IndyCar – Indianapolis Road Cycle
Saturday May 14 – 3:00 PM ET – NBC
At some point, this pattern will become worrisome for Honda. Chevrolet has won each of the first four IndyCar races of the season, with three of those winnings coming from GM’s Penske program. Their hopes of breaking that pattern in today’s Indianapolis GP are lower than usual, as five of the top six players in the playoffs use Chevrolet power.
As with most of the season, Alex Ballou was the only standout in this group. The defending champion is the points lead despite losing the win the last time at Barber Motorsports Park. He also starts the day in second, a strong position to fight for his first win of the season. With the Indianapolis 500 only two weeks away, a Honda and Ganassi win would be somewhat encouraging for the other automaker involved in IndyCar.
NASCAR – Kansas Speedway
Sunday May 15th – 3:00pm ET – Fox Sports 1
Despite the best efforts of the next generation car, it seems that the theme of this Cup Series season is the amount of connectivity acceptable on the last lap of the race. Races on road courses, dirt tracks, and large ovals have already been won by intentional contact, and Darlington’s Joey Logano hasn’t pretended for a moment that his continued contact with captain William Byron was only an intentional pick in response. for the previous Byron block. Byron could not stay ahead of Lugano after the blow, so Lugano went on to win the race.
Such things are close to acceptable in slower, more technical brokers like Darlington. If the same thing happens in Kansas, which is a much faster broker, the concern about safety is much greater. Hopefully, the drivers can contain themselves in the closing laps as the Cup Series begins in its three-week stretch of racing in these mile-and-a-half “cookie-cutter” ovals.
IMSA – Mid Ohio
Sunday May 15 – 2:00 PM ET – USA
IMSA is back in Mid-Ohio, but it’s a classic natural terrain course with a weird twist: While DPi, LMP2, LMP3 and the GTD pro class are all here, the GTD Pro isn’t. Yes, the GT field now operating under the same regulations in both categories is split in half for the weekend by scheduling.
That means Corvette, Porsche Pfaff, Rahal Letterman Lanigan, and factory-backed BMW are not here. Don’t think this race wouldn’t be worth watching just because these leaderboards are missing out; The pro-GTD GTD class still has 11 cars from eight manufacturers.
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