IndyCar Paddock Pass: Long Beach (VIDEO)

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – You’ve seen the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass for Formula 1, where Will Buxton goes to those paddocks on race weekends for more information, interviews and insight.

This weekend, NBC Sports Group premieres a variant for the Verizon IndyCar Series, IndyCar Paddock Pass, hosted by Anders Krohn.

Krohn, known as “The Viking,” has carved out a successful post-driving business career as co-owner of CoForce in Indianapolis, and has been a member of the NBC Sports broadcast team since 2014 as color analyst for Indy Lights race telecasts alongside Kevin Lee. Krohn will also work selected IndyCar races this year in the pit lane.

Krohn catches up with St. Petersburg winners Sebastien Bourdais and Dale Coyne, NAPA Auto Parts-sponsored Ron Capps and Alexander Rossi (Andretti-Herta Autosport) and the Indy Lights dynamic duo from Andretti-Steinbrenner Racing, Colton Herta and George Michael Steinbrenner IV.

Check out the debut episode, shot this weekend at Long Beach, at the top of this post. A couple teaser tweets are below:


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