Here’s your IndyCar times for this week’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

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The Verizon IndyCar Series hits the streets of Long Beach this weekend for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Here are your times and info for the weekend coverage on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra:

NBC Sports Group continues its comprehensive 2015 motorsports coverage this week, highlighted by live presentations of the IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach and Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix, both this Sunday on NBCSN.

Race coverage on NBCSN begins at 10:30 a.m. ET on Sunday morning with the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix, and continues at 4 p.m. ET with live IndyCar coverage from the streets of Long Beach, Calif.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide comprehensive streaming coverage of this week’s IndyCar and F1 telecasts via TV Everywhere.

INDYCAR GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH – SUNDAY AT 4 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN’s presentation of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series continues this Sunday at 4 p.m. ET with live coverage of the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Last weekend, James Hinchcliffe (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports) earned his first victory of the season at the inaugural Grand Prix of Louisiana, leading the final 15 laps of the rain-shortened race. Through two races this season, a trio of Team Penske drivers – Juan Pablo Montoya (84 pts), Helio Castroneves (74 pts), and 2014 Series Champion Will Power (70 pts) – occupy the top three spots in the drivers’ standings. In addition, all three drivers have taken the checkered flag at Long Beach, including two victories for Power (2008 & 2011).

Four-time Grand Prix of Long Beach winner Paul Tracy and IndyCar driver Townsend Bell will provide analysis of this week’s race, alongside play-by-play voice Brian Till. Robin Miller, Marty Snider, Kevin Lee and Kelli Stavast will handle pit reporting duties. Weekend coverage begins on Friday at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a live edition of IndyCar Countdown, followed by qualifying on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET.

In addition, NBCSN will provide coverage of the Indy Lights race from Long Beach on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, immediately preceding live GP of Long Beach coverage. Kevin Lee (play-by-play), Anders Krohn (analyst) and Katie Hargitt (reporter) will provide commentary.

TV TIMES: INDYCAR, F1 AND MORE

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Fri., April 17 NASCAR K&N Series – Irwindale 12:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 1 8 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 2 11 a.m. NBCSN
/DRIVE on NBC Sports: Middle East 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Countdown 5 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., April 18 NASCAR Whelen Series: Thompson 12:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 3 8 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying 11 a.m. CNBC
IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach – Qualifying 6 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
/DRIVE on NBC Sports: Middle East (Encore) 9 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., April 19 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix 10:30 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra 1 p.m. NBCSN
Off the Grid: Melbourne 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
Indy Lights Series: Long Beach 3 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach 7 p.m. NBCSN

Porsche pulls GTLM cars from Mid-Ohio because of COVID-19 positives

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Porsche will skip Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with its two GTLM cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after three positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

That resulted in Porsche choosing to pull out of the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany, electing to avoid sending any team members as a precautionary measure.

Porsche Motorsport announced Tuesday that its COVID-19 decision also would apply at Mid-Ohio to its No. 911 and No. 12 teams.

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Three of Porsche’s four IMSA GTLM drivers — Laurens Vanthoor, Frederic Makowiecki and Nick Tandy — also were racing in Le Mans. The trio has remained isolated in Europe and won’t be allowed to travel.

“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio,” Fritz Enzinger, vice president for Porsche Motorsport, said in a release. “This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be traveling to the USA.

“This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasize that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”

The decision also affects Earl Bamber, who teamed with Vanthoor to win the GTLM championship last year in the No. 912.

Porsche said its GTLM Porsche 911 RSR-19 entries will return for the Oct. 10 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

That will reduce the GTLM class to four cars — two Corvettes and two BMWs — this weekend at Mid-Ohio, in what could be somewhat of a 2021 preview. Porsche Motorsport announced earlier this year that it will leave IMSA after the 2020 season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.