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Alex Palou back at Ganassi; Felix Rosenqvist returning to McLaren for 2023 IndyCar season IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

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After months of speculation about their future in the NTT IndyCar Series, it was announced that Alex Palou and Felix Rosenquist would return to their teams next season.

Palu will drive the No. 10 Dallara-Honda at Chip Ganassi Racing and Rosenquist will return with the Arrow McLaren SP on a ride that Palu originally seemed to be ticketed for after signing with the team. In an interview ahead of Sunday’s season finale, McLaren Racing CEO Zack Brown firmly indicated that Rosenquist was likely to return, and Palu also hinted that he would return to Ganassi.

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This led to a contract dispute with Ganassi, who selected Palu for the following season. After two months of wrangling (including the team suing Palou), the decision was reached and announced by both parties on Wednesday morning. Both parties entered into mediation after the lawsuit was filed.

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“Alex Palou will remain in the No. 10 car with Chip Ganassi Racing for the 2023 IndyCar season. The agreement gives him the opportunity to test cars in selected racing series, provided that this does not conflict with his obligations in IndyCar. As always, we will support Alex as he aims to win a second series championship with the team.”

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In a series of tweets also thanking team owner Chip Ganassi and managing director Mike Hull, Palow said he would be allowed to remain a F1 test driver at McLaren. In its release, McLaren revealed that Palu is testing its 2021 car. The McLaren test is taking place in Barcelona. and also includes O’Ward.

Rosenquist will return for a third consecutive season with the McLaren IndyCar team, joining O’Ward and Alexander Rossi (who was signed by McLaren after seven seasons with Andretti Autosport).

“There’s no better way to enter the off-season than with this news,” Rosenquist said in a press release. “I love this team and I’m so happy to continue working with all the great people I’ve met over the last two seasons. With everything the team has in development, an ongoing relationship with Pato, and the addition of (Alexandra) Rossi, we’re about to unveil our best game of 2023. This will be the most exciting season for me so far. Let it be March already.

The 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule will have the same number of races and tracks as this season, with minor date changes.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season on March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida and end on September 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place on May 28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will end with eight races in the last nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impressive upward trajectory, moving forward at a pace that is in keeping with our exciting style of competition,” President and CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp. said in a press release. Mark Miles. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to build on this trend further by bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and attracting new consumers around the world.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the seven finals) plus an Indy 500 qualifier on May 20-21. There are also three races on the USA Network and a race in Toronto exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and in the US will also be streamed live on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, The 2022 IndyCar season was the most popular in six years. and the most viewed on NBC Sports of all time. The 2022 season was also the most broadcast season on record.

“We are very excited about our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and will build on the major milestones from last season,” NBC Sports Vice President of Programming Mike Perman said in a press release. “By providing comprehensive coverage to NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports looks forward once again to telling the stories of these world-class racers and this exciting series.”

Notable elements of the 2023 schedule:

– There will be the same balance: seven road races, five street races and five ovals.

– St. Pete will open the season for the 13th time.

– The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

– NASCAR double-header weekend at IMS Highway will move to mid-August.

– The World Wide Technology Raceway event is rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here is the IndyCar schedule for 2023:


Daterace/trackNetwork/Platform
Sun, March 5Streets of St. PetersburgNBC, Peacock
Sun, April 2Texas Motor SpeedwayNBC, Peacock
Sun, April 16Streets of Long BeachNBC, Peacock
Sun, April 30Barber Motorsport ParkNBC, Peacock
Sat, May 13Indianapolis Motor Speedway (highway)NBC, Peacock
Sun, May 28107th Indianapolis 500NBC, Peacock
Sun, June 4Streets of DetroitNBC, Peacock
Sun, June 18Road AmericaUSA Network, Peacock
Sun, July 2Sports Car Course in Mid OhioUSA Network, Peacock
Sun, July 16Streets of Torontopeacock
Sat, July 22Iowa Speedway – Race 1NBC, Peacock
Sun, July 23Iowa Speedway – Race 2NBC, Peacock
Sun, August 6Streets of NashvilleNBC, Peacock
Sat, Aug. 12Indianapolis Motor Speedway (highway)USA Network, Peacock
Sun, August 27World Technology RacewayNBC, Peacock
Sun, September 3Portland International SpeedwayNBC, Peacock
Sun, September 10WeatherTech Laguna Seca RacewayNBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms subject to change



Source: motorsports.nbcsports.com

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