IndyCar at Toronto on Peacock: How to watch, start times, streaming info, schedules

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IndyCar Toronto start times: The wakeup call came when a jet-lagged Christian Lundgaard awoke in his room at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis last August.

Weighing whether to join the IndyCar Series full time, Lundgaard was watching the inaugural Music City Grand Prix through the streets of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, when Marcus Ericsson’s car suddenly went airborne on Lap 5.

Lundgaard, who had flown overnight from Europe (where he was racing in the F2 Series), drifted to sleep until after the checkered flag – when the sight of the victory celebration had the Dane rubbing his eyes.

Marcus Ericsson had won at Nashville?

“I was like no way, something must be wrong,” Lundgaard recently told NBC Sports. “This just proves that this series is so competitive, but at the same time, anything can happen.

“That made me even more motivated because I knew anything could happen, no matter where I started. I came in with zero expectations. Just learn, enjoy and have fun.”

Six days later, Lundgaard reaffirmed that mantra in his IndyCar debut with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, qualifying fourth and finishing 12th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Nine races into his rookie IndyCar season, Lundgaard has enjoyed mixed results while awaiting his Ericsson-type moment to arrive. He is 17th in the points standings (but tops among this year’s five full-time freshmen drivers) with a season-best (and rain-soaked) ninth at the IMS road course (also the only track where he advanced past the first round of qualifying).

But though his No. 30 Dallara-Honda has placed consistently between ninth and 11th, he still believes he could breakthrough in the second half – perhaps Sunday on the streets of Toronto (3 p.m. ET, exclusively on Peacock Premium).

“We’ve had our moments,” said Lundgaard, who will be sporting new primary sponsorship from HUB International Limited (he is one of 13 drivers in the field insured by the company. “We’ve had those weekends we’ve been competitive. At the same time, I don’t think we’ve had everything pan our way. I think the results are still to come. There will be weekends this year we’ll be stronger for sure.

“It’s a long race, and anything can happen. If everything pans out your way, you can finish wherever.”

The latest example was Will Power, who finished third July 3 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after spinning into last place on the first lap while trying to pass Lundgaard for 18th.

The Honda Indy Toronto could be more of an equalizer.

This will mark the first race weekend at the layout around Exhibition Place since 2019 for IndyCar, which has added the aeroscreen since its previous visit. It’ll be the first IndyCar start on the circuit for 12 of the 25 drivers in the field. That includes Lundgaard, who plans to stay for two days after the race to explore Toronto during his first visit to Canada.

He has been preparing on the simulator for the 11-turn, 1.786-mile street course and also got some tips from friend Christian Rasmussen, another Denmark native who races in Indy Lights.

“The track is quite special and seems very interesting,” said Lundgaard, who will turn 21 on July 23. “It’s tough and seems a lot longer than it is. The lap goes by very quickly.

“But it seems like an event that everyone likes. So I’m looking forward to going there and racing.”

Lundgaard is ranked between teammates Graham Rahal (15th) and Jack Harvey (20th) as Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has struggled for the balance between handling and speed this season.

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Christian Lundgaard finished 18th in the 106th Indy 500, which marked only the second oval race of his career (Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images).

“I think there’s a difference between a car that drives nice and isn’t fast enough,” Lundgaard said. “And a car that’s very tricky to drive and very fast. We’re in a mix between those. Difficult to drive and not necessarily the fastest. I go into each track with the mentality of needing to learn, do my best and know what I need from the first lap running.

“I’ve driven so many cars, I know personally what I want from the car and what I need to drive fast. At the moment, we’re struggling with the performance of the car. It isn’t in the window. We can do a lot and not get the biggest reward from it, but we’re working as a team. We’re covering a lot of stuff. Now that we have three cars, we can cover a lot more to improve our performance. At the moment, it doesn’t seem to go the right way in big enough steps.”

With a week to regroup after Mid-Ohio, Lundgaard said “you’ll see a stronger team” from RLL in the second half as Toronto kicks off a stretch of four consecutive race weekends (including a doubleheader at Iowa Speedway).

“Everyone is going to find some key components that will benefit them the rest of the season,” he said. “The importance for us is to find bigger performance gains that we can use the second half of the season. I have so much knowledge about the car I didn’t have before. It’s all about the drivers helping the engineers to point them in a direction which way to go. I think looking at the first race to where we are now, I wouldn’t say we’ve gone the wrong direction.

“We’ve gone a bit up and down. We’ve hit it some events better than others. But I like we went to Sebring and found some good stuff (at a test) last week that we’ll use at Toronto. I’m not too worried about there at all.”

Here are the details and IndyCar start times for the Honda Indy Toronto (all times are ET):


HONDA INDY TORONTO INDYCAR START TIMES

TV: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET on Peacock Premium. The first exclusive IndyCar race on Peacock will feature less than five minutes of commercial interruption throughout the race coverage. (Click here for information on how to sign up for Peacock.)

Kevin Lee is the announcer with analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. Dave Burns and Dillon Welch are the pit reporters. Click here for the full NBC Sports schedule for IndyCar in 2022. SportsNet 360 will carry the race broadcast in Canada.

Peacock Premium also will be the streaming broadcast for both practices and qualifying. INDYCAR Live! also will be streaming practices and qualifying for international viewers in selected markets.

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:23 p.m. ET

GREEN FLAG: 3:30 p.m. ET

PRACTICE: Friday, 2:30 p.m. (Peacock Premium); Saturday, 10 a.m. (Peacock Premium); Sunday, 10:55 a.m. (Peacock Premium)

PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II l Session III l Combined

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

STARTING LINEUP: Click here for how the 25 cars in the field will line up at Toronto

RACE DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (151.81 miles) on an 11-turn, 1.786-mile street course around Toronto’s Exhibition Place.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Seven 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 77 degrees with a 32% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to view the 25 drivers racing Sunday at Toronto.


HONDA INDY TORONTO WEEKEND SCHEDULE

(All times are Eastern)

Friday, July 15

8 a.m.: USF2000 practice

8:45 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 practice

9:25 a.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup practice

10:15 a.m.: NASCAR Pinty’s Series practice and qualifying

11:50 a.m.: Sports Car Championship Canada practice

12:35 p.m.: USF2000 qualifying, Race 1

1:10 p.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup practice

1:55 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 qualifying, Race 1

2:30 p.m.: NTT IndyCar practice (Peacock Premium)

4 p.m.: NASCAR Pinty’s Series race

Saturday, July 16

8 a.m.: USF2000 qualifying, Race 2

8:35 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 qualifying, Race 2

9:10 a.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup qualifying, Race 1

10 a.m.: IndyCar practice (Peacock Premium)

11:15 a.m.: Sports Car Championship Canada qualifying

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

3:30 p.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup, Race 1

4:30 p.m.: Sports Car Championship Canada, Race 1

Sunday, July 17

9:45 a.m.: USF2000, Race 2

10:55 a.m.: IndyCar practice (Peacock Premium)

11:40 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000, Race 2

12:35 p.m.: Sports Car Championship Canada, Race 2

1:30 p.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup, Race 2

2:40 p.m.: IndyCar driver introductions

3:30 p.m.: Honda Indy Toronto, 85 laps/151.81 miles (Peacock Premium/SportsNet 360)

World of Outlaws release 2023 Sprint Car Series schedule

2023 Outlaws Sprint schedule
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The 2023 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule features 87 races, almost identical to the last year’s number, to be contested at 36 venues across 19 states. With cancelations for mostly weather, they closed out this year’s calendar on November 5 with 69 events in the books. Carson Macedo won a series high 11 races.

In 2022, David Gravel chased Brad Sweet into the three-race finale on the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in one of the most hotly contested championships in Outlaws history. Sweet emerged victorious for the fourth straight year.

For the 19th consecutive season, the Outlaws Sprints will begin their season at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals from Feb. 9-11 and will return March 5-6 for another two-day show before hitting the road with a three-track swing into Pennsylvania to take on the Posse.

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“Every year we continue to build the best schedule we can for drivers and fans across the country,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter is a series release. “I’m excited for the journey we’ve put together, which includes the biggest races in Sprint Car racing, our new Spring Swing through Pennsylvania, the thrill of combining the World of Outlaws and ‘Bike Week’ and so much more.”

Some tracks returning from hiatus and one brand new course include 81 Speedway in Park City, Kans. in April and again in October, Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon City, Ill. in April, Ogilvie (Minn.) Raceway in June and BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Penn.

BAPS hosts its first race in more than 30 years when the track was known as Susquehanna Speedway. This midweek show will give the local Pennsylvania Posse 14 attempts to beat the traveling Outlaws.

Ogilvie Speedway is completely new to the series and makes it the 224th different venue they will have challenged.

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Notably missing from the calendar are Vado (N.M.) Speedway Park, Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway and the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track.

In addition to the new spring Pennsylvania Swing, the second date at Volusia Speedway will coincide with Daytona Beach’s Bike Week and bring new eyes to the sport.

Knoxville Raceway adds another multi-night show to the calendar in April, giving this track eight sanctioned events in 2023.

And of course, there are plenty of mainstays and high dollar events, such as the Memorial Day Spectacular at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, the 35th running of the Brad Doty Classic in July and the Labor Day Spectacular at Gray’s Harbor in Elma, Wash.

Several big paydays are on the line in 2023 including the 40th annual Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio paying $175,000 to the winner, the Huset’s High Bank Nationals’ $250,000-to-win finale and the grandaddy of them all, the 62nd Knoxville Nationals with a total purse exceeding $1 million.

2023 Outlaws Sprint Schedule

Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11 – Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL)

Sunday-Monday, March 5-6 – Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL)
Friday-Saturday, March 10-11 – Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Friday, March 17 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday, March 18 – Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA)
Friday, March 24 – Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, AL)
Saturday, March 25 – Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS)
Friday, March 31-Saturday, April 1 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX)

Friday, April 7 – US-36 Raceway (Osborn, MO)
Saturday, April 8 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
Friday-Saturday, April 14-15 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Friday-Saturday, April 21-22 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Friday, April 28 – Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
Saturday, April 29 – Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

Friday-Saturday, May 5-6 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Wednesday, May 10 – Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA)
Friday-Saturday, May 12-13 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Friday, May 19 – Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH)
Saturday, May 20 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH)
Friday-Saturday, May 26-27 – Atomic Speedway (Chillicothe, OH)
Monday, May 29 – Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Friday, June 2 – River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND)
Saturday, June 3 – Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, MN)
Friday-Saturday, June 9-10 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Friday-Saturday, June 16-17 – Beaver Dam Raceway (Beaver Dam, WI)
Wednesday-Saturday, June 21-24 – Huset’s Speedway (Brandon, SD)
Friday, June 30-Saturday, July 1 – Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, WI)

Friday, July 7 – 34 Raceway (West Burlington, IA)
Saturday, July 8 – Wilmot Raceway (Wilmot, WI)
Tuesday, July 11 – Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH)
Friday-Saturday, July 14-15 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Wednesday, July 19 – BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Friday-Saturday, July 21-22 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday-Sunday, July 29-30 – Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY)

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 4-5 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 9-12 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 17-19 – Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, MN)
Friday, Aug. 25 – River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND)
Saturday, Aug. 26 – Red River Valley Speedway (West Fargo, ND)
Thursday, Aug. 31-Saturday, September 2 – Skagit Speedway (Alger, WA)

Monday, Sept. 4 – Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, WA)
Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 7-9 – Silver Dollar Speedway (Chico, CA)
Friday, Sept. 15 – Keller Auto Speedway (Hanford, CA)
Saturday, Sept. 16 – Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)
Friday, Sept. 22 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Saturday, Sept. 23 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH)
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7 – Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Friday, Oct. 13 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
Saturday, Oct. 14 – Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 20-21 – TBA

Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 1-4 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, NC)