Jimmie Johnson IndyCar Watch, Race 10: A solid run and winning assist at Portland


Jimmie Johnson enjoyed another solid weekend in the NTT IndyCar Series at Portland — 20th with his second consecutive lead-lap finish for the first time — but his biggest impact might have been outside the No. 48 Dallara-Honda.

Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Alex Palou credited Johnson with some title mentoring after his victory at Portland International Raceway to recapture the points lead.

“Jimmie has been a really big help for me I have to say,” Palou suddenly volunteered during his winner’s news conference Sunday about his relationship with the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion (who also stopped by during the podium celebration). “After the Indy road course (race last month where Palou suffered an engine failure), I sat with him, and he was telling me that he was on his NASCAR career he had moments like that and that he still won. He told me some tricks. He did the same after Gateway, and hopefully we can get a championship home.”

What kind of tricks?

“I’m not going to tell you,” Palou said with a grin.

While dispensing tips to the championship leader (the No. 10 driver leads by 25 points with two races remaining), Johnson also might need some advice to keep progressing in the last two starts of his rookie season at Laguna Seca and Long Beach.

Jimmie Johnson and the rest of the NTT IndyCar Series raced in the shadow of Mt. Hood last weekend (Chris Owens/IndyCar).

Though he has closed the gap to the fastest cars and is comfortable with battling for position (as he did Sunday with Sebastien Bourdais), improvements have become more nuanced after 10 starts on road and street courses.

“Unfortunately, I may be stacking nickels, and I wish I was stacking quarters or more,” he said after posting back-to-back top 20 finishes for the first time. “But I closed up the gap so far, now it’s just down to those fine details, and it’s just going to take more reps to really get myself closer to the front of the pack.”

NEXT: Johnson will be racing at WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway, where he had one of his first test sessions last year shortly after his last NASCAR race. The 15th round of the 2021 IndyCar season will be at 3 p.m. ET (NBC) on Sept. 19.


The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion is racing 12 road and street course events this year. Here’s how he has fared in previous races:

RACE 1: How Jimmie fared in the season opener

RACE 2: Rough day at the office in St. Petersburg

RACES 4-5: A challenging weekend at the Detroit Grand Prix

RACE 6: One critical mistake at Road America

RACE 7: An enjoyable ride at “awesome” Mid-Ohio

RACE 8: A big bump but still having a blast in Nashville

RACE 9: Back home again and feeling racy in Indy

‘HE’S GOING TO GET THERE’: An inside look at Jimmie Johnson’s rookie season at the halfway mark

In 10 starts, Johnson has completed 730 of 825 laps with an average start of 23.1 and an average finish of 21.9.

Jimmie Johnson finished in the top 20 of consecutive races for the first time in IndyCar (Joe Skibinski/IndyCar).

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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