Here are your IndyCar TV times on CNBC, NBCSN, Live Extra from Mid-Ohio

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The Verizon IndyCar Series hits the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for this weekend’s Honda Indy 200. Here’s the TV download…

NBC Sports Group continues its presentation of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series this Sunday, August 2, with live coverage of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio at 1:30 p.m. ET on CNBC. Coverage begins this Saturday, August 1, at 3 p.m. ET with qualifying on NBCSN.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) earned his first win of the season and 15th win of his career at the Iowa Corn 300 on Saturday, July 18. With three races remaining this season, second-place American Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing; 403 points), is looking to keep pace with first-place Juan Pablo Montoya (Penske; 445).

In addition to race coverage, NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group lead IndyCar play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and David Hobbs. Robin Miller, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Katie Hargitt will handle pit reporting duties.

INDYCAR AVERAGES OVER 500,000 VIEWERS FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE RACES FOR FIRST TIME ON NBCSN

As previously announced, NBCSN’s Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 telecast on Saturday, July 18, averaged 541,000 viewers, marking the first time since NBC Sports Group acquired IndyCar cable exclusivity in 2008 that three consecutive IndyCar races on the cable network eclipsed 500,000 viewers.

The primetime telecast produced a 0.29 HH rating, while viewership was up 29% vs. last year’s race at Iowa (444,000). It surpassed NBCSN’s most recent IndyCar presentations from Milwaukee on July 12 (532,000 viewers) and Fontana on June 27 (512,000 viewers) as the network’s most-watched IndyCar race in four years (Sept. 4, 2011, 591,000, Baltimore). Click here for more ratings information.

Date Program Time (ET) Network
 Sat., August 1 Indy Car Series Qualifying – Mid-Ohio 3 p.m. NBCSN
 Sun., August 2 Indy Car Series Race – Mid-Ohio 1:30 p.m. CNBC
Indy Car Series Race – Mid-Ohio (Encore)* 6 p.m. NBCSN

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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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.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

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.