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

IndyCar Long Beach start times
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IndyCar Long Beach start times: It all comes down to this (again) for the NTT IndyCar Series — but never quite this way.

The championship will be decided at the season finale for the 16th consecutive year, but this will be the first and likely only time it happens on the streets of Southern California.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach was moved from its annual April date to late September (after being canceled last year).

Entering Long Beach with a 35-point lead over Pato O’Ward and 48 points over Josef Newgarden, Alex Palou needs only an 11th or better to clinch his first title in his second IndyCar season (and first with Chip Ganassi Racing).

The largest lead blown by a championship leader since 2008 (when IndyCar and Champ Car were unified) was 34 points in 2015 (when Juan Pablo Montoya was passed by Scott Dixon).

The past two IndyCar races at Long Beach both were won by Alexander Rossi from the pole position.

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


Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

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

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:38 p.m. ET

GREEN FLAG: 3:45 p.m. ET

DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (167.28 miles) on an 11-turn, 1.968-mile road course in Long Beach, California.

PRACTICE (all on Peacock Premium): Friday, 6-6:45 p.m. ET; Saturday, noon-12:45 p.m. ET; Sunday, noon-12:30 p.m. ET (warmup)

QUALIFYING: Saturday, 3:05 p.m. ET (NBCSN/Peacock Premium)

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Seven sets primary, four sets alternate. Teams must use one set of primary and one new set of alternate tires in the race. (Note: An eighth set of primary tires is available to any rookie in the first practice.)

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 85 degrees with a 6% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 28 cars entered at Long Beach


Weekend schedule

(All times ET)

Friday, Sept. 24

Noon-12:20 p.m.: Historic Formula Atlanta Challenge practice

12:45-1:45 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

2:10-2:30 p.m.: Stadium Super Trucks practice

3:35-4 p.m.: Global Time Attack practice

4:20-5:35 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice

6-6:45 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series practice, Peacock Premium

7-7:20 p.m.: Historic Formula Atlanta Challenge qualifying

7:45-8:55 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying

9:15-9:35 p.m.: Super Drift Challenge practice

9:45-11:15 p.m.: Formula D Super Drift Challenge, Race 1

Saturday, Sept. 25

Noon-12:45 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series practice, Peacock Premium

1:05-1:35 p.m.: Stadium Super Trucks, Race 1

2:05-2:20 p.m.: Global Time Attack, Race 1

3:05-4:20 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series qualifying, NBCSN/Peacock Premium

5:05-6:45 p.m.: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race

7:30-7:50 p.m.: Historic Formula Atlanta Challenge, Race 1

8:30-8:50 p.m.: Super Drift Challenge practice

9-10:30 p.m.: Formula D Super Drift Challenge, Race 2

Sunday, Sept. 26

Noon-12:30 p.m.: IndyCar warmup, Peacock Premium

1:10-1:25 p.m.: Global Time Attack, Race 2

1:45-2:05 p.m.: Historical Formula Atlantic Challenge, Race 2

3:38 p.m.: Command to start engines

3:45 p.m.: Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach (85 laps/167.28 miles), NBCSN

6:30 p.m.: Stadium Super Trucks, Race 2


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

ROUND 14: Alex Palou reclaims points lead with comeback victory from pole

ROUND 15: Colton Herta dominates; Alex Palou closes on title

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Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.