Brandon Hartranft is one of three drivers entered by the Pipes Motorsports Group for the three-stage World Supercross (WSX) pilot season. He will compete in the 450cc class with a second rider to be named later. Dylan Schwartz and Marshall Veltin will compete in the SX2 (250cc) class.
Hartranft finished eighth in the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross standings and 17th in the Lucas Oil Motocross Championship. This year he has placed in the top ten at the SX competition five times, and in St. Louis and Salt Lake City he finished eighth. His most recent podium finish was in the 2020 Ironman Nationals outdoor series.
“As our team is officially assigned to the FIM Supercross World Championship pilot season, we’re thrilled to see how we fare against other teams and some of the best drivers in the world.” This was announced by Dustin Pipes in a press release.. “We believe that we have a great chance to win the World Cup.
“The WSX has done an amazing job organizing this pilot season and allowing teams and riders to showcase their skills and talents on the world stage. The first Grand Prix is just around the corner and we are ready to compete and rise to the podium in the 250cc and 450cc classes with our talented riders.”
CONFIRMED! Brandon Hartranft 🇺🇸 will compete for the Pipes Motorsports group in the WSX class at the Supercross World Championship! 🏁#WSX #Supercross #WorldSupercross #WSX2022 pic.twitter.com/zyg7GAj6hy
— WSXChampionship (@WSXChampionship) September 15, 2022
The WSX will kick off its first three-race season on 8 October 2022 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.
Schwartz has seven 250 West races to his credit, including a ninth-place finish at Atlanta in 2021. He has finished in the top 10 five times in supercross and motocross combined.
In recent seasons, Veltin has divided his time between the 250 and 450 classes. This year, he finished 19th in the 250 East division and 15th in the 450 division in the outdoor season after reaching six of the eight main events.
After leaving Wales, the series heads to Melbourne for the second round.
A third and final location for the pilot season has yet to be announced.
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:
|Sun, March 5||Streets of St. Petersburg||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, April 2||Texas Motor Speedway||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, April 16||Streets of Long Beach||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, April 30||Barber Motorsport Park||NBC, Peacock|
|Sat, May 13||Indianapolis Motor Speedway (highway)||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, May 28||107th Indianapolis 500||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, June 4||Streets of Detroit||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, June 18||Road America||USA Network, Peacock|
|Sun, July 2||Sports Car Course in Mid Ohio||USA Network, Peacock|
|Sun, July 16||Streets of Toronto||peacock|
|Sat, July 22||Iowa Speedway – Race 1||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, July 23||Iowa Speedway – Race 2||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, August 6||Streets of Nashville||NBC, Peacock|
|Sat, Aug. 12||Indianapolis Motor Speedway (highway)||USA Network, Peacock|
|Sun, August 27||World Technology Raceway||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, September 3||Portland International Speedway||NBC, Peacock|
|Sun, September 10||WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway||NBC, Peacock|
*dates and networks/platforms subject to change