IndyCar Gateway qualifying order
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IndyCar qualifying order for Gateway

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IndyCar has released the order for Saturday’s qualifying session, which will set the lineups for both races this weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.

The order was set by the points standings with championship leader Scott Dixon going last of the 23 drivers. Ed Carpenter will make the first laps.

Drivers will make two laps with the first determining the starting spot in Saturday’s race (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBC Sports App and NBC Sports.com). The second lap will set the starting lineup for Sunday’s race (3 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBC Sports App and NBC Sports.com).

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IndyCar also used this format for the race weekend doubleheader last month at Iowa Speedway, where Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden were the pole winners.

Click here for the qualifying order in Saturday’s Gateway qualifying session, which will begin at noon ET with coverage on NBC Sports Gold.

Takuma Sato, who won the Indianapolis 500 for the second time Sunday, is the defending winner from last year’s IndyCar race at Gateway.

The doubleheader weekend at Gateway will mark IndyCar’s last time on ovals this season. The final five races after this weekend will be contested on street and road courses.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.