IndyCar weekend schedule for Road America Grand Prix doubleheader

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Road America will play host to the REV Group Grand Prix doubleheader featuring a busy IndyCar weekend schedule at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course.

Saturday’s race will take place at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and Sunday’s race will begin at noon ET on NBC. Both also will be streamed on the NBC Sports app and NBCSports.com).

After winning the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway and last Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course, Scott Dixon is trying to become the first driver to open a season with three victories since Sebastien Bourdais (who won the opening four Champ Car races in 2006).

Alexander Rossi, who is off to a tough start in 2020, is the defending winner at Road America.

These will be the third and fourth races of the season for the NTT IndyCar Series, which is in a stretch of five races in 15 days (with a Friday-Saturday weekend doubleheader July 17-18 at Iowa Speedway). In addition to IndyCar, the Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 support series begin their seasons this weekend.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule at Road America:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, July 9

9-9:45 a.m.: USF2000 test

10-10:45 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 test

11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: USF2000 test

12:45-1:30 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 test

2:30-3:15 p.m.: USF2000 test

3:30-4:15 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 test

5:15-5:45 p.m.: USF2000 practice

6-6:30 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 practice

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, July 10

9-9:35 a.m.: USF2000 qualifying

9:50-10:25 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 qualifying

12:15-1 p.m.: USF2000 race #1

1:15-2:05 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 race #1

3:30-4:15 p.m.: USF2000 race #2

4:30-5:20 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 race #2

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, July 11

7 a.m.: IndyCar garage opens

7:30 a.m.: IndyCar Tech opens

10 a.m.: Driver, team manager meeting (conference call)

11 a.m.: IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)

2:15 p.m.: IndyCar qualifying (NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)

4:30 p.m.: Cars to grid

5 p.m.: IndyCar race #1 (NBCSN)

5:08 p.m.: Command to start engines

5:15 p.m.: Green flag (55 laps/220.77 miles)

10 p.m.: Garage closes

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, July 12

7:30 a.m.: IndyCar garage opens

8 a.m.: IndyCar Tech

10 a.m.: IndyCar qualifying (NBC Sports Gold)

Noon: IndyCar race #2 (NBC)

12:35 p.m.: Command to start engines

12:42 p.m.: Green flag (55 laps/220.77 miles)

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.