A busy week, and a busy month of April ahead for motorsports

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With Easter Sunday now in the books and a couple series (FIA Formula E, Blancpain Sprint Series) kicking off the month, the action really intensifies for the remainder of the month.

Here’s what we have to look forward to for the rest of the month of April:

Formula 1

  • April 12, Chinese Grand Prix (LIVE 1:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Qualifying Sat. April 11 3 a.m. ET; FP2 Fri. April 10 2 a.m. ET)
  • April 19, Bahrain Grand Prix (LIVE 10:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra)

Further practice and qualifying details for Bahrain Grand Prix to come.

Verizon IndyCar Series

  • April 10, INDYCAR Chronicles (5:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN; focuses on James Hinchcliffe)
  • April 12, Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana (LIVE IndyCar Pre-Race 2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra; Race 3 p.m. ET; qualifying LIVE Sat. April 11, 5 p.m. ET; race re-air Wed. April 15, 1 a.m. ET, NBCSN)
  • April 17, IndyCar Countdown (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN)
  • April 19, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (LIVE 4 p.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra)
  • April 26, Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (LIVE 3 p.m ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra)

Further qualifying details for Long Beach, Barber races to come.

GP2 Series

  • April 17-19, Bahrain (Race 1 Sat. April 18, Race 2 Sun. April 19; TV Mon. April 20, 2 a.m. ET, NBCSN)

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires

  • April 19, Long Beach (SDD, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN before LIVE IndyCar coverage at 4 p.m. ET)
  • April 25-26, Barber (TV details for this race to come)

NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series

  • April 10-12, Las Vegas
  • April 24-26, Houston

MotoGP

  • April 12, Austin, Circuit of the Americas
  • April 19, Argentina

FIA World Endurance Championship

  • April 10-12, Silverstone (European Le Mans Series also racing at Silverstone)

Blancpain Endurance Series

  • April 11-12, Monza

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

  • April 18, Long Beach (P/GTLM classes)

Pirelli World Challenge

  • April 19, Long Beach (GT/GTA/GT Cup presented by MOMO classes)
  • April 25-26, Barber (GT/GTA/GT Cup presented by MOMO, GTS classes)

Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires

  • April 10-12, NOLA
  • April 24-26, Barber

Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda

  • April 10-12, NOLA
  • April 24-26, Barber

FIA World Rally Championship

  • April 23-26, Rally Argentina

IMSA Development Series

  • April 10-12, both IMSA Cooper Tires Prototype Lites and IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, NOLA

Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup

  • April 10-12, NOLA

Trans-Am

  • April 12, Homestead

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.