INDYCAR Chief of Staff Mark Sibla says that the sport is enjoying a great period of growth in all aspects of the sport. The 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season has had three different winners in the opening three races of the season, and speaking to Paddock Eye during the Blackbook Motorsport Forum 2023 in London, he said that he expects the racing to be extremely close and for the championship to go down to the wire in Laguna Seca.
Speaking about the NTT INDYCAR SERIES move to sustainability, Sibla said that it is great that sport has adopted the 100 percent renewable and sustainable fuel from Shell, the Guayule rubber developed by Firestone.
INDYCAR has seen rapid growth, and in 2023, there are 27 full-time entries Sibla says that this shows how healthy the sport is and the fact that there are 34 entries for the Greatest Spectacle In Racing, the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge next month is great because it showcases the ladder system with Abel Motorsports making the step up to the main series from INDY NXT presented by Firestone.
Sibla feels that the NTT INDYCAR SERIES needs to have a balance between the different circuits the series goes to by keeping the ovals on the calendar and introducing new venues, such as the potential return of the Milwaukee Mile.
Nashville has confirmed that the circuit layout will change due to the construction of the new stadium where Nissan was. Sibla believes that Nashville is a fantastic addition to the series and has provided great racing.
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is in Alabama this weekend for the Children’s Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, the final race before May festivities get underway with the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road course, which gets takes place on Saturday, May 13.
Practice for the Greatest Spectacle In Racing begins on Monday, 15th May, for more information or purchase tickets for the Indianapolis 500, click here.