Texas IndyCar start times: TV schedule, info for Genesys 300 today

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After a delay of nearly three months, the NTT IndyCar Series will begin its 2020 season at Texas Motor Speedway at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. The Saturday IndyCar start times and all the relevant info for the race can be found below.

Texas will lead off a schedule that originally was to have begun March 15 at St. Petersburg, Florida, whose grand prix now will conclude the season in four months.

There will be no fans in the grandstands at Texas (and at the next race July 4 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway) as IndyCar’s Aeroscreen era will begin on a high-speed 1.5-mile oval with a 35-lap limit on tire stints.

Here are the details for IndyCar’s season opener:

(All times are ET)

SATURDAY INDYCAR START TIMES AND TV SCHEDULE:

IndyCar practice: 1 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying: 5 p.m., NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold

Countdown to Green: 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

IndyCar Genesys 300: 8 p.m., NBC

IndyCar postrace coverage: 10 p.m., NBCSN

IndyCar Genesys 300 race information

RADIO: The Genesys 300 race will air live on network affiliates, Sirius 211, XM 205, indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the IndyCar Mobile app powered by NTT DATA. All practices and qualifying are available on indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the IndyCar Mobile app, with qualifying also airing on Sirius 211 and XM 205.

DISTANCE: The race is 200 laps (300 miles) around the 1.5-mile oval.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 93 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets primary to be used during practice, qualifying and the race. Rookies and first-time Texas participants will get an extra set.

TIRE RESTRICTIONS: A maximum of 35 laps during the race.

DEFENDING RACE WINNER: Josef Newgarden

DEFENDING POLE WINNER: Takuma Sato, 47.0738 seconds, 220.250 mph (two laps)

ENTRY LIST: Click here to see who’s entered in Saturday night’s Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.

SPOTTERS GUIDE: Click here to view the paint schemes being in tonight’s race at Texas.

FAST FACTS: Texas has been a decent title barometer with eight drivers having won here during their championship seasons, including three of the past five (Scott Dixon 2015, ’18; Josef Newgarden ’19). … Because of the schedule shuffle caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Tony Kanaan will make his 318th consecutive start Saturday at Texas, extending a record streak that began in June 2001 at Portland. Dixon has the second-longest active streak at 258 consecutive starts.

NBCSPORTS.COM COVERAGE: Below are links to IndyCar stories on Motorsports Talk.

A viewer’s guide: Five things to watch Saturday night

IndyCar will be facing its “Longest Day” at Texas

For Rinus VeeKay and Alex Palou, getting to Texas was stressful

Felix Rosenqvist getting up to speed on ovals by watching NASCAR, other series

Stressful travel ordeals for IndyCar rookies making their debuts

Tony Kanaan keeps streak alive as ‘Last Lap’ begins at Texas

Graham Rahal expecting success at Texas after recent personal news

Conor Daly honors friend killed among Indianapolis violence

Sergio Perez still has coronavirus; will miss second consecutive F1 race

F1 Sergio Perez out
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SILVERSTONE, England — Sergio Perez will be out for a second F1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Mexican driver had hoped to return to Formula One after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said this morning he had tested positive.

“He is physically well and recovering,” the team said. “The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

That means German veteran Nico Hulkenberg again fills in for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after having also replaced Sergio Perez when he was out for the F1 British Grand Prix at the same venue last week. Hulkenberg did not start that race because of an engine problem.

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as Formula One tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season.

Perez became the first Formula One driver to test positive for coronavirus, and it had been unclear whether he would be available to drive after the period of quarantine was extended to 10 days.

Racing Point also was in the news Friday after being hit with a 15-point penalty in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.

The stewards ruled that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Point made only minor changes to computer design data it received from Mercedes.

Rival team Renault filed protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were added to the “listed parts” under F1 rules for 2020. That means teams must design their own. Racing Point argued it was merely using information about the Mercedes parts to inform its own design.

Racing Point uses customer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 car design on photographs of last year’s Mercedes car. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing ahead of the season.

Racing Point can appeal the ruling. The points deduction drops the team from fifth to sixth in the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t affect the points totals for Racing Point’s drivers.