IndyCar at Texas Sunday preview: How to watch, start times, TV, schedules, streaming

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IndyCar Texas start times: The NTT IndyCar Series will make its earliest stop yet in the Lone Star State as Sunday’s XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway kicks off the oval schedule of the 2022 season.

This will mark the IndyCar debuts at Texas for several drivers, namely Jimmie Johnson. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion is a seven-time winner at Texas but will be racing on an oval for the first time in IndyCar as he moves to a full-time schedule. Though Johnson is aiming for top 10s in his second season on street and road courses, he has much loftier goals for Texas (which will be the precursor to his Indy 500 debut in May).

“We get on the ovals, that changes,” said Johnson, whose scheduled test at Texas last week was scrubbed because of inclement weather. “I clearly haven’t spent a lot of time on the oval yet, but I would think my expectations would be top 10 to start and do better from there.”

PERSONAL BESTS: Jimmie wants best start, finish yet in IndyCar at Texas

As the last oval before Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Texas is an important barometer for veterans and rookies alike — even though it’s much different than the Brickyard.

Defending series champion Alex Palou said it’s more about sharpening the mental acuity for running inches apart at more than 200 mph.

“They are totally different the way you drive it, the way you defend, the way everything in the car works,” Palou said of Texas vs. Indy. “You go into an oval mindset, the way you race and pass, it’s the same way. The way the car feels and make changes is the same. It makes you get into a rhythm before the biggest race of the year.”

But there will be fewer laps to get acclimated as Texas was cut from a doubleheader last year and will be run entirely during the day after a long history of racing under its lights.

STARTING LINEUP: Click here to see where the 27 cars are on the grid after qualifying

“Texas is changing quite a bit this year,” six-time series champion Scott Dixon said. “Plus, there are a ton of actual aero changes to the car, which will be interesting for a lot of people if you have been able to test or were unable to test prior to it. I love that race. It’s a lot of fun.

“For everybody to get the small amount of spatial awareness and getting in the swing of ovals and getting off the track and onto pit road and how hard it is to stop the car in the pit box. It’s nice to get some track time before the 500. I love ovals. We need more of them in the future and hopefully we get some more back on. Texas gives you that flow of what you need to be doing for the 500.”

After driver complaints the last two years about the lack of an outside lane on the 1.5-mile oval because of traction compound residue, IndyCar announced Friday that a special 30-minute practice was added for 5 p.m. ET Saturday to try to re-establish the high groove.

Ed Carpenter, Helio Castroneves, Pato O’Ward, Will Power, Graham Rahal, Felix Rosenqvist and Takuma Sato will be running in the outside groove with last year’s tires and with downforce levels exceeding the maximum permitted for the race.

After a 15-minute break to detune the cars, IndyCar will hold a final one-hour practice Saturday starting at 5:45 p.m. ET.

Here are the details and IndyCar start times for XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway race weekend (all times are ET):


XPEL 375 AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY INDYCAR START TIMES

TV: 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and streaming on Peacock, the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com. Leigh Diffey is the announcer with analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. Marty Snider and Kevin Lee are the pit reporters. Click here for the full NBC Sports schedule for IndyCar in 2022.

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 12:40 p.m. ET

GREEN FLAG: 12:45 p.m. ET

POSTRACE SHOW ON PEACOCK: After the race’s conclusion, an exclusive postrace show will air on Peacock with driver interviews, postrace analysis and the podium presentation. To watch the extended postrace show, click over to the special stream on Peacock after Sunday’s race ends.

Peacock also will be the streaming broadcast for both practices and qualifying Saturday. The race also will be streamed on Peacock (in addition to the NBC Sports App/NBCSports.com streams and the NBC broadcast).

PRACTICE: Saturday, 11 a.m. (Peacock Premium); Saturday, special practice in the outside lane with Ed Carpenter, Helio Castroneves, Pato O’Ward, Will Power, Graham Rahal, Felix Rosenqvist and Takuma Sato, 5-5:30 p.m. (Peacock Premium); Saturday, final practice 5:45-6:45 p.m. (Peacock Premium)

QUALIFYING: Saturday, 2 p.m. (Peacock Premium)

RACE DISTANCE: The race is 248 laps (372 miles) on a 1.5-mile oval north of Fort Worth, Texas.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Eleven sets primary to be used during practice, qualifying and the race.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 67 degrees with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to view the 27 drivers racing Sunday at Texas

STARTING LINEUP: Click here to see the grid after qualifying


XPEL 375 AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY INDYCAR WEEKEND START TIMES

(All times are Eastern)

Saturday, March 19

8 a.m.: NTT IndyCar Series garage opens

9:30 a.m.: Driver, team manager meeting

10:45-10:55 a.m.: IndyCar pit limiter practice

11 a.m.-noon: IndyCar practice (Peacock Premium)

2-3 p.m.: IndyCar qualifying (Peacock Premium)

5-6 p.m.: IndyCar practice (Peacock Premium)

Sunday, March 20

8 a.m.: NTT IndyCar Series garage opens

12:15 p.m.: Driver introductions

12:30 p.m.: XPEL 375 (248 laps, NBC)


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Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

PETIT LE MANS STARTING GRID: Click here for the starting lineup l Lineup by car number

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


QUALIFYING

Results

Results by class

Fastest lap by driver

Fastest lap by driver after qualifying

Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

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PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II l Session III