No. 7 Arrow SPM team wins Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge

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For the first time in 15 years, the Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge was by a team other than Team Penske or Chip Ganassi Racing, as the No. 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team of Marcus Ericsson defeated the No. 9 CGR team of Scott Dixon in a best of three series to win the competition.

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The Arrow SPM crew won $50,000 for its victory in the final against Dixon’s team, which saw the No. 7 win the first and third rounds.

“It’s such a cool event,” Ericsson told NBC Sports following SPM’s first victory in the competition. “We managed to put on good runs every time. The No. 7 Arrow SPM guys just did amazing pit stops all the way through, so I’m so happy.”

“They [the team] work hard all year long, day and night, to give you a good car. They put so much into it, and a competition like today might be all fun and games but we still want to win. I’m so pleased for the guys.”

Since the inception of the Pit Stop Challenge in 1977, the winning team of the Pit Stop Challenge has gone on to win the Indy 500 six times, with the No. 3 Team Penske entry of Helio Castroneves the last to do so in 2009.

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IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race