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Lessons learned in three rounds of Extreme E pay huge dividends in the Copper X Prix for Tanner Foust IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

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To paraphrase the Grateful Dead, what a long and unique journey Tanner Faust went through in his first season in the Extreme E series when he took early season lessons in Chile to compete in the Copper X Prix. And he learned his lessons well.

McLaren announced in February that it would expand its motorsport program with the Extreme E. They signed two talented rally drivers, Foust and Emma Gilmour, and put them on the first round in Neom, Saudi Arabia, with just a few days of testing behind them. Scorched by the sun of the Arabian desert, it was tested by fire.

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The duo performed well in their debut, advancing to the final round and finishing in fifth place. As the Extreme E heads into another desert halfway across the globe to stage four, it’s time to catch up with Faust and ask about McLaren’s progress. Last weekend in one of the most extreme regions of the world – the Atacama Desert – the Copper X Prix competition was held.

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“The shock in the first race was the speed,” Faust told NBC Sports. “It was much higher than what we tested. We spent a lot of time around 100 miles an hour [in race trim] and our test speeds were more in the 60 to 70 mile range. Then when we sort of got around that, the car was upgraded so you can drive it even faster.”

In rally racing, some incidents are beyond the control of the driver. Even peeking out from behind another car can be dangerous due to potholes that have recently been dug into the ground or large bushes that seem to sprout between the circles. A couple of flips got Foust back on the ground, but the speed was there, and that was important.

“We’ve had some issues this season,” Fust said ahead of the Copper X Prix. “We had a good start; reached the final, which is not easy to do in this series. I had two throws in the first three competitions, but each time I added. Now we come into the 4th round in Chile with a pretty strong position. We have competitive moments in the team. We communicate and think very well about this Odyssey car.”

Fust’s words proved to be prophetic.

He won the Crazy Race – the Extreme E version of the Last Chance qualifier – and did so after clearing the course. Similarly, he reached the Saudi Arabian final, but this time it was better. There were those hard-earned lessons to draw on, and Fust had representatives behind him. He wasn’t about to be taken by surprise by any random obstacles.

Tanner Faust passed Sebastien Loeb heading into the Switch Zone in the Copper X Prix. (Photo by Sam Bagnell/LAT Images)

In the Copper X Prix final, he put pressure on one of the best rally drivers in the history of the sport.

At the end of his stretch, after pitching sideways through a tight southpaw, Fust put his McLaren Extreme E Odyssey at the head of the pack in front of Sebastian Loeb as they headed into the switch zone. There he will hand over the car to his navigator Gilmour.

The Extreme E series is designed for male and female drivers, and both are behind the wheel.

After a driver change, Gilmour momentarily lost the lead to Loeb’s teammate Cristina Gutiérrez, but as they raced to the finish line, she took the lead and slipped under the checkers first.

“What an improvement for the team compared to this year,” Fust said after the race. “We struggled with some events being in the first year of competition. This weekend we showed real pace; Overtaking Sebastian Loeb was a highlight.

“Emma did a great job in the final. I was lucky enough to go from last to first in the Crazy Race and then to first in the final, but with some penalty flags, 20 seconds were added to our time, putting us in fifth place. It was great to cross the finish line first, I love this wide track and the NEOM McLaren Odyssey was fantastic here.

“Hopefully we can continue that momentum in Uruguay.”

Loeb and Gutierrez climbed to the top of the podiumbut the feeling of going under checkers first cannot be taken away.


Race responsibly

Since the invention of automobiles, racing has played a socially responsible role in improving safety. As the Earth reaches a tipping point with climate change, racing must adapt to these new needs and demands, and this is where Extreme E’s unique strategy becomes increasingly important.

The Extreme E experience is about more than just racing. Each race is accompanied by a legacy program designed to repair the damage caused by climate change and erase the footprints caused by the events.

Faust, a biologist at the University of Colorado, had the opportunity to rekindle his interest and pay tribute to the environment ahead of the Copper X Prix.

Atacama is the oldest desert in the world, dating back 150 million years. It is the driest place on earth with the highest levels of ultraviolet radiation. Yet somehow life continues through underground rivers with oases dating back to Inca times. Fust was involved in preparing the local habitat for the reintroduction of the endangered water frog into Chile’s longest river, the Loa, meandering through the desert.

“I love this experience,” Faust said. “I put on a lot of chapstick, a lot of sunscreen. What a fascinating part of the world. I would never have come here otherwise.

“Honestly, I am honored to be a part of this sport. I firmly believe that motorsport has benefited us over the past 100 years. I think we benefit every time we put on our seatbelts and drive down the road to lessons learned from racing since the turn of the century. And I really hope that motorsport will continue this tradition.

“I think motorsport loves [Extreme E] does it in a responsible, gender-neutral and carbon-neutral way.”

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…



Source: motorsports.nbcsports.com

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