IndyCar Music City GP in Nashville: How to watch, start times, TV, schedules, streaming

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IndyCar Nashville Music City Grand Prix start times: After its longest break this year, the NTT IndyCar Series will return this weekend for one of the most highly anticipated events of the 2021 season.

A field of 27 cars — the largest outside of the Indy 500 in more than eight years — will race through the streets of downtown Nashville, Tennessee for the first time. It’s been a decade since the last inaugural event in IndyCar. Will Power won the 2011 debut at Baltimore, another street circuit that lasted only three years.

Hopes are high that Nashville will have the staying power of Long Beach and St. Petersburg, which have been the twin pillars of IndyCar street circuits. The newest 11-turn, 2.17-mile layout will incorporate the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge as a signature landmark, as well as a finish line in front of Nissan Stadium (home of the Tennessee Titans).

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“Super excited; definitely an interesting circuit certainly we’ve seen so far on the simulator,” six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon said. “Going over the water on the bridge and very tight sections. More importantly, I’m just excited to be racing in downtown Nashville. There are a lot of big names, celebrities and stars coming to this one, but more so just for the local people, it’s going to be a lot of fun. Excited to get there and hopefully we can put on a great show and enjoy Nashville for many years.”

Dixon was victorious the last time IndyCar raced in Tennessee, winning the 2006-08 races at Nashville Superspeedway.

He remains in the hunt for a seventh title through 10 of 16 races this year, trailing Chip Ganassi Racing teammate and championship standings leader Alex Palou by 56 points. Pato O’Ward, who is the only repeat winner in 2021 along with Palou, is ranked second.

Two-time series champion Josef Newgarden is 69 points behind in fourth after becoming the season’s eighth winner (three short of the modern-era record of 11) in the series’ most recent race July 4 at Mid-Ohio.

Here are the details and IndyCar start times for this weekend (all times are ET):


Inaugural Music City Grand Prix in downtown Nashville, Tennessee

TV: 5:30 p.m. on NBCSN and streaming on the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com. Kevin Lee is the announcer with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. Marty Snider and Dave Burns are the pit reporters.

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 5:38 p.m. ET

GREEN FLAG: 5:45 p.m. ET

DISTANCE: The race is 80 laps (173.6 miles) on an 11-turn, 2.17-mile street course in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

PRACTICE: Friday, 4:10 p.m. (Peacock Premium); Saturday, 1 p.m. (Peacock Premium), Sunday, 1 p.m. (Peacock Premium)

QUALIFYING: Saturday, 4:30 p.m. (Peacock Premium)

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate to be used during the event weekend. One additional set of primary tires may be used by teams fielding a rookie driver. Teams must use one set of primary and one set of new (sticker) alternate tires for at least two laps in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: 150 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 15 seconds per activation. The push-to-pass is not available on the initial start or any restart unless it occurs in the final two laps or three minutes of a timed race. The feature increases the power of the engine by approximately 60 horsepower.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 80 degrees with a 3% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 27 cars entered at Nashville

TRACK MAP: Click here for the 11-turn, 2.17-mile layout


IndyCar weekend schedule for the Music City Grand Prix in Nashville

FRIDAY 

Noon: Trans-Am Series TA2 practice

1:40 p.m.: SRO GT America testing

2:15 p.m.: SRO GT America practice

3:15 p.m.: Trans-Am Series TA2 practice

4:10 p.m.: IndyCar practice (Peacock Premium)

5:25 p.m.: Stadium Super Trucks practice

6:15 p.m.: Drew Green concert

7:15 p.m.: SRO GT America practice

8 p.m.: Concert with Brooks & Dunn, Jamey Johnson, Vince Neil, Tyler Farr

SATURDAY

Noon: Trans-Am Series TA2 qualifying

1 p.m.: IndyCar practice (Peacock Premium)

2:20 p.m.: Trans-Am Series TA2 race

3:50 p.m.: SRO GT America qualifying

4:30 p.m.: IndyCar qualifying (Peacock Premium)

6 p.m.: Tim Dugger concert

7:15 p.m.: Stadium Super Trucks Race 1

8:25 p.m.: SRO GT America Race 1

9:30 p.m.: Jon Pardi concert

11:30 p.m.: Fireworks show

SUNDAY

1 p.m.: IndyCar warmup (Peacock Premium)

2:45 p.m.: Stadium Super Trucks Race 2

3:45 p.m.: SRO GT America Race 2

5:30 p.m.: IndyCar Music City Grand Prix (NBCSN)

8 p.m.: Grand Ole Opry concert with Alan Jackson, Justin Moore, Riley Green, Danielle Bradbery, Callista Clark


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

ROUND 4: Pato O’Ward scores first IndyCar victory

ROUND 5: Rinus VeeKay dazzles to break through for first IndyCar triumph

ROUND 6: Helio Castroneves becomes fourth four-time Indy 500 winner

ROUND 7: Marcus Ericsson scores first IndyCar victory

ROUND 8: Pato O’Ward wins, takes points lead

ROUND 9: Alex Palou takes advantage of Josef Newgarden’s misfortune

ROUND 10: Josef Newgarden ends run of disappointments

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2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Anaheim 2: Ken Roczen is consistency’s king

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Strength is found not only in outright wins, but also through consistency, which contributed to the rise of Ken Roczen in the SuperMotocross Rankings after Anaheim 2.

Roczen ended the 2022 Supercross season with the knowledge that he urgently needed change, so he declared himself a free agent, signed with Suzuki during the offseason and set upon 2023 with renewed determination. It worked. Roczen is one of three riders in the 450 class with a sweep of the top five and that consistency has given him the lead in the NBC SuperMotocross Power Rankings.

SuperMotocross Rankings Anaheim 2
Like Babe Ruth pointing to the outfield wall, Ken Roczen pointed his way to the Power Rankings lead. – Feld Motor Sports

This formula rewards riders who compete at the front of the pack at the end of the Mains, in their heats, or in last week’s case, the three motos that make up the Triple Crown. Roczen has improved his overall performance each week with a fifth in Anaheim 1, a fourth in San Diego and his first podium of 2023 in Anaheim 2. Can he keep the trend alive with a first- or second-place finish in Houston?

A fall is all it takes sometimes. Last week, Eli Tomac tumbled hard when he pushed wide on the exit of a turn and jumped on top of a Tuff Blox. He remounted after that incident in Race 3 of the Triple Crown, but could only manage a 13th-place result in the moto. It could have been much worse and resulted in an injury, but coupled with a sixth in the overall standings at Anaheim 2, it pushed him down a spot in the SuperMotocross Ranking.

Along with Roczen (and Chase Sexton), Cooper Webb swept the top five in Supercross’ first three rounds. He is knocking on the door of a win and it won’t take long for him to ascend to the top of the box. Webb has two victories in Houston and each of them came during a championship season.

If there is a more determined rider than Jason Anderson, get out of his way. His path to the front of the pack is not always lined with primroses since he often has to pass multiple riders with whom he has had a run-in during his path, but the SuperMotocross Power Rankings are concerned only with raw results – not intention – and Anaheim 2 was Anderson’s best race of the season. He earned his first top-five and first podium with a second-place finish that was aided by a moto win.

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Dylan Ferrandis has also been a model of consistency. Last week his Triple Crown effort of 4-6-5 gave him an overall finish of fifth. That came on the heels of a fourth-place result in the season opener and a sixth in San Diego. With no result worse than sixth this season, the numbers add up quite well.

Sexton’s position just outside the top five this week is entirely attributable to his last-place result in the San Diego heat. The SuperMotocross Rankings looks at the past 45 days, so that will affect him for a while, but if he continues to ride like he did in Anaheim 2, he’s going to climb quickly despite that albatross around his neck.

450 Rankings

This
Week
Driver Power
Avg.
Last
Week
Diff.
1. Ken Roczen 84.63 3 2
2. Eli Tomac
[2 Main; 2 Heat wins]
83.25 1 -1
3. Cooper Webb 82.25 2 -1
4. Jason Anderson
[1 Heat win]
80.63 5 1
5. Dylan Ferrandis 78.75 4 -1
6. Chase Sexton
[1 Main; 3 Heat wins]
77.75 9 3
7. Justin Barcia 67.88 6 -1
8. Aaron Plessinger 67.63 8 0
9. Adam Cianciarulo 67.25 7 -2
10. Joey Savatgy 61.00 11 1
10. Marvin Musquin 61.00 12 2
12. Malcolm Stewart
[1 Heat win]
58.75 13 1
13. Christian Craig 56.13 14 1
14. Colt Nichols 56.00 10 -4
15. Dean Wilson 47.50 15 0
16. Tristan Lane 41.00 18 2
17. Grant Harlan 40.67 19 2
18. Justin Hill 40.57 16 -2
19. Logan Karnow 36.50 20 1
20. Alex Ray 36.00 21 1

Supercross Points


The 250 West riders get a couple of weeks off before heading to Oakland for the rescheduled Round 2 and several of them need the rest. Tough weeks for Cameron McAdoo and RJ Hampshire forced them to lose ground in the SuperMotocross points to Jett Lawrence at a time that could prove to play mental games.

Lawrence also had his share of issues at Anaheim 2, but overcame early falls in the first two motos and finished no worse than sixth. Considering that he dropped to the tail of the field in Race 2, that was a remarkable accomplishment and he entered the final race with a shot at the overall win. He narrowly missed that mark, but still has not finished worse than second in three rounds. His lead in the SuperMotocross Power Rankings is safe.

Cameron McAdoo rode with injury in all three Triple Crown motos, so his sixth-place finish was a moral victory. Cameron McAdoo, Instagram

McAdoo said it best in an Instagram post this week: “Woke up feeling grateful that I’m relatively healthy after my big mistake during qualifying yesterday. We made the decision that it would be safe for me to race so I did everything I possibly could to get through the night ending up [sixth overall]. We will work on getting healed up in these few weeks off to come back strong for Oakland!”

With results of 8-7-5 in the Triple Crown and his combined sixth-place result, McAdoo lost significant ground to Lawrence in both the points’ standings and our Power formula. The Oakland race is going to be critical if he wants to stay in the championship hunt because the series will have a long break before returning in Seattle for Round 11. No one wants to sit with negative feelings for that long.

Mitchell Oldenburg has quietly amassed some impressive numbers. His name has not been called a lot during broadcasts, but he has not finished worse than seventh in any of the first three rounds. Themes develop during a season and weekend – and for the moment, this one revolves around reliability. Oldenburg finished 5-4-6 in Anaheim 2 which means he has consistently amassed SuperMotocross Power Rankings points.

Stilez Robertson won his first race of the season in Moto 2 of the Triple Crown. Coupled with a third-place finish in the final race, he leapfrogged Hampshire and Enzo Lopes, both of whom had disappointing outings. He stands fifth in the points’ standing mostly due to a ninth-place finish in the season opener, but each race has been progressively better and that is a good sign.

Sometimes, all it takes is a taste of success. Prior to Anaheim 2, Levi Kitchen’s best Supercross finish was a seventh earned in this year’s season opener. He scored a ninth at Minneapolis last year, but that was not enough to put him on the radar. This early in the season, one strong run can sway the SuperMotocross Power Ranking significantly, but Robertson has earned his way into the top five. More importantly, he’s going to be the object of interest when the West series returns to Oakland.

Next week the 250 East riders mount up in Houston, Texas before they head to Tampa, Florida. The Power Rankings will combine the two divisions, so the riders below are likely to shift dramatically.

250 Rankings

This
Week
Driver Power
Avg.
Last
Week
Diff.
1. Jett Lawrence – W
[2 Main; 2 Heat wins]
89.13 1 0
2. Cameron McAdoo – W
[1 Heat Win]
77.63 3 1
3. Mitchell Oldenburg – W 77.00 5 2
4. Stilez Robertson – W
[1 Heat win]
76.75 6 2
5. Levi Kitchen – W
[1 Main win]
73.75 12 7
6. RJ Hampshire – W
[3 Heat wins]
70.00 2 -4
7. Max Vohland – W 69.29 8 1
8. Derek Kelley – W 63.75 10 2
9. Enzo Lopes – W 63.25 4 -5
10. Pierce Brown – W 61.29 13 3
11. Phil Nicoletti – W 59.25 7 -4
12. Dylan Walsh – W 56.00 9 -3
13. Cole Thompson – W 51.00 11 -2
14. Robbie Wageman – W 50.75 15 1
15. Anthony Rodriguez – W 49.00 14 -1
16. Ty Masterpool – W 47.50 16 0
17. Kaeden Amerine – W 47.50 16 -1
18. Dominique Thury – W 47.00 18 0
19. Austin Forkner – W 43.00 20 1
20. Derek Drake – W 42.33 21 1

* The NBC Power Rankings assign 100 points to a Main event winner and 90 points for each Heat and Triple Crown win, (Triple Crown wins are included with heat wins below the rider’s name). The points decrement by a percentage equal to the number of riders in the field until the last place rider in each event receives five points. The Power Ranking is the average of these percentage points over the past 45 days.

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