Strong double-score for Force India in 100th GP

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Force India have enjoyed a very successful grand prix in Canada, celebrating their 100th in the sport with a double-points score that has seen them pull clear of McLaren in the battle for 5th in the constructors’ championship.

Adrian Sutil started the race in 8th but he dropped out of the points after spinning whilst trying to overtake Valtteri Bottas. Despite receiving some rear wing damage and a drive-through penalty for ignoring blue flags, the German driver managed to come through to finish the race in 10th, picking up one point.

However, Force India’s lead driver in Canada was Paul di Resta. A disastrous qualifying session had seen him fail to make it past Q1, lining up a lowly 17th on the grid. A good start saw him make some progress, and he made it through the tire graining phase to last an unprecedented 57 laps on Pirelli’s medium compound tire. He eventually finished the race in 7th, being labelled as many as the driver of the day. Pirelli will also be pleased to see their tires working so well ahead of the newly designed tires’ debut at the British Grand Prix.

“Credit to Pirelli for giving us a tire that was superb here. We felt very comfortable on the medium tire, and we thought it would work, although we didn’t think it would last that long,” di Resta told the BBC.

The team will be pleased to have opened up a fourteen point gap to McLaren in the constructors’ championship ahead of the British Grand Prix later this month.

IndyCar at IMS Friday: How to watch, start times, live streaming info

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With three races remaining in the NTT IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon has a commanding lead and history on his side entering Friday’s opener of the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The five-time series champion leads defending champ Josef Newgarden by 72 points.

Since 2014, the points leader with three races left has won the championship in five of the past six years, including Dixon in ’18.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has led the championship standings following every round after opening 2020 with three consecutive victories. Dixon also led the points by 78 points with three races remaining when he won the title in 2008.

Dixon, Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are championship eligible.

Anyone outside 108 points of the lead after Indy will be eliminated heading into the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here is the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course schedule for Friday (all times are ET), including details and start times:


Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV schedule for Friday

IndyCar Harvest GP Race 1: 3:30 p.m., USA Network, NBC Sports Gold and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBCSN this weekend with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.


IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway start times, information

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:53 p.m.

GREEN FLAG: 4 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (207.35 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in Indianapolis.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary, five sets alternate (A 10th set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie.) Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: 6:20 p.m. Thursday (NBC Sports Gold)

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 25 drivers racing this weekend at Indianapolis