May 2022 Preview

Here is a look at some of the racing action that is due to take place this month.

IndyCar

The NTT IndyCar Series is in action this month with its May 2022 events beginning with racing at Barber Motorsports Park for the fourth round of the season on 1 May.

It will then head to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway where it will first compete on the road course on 14 May for its fifth round of 2022. This leads up to the traditional late May running of the Indianapolis 500 which is set to be contested on 29 May.

Josef Newgarden heads into the month leading the driver standings ahead of teammate Scott McLaughlin and third placed, and defending champion, Alex Palou.

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So far the only race winners this season have been McLaughlin and Newgarden. But 2021 saw Palou take victory at Barber Motorsports Park while Rinus VeeKay won the Indianapolis road course event leading up to the Indianapolis 500, which itself was won by Helio Castroneves.

VeeKay enters the month seventh in the driver standings with a best finish of sixth, which was achieved at the season opener in St. Petersburg. Meanwhile Castroneves is thirteenth in the standings having achieved his best finish of the season, a ninth place, at Long Beach.

MotoGP

MotoGP is set to contest three events during May beginning with the Spanish Grand Prix on 1 May. It will then head to Le Mans for the French Grand Prix on 15 May and complete its month of racing in Mugello for the Italian Grand Prix which is due to take place on 29 May.

Fabio Quartararo and Alex Rins head into the month tied for the lead of the riders’ championship with Quartararo taking the number one spot on countback thanks to the Frenchman’s victory in Portugal. Rins best result so far this season came at the Circuit of the Americas where the Spaniard finished second.

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Completing the top three in the riders’ standings is Aleix Espargaro who is three points behind Quartararo and Rins and has a five point advantage to fourth placed Enea Bastianini.

Last season saw Jack Miller win in Jerez and Le Mans, profiting from Quartararo encountering arm pump during the former event. The Frenchman would however bounce back from losing out on a certain victory in Jerez with third at his home Grand Prix before going on to win at Mugello the following round.

NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup Series starts its month with competing at Dover on 1 May. It will immediately follow with the series heading to Darlington on 8 May. It will then go to Kansas on 15 May before the All-Star race is contested in Texas on 22 May. NASCAR will finish the month in Charlotte on 29 May.

In the overall standings Chase Elliott will go into the Dover race on 1 May leading the drivers’ championship ahead of Ryan Blaney and William Byron, with defending champion Kyle Larson currently seventh. In the playoff standings Byron leads ahead of Elliott and Ross Chastain.

FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)

The WEC returns to action this month on 7 May for the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. This is after the season opener at Sebring which saw Alpine win the Hypercar class ahead of Toyota and Glickenhaus.

In LMP2 the season opener was won by United Autosports ahead of WRT and RealTeam by WRT.

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In the two GTE classes it was Porsche #92 who won ahead of Corvette and the #91 Porsche in the Pro class. In GTE Am it was the Northwest AMR team who won in Sebring ahead of TF Sport and Team Project 1.

Last season the 6 Hours of Spa was the season opener with the #8 Toyota winning the Hypercar class, United Autosports’ #22 winning in LMP2, the #92 Porsche claiming victory in GTE Pro and the #83 AF Corse taking the win in the GTE Am class.

W Series

The W Series is set to start its 2022 season this month with a double header season opener taking place in Miami on 7-8 May. The series will then head to Spain for the third round of the season.

All three race winners from last season (Alice Powell, Jamie Chadwick and Emma Kimilainen) will return to the series for this season as part of an 18 driver grid with the season comprising of ten races contested across eight different venues.

Formula 1

Formula 1 resumes its season with an inaugural Grand Prix in Miami on 8 May. The series will then be back in action on 22 May for the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona where it will also be joined by Formula 3 and Formula 2. Formula 1 will then conclude the month of racing by competing around the streets of Monte-Carlo for the Monaco Grand Prix on 29 May, where it will be joined by Formula 2.

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Charles Leclerc will start the month leading the drivers’ championship, the Monegasque driver having a 27 point advantage over nearest rival Max Verstappen. The two have shared the race victories amongst themselves in the opening four races of the season. The top three in the championship is completed by Sergio Perez who is five points behind Verstappen and five points ahead of fourth placed George Russell.

Formula E

Formula E resumes its season with a double header in Berlin covering 13-14 May.

Stoffel Vandoorne will enter the double header leading the drivers’ championship after taking victory in Monaco. The Belgian has a six point advantage over second placed Jean-Eric Vergne, with the top three being completed by Mitch Evans who is three points behind Vergne and one ahead of fourth placed Robin Frijns.

Formula E also held a double header in Berlin last season, although it was the final venue of the season which saw Lucas di Grassi win the first race for Audi and the second event being won by Norman Nato, who was then driving for Venturi Racing.

World Rally Championship (WRC)

The WRC will also be another series in action this month as it heads to Portugal from 19-22 May.

This month’s rally is set to see both Sebastien Loeb and Sebastien Ogier return having both last competed in the series at the season opener in Monte-Carlo. Loeb won the Monte-Carlo rally whilst Ogier finished second.

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It is Kalle Rovanpera who will go into Rally Portugal leading the championship for drivers after victories in Sweden and Croatia. The Finn has a 29 point advantage over second placed Thierry Neuville with a further 17 points separating the Belgian and third placed Craig Breen.

Super Formula

The Japanese Super Formula series is due to contest its fourth round of 2022 on 22 May as it heads to Autopolis. Last season saw Giuliano Alesi win a rain shortened race ahead of Sena Sakaguchi and Nobuharu Matsushita.

Heading into the 2022 edition of the race Tomoki Nojiri leads the championship, 16 points ahead of nearest rival Ryo Hirakawa after both won races at the Fuji Speedway double header that started the current season.

The other race winner so far this season is Matsushita who triumphed at Suzuka, placing him joint third in the drivers’ championship with Sacha Fenestraz. The two are 20 points adrift of second placed Hirakawa.

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