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

Chase Sexton wins Triple Crown Anaheim 2 Supercross: Levi Kitchen unseats Jett Lawrence in 250s

Supercross Anaheim 2
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Chase Sexton won two of the three races in the Monster Energy Supercross Anaheim 2 Triple Crown, which was enough to overcome a fifth-place finish in Race 2 and give him the overall victory. It was the second Supercross win of his career.

“Super big night for me,” Sexton told NBC Sports’ Will Christien. “After last weekend with that being a struggle, I just need to come out here and stop the bleeding a little bit and I did that tonight.”

Sexton suffered a crash on Lap 1 of his heat, sending him into Last Chance Qualifier. The bad gate pick put him in a difficult position to start the race and he was able to climb to only fifth at the checkers.

At Anaheim 2, three riders entered the final race of the Triple Crown in a winner-take-all scenario. Sexton, Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac each had a shot at victory. It raised the intensity level for all riders in an evening that featured a lot of comers and goers.

Jason Anderson took the early lead in Race 3, which set him up for the overall victory. Sexton stalked and passed him midway through the race and then a minor mistake late allowed Webb to slip around as well. Anderson’s 5-1-3 gave him second overall.

“I had a tough couple of rounds, getting off that Anaheim 1 crash and then last week weekend I fumbled a little bit, but I’m excited to get back on the box and start moving forward,” Anderson told Jason Thomas.

Anderson finished seventh in the first two rounds of 2023.

RESULTS: How they finished for the 450 Main in Anaheim 2

Ken Roczen was the model of consistency in the opening rounds and at Anaheim 2. In three races so far this year, he’s gotten progressively better each time with a fifth in A1, a fourth last week in San Deigo and a third this week.

With results of 2-3-4, he earned his first podium of the season, which lands him fourth in the standings.

“This was hard earned,” Roczen said after the race. “I completely botched the start and then to have to work my way up. I only happen on the very last lap to step up here on the podium.”

Webb’s solid second-place finish in the third race allowed him to leapfrog several riders and finish fourth overall, but a seventh in Race 1 kept him off the podium. He improved in each race in Anaheim, however, with a 7-4-2.

With a 4-6-5, Dylan Ferrandis rounded out the top five.

The intensity of the race was a little too much for Tomac.

While battling side-by-side with Webb in Race 3 at the one-third mark, Tomac jumped wide and crashed hard. He fell to 14th, doing some damage to his bike in the process. He advanced only one position in that race to 13th. His first two races, a third and second, were strong enough to give him sixth overall. He retains the points lead, but it has shrunk to a gap of only four over Sexton and Webb.

Malcolm Stewart injured late in the week and was not able to mount.


Levi Kitchen became the first rider to unseat Jett Lawrence in the Triple Crown format at Anaheim 2 and won the overall with consistency. In his three races, Kitchen finished 4-2-2 to narrowly edge the winner of the first two races.

“This whole day; this is unbelievable. I took a few good slams in practice and I was down on myself,” Kitchen told NBC Sports Jason Thomas afterward. “The first moto I got a good start and got shuffled back, then I knew I just needed to be consistent.”

Jett Lawrence saved his best for last – which wasn’t hard given the struggles he experienced in the first two races.

Despite those problems, he entered Race 3 of the Triple Crown three points behind Kitchen after suffering a pair of disappointing races by his personal measuring stick. In the first and second 250 races of the night, Lawrence hit the ground. He dropped to the final rider in the running order in Race 2 with a Lap 1 fall. But in both races, he was able to overcome his mistake and close the gap so that he had a chance to take his first Triple Crown win of his career.

Click here for full 250 West Main Results

Lawrence rode to third in Race 1 and sixth in Race 2. In the final race of the night, Lawrence did all he could. He earned the holeshot, but when Kitchen fell in behind him, Lawrence’s fate was sealed. His 3-6-1 tied him in points with Stilez Robertson, but the tiebreaker goes to the final round and his win secured second-place.

“I can definitely say Triple Crowns are not my thing,” Lawrence told NBC Sports Will Christien. “We have one more to try and fix this, so hopefully we can get that done.”

Lawrence will move into the 450 class for the Lucas Oil Motocross outdoor season and his 250 record book will be closed.

The best news for Lawrence is the other riders who entered this round in the top three had a worse night, so Lawrence leaves Anaheim with a 16-point gap on Cameron McAdoo and 17 over RJ Hampshire.

Roberston finished 6-1-3 to take the final step of the podium.

“Getting that win in the second Main meant a lot,” Roberston told Thomas. “I wish I could have done a little better in the third one, but we’re still up here on the box.”

Mitchell Oldenburg used consistency to earn fourth in the overall. He finished 5-4-6.

After missing the Main last week in San Diego, Max Vohland finished 7-8-4 to round out the top five.

RJ Hampshire set himself up as the early favorite with his Race 1 win. In Race 2, it all fell apart. He fell in the sand section and damaged his bike, finishing last in that race. The final event of the night for the 250s provided only a 13th-place finish, leaving Hampshire deep in the points.

Cameron McAdoo hard crash in qualification, which was scary news for a team that has seen three of their riders sidelined with injury. McAdoo was never quite able to get his rhythm with an 8-7-5.

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