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Sep 1 – Kimi Raikkonen announced he will retire after this season.
Before the next race arrived, he was out with COVID.
Sep 2 – The new Miami Grand Prix circuit has been named the Miami International Autodrome.
Construction is underway for the 19-turn 3.36-mile track that runs around the Miami Dolphin's stadium.
Formula 1 approved the track last April. Miami made a 10-year deal that adds a 2nd U.S. date to the
Sep 12 – Fighting for the championship, Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen crashed into each other
spectacularly, knocking each other out of the Italian GP. The McLaren team finished 1-2, Daniel Ricciardo
winning from pole. It was the legendary team’s first win in 9-years.
Sep 5 – F1 returned to Zaandvoort Netherlands for the first time since 1985. I thought it was an amazing
track which featured some banked turns. It may be my favorite F1 track.
Dutchman Max Verstappen won the race from pole.
The Halo saved Hamilton from serious injury
after Verstappen's Red Bull came to rest on top
of Hamilton's head.
Note: Some news has been moved to their own pages:
Some news items will now be summarized and interspersed among articles that require more explanation.
2022 IndyCar Schedule Spread Thin
Sept 21 - IndyCar released their 2022 schedule and were
happy to announce that all but 3 races would be broad-
cast directly on NBC. This year, 6 races are broadcast on
the Peacock cable channel.
Races broadcast on network TV increases the value for
advertisers and sponsors. It also helps build the fan base.
Unfortunately, there has been a price to pay to get those
extra races moved to NBC.
IndyCar has had to shuffle and rearrange their schedule to
suit the network. This has resulted in a schedule that is
spread a little thin. There will be a 3-week gap between four
races and a 2-week gap between five races, though if you
count the NBC telecast of the Indy 500 qualifying, that fills
the gap between the GMR Grand Prix and the Indy 500.
GAP (# of weeks between the events)
Those long gaps between races may affect race teams's
employees or payroll. For drivers, it means time to develop
rust and lose momentum.
For the majority of casual fans, those gaps can make it hard
to remember what weekend a race is on and they miss it.
Or they forget what happened in the last race. Either
situation can cause them to lose interest.
Regular weekly viewing is best as it helps the series to
Fortunately, the spacing problem occurs at the start of the
season and not at the end, when excitement builds around
the chase for the championship.
The season starts early with a race in St. Petersburg on
Races not on NBC next year: Toronto will on Peacock.
St. Louis and Detroit will be on USA Network.
Note: Indy 500 Quals fills the gap between these two events
Note: Iowa is a double-header
Sept 26 – There was a surprising qualifying session at the Russian Grand Prix - Lando Norris captured pole
with his McLaren. 2nd was secured by Carlos Sainz in the Ferrari and George Russell started 3rd in the
Williams. Max Verstappen had to start from the back because he had an engine change.
Sainz took the lead at the start, but Norris got by him on lap 13 and led the race. Toward the end, rain was
moving in and 2nd place Lewis Hamilton pit for rain tires. Norris waited too long and slid off track.
Hamilton took the lead and won his 100th Grand Prix! Verstappen finished 2nd, relinquishing the points lead
to Hamilton. Norris ended up in 7th.
Sept 26 - Alex Palou finished 4th in the season-ending race at Long Beach, securing the IndyCar
Championship. Josef Newgarden won pole and finished 2nd which earned him enough points to pass Pato
O'Ward for 2nd in the championship. O'Ward suffered mechanical failure during the race. Colton Herta
won the race. Both he and Palou won 3 races this season, and Herta had 2 more poles than Palou, but he
finished 5th in points.
Sept 24 - Penske Entertainment will take control of the Indy Lights series at the end of the season, bringing
an end to eight years of stewardship by the Andersen Promotions team of Dan Andersen and his daughter
New Junior Series for R.T.I.
Sept 30 - Andersen Promotions is adding a new junior
open-wheel series to help young drivers progress onto the
Road to Indy ladder.
Launching in 2022, USF Juniors will offer a prize package
exceeding $325,000 including a scholarship valued at more
than $200,000 to advance to the USF2000 Championship.
The new series will be sanctioned by USAC with a schedule
comprising six road-course race weekends, most with triple-
header rounds for a total of 16-18 races.
For 2022, the Ligier JS chassis and HPD powerplant will
be utilized with long-time series engine builder Elite Engines
performing all new builds and rebuilds. Budgets are
expected to be in the $120,000 to $150,000 range, and the
series will be open to drivers as young as 14 years of age.
“It has become apparent that one additional entry level step
was needed,” said Dan Andersen, owner of Andersen
Promotions. “Our current first step – the Cooper Tires
USF2000 Championship – has become extremely more
competitive from a global scale of driving talent than what
used to be considered as entry level.
“Our goal with USF Juniors is to provide a true entry level
series that is professionally managed where drivers, teams
and parents can focus on training and racing via shorter,
more economical events, while also lowering the spotlight
on young drivers that often occurs on IndyCar race
weekends. Our entry level drivers will learn the skills
needed for them to move onto the Road to Indy, with