How to watch Indy 500 qualifying Sunday

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The starting grid for the 105th Indy 500 will be set today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and NBC Sports will have qualifying covered on Peacock Premium, NBC and NBCSN with nearly 15 hours of live TV coverage.

The last three spots in the 11th row of the Indy 500 will be filled in a 75-minute qualifying session with five drivers (two of whom will be eliminated from the race: Will Power (the 2018 Indy 500 winner from Team Penske), Simona De Silvestro, Charlie Kimball, Sage Karam and RC Enerson.

Then the Fast Nine from Qualifying Day 1 will square off for the pole position, which will be determined between Scott Dixon, Colton Herta, Tony Kanaan, Ed Carpenter, Rinus VeeKay, Helio Castroneves, Alex Palou, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marcus Ericsson.

Sunday coverage will start on Peacock with Last Chance and Fast Nine practice from 11 a.m.-noon ET. The Last Row Shootout will be at 1 p.m. on NBCSN, and Fast Nine pole qualifying at 2:30 p.m. on NBC. Practice will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Peacock.

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Leigh Diffey will handle play by play with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy and pit reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Kevin Lee and Dave Burns. On the Peacock Pit Box will be NASCAR on NBC analyst Steve Letarte and Jimmie Johnson, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and 2021 IndyCar rookie.

There are 35 cars vying for 33 spots in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Positions 10-30 were locked in during nearly six hours of qualifying Saturday.

Scott Dixon turned the fastest lap Saturday on the first attempt after claiming the first spot in the qualifying draw Friday.

Marco Andretti is the defending pole-sitter for the race, which was won last year for the second time by Takuma Sato.

Here’s the full broadcast grid for Indy 500 qualifying TV this weekend (all times are ET):


Date Coverage Network/Streaming Time (ET)
Sat., May 22 Indianapolis 500 – Practice Peacock 9:30 a.m.
Indianapolis 500 – Qualifying Peacock 12 p.m.
Indianapolis 500 – Qualifying NBC, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, Peacock 2 p.m.
Indianapolis 500 – Qualifying NBCSN, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, Peacock 3 p.m.
Sun., May 23 Indianapolis 500 – Last Chance Practice Peacock 11 a.m.
Indianapolis 500 – Fast Nine Practice Peacock 11:30 a.m.
Indianapolis 500 – Practice and Qualifying NBCSN, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app, Peacock 1 p.m.
Indianapolis 500 – Qualifying NBC, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app Peacock 2:30 p.m.
Indianapolis 500 – Practice Peacock 4:30 p.m.

 

Supercross reveals 2023 Daytona track designed by Ricky Carmichael for 16th time

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For the 16th consecutive year, Ricky Carmichael has designed a signature course for the Daytona Supercross race, which will be March 4, 2023.

Eli Tomac took advantage of a last lap mistake by Cooper Webb last year to win a record setting sixth Daytona race – and with that win, he broke out of a tie Carmichael.

Construction on the course will begin two days after the completion of the 65th running of NASCAR’s Daytona 500 when haulers start to unload 7,200 tons of dirt onto the grassy infield in order to create a course 3,300 feet long.

“Ricky has designed yet another incredible course for this year’s Daytona Supercross,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher in a press release. “We’re thrilled to unveil it to the fans, and we can’t wait for them to come out to the track and see it in person.”

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Carmichael’s Daytona course will take center stage for Round 8 of the 17-race Supercross season and the 31-race SuperMotocross season.

The Supercross race coincides with Daytona’s Bike Week, which runs from March 3-12 and includes races from the American Flat Track series and the legendary Daytona 200 speedway race that is contested on the infield road course.

Last year’s course was reported to have 57 obstacles including the return of an over-under bridge. For 2023 the number of obstacles listed in 42, but that will not keep this from being one of the toughest tracks on which the Monster Energy Supercross series will race.

Many of the same elements from last year will be present including sharp turns, vaulted jumps, sand sections and a finish line that aligns with the oval tracks’ start/finish line.

“This year’s Daytona Supercross design is one of the best,” Carmichael said. “It races great for the riders – it’s safe yet challenging and it’s very similar to last year with the split lanes. Daytona is the toughest, gnarliest race on the Supercross circuit, but it’s the most special to win.

“This track is going to produce great racing and I think the riders are going to put on a fantastic display for all our fans.”

While Tomac has dominated this race during his career, Daytona has also been the site of some other dramatic victories. In 2021 Aaron Plessinger scored his first career Supercross podium in 35 starts with a win there and reversed a three-year streak of bad luck on the track.

The Daytona Supercross race is the first of two the series will contest on speedway infield courses. A little more than one month later, Atlanta Motor Speedway will enter their third season as a supercross venue. These two courses will serve as an early test for the SuperMotocross three-race finale that begins September 9, 2023 at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The three playoff races will each be held on courses that contain elements of Supercross and Motocross, much like Daytona and Atlanta.