AVONDALE, La. – The second round of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ season, the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, will be LIVE on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra from 2:30 p.m. ET, 1:30 p.m. CT and local time, this afternoon. The Live Extra stream link is linked here.
Qualifying started in wet conditions, which intensified later in the session and then forced its cancellation.
The grid will be set by entrant points, with St. Petersburg winner Juan Pablo Montoya on the pole position ahead of Team Penske teammate Will Power.
The grid was somewhat jumbled compared to practice times and potential Q1 dropouts.
Today’s inaugural race at NOLA Motorsports Park is scheduled for 75 laps around the 2.74-mile, 13-turn road course. Rain is almost certainly going to fall, but to what degree is uncertain. Montoya discussed the rain at NOLA on Saturday.
For today’s race, Brian Till, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy will be in the NBCSN booth, with Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Kevin Lee and Robin Miller patrolling pit road.
Again, that’s 2:30 p.m ET/1:30 p.m. CT for the coverage on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.