Today’s IndyCar race at Laguna Seca: Start time, lineup and more

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MONTEREY, Calif. — The 2019 NTT IndyCar series champion will be crowned today at Laguna Seca Raceway, which will play host to the series for the first time since holding a Champ Car race in 2004.

Josef Newgarden will take a 41-point lead into the race over Alexander Rossi; Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon also are in championship contention. The race will be worth double points.

This is the 23rd Indy car race at Laguna Seca Raceway, and the ninth time that that title will be decided at the track. CART held its season finale here from 1989-96.

Here’s the pertinent information for the season finale of the 17-race schedule:

(All times are Eastern)

TV/START: Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. on NBC; green flag at around 3:25 p.m.

PRERACE: Driver introductions begin at 2:30 p.m. The command to start engines will be given at 3:18 p.m.

DISTANCE: The race is 90 laps (203.22 miles) around the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course

FORECAST: Wunderground.com forecasts sunny skies with a high of 68 degrees and a 1 percent chance of rain at the start of the race.

CHAMPIONSHIP STATS: This is the 14th consecutive season that the champion will be determined in the season finale. … The winning driver at Laguna Seca also has won the championship six times: Bobby Rahal (1986, ’87), Danny Sullivan (’88), Michael Andretti (’91), Alex Zanardi (’98) and Cristiano da Matta (2002).

PUSH TO PASS: Drivers will have 150 seconds of total time with a maximum of 15 seconds per activation.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate. Teams must use one set of primary and one set of alternate tires during the race.

LAST TIME: Patrick Carpentier won the Sept. 12, 2004 race, leading 40 of 79 laps and beating Bruno Junqueira by 5.395 seconds. Oriol Servia finished third.

WATCH ONLINE: Click here for the NBC broadcast

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the starting lineup and tire designations.

Click here for the results from qualifying.

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

IndyCar weekend schedule Indianapolis
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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.

ENTRY LISTS: Who’s racing IndyCar at IMS this weekend

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