Coureurs:quote:Rd 1 – Sat., March 13: St. Petersburg, Fla. (street)
Rd 2 – Sat., April 2: Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, Ariz. (oval)
Rd 3 – Sun., April 17: Long Beach, Calif. (street)
Rd 4 – Sun., April 24: Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala. (road)
Rd 5 – Sat., May 14: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road)
Rd 6 – Sun., May 29: Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (oval)
Rd 7 – Sat., June 4: Detroit, Mich. (street)
Rd 8 – Sun., June 5: Detroit, Mich. (street)
Rd 9 – Sat., June 11: Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas (oval)
Rd 10 – Sat., June 26: Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis. (road)
Rd 11 – Sat., July 9: Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa (oval)
Rd 12 – Sun., July 17: Toronto, Ontario, Canada (street)
Rd 13 – Sun., July 31: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (road)
Rd 14 – Sat., August 21: Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pa. (oval)
Rd 15 – Sun., September 4: Boston, Mass. (street)
Rd 16 – Sun., September 18: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif. (road)
|#1 Will Power Team Penske (Chevrolet)|
#2 Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske (Chevrolet)
#3 Helio Castroneves Team Penske (Chevrolet)
#5 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (Honda)
#7 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (Honda)
#8 Max Chilton* Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
#9 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
#10 Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
#11 Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing (Chevrolet)
#14 Takuma Sato A.J. Foyt Racing (Honda)
#15 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (Honda)
#18 Conor Daly* Dale Coyne Racing (Honda)
#19 Luca Filippi Dale Coyne Racing (Honda)
#21 Joseph Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing (Chevrolet)
#22 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske (Chevrolet)
#26 Carlos Munoz Andretti Autosport (Honda) (ism HVM Racing)
#27 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport (Honda)
#28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport (Honda)
#41 Jack Hawksworth A.J. Foyt Racing (Honda)
#83 Charley Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)
#98 Alexander Rossi* Andretti Autosport (Honda) (ism Bryan Herta Autosport)
|#16 Spencer Pigot* Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (Honda) (St. Pete, Indy GP, Indy 500)|
#20 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing (Chevrolet) (ovals)
#24 Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (Chevrolet) (Indy 500)
#61 Matthew Brabham* PIRTEK Team Murray (Chevrolet) (Indy GP, Indy 500)
#63 Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing (Honda) (Indy 500)
#88 Bryan Clauson Jonathan Byrd's Racing (Honda) (Indy 500)
#91 Buddy Lazier Lazier Partners Racing (Chevrolet) (Indy 500)
#?? Katherine Legge Grace Autosport (Chevrolet) (Indy 500)
quote:10:13 – Robin Frijns heeft een goed gevoel overgehouden aan zijn eerste test met een IndyCar-bolide. De Nederlander mocht voor Andretti Autosport testen op Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course en deed het uitstekend; hij hield de auto heel en was slechts 0,2 seconde langzamer dan Ryan Hunter-Reay, één van de vaste coureurs van het team in deze klasse. Hunter-Reay is de IndyCar-kampioen van 2012.
Voor Frijns was het even wennen om in een IndyCar te rijden. "Het is meer dan twee jaar geleden dat ik voor het laatst in een auto met zoveel downforce reed. Hoewel ik ervaring heb in de Formule 1 en GP2, is het niet makkelijk om na twee jaar weer ineens zoveel downforce te ervaren. Het was even omschakelen."
Het ging Frijns echter prima af. "Iedereen zei vooraf tegen me dat het sturen enorm zwaar zou zijn, omdat je geen stuurbekrachtiging hebt. Dat klopte wel en hoe sneller je door de bocht gaat, hoe zwaarder het wordt. Op een bepaald moment bereik je de limiet." Die limiet wist Frijns, aan zijn goede rondetijd te zien, te vinden. Hij is tevreden. "De auto is heel, ik ben heel. Al met al ben ik zeer tevreden", aldus de Limburger.
quote:A strong test for RC Enerson with Dale Coyne Racing at Mid-Ohio today has convinced the team owner to run the American 19-year-old in the #19 car for next week’s race at the same track – with more outings possible.
Enerson quit the Indy Lights championship after the Freedom 100 race in May, in order to focus his attention and money on trying to graduate to IndyCar for 2017.
The call-up to Dale Coyne Racing came sooner than Enerson expected, although Coyne admitted to Motorsport.com last week that his #19 car, raced by Luca Filippi in Toronto, could see a revolving cast of drivers over the remaining five rounds.
Now Coyne has confirmed that Enerson will join Conor Daly in his lineup for next week’s race at Mid-Ohio, and that Watkins Glen and Sonoma may also be added to his schedule.
He told Motorsport.com: “RC was very impressive, I’ve got to say. He never put a wheel wrong and was only one-tenth off Conor this morning and two-tenths this afternoon. Very respectable.
“He won the Indy Lights race at Mid-Ohio last year, so he knows his way around the track and he’ll definitely be racing for us next week. But we may put him in for the other road courses, too.
“He wasn’t intimidated by the car, and once he got used to the mass and the size of it, he was very smooth. We just wanted him to put miles on the car and he turned 110 laps without any incidents. So he’s fit, too.”
Coyne said that Enerson’s technical feedback was also decent, given his lack of experience.
“Yeah, yeah, it was respectable,” he said. “To be honest we didn’t want to change a lot, though. Like I said, we were just focusing on getting miles under his belt, but he got on well with the team, and he was just very professional.
“Honestly, we didn’t know what we were getting into, so for a young kid, I thought he did a great job. We're pleased to have him on board.
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quote:INDYCAR announced the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule today, a 17-race season that provides continuity, adds a new event at Gateway Motorsports Park and confirms a multi-year agreement with Watkins Glen International. The series calendar features the return of all venues on the 2016 schedule and consists of a total of six events on ovals, six on permanent road courses and five on temporary street circuits.
INDYCAR experienced a 38 percent growth in both television ratings and viewership from 2013 to 2015 and the same numbers are up this season by a total of 7 percent compared to this time last year. Attendance at INDYCAR events is also on the rise, with six events this season drawing crowds at or near record highs.
“The release of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule continues to build upon the success INDYCAR has experienced the last three years and establishes continuity and consistency in our event calendar,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “As a series we are working diligently to create long-term relationships with our promoters to establish date equity and to provide them with the opportunity to initiate ticket renewals and event promotions earlier, which is pivotal to continuing the increase in attendance at our events.”
For the sixth consecutive season, the INDYCAR schedule will open on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. (March 12) in 2017 and conclude at Sonoma Raceway (Sept. 17) – the third straight year the Verizon IndyCar Series championship will be crowned on the scenic 12-turn, 2.385-mile road course in California.
All events on the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule will be broadcast by longstanding television partners ABC and NBCSN. The final TV schedule will be released later this year.
The addition of Gateway Motorsports Park (Aug. 26) marks a return for the Verizon IndyCar Series, which last competed at the venue outside St. Louis in 2003. The track has hosted seven Indy car races, in CART from 1997-2000 and the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2001-03.
“Today is a monumental day for the people of the St. Louis region,” said Curtis Francois, owner of Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Ill. “I am proud of the progress we’ve made at my hometown track. I knew someday we would be making an announcement like this because I have such confidence in the people of this region and their commitment to great sporting events. More than a dozen track operators around the country sought this INDYCAR race for their communities. I firmly believe we came out on top because of the energy, loyalty and commitment to great sports that sports fans of all kinds demonstrate each day in this community.”
Current Verizon IndyCar Series driver Helio Castroneves won the event in 2003 and his Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya won in 2000. Two other current drivers – Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon – have also competed at the 1.25-mile oval.
“I think it’s great that we’re going back to Gateway,” Castroneves said. “Personally, I like it because I’ve had success there but also that I used to race for Hogan (a St. Louis-based Indy car team in 1999), which makes it a special place to me. I won there with Team Penske in 2003 and there was an all-Brazilian podium with Tony (Kanaan) and Gil (de Ferran). I remember that we had a really good car. I think we started from the pole and led a lot of laps. I know that the people of St. Louis will get a heck of a show. The track isn’t a typical oval with the irregular shape, which makes it challenging. It’s a track well suited for INDYCAR. I’m looking forward to it.”
Watkins Glen International, a replacement venue for the canceled Boston race this year, will host the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen this season on Sept. 4. The permanent road course, steeped in open-wheel racing history, will return on Labor Day weekend again in 2017 under a new multi-year agreement with INDYCAR.
“The addition of Gateway Motorsports Park and the return of Watkins Glen International are integral to the continued growth of INDYCAR,” Miles said. “Gateway officials have been enthusiastic about the prospect of hosting a Verizon IndyCar Series event for some time and we’re excited to bring the series to the St. Louis market. Watkins Glen is an iconic American road course that is revered by our fans, drivers and teams. Our goal from the beginning was to establish a long-term agreement and we’re thrilled that we’ve been able to extend this relationship for the future.”
In addition to coverage from ABC and NBCSN, all Verizon IndyCar Series races can be heard on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, available through network affiliates, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, the INDYCAR Mobile app and IndyCar.com.
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