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

JIMMIE INDYCAR WATCH, RACE 7: A fun day at Mid-Ohio

JIMMIE INDYCAR WATCH, RACE 8A bump but still having a blast at Nashville

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

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.