IndyCar at Mid-Ohio: How to watch, start times, TV info and live streaming, schedule

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IndyCar Mid-Ohio start times: Starting first has meant finishing first lately in the NTT IndyCar Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Last year, Josef Newgarden qualified first and led 73 of 80 laps in becoming the third consecutive Mid-Ohio pole-sitter to win the race. Colton Herta and Will Power both won from the pole at Mid-Ohio in the 2020 race weekend doubleheader, and Alexander Rossi also won after starting first in 2018 on the road course in Lexington, Ohio.

Simon Pagenaud (2016) and Scott Dixon (’11) also have won from the pole at Mid-Ohio, where qualifying traditionally has been important.

But an unpredictable 2022 has underscored the flip side.

With Pato O’Ward qualifying first Saturday at Mid-Ohio, there have been nine pole winners to start the season, which ties a record set in 1961.

Only Scott McLaughlin has won after starting first (in the season opener at St. Petersburg, Florida). The average finish for 2022 pole-sitters is 9.88 through the first eight races.

Ohio native Graham Rahal, who grew up in the Columbus area, will celebrate a milestone Sunday at his home track by making his 250 career start in IndyCar.

Here are the details and IndyCar start times for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (all times are ET):


HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO INDYCAR START TIMES

TV: Sunday, 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. Kevin Lee and Dillon Welch are the pit reporters. Click here for the full NBC Sports schedule for IndyCar in 2022.

Peacock Premium also will be the streaming broadcast for both practices and qualifying.

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 12:46 p.m. ET

GREEN FLAG: 12:53 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 practices and qualifying. The race also will be streamed on Peacock (in addition to the NBC Sports App/NBCSports.com streams and the NBC broadcast).

PRACTICE: Friday, 3:30 p.m. (Peacock Premium); Saturday, 9:30 a.m. (Peacock Premium); 5:20 p.m. (Peacock Premium); Sunday, 9:45 a.m. (Peacock Premium)

PRACTICE RESULTSSession I l Session II l Warmup l Combined

QUALIFYING: Saturday, 2:45 p.m. (Peacock Premium)

STARTING LINEUP: Here’s how the field will line up Sunday with Pato O’Ward on pole

RACE DISTANCE: The race is 80 laps (180.64 miles) on a 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Six sets primary, four sets alternate for use during the race weekend. One additional set of primary tires may be used by teams fielding a rookie driver. Teams must use one set of primary and one set of new (sticker) alternate tires for at least two laps in the race.

PUSH TO PASS: Two hundred 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. Indy Lights: 150 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 15 seconds per activation.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 81 degrees with a 13% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to view the 27 drivers racing Sunday at Mid-Ohio.

INDY LIGHTS RACE: Sunday, 9:40 a.m., 35 laps/79.03 miles or 55 minutes (Peacock Premium)

INDY LIGHTS ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 13 drivers entered.


HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO WEEKEND SCHEDULE

(All times are Eastern)

Friday, July 1

8 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 practice

8:45 a.m.: USF2000 practice

9:30 a.m.: Porsche Sprint Challenge practice

10:25 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 qualifying

11:10 a.m.: USF2000 qualifying

11:55 a.m.: Stadium Super Trucks practice

12:40 p.m.: Porsche Sprint Challenge practice

1:35 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 qualifying

2:20 p.m.: Indy Lights practice

3:30 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series practice (Peacock Premium)

5:15 p.m.: USF2000, Race 1

Saturday, July 2

8 a.m.: Porsche Sprint Challenge qualifying

8:35 a.m.: Indy Lights practice

9:30 a.m.: NTT IndyCar Series practice (Peacock Premium)

10:45 a.m.: USF2000, Race 2

11:40 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000, Race 1

12:45 p.m.: Porsche Sprint Challenge, Race 1

1:45 p.m.: Indy Lights qualifying

2:45 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series qualifying (Peacock Premium)

4:15 p.m.: Stadium Super Trucks, Race 1

5 p.m.: USF2000, Race 3

5:55 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000, Race 2

Sunday, July 3

8:30 a.m.: Porsche Sprint Challenge, Race 2

9:45 a.m.: NTT IndyCar Series warmup (Peacock Premium)

10:35 a.m.: Indy Lights race (Peacock Premium)

Noon: NTT IndyCar Series driver introductions

12:53 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series race, 80 laps/180.64 miles (NBC, Peacock)

3 p.m.: Stadium Super Trucks, Race 2

Heather Lyne, Dennis Erb Jr. make history in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series

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More than two decades in the making, the pairing of Heather Lyne and Dennis Erb Jr. produced a historical milestone in Dirt Late Model.

Last month, Erb and his long-time crew chief Lyne won their first World of Outlaws Late Model Championship and with this achievement, Lyne became the first female crew chief to win in a national late model series. Their journey together goes back 21 years and tells the story of hard work, persistence and belief in oneself.

After a career-best season with the World of Outlaws, Erb and Lyne secured the points championship at US 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo. with three races remaining in the season. The consistency and success of their season came down to pinpoint focus. Lyne and Erb are a team of two living out a David vs. Goliath tale. In order to be as successful as possible this year the duo knew they had to do as much as possible with the resources they had.

“It’s always a challenge when you only have two people, both at the racetrack and at the shop,” Lyne told NBC Sports. “I also work full time, so during the day, Dennis has to do a significant amount of work so that when I get down there I can start working and maintaining. It’s planning ahead. It’s having that system in place and making sure that you’re prepared ahead of time.

“When you have a problem at the track, making sure you have all that stuff ready so it’s a quick change and not a lengthy process to make a repair. We had zero DNFs in the World of Outlaws, we had only one DNF out of 96 races [combined among all series].”

Dennis Erb clinched his 2022 championship before the World of Outlaws World Finals. Jacy Norgaard – World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Taming Time

This was not an easy feat. Between a full travel schedule and Lyne’s full-time job as an engineer, time comes at a premium. What they lack in time and resources they made up for in patience and planning.

“We buckled down, and we got all the equipment that we needed back, motors freshened, and things of that nature,” Lyne said about the mid-point of last season. “We were able to keep up with that. We just had a higher focus. I tried to reduce my hours at my day job as much as I possibly could while still maintaining what I need to get done at work. I got rid of a lot of the other distractions and got a more refined system in place at the shop.

“We did certain tasks on certain days so we had time to recover. We were on the road a little bit more, as opposed to coming home to the shop. So we had to be more prepared to stay out on those longer runs. It was just really staying on top of things a little more. It was a heightened sense.”

This was Lyne and Erb’s fourth full season with the Outlaws, but they’ve been on the road together for the last 21 seasons starting in 2001. Their partnership began with Lyne’s bravery. When one door closed, she was quick to open another. In 2001, Lyne’s dad was ready to stop racing. Her mother wanted to regain her weekends, but Lyne knew this was her life path and wasn’t prepared to lose it.

“I’ve always been a tomboy at heart,” Lyne said. “I watched racing with my dad. Growing up he watched NASCAR. In high school, I got tired of playing at the lake house, so I went to the local dirt track and fell in love with it. I just couldn’t get enough. It took a year for me to convince my dad to come to the track with me. He finally did and we sponsored a car that year, the following year he started to race limited cars. He ran hobby stocks and limited late models.”

At some point, Lyne and her father’s level of commitment drifted apart.

“He did it for about five years,” Lyne said. “And then my mom said: ‘I’m done racing. I want my weekends back. It’s just not fun anymore.’ I wasn’t ready to hang up my wenches and Dennis raced out of the same hometown so I, on a dare, went down and introduced myself; told him if you ever need any help, I’ll drill out rivets, I’ll help wash, whatever you need. Twenty-one years later here I am.”

Heather Lyne became the first female crew chief to secure a national touring late model championship in 2022. Paul Arch / World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Breaking Through

Lyne entered a male-dominated job in a field that is also male-dominated – and where there were few examples of women creating these places for themselves. In this way, Lyne became a blueprint for other women as they strive to find a place for themselves in racing and in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) overall. She has her mother to thank for providing a strong role model, her father for sharing her passion, Erb for taking a chance on an unknow entity and most importantly herself.

“I was raised to believe that I can do anything, I want to do, as long as I put my heart and soul into it.” Lyne replied when asked about role models in the sport growing up. “My parents did not raise me to have that limitation. But from a racing role model perspective, I went in there completely green and just introduced myself to Dennis, the fact that he was brave enough to take that risk and bring a girl to the racetrack. Someone he didn’t know at all speaks volumes for him.”

Lyne and Erb have learned how to survive and succeed with each other on the road. They do this by leveraging decades of combined experience and an ability to adapt to the everchanging landscape of dirt late models. Next year the World of Outlaws visits nearly a dozen new tracks and Lyne sees it as an opportunity for continued success.

“I just want to do it again,” Lyne says going into next season, “I’m looking forward to the competition, I always do. I wouldn’t do it if I wasn’t competitively driven.

“There are some new tracks on the schedule that I’m looking forward to trying for the first time that I haven’t been to myself,” Lyne said of the 2023 season, “Dennis seems to do well on those first timers. We won out at Marion center, we finished second at Bloomsburg. We have a good solid notebook of information to tackle them over the last three years with these rocket race cars that we’re running. It’s good to have that information and leverage it to try some new things.”