IndyCar entry lists, weekend schedule for 2021 Texas Motor Speedway doubleheader

IndyCar 2021 entry lists schedule Texas
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The NTT IndyCar Series will make its first trip to an oval this season, and Tony Kanaan will be among drivers making their 2021 debuts with new teams on the entry lists for the doubleheader race weekend schedule at Texas Motor Speedway.

In both races Saturday and Sunday, Kanaan will take the wheel of the No. 48 Dallara-Honda that Jimmie Johnson drove in the first two races this season for Chip Ganassi Racing. Pietro Fittipaldi will be in the No. 51 Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing entry that primarily is driven by F1 veteran Romain Grosjean.

Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin, the third member of the 2021 rookie class with Johnson and Grosjean, will make his oval debut in the NTT IndyCar Series at Texas, which will play host to races Saturday and Sunday.

TEXAS ENTRY LISTS: Genesys 300 l XPEL 375 

Conor Daly also is in the 24-driver field, moving from Ed Carpenter Racing to Carlin Racing’s No. 59 Dallara-Chevrolet. Carpenter will make his season debut as the owner-driver of the No. 21.

Daly finished a season-best sixth for Carlin in the June 6, 2020 season opener at Texas (which held the race without fans).

“Obviously, I’m very excited and thankful to be back with Carlin for this weekend,” Daly said in a release. “It’s a package with which we’ve accomplished a lot together in a short amount of time and I’m excited to get back to work with the guys.”

The 2021 IndyCar entry lists for the Genesys 300 and Xpel 375 are the same aside from a few teams switching sponsors on the Texas schedule. Click here for the Genesys 300 Saturday, and click here for the XPEL 375 Sunday.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR GENESYS 300/XPEL 375 AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY (all times ET):

Saturday

12:30 p.m.-12:40 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series pit speed limiter practice (two groups/five minutes each)

12:45 p.m.-2 p.m.: IndyCar practice, Peacock Premium

4-5 p.m.: IndyCar qualifying (single car, two laps: Lap 1/Genesys 300; Lap 2/XPEL 375), Peacock Premium

7 p.m.: Genesys 300 (212 laps, 318 miles), NBCSN

Sunday

5 p.m.: XPEL 375 (248 laps, 372 miles), NBCSN

Eli Tomac wins Houston Supercross: Hunter Lawrence takes early 250 East lead

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With his 47th career victory and third of the 2023 season in Houston, Eli Tomac closed to within one win of tying Ricky Carmichael for third on the all-time Monster Energy Supercross list.

Tomac rebounded from last week’s crash by earning the holeshot in both his heat and the Main. At the start of the big show, he couldn’t shake Aaron Plessinger in the first four minutes and actually was in the process of losing the lead as a red flag waved for a crash involving Tomac’s teammate Dylan Ferrandis when he overjumped an obstacle and landed on Ken Roczen’s back fender as they raced for eighth.

“That was a tough race,” Tomac told NBC Sports’ Will Christien, referencing his loss to Chase Sexton in the heat. “And honestly, I was just beat down after that heat race and was searching quite a bit and was basically losing speed everywhere. I just rode better, straight up in the Main. I felt better.”

In their heat, Sexton passed Tomac at the two-minute mark and then simply rode away from the field. At the end, he had an almost eight-second gap on Tomac.

“It wasn’t great by any means,” Sexton told Jason Thomas. “I feel like the strengths I had all day, I really lagged in the Main event between the whoop and the sand section. I think I could have walked through it faster. It was still a good ride; it wasn’t great. I expected after the heat race he would be fired up.”

RESULTS: How they finished for the 450 Main in Anaheim 2

Jason Anderson scored his second consecutive pole, but he was not happy to finish third behind the two points’ leaders.

“We should be thankful every time we get to be up here,” Anderson said. “They’re making it tough on me, but all I can do is give my best.”

Tomac had to withstand a red flag and the distant second place finish in his heat to win the Houston Supercross race. In the post-race conference, he indicated that he did not make any changes to the bike and simply rode better.

Aaron Plessinger and Cooper Webb rounded out the top five.

Ferrandis was fitted with a neck brace, but still able to walk to the medical cart. He was still being evaluated by the medical staff as the night came to a close.


In 250s Hunter Lawrence entered the 250 East opener as the consensus favorite to win the championship this year with Christian Craig making the move into 450s and his brother Jett Lawrence in the West division. He answered quickly with a huge lead in Heat 1, but it almost went awry in the Main.

Lawrence got a good start, but he was passed early in the race by two-time MXGP champion (2020, 2022) Tom Vialle, who was making his Supercross debut this week. Vialle passed Lawrence on the first lap. When Lawrence tried to pass him back, Vialle scrubbed speed off a jump and pushed Lawrence wide, over the Tuff Blox.

Championships are made out of Lawrence’s response. He kept his composure and did not overcorrect before methodically working his way to the front.

“We had a little off track excursion. I wasn’t sure how hard across Tom was coming so I thought I’ll just go left, but then saw that was the side of the track. Thankfully I didn’t hit the Tuff Blox and got back on track safely. … Good start; put myself in position.”

Click here for full 250 East Main Results

Making a move from the 450 class to 250s, Max Anstie had immediate success. He finished second in his heat behind Jordon Smith and lined up with a great gate pick. He had to overtake Vialle in the opening laps and lost ground on Lawrence, that cost enough time to keep him from pressing Lawrence. This is Anstie’s first podium in the United States

“Honestly, I’ve dreamed of this for a long time to come up on these steps and man it’s a great feeling. I’ve really enjoyed the day and being on this 250, I feel like an 18-year-old kid. Everyday I’m learning.”

Smith backed up his heat win with a podium finish.

“It feels good to be back up here again,” Smith said. “It’s been a long time; a lot of injuries.”

Haiden Deegan proved the hype surrounding his debut in the 250 class was not unfounded. He finished fourth in his heat to advance to directly into the Main. During the early laps, he was circling the track in a podium position until a minor mistake sent him off the box. In the closing laps, he narrowly made an aggressive pass on Jeremy Martin and narrowly missed the podium with a fourth-place finish.

Martin held on to round out the top five.

Vialle was running in a podium position when went down with a 1:30 left on the clock. He ended his night seventh.

Chance Hymas was also making his 250 debut and scored a top-10 in eighth.

2023 Race Recaps

Anaheim 2: Triple Crown produces new winners Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen
San Diego: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence double down
Anaheim 1: Tomac wins opener for the first time

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