Here are your NBCSN TV times for IndyCar at Iowa Speedway this weekend

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Similar to Milwaukee last weekend, the Verizon IndyCar Series will have qualifying and the race on the same day for this weekend’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway, Round 13 of the season.

Qualifying will occur from 3 to 4 p.m. CT and local time and will air on NBCSN at 6:45 p.m. ET (5:45 p.m. CT) immediately following the conclusion of NASCAR Xfinity Series race coverage from New Hampshire.

It leads straight into live race coverage at 8 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. CT, from the Iowa Speedway for the fourth-to-last race of the season.

NBC Sports Group lead IndyCar play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the Iowa Corn Indy 300, alongside analysts Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell. Robin Miller, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Katie Hargitt will handle pit reporting duties.

The Indy Lights race will air on Monday night, July 20, at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Kevin Lee, Anders Krohn and Katie Hargitt will have the call there, with Lee and Krohn in the booth and Hargitt on pit road.

This race at Iowa comes after back-to-back races north of 500,000 viewers on NBCSN at Fontana and Milwaukee.

NBCSN’s Sunday afternoon Verizon IndyCar Series telecast from Milwaukee averaged 532,000 viewers, making it the network’s most-watched IndyCar race since Sept. 4, 2011 (591,000, Baltimore). It was also up 66 percent vs. last year’s Milwaukee race (320,000 viewers).

This was the second consecutive telecast in which NBCSN posted its best IndyCar viewership since the 2011 Baltimore race (Fontana, June 27, 512,000 viewers).

Date Program Time (ET) Network
 Sat., July 18 IndyCar Iowa Indy Corn 300 – Qualifying* 6:45 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Iowa Indy Corn 300 8 p.m. NBCSN
 Mon., July 20 IndyCar Iowa Indy Corn 300 (Encore) 6 p.m. NBCSN
Indy Lights – Iowa 11 p.m. NBCSN

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

Santino Ferrucci AJ Foyt
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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.