IndyCar at Texas Motor Speedway Sunday: How to watch, start times, live streaming info

IndyCar Texas start times
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After yet another victory Saturday by Scott Dixon at Texas Motor Speedway, the NTT IndyCar Series will try to put the brakes on the six-time series champion Sunday (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN) in the XPEL 375 — the second half of twin start times this weekend at the 1.5-mile oval.

It’s the first time in 10 years that Texas has played host to an IndyCar race weekend doubleheader. Dixon dominated the Saturday opener, leading 206 of 212 laps and fending off Team Penske rookie Scott McLaughlin in his fifth victory at Texas and second consecutive at the 1.5-mile oval.

The 2021 season has opened with three winners in three races with Dixon, Alex Palou (who won the season opener at Barber Motorsports Park) and Colton Herta (who led 97 of 100 laps from the pole position to win the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg).

SUNDAY’S LINEUP: Where everyone will be starting in the XPEL 375

ENTRY LISTS, WEEKEND SCHEDULES: Who will be racing and when at Texas

Since 2012, IndyCar has averaged roughly nine winners annually; last year there were seven in 14 races.

After running the first two races of the season, rookies Jimmie Johnson and Romain Grosjean are absent at Texas. Tony Kanaan will take over the No. 48 for Johnson, and Pietro Fittipaldi will drive the No. 51 in place of Grosjean.

Here are the details and IndyCar start times for Sunday’s XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway (all times are ET):


Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway

TV: 5 p.m. on NBCSN (and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com); Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for IndyCar on NBC with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 5:10 p.m.

GREEN FLAG: 5:15 p.m.

DISTANCE: Sunday’s race is 248 laps (372 miles) on a 1.5-mile speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: The are 13 available during practice, qualifying and the doubleheader races.

PUSH TO PASS: Unavailable (yet) in oval races

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 83 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

QUALIFYING: Field set by entrant points after Saturday’s results. Click here for Sunday’s lineup

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 24 drivers racing at Texas


INDYCAR START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR XPEL 375 AT TEXAS (all times ET):

Sunday

4:30 p.m.: Install laps

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


COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.COM:

ROUND 1: Alex Palou breaks through with first victory in season opener

ROUND 2: Colton Herta puts on a sublime showing in St. Pete

ROUND 3: Scott Dixon maintains Texas dominance

JIMMIE INDYCAR WATCH, RACE 1: A 19th at Barber Motorsports Park

JIMMIE INDYCAR WATCH, RACE 2: Tough day for the No. 48

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Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup
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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

PETIT LE MANS STARTING GRID: Click here for the starting lineup l Lineup by car number

PETIT LE MANS: Info on how to watch

With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


QUALIFYING

Results

Results by class

Fastest lap by driver

Fastest lap by driver after qualifying

Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

Fastest lap sequence in qualifying

Best sector times in qualifying

Time cards in qualifying

PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II l Session III