Bourdais, Hunter-Reay to compete in Sunday’s IMSA race at Mid-Ohio

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For most IndyCar competitors, this weekend will be the final one off before a grueling five consecutive weeks of racing that includes the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 (May 26 on NBC).

For Sebastien Bourdais and Ryan Hunter-Reay, however, Sunday afternoon will be another one spent at the office.

Both former NTT IndyCar Series champions will be competing in Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, the fourth round of IMSA’s 2019 WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, with Bourdais once again behind the wheel of the No. 66 Ford Chip Gannasi Racing entry in GTLM and Hunter-Reay in the No. 55 Mazda Team Joest machine in DPi.

Bourdais will once again share the No. 66 Ford GT with Dirk Mueller in substitution for Joey Hand, who will miss his second-consecutive race due to suffering flu-like symptoms.  Bourdais also subbed for Hand three weeks ago at Long Beach, where he helped propel the team to a fourth-place finish.

Hunter-Reay, who will race in place of Harry Tincknell, will be making his first WeatherTech Sports Car Championship start since last year’s Petit Le Mans at Road America, where he won alongside Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande driving for Wayne Taylor Racing.

The 2014 Indianapolis 500 champion has already shown speed early in the weekend, finishing second to teammate Oliver Jarvis in the second practice session of the weekend Friday afternoon.

Bourdais and Hunter-Reay will join three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who will compete in the IndyCar Grand Prix and Indianapolis 500 later this month for Team Penske, as well Kyle Kaiser, who previously competed in the IndyCar Classic at Circuit of the Americas for Juncos Racing.

NBC Sports analyst Townsend Bell will also once again be behind the wheel of the No. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 alongside teammate Frank Montecalvo.

Coverage of the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio begins Sunday at 1:30 p.m. E.T. on NBCSN.

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IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:


Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change