Indy 500 qualifying schedule
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Indy 500 qualifying schedule and TV times; how the 33-car field will be set

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The 33-car field of the 104th Indianapolis 500 will be set through the two-day Indy 500 qualifying schedule Aug. 15-16 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The Saturday, Aug. 15 session will determine the nine cars that will compete for the pole position and starting positions 10-30.

On Sunday, Aug. 16, the final three spots will be set between any remaining cars that didn’t qualify in the top 30. The pole position then will be determined in a Fast Nine Shootout (the top nine qualifiers also received NTT IndyCar Series points).

All on-track activity will be on NBC Sports Gold (click here for more information on the IndyCar pass), and Indy 500 pole qualifying will be on NBC and available via streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com.

Last year, Fernando Alonso was bumped in the Last Row Shootout when Kyle Kaiser made the field on his final qualifying run for Juncos Racing. Simon Pagenaud captured the pole position on the way to winning last year’s Indy 500.

Qualifying speeds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway are determined by a four-lap average around the 2.5-mile track.

Here is the Indy 500 qualifying schedule and how to watch on TV:

Saturday, Aug. 15

5 a.m. – Garage opens

6 a.m. – Tech inspection

8:30-9:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)

11 a.m.-6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 qualifying (NBC Sports Gold; NBC coverage from 3-5 p.m.; NBCSN 5-6 p.m.)

9 p.m. – Garage closes

Sunday, Aug. 16

7 a.m. – Garage opens, tech inspection

10-11 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)

12:30-3 p.m. – Final qualifying and Fast Nine pole qualifying (NBC Sports Gold; NBC Coverage begins at 1 p.m.)

4-6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)

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.