Takuma Sato

Chip Ganassi Racing confirmed June 20 that Takuma Sato will remain in its No. 11 Honda-powered entry for the three remaining oval races this season.

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Sato drove for CGR in the first two oval races of the season, the PPG 375 on April 2 at Texas Motor Speedway and the 107th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His best finish was seventh at Indianapolis, where he also led two laps.

Sato will be behind the wheel of Ganassi’s car at the upcoming Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart and the Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade on July 22-23 at Iowa Speedway and the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Axalta and Valvoline on Aug. 27 at World Wide Technology Raceway.

Rookie Marcus Armstrong is driving Ganassi’s No. 11 car at all the road- and street-course races this season. A team spokesperson said Armstrong could test on an oval after the season, but no date or track is confirmed.

Newgarden Nominated for ESPY

Two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Josef Newgarden was one of four global motorsports competitors nominated to win the Best Driver award at the ESPYS, the annual sports award show presented by ESPN.

Newgarden joins reigning Formula One World Champion Max Verstappen, NASCAR Cup Series star Kyle Larson and reigning NHRA Top Fuel champion Brittany Force as nominees. Newgarden won five races and finished second in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES standings in 2022, and he earned his first Indianapolis 500 victory this May for Team Penske.

Fans can visit www.espn.com/espys to vote. The winner will be revealed at the annual awards show at 8 p.m. ET July 12 on ABC.

Foyt Documentary July 17 in Indianapolis

A documentary focusing on the legendary career of A.J. Foyt will be featured in an advance screening at 6 p.m. ET July 17 at United States Auto Club headquarters at 4910 W. 16th Street in Indianapolis.

Foyt is the first four-time Indianapolis 500 winner, a seven-time INDYCAR SERIES champion and the winningest INDYCAR SERIES driver in history.

Among the guests at the screening will be producer Laura Andrew, who will answer questions about the film, USAC champions Kody Swanson and Justin Grant, INDY NXT by Firestone series director and past USAC champion Levi Jones, and rising USAC star Jake Swanson.

Only 100 tickets are available, with proceeds supporting RaceAid, the benevolent arm of USAC that benefits participants, officials and families in need. Visit www.raceaid.fund for tickets and details about the screening.

The documentary, presented by USAC and FloRacing, follows an acclaimed documentary about the Bettenhausen family.