IndyCar weekend doubleheader schedule at Gateway

IndyCar weekend schedule Gateway
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The NTT IndyCar Series heads to World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway this weekend for a Saturday-Sunday doubleheader schedule with the focus on Takuma Sato.

After winning his second Indianapolis 500 this past Sunday, the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing driver will enter as the IndyCar defending winner at the 1.25-mile oval in Madison, Illinois, just outside St. Louis.

Sato’s Aug. 24, 2019 victory at Gateway was his second last season and most recent before he outdueled Scott Dixon to win the 104th Indy 500.

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He led the final 61 of 248 laps to win by 0.040 seconds over Ed Carpenter and Tony Kanaan. Fourth-place finisher Santino Ferrucci led a race-high 97 laps.

With an additional race added at Gateway because of pandemic-related changes to the 2020 schedule, this year’s races will be 50 laps shorter. Both races will be on NBCSN. There will be a 90-minute practice at 4:30 p.m. ET Friday on NBC Sports Gold.

Because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Gateway also will play host to a limited crowd for this weekend’s races, which will include the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Trucks, ARCA and Indy Pro 2000 series.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Aug. 28

8:30 a.m. — IndyCar NTT Series haulers enter

11 a.m. — IndyCar NTT Series garage opens

4:30 p.m. — IndyCar NTT Series practice (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Aug. 29

9 a.m. — IndyCar NTT Series garage opens

12 p.m. — IndyCar NTT Series qualifying for both races with the first lap setting Saturday’s lineup and the second determining Sunday (NBC Sports Gold)

3 p.m. — IndyCar coverage begins on NBCSN

3:45 p.m. — Green flag (200 laps, 250 miles)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Aug. 30

Noon — IndyCar NTT Series garage opens

3 p.m. — IndyCar coverage begins on NBCSN

3:45 p.m. — Green flag (200 laps, 250 miles)

Jack Miller wins MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix as Fabio Quartararo stops his points slide


Jack Miller ran away with the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi as Fabio Quartararo stopped his downward slide in the championship when a last-lap accident from his closest rival in the standings caused Francesco Bagnaia to score zero points.

Starting seventh, Miller quickly made his way forward. He was second at the end of two laps. One lap later, he grabbed the lead from Jorge Martin. Once in the lead, Miller posted three consecutive fastest laps and was never seriously challenged. It was Australian native Miller’s first race win of the season and his sixth podium finish.

The proximity to his home turf was not lost.

“I can ride a motorcycle sometimes,” Miller said in NBC Sports’ post-race coverage. “I felt amazing all weekend since I rolled out on the first practice. It feels so awesome to be racing on this side of the world.

“What an amazing day. It’s awesome; we have the home Grand Prix coming up shortly. Wedding coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m over the moon; can’t thank everyone enough.”

Miller beat Brad Binder to the line by 3.4 seconds with third-place Jorge Martin finishing about one second behind.

But the center of the storm was located just inside the top 10 as both Quartararo and Bagnaia started deep in the field.

Quartararo was on the outside of row three in ninth with Bagnaia one row behind in 12th. Neither rider moved up significantly, but the championship continued to be of primary importance as Bagnaia put in a patented late-race charge to settle onto Quartararo’s back tire, which would have allowed the championship leader to gain only a single point.

On the final lap, Bagnaia charged just a little too hard and crashed under heavy braking, throwing away the seven points he would have earned for a ninth-place finish.

The day was even more dramatic for the rider who entered the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix third in the standings. On the sighting lap, Aleix Espargaro had an alarm sound, so he peeled off into the pits, dropped his primary bike and jumped aboard the backup. Starting from pit lane, he trailed the field and was never able to climb into the points. An undisclosed electronic problem was the culprit.

For Quartararo, gaining eight points on the competition was more than a moral victory. This was a track on which he expected to run moderately, and he did, but the problems for his rivals gives him renewed focus with four rounds remaining.

Next week, the series heads to Thailand and then Miller’s home track of Phillip Island in Australia. They will close out the Pacific Rim portion of the schedule before heading to Spain for the finale in early November.

It would appear team orders are not in play among the Ducati riders. Last week’s winner Enea Bastianini made an aggressive early move on Bagnaia for position before the championship contender wrestled the spot back.

In his second race back following arm surgery, Marc Marquez won the pole. His last pole was more than 1,000 days ago on this same track in 2019, the last time the series competed at Motegi. Marquez slipped to fifth in the middle stages of the race, before regaining a position to finish just off the podium.

In Moto2 competition, Ai Ogura beat Augusto Fernandez to close the gap in that championship to two points. Fernandez holds the scant lead. Alonso Lopez rounded out the podium.

Both American riders, Cameron Beaubier and Joe Roberts finished just outside the top 10 in 11th and 12th respectively.