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Kyle Wyman wins New Jersey King of the Baggers as Tyler O’Hara takes the title IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

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Kyle Wyman took his third victory in the seven-round Mission King of the Baggers series, but it was not enough to overtake Tyler O’Hara in the points standings as the Indian Challenger finished 0.655 seconds behind for second place.

In a rain-soaked New Jersey Motorsports park, three drivers advanced to the season finale with a mathematical chance of winning. O’Hara led by one point going into the penultimate round in Brainerd, Minnesota and finished third before losing to Travis Wyman in second place. With a five-point gap from first to second and another four points to third, the New Jersey race saw the winner feel completely at ease – until nothing went wrong between the top two contenders.

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And if that happened, last year’s champion Kyle Wyman would have been able to steal their glory and keep the red plate on his Harley-Davidson Road Glide.

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The three title contenders retired together. Despite the wet weather, they pushed each other with all their might through the opening circuit. On lap 2, Travis fell out of frame after running into a slippery patch and dropping his bike. He managed to get his horse back in muddy and wet conditions, but failed to get ahead from ninth place.

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The crew tried to point out that O’Hara’s archrival was out of the race, but the fog of war (and, of course, the rain) prevented them from seeing the pit board.

So with the focus back on the leaders, Kyle withstood pressure from O’Hara.

With a 20-second delay on the field, O’Hara had only to finish where he was driving. His competitive spirit nearly got the better of him when he experienced an awkward moment in the closing laps before deciding that discretion was the best course of action. As O’Hara crossed the line, his left saddlebag opened in celebration to wave to the crowd.

With one win, two second-place finishes, five overall podium finishes and a worst-ever finish of fourth, O’Hara beat Travis Wyman by 10 points.

“Honestly, I had no idea that Travis was not at home. O’Hara said. “I really just tried to stay in the present and focused on the task at hand and my breathing. Kyle slowed us down a little, and I looked at my board, which was written + five. [lengths] and then +1.2 [seconds]but I really had no idea that Travis wasn’t home. Then Kyle and I got a little more athletic, and I slowed down a bit. Did what I had to do to get the job done today.”

New Jersey race winner Kyle Wyman finished third in the standings.

“What a nervous deal,” Wyman said. “Rain in New Jersey is never fun and I never want it again. Tough seven laps, but the bike felt pretty good. I am very upset that my brother was out of action, but I am sure that he gave all his best, as always – and as I always do.

Michael Barnes took first place on the podium of the season. This happened right after a fourth place in the 6th round at Brainerd.

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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 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


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