IndyCar at WWTR Gateway: How to watch, start times, TV info and streaming, schedule

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IndyCar Gateway start times: The NTT IndyCar Series will visit its last oval of the season Saturday (6 p.m. ET, USA Network) with World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway, the track located just outside St. Louis in Madison, Illinois.

With three races remaining on the 2022 schedule, Will Power holds a six-point lead over Scott Dixon, and Marcus Ericsson (minus-12 points to the lead), Josef Newgarden (minus-32), Alex Palou (minus-33), Scott McLaughlin 392 (minus-58) and Pato O’Ward (minus-59) also are in the championship hunt — the closest in the past 20 years.

Alexander Rossi, Felix Rosenqvist, Colton Herta and Rinus VeeKay still are mathematically eligible for the title; any driver behind by 108 points or more after Gateway is eliminated from contention.

Last year, Gateway was a critical moment in the championship race as contenders Scott Dixon and Alex Palou were among those involved in wrecks and mechanical problems that eliminated a third of the field. Newgarden won on the 1.25-mile oval, and O’Ward took the points lead (which he would lose to eventual champion Palou in the next race).

Power’s six-point margin over Dixon is the fourth-closest championship lead since 2008 with three races remaining (the average lead at this point since then has been 30.1 points). This is the fourth time Power has led the standings with three races left; he won the title in 2014 but came up short in ’10 and ’12.

Since ’08, the driver in the championship lead with three races remaining has won the title eight times: Dixon in ’08, ’18 and ’20; Dario Franchitti in ’11, Power in ’14, Simon Pagenaud in ’16 and Newgaden in ’17 and ’19.

Newgarden won Gateway for the third time last year. Dixon (2020 Race 1) and Power (’18) also have wins there.

Because of an inclement weather threat, IndyCar announced early Saturday afternoon that the start had been moved up nearly 30 minutes to 6:01 p.m. ET.

Here are the details and IndyCar start times for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at WWTR at Gateway (all times are ET):


INDYCAR WWTR AT GATEWAY START TIMES

TV: Saturday, 6 p.m. ET on USA 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 also will be the streaming broadcast for both practices and qualifying. (Click here for information on how to sign up for Peacock.)

COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 6:04 p.m. ET

GREEN FLAG: 6:09 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 the race ends.

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

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

PRACTICE: Friday, 1 p.m. (Peacock Premium); 7:45 p.m. (Peacock Premium)

HIGH-LANE PRACTICE: Friday 7 p.m. (Peacock Premium). Nine teams will have one car work in the upper groove during a 30-minute session. Each team will have an extra set of Firestone tires that will be returned immediately after the session.

HIGH-LANE ENTRANTS: Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport); Felix Rosenqvist (Arrow McLaren SP); Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing); Takuma Sato (Dale Coyne Racing); Conor Daly (Ed Carpenter Racing); Callum Ilott (Juncos Hollinger Racing); Simon Pagenaud (Meyer Shank Racing); Jack Harvey (Rahal Letterman Racing); Will Power (Team Penske).

PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l High lane l Final practice l Combined

QUALIFYING: Friday, 4:15 p.m. (Peacock Premium)

STARTING LINEUP: How the 26 cars will line up in Saturday’s race

RACE DISTANCE: The race is 260 laps (325 miles) on a 1.25-mile oval in Madison, Illinois.

TIRE ALLOTMENT: Nine sets of Firestone Firehawk tires for use throughout the weekend.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 81 degrees with a 53% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LISTClick here to view the 26 IndyCar drivers racing at Gateway.

INDY LIGHTS RACE: Saturday, 4:15 p.m., 75 laps/93.75 miles (Peacock Premium)

INDY LIGHTS ENTRY LISTClick here for the 12 drivers entered

INDY LIGHTS STARTING LINEUP: Click here for how the 12 cars will line up Saturday


INDYCAR WWTR AT GATEWAY WEEKEND SCHEDULE, START TIMES

(All times are Eastern; subject to change)

Friday, Aug. 19

9 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 practice

11 a.m.: USAC Silver Crown practice

11:45 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 practice

1 p.m.: IndyCar practice

2:15 p.m.: USAC Silver Crown practice

3:10 p.m.: Indy Lights practice

4:15 p.m.: IndyCar qualifying

5:30 p.m.: USAC Silver Crown qualifying

6:15 p.m.: Indy Lights qualifying

7 p.m.: IndyCar practice (high lane)

7:45 p.m.: IndyCar practice

9:30 p.m.: USAC Silver Crown race (80 laps, 100 miles)

Saturday, Aug. 20

10:45 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 practice.

12:45 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 qualifying.

3:15 p.m.: Indy Pro 2000 race (45 laps, 56.25 miles).

4:15 p.m.: Indy Lights Series race (75 laps, 93.75 miles).

6:09 p.m.: Green flag for the IndyCar Bommarito Automotive Group 500 (260 laps, 325 miles)


COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.COM

ROUND 1: Scott McLaughlin opens season with breakthrough victory at St. Petersburg

ROUND 2: Josef Newgarden nips McLaughlin in last corner for 1-2 Penske finish at Texas

ROUND 3: Josef Newgarden keeps Penske unbeaten in 2022 with first Long Beach win

ROUND 4: Pato O’Ward’s nifty pass seals victory at Barber

ROUND 5: Colton Herta tames the rain in GMR Grand Prix

ROUND 6: Marcus Ericsson wins Indy 500 in two-lap shootout

ROUND 7: Redemption in Detroit for Will Power in Belle Isle farewell

ROUND 8: Josef Newgarden earns $1 million bonus with Road America victory

ROUND 9: Scott McLaughlin takes Mid-Ohio as Andretti teammates feud

ROUND 10Scott Dixon ties Mario Andretti on all-time list with Toronto win

ROUND 11: Josef Newgarden continues Iowa Speedway dominance

ROUND 12: Pato O’Ward wins as Newgarden crashes, faints at Iowa

ROUND 13: Alexander Rossi ends 49-race winless streak on IMS road course

ROUND 14: Scott Dixon wins wild Music City Grand Prix

Viewer’s guide to the 2022 season

HOW TO WATCH INDYCAR IN 2022Full NBC Sports schedule

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings after Anaheim 2: Ken Roczen is consistency’s king

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Strength is found not only in outright wins, but also through consistency, which contributed to the rise of Ken Roczen in the SuperMotocross Rankings after Anaheim 2.

Roczen ended the 2022 Supercross season with the knowledge that he urgently needed change, so he declared himself a free agent, signed with Suzuki during the offseason and set upon 2023 with renewed determination. It worked. Roczen is one of three riders in the 450 class with a sweep of the top five and that consistency has given him the lead in the NBC SuperMotocross Power Rankings.

SuperMotocross Rankings Anaheim 2
Like Babe Ruth pointing to the outfield wall, Ken Roczen pointed his way to the Power Rankings lead. – Feld Motor Sports

This formula rewards riders who compete at the front of the pack at the end of the Mains, in their heats, or in last week’s case, the three motos that make up the Triple Crown. Roczen has improved his overall performance each week with a fifth in Anaheim 1, a fourth in San Diego and his first podium of 2023 in Anaheim 2. Can he keep the trend alive with a first- or second-place finish in Houston?

A fall is all it takes sometimes. Last week, Eli Tomac tumbled hard when he pushed wide on the exit of a turn and jumped on top of a Tuff Blox. He remounted after that incident in Race 3 of the Triple Crown, but could only manage a 13th-place result in the moto. It could have been much worse and resulted in an injury, but coupled with a sixth in the overall standings at Anaheim 2, it pushed him down a spot in the SuperMotocross Ranking.

Along with Roczen (and Chase Sexton), Cooper Webb swept the top five in Supercross’ first three rounds. He is knocking on the door of a win and it won’t take long for him to ascend to the top of the box. Webb has two victories in Houston and each of them came during a championship season.

If there is a more determined rider than Jason Anderson, get out of his way. His path to the front of the pack is not always lined with primroses since he often has to pass multiple riders with whom he has had a run-in during his path, but the SuperMotocross Power Rankings are concerned only with raw results – not intention – and Anaheim 2 was Anderson’s best race of the season. He earned his first top-five and first podium with a second-place finish that was aided by a moto win.

MORE: Triple Crown format shakes up A2’s finishing order

Dylan Ferrandis has also been a model of consistency. Last week his Triple Crown effort of 4-6-5 gave him an overall finish of fifth. That came on the heels of a fourth-place result in the season opener and a sixth in San Diego. With no result worse than sixth this season, the numbers add up quite well.

Sexton’s position just outside the top five this week is entirely attributable to his last-place result in the San Diego heat. The SuperMotocross Rankings looks at the past 45 days, so that will affect him for a while, but if he continues to ride like he did in Anaheim 2, he’s going to climb quickly despite that albatross around his neck.

450 Rankings

This
Week
Driver Power
Avg.
Last
Week
Diff.
1. Ken Roczen 84.63 3 2
2. Eli Tomac
[2 Main; 2 Heat wins]
83.25 1 -1
3. Cooper Webb 82.25 2 -1
4. Jason Anderson
[1 Heat win]
80.63 5 1
5. Dylan Ferrandis 78.75 4 -1
6. Chase Sexton
[1 Main; 3 Heat wins]
77.75 9 3
7. Justin Barcia 67.88 6 -1
8. Aaron Plessinger 67.63 8 0
9. Adam Cianciarulo 67.25 7 -2
10. Joey Savatgy 61.00 11 1
10. Marvin Musquin 61.00 12 2
12. Malcolm Stewart
[1 Heat win]
58.75 13 1
13. Christian Craig 56.13 14 1
14. Colt Nichols 56.00 10 -4
15. Dean Wilson 47.50 15 0
16. Tristan Lane 41.00 18 2
17. Grant Harlan 40.67 19 2
18. Justin Hill 40.57 16 -2
19. Logan Karnow 36.50 20 1
20. Alex Ray 36.00 21 1

Supercross Points


The 250 West riders get a couple of weeks off before heading to Oakland for the rescheduled Round 2 and several of them need the rest. Tough weeks for Cameron McAdoo and RJ Hampshire forced them to lose ground in the SuperMotocross points to Jett Lawrence at a time that could prove to play mental games.

Lawrence also had his share of issues at Anaheim 2, but overcame early falls in the first two motos and finished no worse than sixth. Considering that he dropped to the tail of the field in Race 2, that was a remarkable accomplishment and he entered the final race with a shot at the overall win. He narrowly missed that mark, but still has not finished worse than second in three rounds. His lead in the SuperMotocross Power Rankings is safe.

Cameron McAdoo rode with injury in all three Triple Crown motos, so his sixth-place finish was a moral victory. Cameron McAdoo, Instagram

McAdoo said it best in an Instagram post this week: “Woke up feeling grateful that I’m relatively healthy after my big mistake during qualifying yesterday. We made the decision that it would be safe for me to race so I did everything I possibly could to get through the night ending up [sixth overall]. We will work on getting healed up in these few weeks off to come back strong for Oakland!”

With results of 8-7-5 in the Triple Crown and his combined sixth-place result, McAdoo lost significant ground to Lawrence in both the points’ standings and our Power formula. The Oakland race is going to be critical if he wants to stay in the championship hunt because the series will have a long break before returning in Seattle for Round 11. No one wants to sit with negative feelings for that long.

Mitchell Oldenburg has quietly amassed some impressive numbers. His name has not been called a lot during broadcasts, but he has not finished worse than seventh in any of the first three rounds. Themes develop during a season and weekend – and for the moment, this one revolves around reliability. Oldenburg finished 5-4-6 in Anaheim 2 which means he has consistently amassed SuperMotocross Power Rankings points.

Stilez Robertson won his first race of the season in Moto 2 of the Triple Crown. Coupled with a third-place finish in the final race, he leapfrogged Hampshire and Enzo Lopes, both of whom had disappointing outings. He stands fifth in the points’ standing mostly due to a ninth-place finish in the season opener, but each race has been progressively better and that is a good sign.

Sometimes, all it takes is a taste of success. Prior to Anaheim 2, Levi Kitchen’s best Supercross finish was a seventh earned in this year’s season opener. He scored a ninth at Minneapolis last year, but that was not enough to put him on the radar. This early in the season, one strong run can sway the SuperMotocross Power Ranking significantly, but Robertson has earned his way into the top five. More importantly, he’s going to be the object of interest when the West series returns to Oakland.

Next week the 250 East riders mount up in Houston, Texas before they head to Tampa, Florida. The Power Rankings will combine the two divisions, so the riders below are likely to shift dramatically.

250 Rankings

This
Week
Driver Power
Avg.
Last
Week
Diff.
1. Jett Lawrence – W
[2 Main; 2 Heat wins]
89.13 1 0
2. Cameron McAdoo – W
[1 Heat Win]
77.63 3 1
3. Mitchell Oldenburg – W 77.00 5 2
4. Stilez Robertson – W
[1 Heat win]
76.75 6 2
5. Levi Kitchen – W
[1 Main win]
73.75 12 7
6. RJ Hampshire – W
[3 Heat wins]
70.00 2 -4
7. Max Vohland – W 69.29 8 1
8. Derek Kelley – W 63.75 10 2
9. Enzo Lopes – W 63.25 4 -5
10. Pierce Brown – W 61.29 13 3
11. Phil Nicoletti – W 59.25 7 -4
12. Dylan Walsh – W 56.00 9 -3
13. Cole Thompson – W 51.00 11 -2
14. Robbie Wageman – W 50.75 15 1
15. Anthony Rodriguez – W 49.00 14 -1
16. Ty Masterpool – W 47.50 16 0
17. Kaeden Amerine – W 47.50 16 -1
18. Dominique Thury – W 47.00 18 0
19. Austin Forkner – W 43.00 20 1
20. Derek Drake – W 42.33 21 1

* The NBC Power Rankings assign 100 points to a Main event winner and 90 points for each Heat and Triple Crown win, (Triple Crown wins are included with heat wins below the rider’s name). The points decrement by a percentage equal to the number of riders in the field until the last place rider in each event receives five points. The Power Ranking is the average of these percentage points over the past 45 days.

POWER RANKINGS AFTER WEEK 2 AT SAN DIEGO: Ken Roczen moves up, Chase Sexton falls
POWER RANKINGS AFTER WEEK 1 AT ANAHEIM: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence gain an early advantage