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Graham Rahal, Courtney Force kick off another year supporting each other’s races

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Verizon IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal and his wife NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Funny Car driver Courtney Force always try to make it to each other’s races when they’re not competing themselves in their own series.

Another year of the two of them jet-setting to support the other has officially got underway this weekend, as Rahal flew out Saturday night from the IndyCar test at Phoenix International Raceway to support Force’s first race of the season at Pomona.

Force made it to the finals but lost to Matt Hagan there at the Winternationals.

Force had been at Rahal’s first race of 2017 as well, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, where Rahal was an extra driver on the Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona class. The IndyCar season kicks off at St. Petersburg on March 12.

As you can see from the below schedule, even though Rahal (17-race IndyCar schedule) and Force (24-race NHRA schedule) have less than 25 race weekends for their own series, they’ll likely both be on the road more than that, going to each other’s events.

Here’s weekends where just one of the two is racing:

Feb. 26 – NHRA, Phoenix (Courtney)
March 12 – IndyCar, St. Petersburg (Graham)
March 19 – NHRA, Gainesville (Courtney)
April 2- NHRA, Las Vegas (Courtney)
April 9 – IndyCar, Long Beach (Graham)
May 7 – NHRA, Atlanta (Courtney)
May 13-28 – IndyCar, Indianapolis (Graham)
May 21 – NHRA, Topeka (Courtney)
June 18 – NHRA, Bristol (Courtney)
July 16 – IndyCar, Toronto (Graham)
July 23 – NHRA, Denver (Courtney)
August 6 – NHRA, Seattle (Courtney)
August 27 – IndyCar, Gateway (Graham)
Sept. 24 – NHRA, Gateway (Courtney)
Oct. 1 – NHRA, Reading (Courtney)
Oct. 15 – NHRA, Dallas (Courtney)
Oct. 29 – NHRA, Las Vegas (Courtney)
Nov. 12 – NHRA, Pomona (Courtney)

Race weekends where both drivers are racing

April 23 – IndyCar, Barber (Graham) and NHRA, Houston (Courtney)
April 30 – IndyCar, Phoenix (Graham) and NHRA, Charlotte (Courtney)*
June 4 – IndyCar, Detroit (Graham) and NHRA, Epping (Courtney)
June 11 – IndyCar, Texas (Graham) and NHRA, Englishtown (Courtney)*
June 25 – IndyCar, Road America (Graham) and NHRA, Norwalk (Courtney)
July 9 – IndyCar, Iowa (Graham) and NHRA, Chicago (Courtney)
July 30 – IndyCar, Mid-Ohio (Graham) and NHRA, Sonoma (Courtney)
August 20 – IndyCar, Pocono (Graham) and NHRA, Brainerd (Courtney)
Sept. 3 – IndyCar, Watkins Glen (Graham) and NHRA, Indianapolis (Courtney)*
Sept. 17 – IndyCar, Sonoma (Graham) and NHRA, Charlotte (Courtney)

*Finals for NHRA are a day later than the IndyCar race

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold