MADISON, Ill. – The Verizon IndyCar Series’ final oval race of the season tonight marks the series’ return to a revitalized Gateway Motorsports Park outside St. Louis in Madison, Ill., for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline.
You can watch the 248-lap, 310-mile race from Gateway live on NBCSN (stream link here) from 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. CT and local time. It’s the series’ first race in Gateway since 2003.
The broadcast of Friday night’s qualifying show starts at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, as a lead-in to live race coverage.
Kevin Lee is on the call from Gateway along with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy, with Jon Beekhuis, Katie Hargitt, Anders Krohn and Robin Miller in the pits.
IndyCar race coverage will run from 9 p.m. through midnight ET.
After qualifying, here’s some of the questions to consider in Gateway:
- Will the Team Penske weekend domination continue?
- Can any of the Hondas spring a surprise?
- Who will seize the momentum in the championship battle?
- How will this race, race? Will there be a lot of passing?
McLaren is almost back on schedule with its 2018 Formula 1 car development after losing two weeks due to a delay in deciding on its engine supplier, according to racing director Eric Boullier.
McLaren confirmed back in September it would be cutting ties with Honda at the end of the year after three difficult seasons, favoring a switch to Renault power units.
The decision was not taken lightly by McLaren, causing it to lose two weeks in the development of next year’s car, but Boullier confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the team is almost back on-track.
“Maybe we made the decision to change the engine manufacturer two weeks too late for our schedule, but these two weeks have almost been recovered,” Boullier said.
“Any big decisions are always difficult to take. The concept of McLaren winning with Honda was a dream for everybody, yes – it was a beautiful story.
“Today we have huge respect for them and we definitely don’t divorce with fights and screams and finger pointing. We are all very professional – and in the end it was a business decision, which they understand.
“There is a sadness that it didn’t work out like we wanted. McLaren-Honda in terms of brands was a good fit – in terms of results it didn’t work.
“That’s what it is in the end. Now we have to see that we get back to competitiveness – back to the top!”