IndyCar at Indy road course: How to watch, start times, streaming info, schedules

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Indy road course start times: Defending race winner Will Power will be aiming to make a championship charge Saturday as the NTT IndyCar Series makes it second annual visit to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

Power trails Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson by eight points in the championship standings with five races remaining this season. Ericsson, who has been ranked first since after Road America, has led the points after six of 12 races this season.

Power is aiming for his second title after winning the 2014 championship.

Since 2008, the points leader with five races left has won the championship in eight of 14 races.

Power leads all IndyCar drivers with five victories on the IMS road course. The No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet driver has won the pole position three times (2015, ’17, ’18). Team Penske also has eight drivers on the layout through the infield of IMS.

Here are the details and IndyCar start times at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course this weekend (all times are ET):


INDY ROAD COURSE INDYCAR START TIMES

TV: Saturday race broadcast will begin at noon ET on NBC and 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.)

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.

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.

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 12:23 p.m.

GREEN FLAG: 12:30 p.m.

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.

PRACTICE: Friday, 9:30 a.m. ET (Peacock Premium)

PRACTICE RESULTS: Speeds from the lone session on the Indy road course

QUALIFYING: Friday, 1 p.m. (Peacock Premium), three rounds of knockout qualifying

STARTING LINEUP: Click here to see where the 25 drivers will be starting Saturday

RACE DISTANCE: Saturday’s race is 85 laps/207.3 miles on the 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Five sets primary, four sets alternate (Note: A sixth set of primary tires is available to any car fielding a rookie driver.)

PUSH TO PASS: There are 200 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.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 79 degrees Saturday with a 0% chance of rain at the green flag.

INDYCAR ENTRY LISTS: Click here for the 25 cars racing Saturday


INDYCAR WEEKEND SCHEDULE

(All times are Eastern)

Friday, July 29

9:30 a.m.: NTT IndyCar Series practice (90 minutes), Peacock Premium

1 p.m.: IndyCar qualifying (three rounds of NTT IndyCar Series knockout qualifications), Peacock Premium

Saturday, July 30

8:15 a.m.: NTT IndyCar warmup, Peacock Premium

12:30 p.m.: Gallagher Grand Prix (85 laps/207.3 miles), NBC

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup
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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

PETIT LE MANS STARTING GRID: Click here for the starting lineup l Lineup by car number

PETIT LE MANS: Info on how to watch

With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


QUALIFYING

Results

Results by class

Fastest lap by driver

Fastest lap by driver after qualifying

Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

Fastest lap sequence in qualifying

Best sector times in qualifying

Time cards in qualifying

PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II l Session III