Motorsports weekend schedules for July 17-19; IndyCar, IMSA, NASCAR, MotoGP, more

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With MotoGP’s premier division finally beginning its season, this weekend promises to be one of the busiest of 2020 so far on the major motorsports weekend schedule.

Along with NASCAR at Texas Motor Speedway, IndyCar (Iowa Speedway), IMSA (Sebring International Raceway), Formula One (Hungary) and NHRA (Indianapolis) also will be in action this weekend, as well as the season opener for American Flat Track.

Here’s the major motorsports weekend schedule of when and where each series is on track this weekend (all times are ET):

American Flat Track

Season opener at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida

Friday: Main event, 8:15 p.m., TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold

Saturday: Main event, 8 p.m., TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold

Formula One

Hungarian Grand Prix

Friday: Practice, 5-6:30 a.m., 9-10:30 a.m.

Saturday: Practice, 6 a.m.; Qualifying, 9 a.m.

Sunday: Race, 9:10 a.m.


Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway

Friday: Michelin Pilot Challenge Advent Health 120 race, 2:30 p.m., TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold; WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice, 6 p.m.

Saturday: WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice, 10 a.m.; Prototype Challenge race, 11:50 a.m., TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold; WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying, 1:55 p.m.; WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race, 5:30 p.m., NBCSN, NBC Sports App,, TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold


Iowa Speedway race weekend doubleheader

Friday: Practice, 2-3:30 p.m., NBC Sports Gold; Qualifying, 5:30 p.m., NBCSN; Race No. 1, 8:30 p.m., NBCSN

Saturday: Practice 2:30 p.m., NBC Sports Gold; Race No. 2, 8:30 p.m. NBCSN


Spanish Grand Prix

Friday: Practice, 3:55-4:40 a.m., 8:10-8:55 a.m.,

Saturday: Practice, 3:55-4:40 a.m., 7:30-8 a.m.; Qualifying, 8:10-8:50 a.m.

Sunday: Race, 8 a.m.; livestream:; TV: 3 p.m. NBC; 8 p.m., NBCSN


Texas Motor Speedway

Saturday: Xfinity Series race, 3 p.m., NBCSN and stream on NBC Sports app; Trucks Series race 8 p.m. FS1

Sunday: Cup Series race, 3 p.m., NBCSN and stream on NBC Sports app


Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis

Saturday: Qualifying

Sunday: Eliminations

Michael Schumacher’s son to make F1 practice debut at Nurburgring

F1 Mick Schumacher
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MARANELLO, Italy — Mick Schumacher, son of the legednary seven-time champion, will have an official Formula One drive during an F1 race weekend for the first time next week at the Nurburgring, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari said Tuesday.

Schumacher gets the practice drive in an Alfa Romeo on Oct. 9 on his home track in Germany as a member of Ferrari’s young driver program, taking over Antonio Giovinazzi’s car for the first session of the weekend.

“I am overjoyed to get this chance in free practice,” Schumacher said in a statement. “I’m going to prepare myself well, so that I can do the best possible job for the team and gain some valuable data for the weekend.”

The 21-year-old Schumacher leads the Formula 2 standings after winning races in Monza and Sochi. He won the European Formula 3 championship in 2018 and tested a Ferrari F1 car in Bahrain in April 2019. He also has done demonstration runs in his father’s old cars, most recently this month ahead of the Tuscan Grand Prix in a championship-winning 2004 Ferrari.

Michael Schumacher holds the F1 record with 91 victories, which Lewis Hamilton is on the verge of tying.

Ferrari said two other drivers in its academy program will also get practice drives in Formula One.

Callum Ilott, a British driver who is second to Mick Schumacher in F2, will drive an F1 Haas at the Nurburgring on the same day as Schumacher. Russian driver Robert Shwartzman will drive in practice for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Dec. 11, though Ferrari hasn’t said for which team.

The German round was added to the F1 schedule after the coronavirus pandemic disrupted the season and will be officially known as the Eifel Grand Prix after a nearby mountain range. The Nurburgring last hosted F1 in 2013.