Archive for February 6, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020 – Fantasy becomes reality in an exciting new video released Feb. 6 by Red Bull, as NTT INDYCAR SERIES star Alexander Rossi, action sports legend Travis Pastrana and freestyle motocross rider Gregg Duffy get the “Keys to the Track” at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway and turn the facility into a winter wonderland of speed, ground and high-velocity aerial tricks.

In the video, 2016 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge winner Rossi, X Games and American motocross and rally legend Pastrana and Nitro Circus freestyle motocross star Duffy contact “their guy” for the keys to IMS so they can play for hours inside the facility on a frigid winter day. The only limit is their imagination.

Once through the gates at the hallowed Racing Capital of the World, the trio lets it rip on snow and ice around the facility, including in some surprising spots! Rossi gets sideways on asphalt in his Andretti Autosport NTT INDYCAR SERIES car, Pastrana drifts on pavement and on The Dirt Track at IMS in his rally car, while Duffy slides and carves his dirt bike through many unexpected locations around the property, including the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course.

Fans won’t want to miss the grand finale of the three-minute, 25-second video. The highlight is a massive triple jump, where the three coordinate a feat of Pastrana jumping his rally car over Rossi’s Indy car, while Duffy launches high in the air for a backflip over both vehicles.

Rossi will return to IMS in May on the road course and oval for the GMR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 9 and the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 24.

Visit IMS.com to buy tickets or for more information on those two races and all other 2020 events at IMS.

INDIANAPOLIS (February 6, 2020) – The first major event of the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will be streamed live next week from Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

The full-field test scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday can be viewed live on the INDYCAR Mobile App and INDYCAR.com. INDYCAR will debut its revolutionary Aeroscreen, a driver cockpit safety device fitted to all cars for the 2020 season.

Twenty-six drivers in 25 cars are scheduled to participate in the Open Test, including two-time defending Virgin Australia Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin driving for Team Penske. The 26-year-old New Zealander will join a team lineup featuring reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Josef Newgarden, 2019 Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge winner Simon Pagenaud and previous series and 2018 Indianapolis 500 champion Will Power. McLaughlin is scheduled to make his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut in the season’s fifth race, the GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 9.

Next week’s test at COTA also features five-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon leading Chip Ganassi Racing’s expanded three-car lineup, two-time race winner Colton Herta making his debut with Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport, and Arrow McLaren SP fielding Pato O’Ward and Oliver Askew, the past two champions of Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires.

In addition to McLaughlin and Askew, the rookie class features Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay of Ed Carpenter Racing, Alex Palou of Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh and Dalton Kellett of AJ Foyt Racing. Kellett will share a car with four-time Indy car champion Sebastien Bourdais.

Tony Kanaan, who recently announced a five-race oval track schedule with AJ Foyt Racing for his final season in 2020, and NBC broadcaster Paul Tracy will join the announcing team that includes Kevin Lee, Jake Query and Katie Hargitt.

Next week’s testing schedule is as follows (all times Eastern):

Tuesday: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., 2:30-6:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m.-noon, 1-5 p.m.

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES season begins with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 15. All 17 races will be broadcast by NBC and the NBC Sports Network. The 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge airs on NBC on Sunday, May 24.

Circuit of The Americas will host the fourth race of the season, the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge on Sunday, April 26.

WALLER, Texas —Four-time Champ Car Series champion Sebastien Bourdais and Canadian rookie Dalton Kellett complete the driver roster for the No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet.

Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan, announced last week that this year will be his final season in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, will drive the No. 14 in the five oval races, starting with the Indy 500 on May 24.

Joining AJ Foyt Racing for the first time is Bourdais, who will pilot the No. 14 in four

races including the season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla. He will also compete at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala., the streets of Long Beach, Calif., and the road course in Portland, Ore. Bourdais returns to Chevrolet power for the first time since the 2016 IndyCar season. Born in Le Mans, France nearly 12 years after Foyt’s triumph there in 1967, Bourdais now lives in St. Petersburg.

“I am such a lucky man,” Bourdais said. “Starting my IndyCar career driving for Paul Newman and Carl Haas, and now I get to drive for A.J. Foyt! I am both honored and thankful for the opportunity Larry and his team have provided me with. Staying in the NTT IndyCar series seemed like a long shot back in November. My teammates and I will be working very hard to deliver the results this organization deserves, and I can’t wait for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg to come.”

Kellett will make his INDYCAR debut at the Circuit of the Americas race in Austin, Texas on April 26. He will also compete in the Indianapolis Grand Prix, the Indy 500, both races in Detroit, Elkhart Lake, Wis., Toronto, Lexington, Ohio (Mid-Ohio) and Monterey, Calif.

Kellett, 26, is a graduate of the Mazda Road to Indy driver development system. He competed in the US F-2000 Series, made a brief showing in the Pro Mazda Series and spent much of his time (four years) in the Indy Lights Series where he ranked seventh in the final two seasons. In addition to Indy Lights in 2019, Kellett made a foray into the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship where he claimed three class victories and one pole in the LMP2 division.

“I am honored to compete in the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES with AJ Foyt Racing,” Kellett said. “This opportunity is truly a dream come true for me, dating back to my days looking up to the drivers in INDYCAR back as a young go-karter. The pedigree and achievements of AJ Foyt Racing are historic in our sport, and I can’t wait to contribute to their ongoing success.

“This season, there will be plenty to learn including the exciting challenge of adapting to an all new car for me. Luckily, I am fortunate to be partnered with three series veterans in Kanaan, Kimball, and Bourdais. I’m looking forward to working with them and learning from their combined experience to grow as a driver. Thank you to the team and my partners for this opportunity. It will be an honor to represent K-Line Insulators USA at this level of the sport.”

Team President Larry Foyt believes that the multi-driver roster will help the team regain its footing in the highly competitive NTT INDYCAR SERIES this season. With Kanaan and Bourdais, who combined, have won 54 races and 49 poles, plus an eager young driver like Kellett, Foyt is working towards building his team for the future.

“There will be many familiar faces in the Foyt garages this season, but there will be some new faces as well,” Foyt said. “Coming off a season we were disappointed with, changes were inevitable. I believe adding a multi-time champion like Sebastien Bourdais to our team will help us as we regroup and work to regain a competitive position. Being able to retain Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan is another source of excitement and will serve to push our oval program to a place where we can fight for victories. Dalton Kellett is a young driver who is intelligent and motivated, and with the experience around him, we feel he has the potential to show great things. Altogether, the 14 car has an intriguing lineup, and I’m excited to see how it plays out.”

Both Bourdais and Kellett, along with Charlie Kimball who will drive the No. 4 Chevrolet this season, will participate in the upcoming Open Test at the Circuit of the Americas February 11-12.

The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be held Sunday, March 15. The race will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network starting at 3:30 p.m. ET.