IndyCar’s Bourdais, Dixon, RHR grab Petit Le Mans podiums

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The extra Verizon IndyCar Series drivers that got to race at the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda this weekend had mixed results in the 10-hour enduro.

Three of the four returning extras – Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter-Reay – made it onto their respective class podiums.

Bourdais led a portion of the middle stint of the race in the polesitting No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP, but eventually would finish second with co-drivers, and Prototype class champions, Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa.

Dixon, in a rare available offseason weekend, shared the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford with full season drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas en route to a third place finish overall and in the P class.

Meanwhile Hunter-Reay helped play a role in Kuno Wittmer securing the GT Le Mans class championship. “RHR” shared the No. 91 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R with Wittmer and Marc Goossens as the trio finished third in class.

Meanwhile for Ryan Briscoe, who drove in both of Corvette Racing’s C7.Rs, the championship-contending No. 3 car got taken out in a pit accident and the No. 4 car ended fourth.

Jack Hawksworth, who scored the Prototype Challenge class pole for RSR Racing, ended fourth in the No. 08 car he shared with Chris Cumming and Rusty Mitchell. Mitchell had two spins, which halted the car’s progress.

Briscoe and Hawksworth have yet to confirm their 2015 IndyCar programs, although it’s likely both will land somewhere on the grid.

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold