Team Next Level Racing: What success looks like

Next Level Racing success
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In the Monster Energy Supercross season opener at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California a pair of Team Next Level riders advanced into the Main, which counts as a tangible success for this unified group of privateer races with a unique outlook on the sport. Instead of counting the number of podium finishes and the zeroes at the end of the check at the end of the weekend, team owner and manager Kris Fagala has built a program in which faith and family features heavily in the team philosophy – and he has surrounded himself with riders that share his worldview.

In a sport with superstars in their late teens and early 20s, where 30 is considered old and major league careers are over in the blink of an eye, the team’s goal is to create well-rounded men. It should come as no surprise that their goals don’t completely align with many other teams.

Factory riders are the ones measured by podiums earned and their position in the points. Simply making the night show, (being among the 40 fastest in qualification that allows riders to race in one of two heats), counts as success for privateers.

At Anaheim, Kevin Moranz and Hunter Schlosser smothered their meat and potatoes with gravy. Finishing second in the 450 Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ), Moranz hopes to improve on the nine Mains he started in 2022.

Finishing third in the 250 LCQ, Schlosser is well on the way matching or improving on the three Mains he rode last year.

Making the mains is the goal of the riders, but it’s not the promise of the team. Schlosser is new to Team Next Level Racing after riding for his own team as often as possible in 2022. The cost of getting to all of the races last year was too much for a single person to invest, so one of the greatest benefits of this organization is the transportation logistics provided by Next Level.

With that worry off his shoulders, Schlosser could concentrate on his riding. He made an aggressive pass to successfully secure his 250 transfer spot and then finished 21st in the Main.

“My riding was great,” Schlosser told NBC Sports afterward. “The team was awesome. It’s exactly how Kris said it was going to be. There’s a bunch of good dudes on the team, and they’re there for us when we need them. No one’s pushing anyone to do anything they don’t want to do, or they don’t feel like doing. But there’s also accountability, which is a pretty fine line.”

Moranz finished 20th in the 450 Main. Schlosser was 21st in the 250.

Another way to gauge success

But where one finishes is only part of the story.

The promise from Fagala and Team Next Level Racing is not tangible success, but in helping riders learn to value the intangibles.

“Success is having fun to me,” Moranz told NBC Sports. “It’s not necessarily results based. Obviously, there’s a portion of it that goes to results, but as long as I enjoy what I’m doing, having fun. With (our social media manager) Seder [Martin] on board, we’re doing the vlog, we’re getting a lot of fan interaction, which then brings more partners and more funding to my program.

Next Level Racing success
Kevin Moranz has been successful in moving up the ranks primarily through his own marketing efforts and interaction with his fans. Seder Martin /

“As long as I’m having fun and I’m able to not lose money, and then build for the future, that’s really all I’m concerned with. The results will come. Hope to be better: better results potentially a full factory ride at some point.”

In 2022, while riding for Team Next Level, Moranz had a lot of success. He made more than half of the A-Mains in the Supercross series – and he’s leveraged that into more sponsorship in 2023 and a successful Patreon page that allows him to interact with his fan base named the Moranz Mafia.

He is also the racer Kris takes to the line, where they go over last-minute thoughts on how the racing line has changed and say a prayer for safety.

In the season opener, Next Level Racing’s Tristan Lane did not make the Main, but he already claimed success before the race began.

After several years racing the outdoor season only, Lane made the move to Supercross last year. His 2022 season was strong enough to earn a two-digit national number, something that separates him from the riders on the outer edge of the paddock.

Tristan Lane earned a two-digit national number for his efforts in 2022. Seder Martin /

“I jumped into the 450 class and I was really nervous, so to even to make the night show was really my goal – to get that experience – so to make three Mains was good,” Lane told NBC Sports under the massive Team Next Level Racing awning before Anaheim 1. “We want more of course. It’s human nature, you want to do better and better. But considering what I thought was capable of, I surpassed a lot of those expectations already. I’m just trying to build off of that.

“Was last year was a success? Yes, absolutely. I earned a national plate. I’m able to be ranked now. In the past I was a three-digit privateer who kind of got pushed under the rug. To now be on the No. 90, I feel like I’ve earned my stripes a little bit.”

Like Moranz, Lane simply wants to improve and make more Main events than last year.

“Perspective is everything,” Lane continued. “In our sport, especially being a privateer like I am, it’s hard because there’s this gray area where people, if you’re not winning or in the top three, they can forget about you quickly. But what I ‘m trying to remind myself where I came from, what equipment I have, the resources I’m able to receive.

“What I’m doing is already exceeding a lot of what I have. If you look at it from that point of view, I’m technically winning each time I race, but if you asked someone like [Eli] Tomac, maybe he would think that would never be acceptable.

“[Next Level] wants to spread positivity across the pits. If you get good results while doing that, it’s a plus.”

The hope is that Team Next Level Racing will spread their view of success outside of their pit. That philosophy was a huge contributing factor to bringing Schlosser over.

“The team, it’s like very positive professional environment,” Schlosser said before Anaheim 1. “I’ve known Chris since the residency year (2021) and we’re both Christians, so we definitely, like right off the bat, bonded in that way.”

IndyCar results, points after Detroit Grand Prix


DETROIT — Alex Palou topped the results of an NTT IndyCar Series race for the second time this season, extending his championship points lead with his victory in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, who also won the GMR Grand Prix (and the Indy 500 pole position) last month, holds a 51-point lead over teammate Marcus Ericsson (ninth at Detroit) through seven of 17 races this season.

Ganassi, which placed all four of its drivers in the top 10 at Detroit, has three of the top four in the championship standings with Scott Dixon ranked fourth after a fourth at Detroit.

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Indy 500 winner Josef Newgarden is third in the standings after taking a 10th at Detroit. Pato O’Ward slipped to fifth in the points after crashing and finishing 26th

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:


Click here for the official box score from the 100-lap race on a nine-turn, 1.645-mile street course in downtown Detroit.

Lap leader summary

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Here is the finishing order in the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (1) Alex Palou, Honda, 100, Running
2. (7) Will Power, Chevrolet, 100, Running
3. (9) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 100, Running
4. (4) Scott Dixon, Honda, 100, Running
5. (13) Alexander Rossi, Chevrolet, 100, Running
6. (12) Kyle Kirkwood, Honda, 100, Running
7. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 100, Running
8. (11) Marcus Armstrong, Honda, 100, Running
9. (6) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 100, Running
10. (5) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 100, Running
11. (24) Colton Herta, Honda, 100, Running
12. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 100, Running
13. (8) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 100, Running
14. (20) Agustin Canapino, Chevrolet, 100, Running
15. (15) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 100, Running
16. (18) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 100, Running
17. (25) Jack Harvey, Honda, 100, Running
18. (14) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 100, Running
19. (23) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 100, Running
20. (19) Benjamin Pedersen, Chevrolet, 97, Running
21. (22) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 97, Running
22. (26) Sting Ray Robb, Honda, 97, Running
23. (21) David Malukas, Honda, 85, Contact
24. (3) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 80, Contact
25. (27) Graham Rahal, Honda, 50, Contact
26. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 41, Contact
27. (16) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 1, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 80.922 mph; Time of Race: 02:01:58.1171; Margin of victory: 1.1843 seconds; Cautions: 7 for 32 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Palou 1-28; Power 29-33; O’Ward 34; Palou 35-55; Power 56-64; Palou 65; Rossi 66; Newgarden 67-68; Kirkwood 69; Ericsson 70-76; Palou 77-100.


Click here for the points tally in the race.

Here are the points standings after the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix:



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Pit stop performance

Top 10 in points: Palou 273, Ericsson 222, Newgarden 203, Dixon 194, O’Ward 191, Rossi 176, McLaughlin 175, Power 172, Herta 149, Rosenqvist 148.

Rest of the standings: Grosjean 145, Kirkwood 142, Lundgaard 136, Ilott 116, VeeKay 108, Ferrucci 105, Armstrong 101, Rahal 99, Malukas 91, Daly 88, DeFrancesco 81, Castroneves 80, Harvey 78, Canapino 77, Pagenaud 72, Pedersen 61, Robb 55, Takuma Sato 37, Ed Carpenter 27, Ryan Hunter-Reay 20, Tony Kanaan 18, Marco Andretti 13, RC Enerson 5, Katherine Legge 5.

Next race: IndyCar will head to Road America for the Sonsio Grand Prix, which will take place June 18 with coverage starting at 1 p.m. ET on NBC and Peacock.