’s doing an amazing job. Last year he did a great job; this year continued doing it. Let’s see. Everything happens and falls natural. But as of right now, it’s too early in the season to predict and think what’s going to happen. Our goal is to have a phenomenal result with MSR so that we can show what this team is capable.”

Castroneves already has resurrected his IndyCar career once (it seemed he was done as a full-time driver after 2017 until his Brickyard triumph), and the “Dancing With The Stars” winner seems ageless, so it’s hard to bet against him or his will to keep driving – especially after three consecutive Rolex 24 victories.

“Do you think I’m thinking retiring right now?” Castroneves said while cracking a smile. “There is no … there isn’t a thought of that. It has to feel natural. I can’t force myself. I can’t put a number or date that I can say this is it. As of right now, I am enjoying very much what I’m doing. I’m about to start a great season with IndyCar, and my mind is only thinking about that. I’m just going to continue working and get that result that I really want, that I know I’m capable and I know what the team is capable. Whatever happens in the future remains to be seen.”

In the short-term, he is taking a positive outlook that he and Pagenaud can improve on MSR’s struggles with tire wear last season. Though his speeds were average in preseason testing at The Thermal Club (Castroneves was 18th fastest on the second day), Castroneves believes the alliance with Andretti Autosport will bear more results in 2023.

2023 Gold Meets Golden 10th Anniversary Year Event - Arrivals
After last week’s preseason test at The Thermal Club, Helio Castroneves attended the 2023 Gold Meets Golden 10th Anniversary Year Event at Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills, California (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic).

“You’re always looking for improvement,” he said. “The good news is we finished 18th last year in the championship. That’s not a place that we want to be. However, we feel there was some areas that we felt we could have better results, but racing is unpredictable, as always. But we’re only looking forward, and we feel we’re going to have a much better season. The expectation is obviously always to do well, but also we understand the possibility of things not going according to the plan.

“But I feel the plan is that. It takes some time to collect some of the informations that we want, our alliances with Andretti Autosport also is still very strong. They also know that they need to improve. It’s not only in our organization. We still keep pushing each other so that we can have a better result like we had or that Andretti had in the past. They have their own engineers, their own resources, they translate it to us, and we’re looking forward to having a much better season, and let’s hope for the best.”

A roundup of other nuggets from the second day of IndyCar’s preseason media availabilities Feb. 1 at the Palm Springs Convention Center:


With Team Penske having announced a sponsor extension with Verizon, the future seems secure for defending series champion Will Power (who had signed a long-term extension in 2021) after a tumultuous offseason for the No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet driver. Power fractured ribs in a go-karting crash (but was able to heal quickly) and also had to withdraw from his Rolex 24 debut last month after his wife, Liz, was hospitalized.

Will Power confirmed she was back home and “much better than (mid-January), but I think we’ll know for sure in five weeks whether her blood stays sterile. She’s improved significantly from (being) in pretty bad shape.”


The elimination of double points for the Indy 500 could change the calculus of this season’s championship race, but Josef Newgarden already had designs on a major alteration. The two-time series champion, who has finished runner-up in three consecutive seasons, said his 2023 goal is to end IndyCar’s 17-year streak of determining the champion in the season finale.

“It gnaws at me for sure,” the Team Penske star, who had a series-high five wins to Power’s one in 2022, said of his recent misses to add a third title. “It’s annoying, there’s no doubt. How could you not be frustrated by it? I try and take the frustration and just put it into motivation. How are we going to build a bigger (points) gap where that’s not even possible? I don’t even want to be messing with it at the end of the year. In an ideal world, if we get to the end of a season where we don’t have to mess with the gap, if we can just get that out of the way, that would be ideal. That’s where my mindset is at, how do we get to that place where it’s not even on the table. It’s just done.

“I’m not arrogant enough to believe that that’s easy. It seems near impossible these days to do that. I think that’s valid. It’s very difficult to do that. I understand that. But I still want to find a way where we can get to a place where we don’t have to mess with it. I do not think that will be easy whatsoever, but we need to figure out how to do that. I am so positive, when we get a year where we get good timing paired with great speed and decisions, it will be a great year. It will be really great. Much better than what we had last year.”


The announcement of Conor Daly attempting to make his Daytona 500 debut (along with other Cup races for TMT) had been foreshadowed last week by the Ed Carpenter Racing driver. Unlike Castroneves, who had mulled racing Daytona with the same team, Daly said he can’t be selective about his opportunities. “I chatted with a young man by the name of Helio Castroneves earlier, and I think for him an opportunity like that could probably come about really anytime,” Daly said. “But for me, I don’t know if an opportunity like that would come again. I have done a lot in my life by (saying) ‘You know what, if there is a chance to do it, might as well do it.’ So who knows what might happen. But if there is a chance, I feel like I can’t not do it, or not try to do it at least.”

Daly finished 34th at the Roval in his Cup debut last year with the team and also has starts in the Xfinity and truck series. “The Cup car isn’t as physical to drive, but it’s still hot and still gets the heart going,” he said. “So, yeah, it was a great experience to be able to do. Not the smoothest experience, I will say, but really cool to get to do that and be a part of the NASCAR Cup Series and hopefully obviously shine some light on the IndyCar Series as well. I think we deserve more attention than we have got in the past. I hope we continue to get more in the future. Obviously people still want to do these races in this series that we’re a part of. Kyle Larson is coming to do the Indy 500. Everyone wants to see that.”


Though Jimmie Johnson has admitted he “never found the knife’s edge” during his two-year stint in IndyCar, Scott Dixon said he’ll be missed as a teammate. “I think anybody that knows Jimmie well, he’s a great person,” Dixon said. “He’s a fun guy to hang out with. I think what he brought to the team, whether it was on the sponsor side to his competitiveness and competition side and info, not just information but kind of his history of being so successful I think really helped with the team.

“For me it was probably more so on just the friendship side of hanging out with him. I think that was in Nashville where he was kind of talking about maybe not coming back, but I was like, ‘Come on, man, you’ve got to make sure you can get the deal together and come back.’ Obviously we can see that he’s moved on to different pastures, and a lot of exciting stuff for him that’s coming up.”

Dixon still believes Johnson could return for the Indy 500 but probably not until next year with NASCAR and Le Mans on his plate for 2023. “Maybe he’s already punted until next year, I don’t know,” Dixon said. “But he wants to do (the Indy 500 again). It’s just timing. It’s very difficult, and especially with the Garage 56 entry and all that kind of stuff, there’s a lot going on, especially around that period of time.”