IndyCar at Gateway: How to watch, start times, TV info, schedules and streaming


IndyCar Gateway start times: The NTT IndyCar Series will wrap up its oval season Saturday night with the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway.

There are 24 cars entered, including Tony Kanaan and Ed Carpenter making their final starts of 2021. Conor Daly will shift from the No. 20 of Ed Carpenter Racing to the No. 59 of Carlin.

Rookie Romain Grosjean will be racing on an oval for the first time in his life as he weighs whether to move full time for the 2022 season. With his second runner-up finish (both on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course), the Dale Coyne Racing driver moved seven points behind Scott McLaughlin in the Rookie of the Year standings.

At 260 laps, this will be the longest IndyCar race on the 1.25-mile oval, which previously topped out at 248 laps.

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

Bommarito 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway Gateway in Madison, Ill.

TV: 8 p.m. Saturday on NBCSN and streaming on the NBC Sports App and Leigh Diffey is the announcer with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. Kevin Lee and Kelli Stavast are the pit reporters.


GREEN FLAG: 8:45 p.m. ET

DISTANCE: The race is 260 laps (325 miles) on a 1.25-mile oval in Madison, Illinois, near St. Louis.

PRACTICE: Saturday, 1:15-2:45 p.m. (Peacock Premium)

QUALIFYING: Saturday, 5 p.m. (Peacock Premium)

FORECAST: According to, it’s expected to be 83 degrees with a 17% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 24 cars entered at World Wide Technology Raceway

IndyCar weekend schedule for the Bommarito 500 at Gateway

(All times ET)


12:30-1:15 p.m.: Indy Lights practice

1:30-2 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 practice

2:15-3:25 p.m.: Vintage Indy Cars

4-4:30 p.m.: Indy Lights qualifying

4:45-5:30 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 qualifying

5:45-7:10 p.m.: Vintage Indy Cars

6:30 p.m.: Indy Lights Race 1 (75 laps).

8:35 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Toyota 200 presented by CK Power (160 laps, 200 miles)


11:15 a.m.-12:05 p.m.: Vintage Indy Cars

12:30-12:50 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 warmup

1:15-2:45 p.m.: IndyCar practice (Peacock Premium)

3:05-3:25 p.m.: Indy Lights warmup

3:45 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 race (55 laps or 45 minutes)

5 p.m.: IndyCar qualifying (Peacock Premium)

6:30 p.m.: Indy Lights Race 2 (75 laps)

8 p.m.: Bommarito 500 (NBCSN)


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

ROUND 11Marcus Ericsson flies from last to first in Nashville

ROUND 12: Will Power dominant in first victory of the season

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New Chip Ganassi driver Marcus Armstrong will team with boyhood idol Scott Dixon

Marcus Armstrong Scott Dixon
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Marcus Armstrong was a Scott Dixon fan his entire life, and when he was 8, the aspiring young racer asked his fellow New Zealander to autograph a helmet visor that he hung on his bedroom wall.

Next year, Armstrong will be Dixon’s teammate.

Armstrong was named Friday as the fourth IndyCar driver in the Chip Ganassi Racing lineup and will pilot the No. 11 next season on road and street courses.

A driver for the five oval races on the 17-race schedule will be named later.

The No. 11 is essentially the No. 48 that seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson drove the last two seasons, with Chip Ganassi making the change to run four cars numbered in sequential order. Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson drives the No. 8, six-time champion Dixon drives the No. 9, and 2020 IndyCar champion Alex Palou drives the No. 10.

So just who is the second Kiwi in the Ganassi lineup?

A 22-year-old who spent the past three seasons in Formula One feeder series F2, a Ferrari development driver in 2021, and former roommate of Callum Illot and former teammate of Christian Lundgaard – both of whom just completed their rookie IndyCar seasons.

“I’ve always been attracted to the IndyCar championship because it’s one of those championships that’s been really well televised in New Zealand since I was young, mainly because of Scott and his success,” Armstrong told The Associated Press. “As time progressed, as I got closer to F1 and single-seaters, the attraction to IndyCar grew just because of how competitive the championship is – I like to challenge myself and the level of competition in IndyCar is remarkably high.”

Armstrong, from Christchurch, New Zealand, was set to travel from his current home in London to Indianapolis this weekend to meet his new team. He won’t need an introduction to Dixon, the 42-year-old considered the best IndyCar driver of his generation and Armstrong’s unequivocal childhood hero.

Last season, Dixon earned his 53rd career victory to pass Mario Andretti for second on the all-time list. Dixon has driven for Ganassi in all but 23 of his 345 career starts.

“For a long time I’ve been a Scott Dixon fan. I don’t want to make him cringe with our age difference,” Armstrong told the AP.

Despite the two-decade age difference, Armstrong never considered someday racing with Dixon a fantasy.

He convinced his father after winning five national karting championships to allow him to leave New Zealand for Italy at age 14, where he moved by himself to pursue a racing career. Armstrong said as soon as he’d received parental permission, he’d never look back.

Armstrong was in Formula 4 two years after his move to Italy and won that title in his first season. He won four races and four poles in F3 in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, then collected four wins and eight podiums in three seasons of F2.

“Maybe it’s a strength, or maybe it’s a weakness, but I always thought I was capable of doing great in the sport,” Armstrong told the AP. “I think you probably have to succeed in the sport, you need to believe in yourself. I always pictured myself being in IndyCar.

“As Scott’s teammate? I can’t specifically say I saw that. It’s an extraordinary chain of events.”

Armstrong becomes just the latest driver to leave Europe, where F1 is the pinnacle but has only 20 seats each year. Alexander Rossi began the trend in 2016 when the American left F1 and won the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie. He’s been followed by Ericsson, last season’s Indy 500 winner, Romain Grosjean, Illot, Lundgaard, and on Thursday three-time W Series champion and Williams F1 reserve driver Jamie Chadwick was announced as driver for Andretti Autosport in IndyCar’s second-tier development series.

Armstrong said he could have remained in F2 for a fourth season, but he’d been watching IndyCar for so long, and after conversations with Illot and Lundgaard, he decided to make the move to what he believes is the most balanced racing series in the world. He tested for Dale Coyne Racing at Sebring in October.

He doesn’t know if European racing is done for good, just that he wants to be in IndyCar right now.

“I don’t want to think too far into the future, I’m just grateful for this opportunity that is standing right in front of me,” Armstrong said. “I want to perform as well as I can in the near future and just consolidate myself in the fantastic chance that is IndyCar and just do my best.

“I’m not looking at F1 as a landing spot – I am looking at IndyCar, and that’s exactly why I am here.”