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.

Indy 500 qualifying: Today’s schedule, TV times, how the 33-car field is set

Indy 500 qualifying schedule
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The 33-car field of the 104th Indianapolis 500 will be set through the two-day Indy 500 qualifying schedule Saturday and Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Today’s session will determine the nine cars that will compete for the pole position and starting positions 10-30.

On Sunday, the pole position then will be determined in a Fast Nine Shootout (the top nine qualifiers also received NTT IndyCar Series points).

All on-track activity will be on NBC Sports Gold’s IndyCar pass (click here for streaming Saturday and here for Sunday), and Indy 500 qualifying will be on NBC from 3-5 p.m. ET Saturday and Indy 500 pole qualifying from 1-3 p.m. ET on NBC.

Last year, Simon Pagenaud captured the pole position on the way to winning last year’s Indy 500.

Qualifying speeds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway are determined by a four-lap average around the 2.5-mile track.

Here is the Indy 500 qualifying schedule and how to watch on TV:

Saturday, Aug. 15

5:30 a.m. – Garage opens

6 a.m. – Tech inspection

8:30-9:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)

11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 qualifying (NBC Sports Gold; NBC coverage from 3-5 p.m.; NBCSN 5-6 p.m.)

7:30 p.m. – Garage closes

Sunday, Aug. 16

8 a.m. – Garage opens

9 a.m. — Tech inspection

11-11:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)

1:15-2:15 p.m. – Fast Nine pole qualifying (NBC begins at 1 p.m., NBC Sports Gold)

3:30-6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)