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

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IndyCar Portland start times: The NTT Indy Series will begin a three-race, 1,000-mile march down the West Coast this weekend at Portland International Raceway that will conclude the 2021 season and crown the champion of a typically tight points race.

Pato O’Ward has claimed a 10-point lead by capitalizing on a costly Gateway crash for Chip Ganassi Racing as teammates Alex Palou and Scott Dixon each tumbled a spot in the standings. It’s the fourth-closest margin with three races remaining since 2008 (the average lead has been 31.7 points with three races left during that span).

Palou is in second after consecutive DNFs eradicated a championship lead that once was 42 points, and Dixon has dropped to fourth after back-to-back finishes of 20th or worse.

Meanwhile, two-time series champion Josef Newgarden has surged to third (22 points behind O’Ward) with two victories in the past four races. Ganassi’s Marcus Ericsson lurks in fifth and remains among the big-name drivers who have yet to confirm plans for next year as IndyCar Silly Season remains in high gear.

F2 race winner Callum Ilott (for Juncos Hollinger Racing in its 2021 debut) and Indy Lights champion Oliver Askew (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), who are both candidates for open seats, will be in the 27-car field at Portland as the 2022 driver lineup continues to crystallize.

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


Grand Prix of Portland

TV: 3 p.m. ET, Sunday, NBC (live). Leigh Diffey is the announcer with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. Kevin Lee and Kelli Stavast are the pit reporters.

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:35 p.m. ET

GREEN FLAG: 3:42 p.m. ET

DISTANCE: The race is 110 laps (216.04 miles) on a 12-turn, 1.964-mile road course in Portland, Oregon.

PRACTICE: Saturday, noon-1:15 p.m., 6:15-6:45 p.m. (Peacock Premium)

QUALIFYING: Saturday, 3:15 p.m. (Peacock Premium)

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Six sets primary, four sets alternate. Teams must use one set of primary and one new set of alternate tires in the race. (Note: A seventh set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie driver.)

PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 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 68 degrees with a 1% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 27 cars entered at Portland International Raceway


Weekend schedule for the IndyCar GP of Portland

(All times ET)

FRIDAY

Noon-1:40 p.m.: Indy Lights Test Session I

2:50-4:45 p.m.: Indy Lights Test Session II

5-5:45 p.m.: ARCA Menards West practice

6-6:35 p.m.: Indy Lights practice

6:50-7:20 p.m.: ARCA Menards West practice

7:35-8 p.m.: Indy Lights qualifying, Race 1

SATURDAY

Noon-1:15 p.m.: IndyCar practice, Peacock Premium

1:35-2:05 p.m.: ARCA Menards West qualifying

2:25-2:55 p.m.: Indy Lights qualifying, Race 2

3:15-4:30 p.m.: IndyCar qualifying (three rounds), Peacock Premium

4:55-5:55 p.m.: Indy Lights, Race 1, Peacock Premium

6:15-6:45 p.m.: IndyCar final practice, Peacock Premium (live)

7:30 p.m.: ARCA Menards West race

SUNDAY

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Indy Lights, Race 2, Peacock Premium

3:05 p.m.: IndyCar driver introductions

3:35 p.m.: Command to start engines

3:42 p.m.: Grand Prix of Portland (110 laps/216.04 miles), NBC


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

ROUND 11Marcus Ericsson flies from last to first in Nashville

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

ROUND 13: Josef Newgarden wins on last oval of the season

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

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

JIMMIE INDYCAR WATCH, RACE 3: Making progress in a 24th-place finish

JIMMIE INDYCAR WATCH, RACE 4-5: Challenging weekend in Detroit

JIMMIE INDYCAR WATCH, RACE 6: One mistake at Road America

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JIMMIE INDYCAR WATCH, RACE 9: Best race of the season at Indy

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Dylan Ferrandis in concussion protocol after Houston; uncertain for Tampa Supercross

Ferrandis Houston accident
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After suffering a frightening accident at Houston in the Monster Energy Supercross race, Dylan Ferrandis said he is OK but will be on concussion protocol, and his status for Tampa this week is not yet determined.

Two laps into last week’s Main, Ferrandis was engaged in a battle with Ken Roczen for eighth place. Ferrandis landed on the back Roczen’s bike and was thrown, landing headfirst on the track. Ferrandis momentarily lost consciousness and the race was red flagged so he could be attended to by the Alpinestars medical team.

“I’m okay after my crash in the main event. I hit my head first and got knock[ed] out for some minutes,” Ferrandis posted in an Instagram story. “Everything else is fine and I am okay now fortunately. Will follow the concussion protocol and will see when I can ride again.”

Ferrandis regained consciousness, the medical crew fitted Ferrandis with a neck brace and he was able to stand and walk to the cart under his own power. Ferrandis was sitting up when he left the track with a member of the crew stabilizing his neck.

“It was an awesome ride [for Eli] and a good way to come back from last weekend,” said Jeremy Coker, Team Manager for Star Racing Yamaha at RacerXOnline.com. “It was also the lowest of lows. Unfortunately, it’s part of the sport, but to see one of your guys crash the way Dylan did and to see him lying there was pretty tough. Fortunately, when I got to him, he was able to open his eyes and looked at me and said my name, and it was a huge relief to see him stand up and walk away.”

Ferrandis was off to a strong start in 2023 with a worst finish of sixth at San Diego in the first three races. He entered Houston sixth in the standings, one point behind Jason Anderson.

Ferrandis’ teammate Eli Tomac went on to win the race.

Also riding for Star Racing Yamaha and making his 450cc Supercross debut, Justin Cooper advanced from 13th at the end of Lap 1 to finish seventh.