March 2022 Preview

This month is set to see several racing series get their 2022 season underway, while others resume theirs.

MotoGP

MotoGP is one of the racing series that is set to start its 2022 season this month with its traditional season opener taking place in Qatar on 6 March. It will then make its competitive racing return in Indonesia on 20 March at a new street circuit in Lombok.

Last season saw MotoGP contest a double header of races in Qatar with then factory Yamaha teammates Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo claiming victory across the two Grand Prix. Vinales has since split with Yamaha and has moved to Aprilia while Quartararo heads to Qatar as the reigning MotoGP world champion.

NASCAR

Having begun its 2022 season last month, the NASCAR Cup Series is due to contest four further rounds this month at Las Vegas (6 March), Phoenix (13 March), Atlanta (20 March) and at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin (27 March).

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Last season saw Kyle Larson win in Las Vegas, Martin Truex Jr. take victory at Phoenix, Ryan Blaney win in Atlanta and Chase Elliott being declared the winner of a shortened race at COTA, due to heavy rain.

The 2022 season started with the Daytona 500 being won by Austin Cindric in the #2 Team Penske while the #5 Hendrick Motorsports of Kyle Larson won at Fontana at the end of last month.

World Endurance Championship (WEC)

The WEC will begin its latest season with The Prologue at Sebring from 12 to 13 March followed by the season opener, the 1000 Miles of Sebring on 18 March.

The last time the WEC held a competitive event as Sebring was back in 2019 which saw the #8 Toyota claim victory in the then called LMP1 class, the #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing taking the class win in LMP2, the #91 Porsche winning in the GTE Pro class and the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche winning the GTE Am class.

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For the 2022 season Toyota will once again by joined by Alpine and Glickenhaus in the Hypercar class. Toyota won all six races last season in the debut year of the Hypercar, with Alpine achieving a best finish of second at the 6 Hours of Spa and 6 Hours of Monza, while the best result for Glickenhaus last season was third, which it achieved at the 6 Hours of Monza.

The LMP2 class will see a bumper grid as Team WRT enter as the defending champions having claimed three out of a possible six victories last season, with JOTA picking up one victory and the other two being claimed by United Autosports.

In GTE Pro Ferrari will be defending its title against Porsche with Corvette also expected to contest rounds this season. While in GTE Am there is set to be a range of Aston Martins, Ferraris and Porsches competing this season.

Formula 1

Formula 1’s new era will make its competitive debut this month in Bahrain on 20 March, which last season saw Lewis Hamilton win ahead of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas.

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The series will then move on to Saudi Arabia (27 March) which hosted its inaugural Formula 1 Grand Prix at the latter end of the 2021 season which also saw Hamilton claim victory ahead of Verstappen and Bottas.

Verstappen enters this season as the reigning drivers’ champion while Mercedes will be defending the constructors’ championship.

Formula 2 and Formula 3

Formula 1 is set to be joined in Bahrain by both Formula 2 and Formula 3, before then being joined by just Formula 2 in Saudi Arabia.

Both Formula 2 and Formula 3 will revert to a two race weekend format having both used a three race weekend last year.

IndyCar

After the season opener in late February, IndyCar is set to contest just one event this month, at Texas Motor Speedway on 20 March.

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Last season the venue held two races with the first being won by Scott Dixon ahead of Scott McLaughlin and Pato O’Ward. The second event saw O’Ward take his maiden victory in the series ahead of Josef Newgarden and Graham Rahal.

Reigning champion Alex Palou finished fourth in the first Texas race and then seventh in the second and will go to this year’s event off the back of a runner-up finish in the 2022 season opener at St. Petersburg in Florida.

This season’s opening race was won by Scott McLaughlin, his first in the series. The Kiwi’s teammate Will Power completed the podium after finishing third.

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