IndyCar at Iowa Saturday and Sunday: How to watch, start times, streaming info, schedules

IndyCar Iowa start times
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IndyCar start times: Iowa Speedway is back on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule and so is the race weekend doubleheader.

The only short track on the 2022 schedule also will mark the only Saturday-Sunday race slate as Iowa will play host to the Hy-Vee Race Weekend with events on consecutive days in its return to IndyCar after being absent last year.

There are 26 cars entered in the Hy-VeeDeals.com 250 presented by DoorDash and the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 presented by Google, tying for IndyCar’s largest fields at Iowa (in 2008 and ’11).

In the track’s most recent appearance on the schedule, Iowa played host to one of five race weekend doubleheaders in the pandemic-disrupted 2020 schedule. Team Penske swept the July 17-18, 2000 races with wins by Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden, who leads active drivers with three wins at Iowa.

Penske has won five of the past six races on the 0.894-mile oval where IndyCar has held 15 races since 2007. Andretti Autosport has seven victories there.

Aside from Newgarden, the only other active winners at the Newton, Iowa, track are Meyer Shank Racing teammates Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves (in 2017).

Starpower will be in large supply at Iowa Speedway — with Tim McGraw, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton playing trackside concerts over the HyVee-sponsored weekend — and some of IndyCar’s biggest names still are seeking to find their way into victory lane for the first time at Iowa. Scott Dixon, Pato O’Ward, Will Power, Alexander Rossi and Colton Herta are among those who have yet to win at the track east of Des Moines.

Though they haven’t raced there in two years, several teams (including Chip Ganassi Racing, Andretti Autosport, Penske and Arrow McLaren SP) have tested at Iowa over the past three weeks.

“We tested there, and Penske was strong there,” defending series champion Alex Palou of Ganassi told NBC Sports in a July 7 interview (before his contract imbroglio). “It’s going to be tough. I’m looking forward to all the road courses, but then there’s places like Iowa where our target is not to win. It’s to finish both races in the top 10. Get through that race and that weekend and push in the other ones.”

Ganassi has only two victories at Iowa — with the late Dan Wheldon in 2008 and Dario Franchitti in ’09.

In the 2022 season, Penske has the only repeat winners through 10 races with Scott McLaughlin (Toronto, St. Petersburg) and Newgarden (Texas, Long Beach, Road America).

Here are the details and IndyCar start times for Iowa Speedway this weekend (all times are ET):


IOWA SPEEDWAY INDYCAR START TIMES

TV: Saturday race at 4 p.m. ET on NBC; Sunday race at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. Both races also will be streaming on Peacock Premium, the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com. Peacock Premium also will be the streaming broadcast for both practices and qualifying. (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.

RADIO BROADCAST: The IndyCar and Indy Lights races, practices and qualifying sessions live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 160, racecontrol.indycar.com and the IndyCar app.

COMMANDS TO START ENGINES: 4:01 p.m. Saturday; 3:25 p.m. Sunday

GREEN FLAGS: 4:06 p.m. Saturday; 4:30 p.m. Sunday

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, 4:30 p.m. ET (Peacock Premium)

PRACTICE SPEEDS: Click here for the rundown from the lone session

QUALIFYING: Saturday, 10:30 a.m. (Peacock Premium), single-car runs for two laps (the first sets Saturday’s race lineup; the second for Sunday’s race lineup)

STARTING LINEUPS: Click here for the results from qualifying

RACE DISTANCES: Saturday’s race is 250 laps/223.5 miles on the 0.894-mile oval. Sunday’s race is 300/268.2 laps.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Teams will have 14 sets during the doubleheader weekend

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 97 degrees Saturday with a 17% chance of rain at the green flag. On Sunday, it’s expected to 83 degrees with a 5% chance of rain at the green flag.

INDYCAR ENTRY LISTS: Click here for Saturday’s race l Click here for Sunday’s race

INDY LIGHTS ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 13 drivers racing Saturday


IOWA SPEEDWAY INDYCAR WEEKEND SCHEDULE

(All times are Eastern)

Friday, July 22

3:15 p.m.: Indy Lights practice

4:30 p.m.: IndyCar practice, 90 minutes (Peacock Premium)

Saturday, July 23

9:30 a.m.: Indy Lights qualifying

10:30 a.m.: IndyCar qualifying for both races (Peacock Premium)

12:15 p.m.: Indy Lights race (Peacock Premium, 75 laps/67.05 miles)

2 p.m.: Tim McGraw concert

4 p.m.: Hy-VeeDeals.com 250 presented by DoorDash (NBC, 250 laps/223.5 miles)

6:30 p.m.: Florida Georgia Line concert

Sunday, July 24

1 p.m.: Gwen Stefani concert

3 p.m.: Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 presented by Google (NBC, 300 laps/268.2 miles)

6:15 p.m.: Blake Shelton concert

2023 MotoGP schedule announced, highlighted by trips to India and Kazakhstan

2023 MotoGP schedule
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A new opening venue and the addition of two Grands Prix in India and Kazakhstan will highlight the 2023 MotoGP schedule.

The 2023 MotoGP season will kick off March 24th with the opening round in Portugal instead of the typical trip to Qatar. Work on the Losail International Circuit pushed their date back to the penultimate weekend after the series finishes a series of races around the Pacific Rim.

Following Portugal, MotoGP heads to Argentina and the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for their only visit to the United States before heading back to Europe for most of the next 10 rounds.

Interrupting the long European stint will be the series’ first visit to the Sokol International Circuit in Kazakhstan on July 7, 2023. The traditional summer break will be three weeks and then MotoGP heads to England for the British GP in August.

After three more European rounds at Austria, Catalunya and San Marino, the second new date on the calendar will come on the 16-turn, Buddh International Circuit for a September 24 race date. Both the India and Kazakhstan races are subject to homologation and approval by the circuit.

The next six races will be held in Asia and Oceania before Qatar and Valencia close out the schedule.

“We’re very proud to announce that Buddh International Circuit will be on the 2023 calendar,” said Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna, which manages the series. “We have a lot of fans in India and we’re excited to be able to bring the sport to them.

“India is also a key market for the motorcycle industry and therefore, by extension, for MotoGP as the pinnacle of the two-wheeled world. We very much look forward to racing at Buddh International Circuit and can’t wait to welcome the fans through the gates to see this incredible sport in person.”

One of two new races announced for 2022, in Finland, did not materialize this season and has not been added to the 2023 MotoGP schedule. In addition, the Aragon GP has been removed to keep the rounds at 21.

2023 Provisional Schedule

Portugal GP, Algarve, March 26
Argentina GP, Termas de Río Hondo, April 2
American GP, Circuit of the Americas, April 16
Spanish GP, Jerez, April 30
French GP, Le Mans, May 14
Italian GP, Mugello, June 11
German GP, Sachsenring, June 18
Dutch GP, Assen, June 25
Kazakhstan GP, Sokol, July 9 *
British GP, Silverstone, August 6
Austrian GP, Red Bull Ring, August 20
Catalan GP, Catalunya, September 3
San Marino GP, Misano, September 10
Indian GP, Buddh, September 24 *
Japanese GP, Motegi, October 1
Indonesia GP, Mandalika Street Circuit, October 15
Australian GP, Philip Island, October 22
Thailand GP, Chang International Circuit, October 29
Malaysian GP, Sepang, November 12
Qatar GP, Losail International Circuit, November 19
Valencia GP, Ricardo Tormo, November 26

* subject to approval