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Rahal, Raisman make trip to Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic

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Graham Rahal and Aly Raisman kicked off their 2017 seasons with a pit stop at the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic held Tuesday in St. Louis.

Rahal wears his heart on his sleeve for a couple of his favorite teams. The driver of the No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda in the Verizon IndyCar Series is a huge fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes, who unfortunately for Rahal were shellacked the other night in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, 31-0, at the hands of the Clemson Tigers.

Meanwhile one of his other favorites is the Columbus Blue Jackets, arguably the hottest team in the NHL at the moment. While the Blue Jackets weren’t in St. Louis Tuesday – that honor fell to the Chicago Blackhawks – Rahal was still there to take in one of the annual outdoor games.

Raisman, meanwhile, also joined up for the day. She’s the second-most decorated U.S. Olympic gymnast ever, having won three medals as a member of Team Bridgestone at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and grew up a huge hockey fan in the Boston area. Raisman’s interview during the game is below.

The St. Louis Blues delivered a 4-1 over the ‘Hawks on Tuesday – more here from Pro Hockey Talk.

IndyCar races at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis, in Madison, Ill., on August 26.

A quick social recap of these two’s day is below:

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