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From P2, Ricciardo looks for luck and to go one better in Baku GP

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For one day anyway, the racing gods have smiled on Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull Racing.

The Monaco polesitter now has his second front row start of the season, as he’ll inherit P2 following Sergio Perez’s grid penalty for Sunday’s European Grand Prix from Baku, Azerbaijan (Sunday, 8 a.m. ET, NBCSN).

Perez and Ricciardo have both had incidents this weekend, Perez in third free practice and Ricciardo in first free practice. It’s Perez’s incident though that damaged his gearbox and necessitated a five-grid spot penalty, thus giving the Australian a shot to move forward.

“It was hectic. Intense!” Ricciardo said of the session during the post-qualifying press conference.

“Thanks to the guys and the team for getting me out to make sure I got a lap in. My first run in Q3 was pretty average to say the least.”

But, despite Lewis Hamilton’s accident and qualifying stuff that brought out a red flag, it meant there was still a mad dash to get back out.

“Then I had one more chance. Thought (the first run) was looking like that was it. I knew not everyone would get a lap, so get a lap to jump up from seventh. I think Seb (Vettel) – I maybe gave him a bit of a tow!

“But it was good. Very good, really happy to bounce back with a top three.”

Ricciardo was desperately unlucky in both Monaco and Canada and he’ll have to be hoping bad luck doesn’t come in threes, as he seeks his first win since 2014.

IndyCar at IMS Friday: How to watch, start times, live streaming info

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With three races remaining in the NTT IndyCar Series season, Scott Dixon has a commanding lead and history on his side entering Friday’s opener of the Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The five-time series champion leads defending champ Josef Newgarden by 72 points.

Since 2014, the points leader with three races left has won the championship in five of the past six years, including Dixon in ’18.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has led the championship standings following every round after opening 2020 with three consecutive victories. Dixon also led the points by 78 points with three races remaining when he won the title in 2008.

Dixon, Newgarden, Pato O’Ward, Colton Herta, Will Power, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato are championship eligible.

Anyone outside 108 points of the lead after Indy will be eliminated heading into the Oct. 25 season finale at St. Petersburg, Florida.

Here is the IndyCar Harvest GP at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course schedule for Friday (all times are ET), including details and start times:


Indianapolis Motor Speedway TV schedule for Friday

IndyCar Harvest GP Race 1: 3:30 p.m., USA Network, NBC Sports Gold and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBCSN this weekend with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.


IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway start times, information

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:53 p.m.

GREEN FLAG: 4 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (207.35 miles) around Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s a 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course in Indianapolis.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary, five sets alternate (A 10th set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie.) Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 57 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: 6:20 p.m. Thursday (NBC Sports Gold)

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 25 drivers racing this weekend at Indianapolis