IndyCar testing with full field Wednesday at Sonoma

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In preparation for Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (4 p.m. EST, NBCSN), the full field of 25 IZOD IndyCar Series cars are in action Wednesday to test at Sonoma Raceway.

3:00 P.M. EST: The two-hour morning session is over. James Hinchcliffe of Andretti Autosport was first into the 1:18s as the track heats up from earlier this morning. Times are as follows:

1. James Hinchcliffe, 1:18.9329, 8 Laps
2. Will Power, 1:19.0195, 14
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay, 1:19.0765, 11
4. Sebastien Bourdais, 1:19.1274, 7
5. Dario Franchitti, 1:19.1686, 13
6. Marco Andretti, 1:19.2176, 9
7. Helio Castroneves, 1:19.2274, 12
8. Scott Dixon, 1:19.3863, 11
9. Ryan Briscoe, 1:19.3941, 9
10. Justin Wilson, 1:19.5694, 20
11. James Jakes, 1:19.6803, 6
12. E.J. Viso, 1:19.8605, 6
13. Tony Kanaan, 1:19.8766, 11
14. Josef Newgarden, 1:20.2070, 12
15. Simon Pagenaud, 1:20.2103, 21
16. Lucas Luhr, 1:20.2262, 21
17. Tristan Vautier, 1:20.2717, 12
18. JR Hildebrand, 1:20.3484, 15
19. Simona de Silvestro, 1:20.3937, 16
20. Graham Rahal, 1:20.4018, 22
21. James Davison, 1:21.4025, 12
22. Sebastian Saavedra, 1:43.6028, 1
23. Charlie Kimball, No Time
24. Takuma Sato, No Time
25. Ed Carpenter, No Time

2:00 P.M. EST: A handful of teams got action in last week for a team and manufacturer test. The only driver change since that point is in Dale Coyne’s second car, with Japanese rookie Ryo Hirakawa unable to gather a budget to make his debut, and James Davison returning for his second start in a row.

Past 2 p.m. EST and 11 a.m. PST, four drivers have set representative laps around the 1.99-mile circuit. Simon Pagenaud has the quickest time of 1:20.3785, with Graham Rahal (1:20.6134), Lucas Luhr (1:21.4394), and Davison (1:22.1487). Sebastian Saavedra has turned an installation lap.

Live timing is available throughout the day at

Get your motor running: American Flat Track’s new season premieres Sunday on NBCSN

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If you like racing two-wheel style, make sure you catch the debut of a new multi-year TV broadcast deal featuring the American Flat Track motorcycle racing series on NBCSN.

The 18-round series debuts this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the season-opening race that was held at Daytona International Speedway on March 15.

Going forward, all 18 rounds of the series will be televised on NBCSN in highly-coveted weekend afternoon programming slots without two weeks of each event.

Last season, AFT drew nearly two million viewers on NBCSN with regular primetime coverage on Thursday nights.

This season, the one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts will be part of NBCSN’s regular weekend programing, following or preceding coverage of NASCAR, INDYCAR and Pro Motocross.

AFT is now in its 65th season, with two distinct classes: powerful, twin-cylinder rides in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines division, and the competition in the 450cc AFT Singles division.

“We are very excited to kick-off our second season of AFT on NBCSN,” NBC Sports Group Senior Director of Programming Jeff Macaluso. “The 2017 season provided us with some incredible racing and showed us how passionate the riders and fans are of this historic sport.

“The move to weekends this year, around other marquis motorsports properties, is sure to raise the level even higher.”

Here’s the 2018 AFT schedule on NBCSN:

Round Track, Location Track Type Premiere Time (ET) Time (PT)
1 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL TT Sun, 3/25 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
2 Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA Short Track Sat, 4/14 5:30 PM 2:30 PM
3 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX Half-Mile Sun, 5/06 4:00 PM 1:00 PM
4 Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Half-Mile Sun, 5/20 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
5 Turf Paradise, Phoenix, AZ Mile Sat, 5/26 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
6 Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA Mile Sun, 6/03 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
7 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 6/09 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
8 Red Mile, Lexington, KY Mile Sat, 6/16 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
9 Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK Mile Sat, 6/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
10 Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH Half-Mile Sat, 7/07 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
11 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY Short Track Sun, 7/15 6:00 PM 3:00 PM
12 Buffalo Chip Campgrounds, Sturgis, SD TT Sat, 8/11 12:30 PM 9:30 AM
13 Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD Half-Mile Sat, 8/18 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
14 Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL TT Sat, 9/01 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
15 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 9/22 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
16 Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Half-Mile Sun, 9/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
17 Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN Mile Sun, 10/14 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
18 Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ Mile Sun, 10/21 2:00 PM 11:00 AM


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