Indy 500 test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Entry list and how to watch on Peacock

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The calendar still says April, but the NTT IndyCar Series offers the first real glimpse of May with an Indy 500 test April 20-21 that will be shown live on Peacock.

With 32 drivers scheduled to turn laps on the 2.5-mile oval, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will open for business at 11 a.m. ET Wednesday in a seven-hour session. Thursday will feature a six-hour practice starting at 10 a.m. ET.

“I think the biggest thing for all of us is those two days are the start of our month” of May, Arrow McLaren SP driver Pato O’Ward told NBC Sports. “You want to get the car in a happy window, but there is time to get it in the window. Don’t get ahead of yourself. Don’t get frustrated. Be patient. And just try things. See what works and doesn’t.”

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Though they already have passed their Rookie Orientation Program courses, this test will begin preparation in earnest for the Indy 500 debuts of Jimmie Johnson, who finished a career-best sixth in his oval debut at Texas Motor Speedway in March, and Romain Grosjean, who comes in off a second place in the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Johnson will be driving with a surgically repaired right wrist that he fractured in a crash during an April 8 practice at Long Beach.

But he is expecting to manage just fine behind the wheel of the No. 48 Dallara-Honda — particularly with the confidence from improving his handling over two days at Texas by freeing up the car and adapting to making adjustments from the cockpit.

“I feel really good about it,” said Johnson, who won the Brickyard 400 four times during his NASCAR career. “I know my way around Indy. The biggest thing I took from Texas was understanding the sweet spot of the car. The more I made the car turn, just the easier it was.”

Johnson and Grosjean will be joined by five other rookies getting acclimated to the Brickyard for the first time.

Many other drivers and teams will be fine-tuning, notably the Team Penske Chevrolets that have started the 2022 season with three consecutive victories and a 1-2 finish at Texas. Two-time defending series champion Josef Newgarden has won the past two races (including his first Long Beach win) while also becoming a first-time father this week as he renews the quest for his first Indy 500 victory.

O’Ward and Arrow McLaren SP teammate Felix Rosenqvist also enter the Indy test with solid expectations despite stumbling at Texas.

Rosenqvist’s No. 7 Chevy started on the pole position (a career first on an oval for the Swedish driver) but was eliminated with 100 laps remaining by a mechanical failure.

“Texas doesn’t translate as much as you want to Indy, but we were flying there,” Rosenqvist told NBC Sports. “We had the pole and me and Pato had the fastest laps of the race. That’s always going to be a good indicator, but it’s a long month, man. I think we have a good base to start.”

O’Ward rebounded to a fifth at Long Beach after starting the season with a 12th and 15th.

“In Texas, man, we had great race cars,” said O’Ward, who has a sixth and fourth in his two Indy 500 starts. “We truly did. So I think there’s nothing but positives on that end. I think there were mistakes that put us in a much worse situation to not score as many points that we could have.

“I think we’re going to have a great month, man, I really think everybody has been working tirelessly to get stuff better than we were last year, and I’m confident we’re going to be contenders.”

The 106th Indy 500 will take place May 29 (with coverage starting at 11 a.m. ET on NBC).

Here are the details for the 2022 Indy 500 test on Peacock (all times are ET):


SCHEDULE: Wednesday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (veterans 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; Rookie Orientation Program and Refresher 1-3 p.m.; open test 4-6 p.m.). Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

TV: All 13 hours of on-track action will be covered by NBC Sports on Peacock Premium. Click here for more information about IndyCar on Peacock, which features comprehensive live coverage of every minute of the 2022 season with practices, qualifying and race simulstreams. Click here for the 2022 IndyCar broadcast schedule.

FORECAST: According to the Weather Underground site, it’s predicted to be 49 degrees at 11 a.m. Wednesday with a 49% chance of rain. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 60s by late afternoon as rain chances drop. Thursday temperatures are expected between 58 and 68 degrees with a slighter chance of rain.

ENTRY LIST: There are 32 driver-team combinations entered in the test.

AJ Foyt Racing (3): Dalton Kellett, Kyle Kirkwood, JR Hildebrand

Andretti Autosport (5): Marco Andretti, Alexander Rossi, Devlin DeFransceco, Romain Grosjean, Colton Herta

Arrow McLaren SP (3): Juan Pablo Montoya, Pato O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist

Chip Ganassi Racing (5): Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Kanaan, Alex Palou

Dale Coyne Racing (2): David Malukas, Takuma Sato

Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (2): Santino Ferrucci, Sage Karam

Ed Carpenter Racing (3): Ed Carpenter, Conor Daly, Rinus VeeKay

Juncos Hollinger Racing (1): Callum Ilott

Meyer Shank Racing (2): Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing (3): Graham Rahal, Jack Harvey, Christian Lundgaard

Team Penske (3): Josef Newgarden, Scott McLaughlin, Will Power

Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series triples to 34 races in 2023

Xtreme Outlaw Midget 2023
Xtreme Outlaw Series
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After hosting 10 rounds in 2022, the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series 2023 schedule will more than triple to 34 races. The 2022 season featured seven different winners in the first seven races, a female racer in Jade Avedisian as the only repeat winner and Zach Daum as the champion.

“Dirt Midget racing is a growing entity in American motorsports, and the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota is proud to drive further into the growth of the division with both a diverse and lucrative schedule for 2023,” newly appointed Series Director Tyler Bachman said in a press release. “From the kickoff at our first indoor event, to each of the new tracks we’re set to visit next year, it’s a lineup we know both our teams and fans will enjoy.”

The championship purse fund has also more than double with an increase of $42,000 to $80,000 in 2023. The champion will win $25,000. Last year, Daum pocketed $10,000.

In addition, the series will offer tow money to the top 12 in points. Six drivers attempted to qualify for all 10 races in 2022 with 89 drivers attending.

The series will begin on March 10 at Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill. and end the same place it did in 2022 at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City on October 15.

During the season, they will visit 21 tracks in 10 states.

Some highlights of the season include the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series pairing up with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars in 2023 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. in April for the Outlaw Showdown and again in August for the Ironman 55 weekend, as well as the creation of a five-day Midget Speedweek.

The Midget Speedweek will immediately follow the Ironman 55 with a swing through Pennsylvania and New York.

Xtreme Outlaw Midget 2023 Schedule

Friday, March 10 | Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, Ill.
Saturday, March 11 | Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, Ill.
Friday, March 31 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Ill.

Saturday, April 1 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Ill.
Friday, April 14 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Saturday, April 15 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.

Friday, May 5 | Humboldt Speedway | Humboldt, Kan.
Saturday, May 6 | 81 Speedway | Park City, Kan.
Tuesday, May 23 | Millbridge Speedway | Salisbury, N.C.
Wednesday, May 24 | Millbridge Speedway | Salisbury, N.C.

Thursday, June 1 | Tri-City Speedway | Pontoon Beach, Ill.
Friday, June 2 | Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, Ill.
Saturday, June 3 | Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, Ill.

Friday, July 21 | TBA
Saturday, July 22 | Southern Illinois Raceway | Marion, Ill.
Friday, July 28 | TBA
Saturday, July 29 | Atomic Speedway | Chillicothe, Ohio
Sunday, July 30 | Brushcreek Motorsports Complex | Peebles, Ohio

Friday, August 4 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Sat, August 5 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Tuesday, August 8 | Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway | Newmanstown, Pa.
Wednesday, August 9 | Action Track USA | Kutztown, Pa.
Thursday, August 10 | Linda’s Speedway | Jonestown, Pa.
Friday, August 11 | TBA
Saturday, August 12 | Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, N.J.
Friday, August 25 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, Iowa
Saturday, August 26 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, Iowa

Friday, September 1 | Paragon Speedway | Paragon, Ind.
Saturday, September 2 | Paragon Speedway | Paragon, Ind.
Friday, September 15 | Jacksonville Speedway | Jacksonville, Ill.
Saturday, September 16 | Red Hill Raceway | Sumner, Ill.

Friday, October 13 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, Okla.
Saturday, October 14 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sunday, October 15 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, Okla.

* Co-sanctioned with POWRi