IndyCar Barber start times: The NTT IndyCar Series will visit its first road course of the 2023 season with Sunday’s Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix.
Pato O’Ward is the defending race winner at Barber Motorsports Park, which is just east of Birmingham, Alabama. Barber’s 17-turn, 2.3-mile layout is the first of five road courses this year.
This is the 13th IndyCar race at Barber, which began playing host to the series in 2010.
INDYCAR POWER RANKINGS: Top 10 after Long Beach
Aside from O’Ward, there are five more former winners at the track in the field: Helio Castroneves (2010), Will Power (2011, ’12), Josef Newgarden (2015, ’17, ’18), Simon Pagenaud (2016) and Alex Palou (who earned his first IndyCar career win there in 2021).
Marcus Ericsson leads the IndyCar points standings after a third place at Long Beach, his second podium of the season.
Here are the details and IndyCar start times for the 2023 Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix at Barber race weekend (all times are ET):
ALABAMA INDY GRAND PRIX AT BARBER INDY START TIMES
TV: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET on NBC and streaming on Peacock, the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com. Leigh Diffey is the announcer with analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. Marty Snider, Dave Burns and Kevin Lee are the pit reporters. Click here for the full NBC Sports schedule for IndyCar in 2023
Peacock also will be the streaming broadcast for both practices and qualifying.
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.
COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:23 p.m. ET
GREEN FLAG: 3:30 p.m. ET
PRACTICE: Friday, 3:40 p.m. (Peacock Premium); Saturday, noon (Peacock Premium); Sunday, noon (Peacock Premium)
PRACTICE RESULTS: Session I l Session II l Warmup l Combined
QUALIFYING: Saturday, 3 p.m.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here to see where everyone qualified at Barber
RACE DISTANCE: The race is 90 laps (207 miles) on a 17-turn, 2.3-mile road course in Leeds, Alabama.
TIRE ALLOTMENT: Six sets primary, four sets alternate. Rookie drivers are allowed one extra primary set for the first practice.
PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation (Indy NXT: 150 seconds total, 15 seconds per). 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 72 degrees with a 48% chance of rain at the green flag.
ENTRY LIST: Click here to view the 27 drivers racing Sunday at Barber
INDY NXT RACE: Sunday, 12:55 p.m., 35 laps/55 minutes (Peacock Premium)
INDY NXT ENTRY LIST: Click here to view the 19 drivers racing Sunday at Barber
ALABAMA INDY GRAND PRIX AT BARBER WEEKEND START TIMES
(All times are Eastern)
Friday, April 28
10 a.m.: IndyCar garage opens
8:45-9:05 a.m.: USF Juniors qualifying
9:15-9:45 a.m.: Porsche Sprint Challenge North America Cayman practice
9:55-10:25 a.m.: Porsche Sprint Challenge North America GT3 Cup practice
10:35-11:05 a.m.: Blue Marble Radical Cup qualifying
11:15-11:55 a.m.: USF Juniors, Race 1
Noon: IndyCar driver, team manager meeting
12:10-12:40 p.m.: Porsche Sprint Challenge North America Cayman practice
12:55-1:25 p.m.: Porsche Sprint Challenge North America GT3 Cup practice
1:40-2:25 p.m.: Blue Marble Radical Cup, Race 1
2:40-3:25: Indy NXT practice
3:40-4:55 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series practice (Peacock Premium)
5:15-5:55 p.m.: USF Juniors, Race 2
Saturday, April 29
8 a.m.: IndyCar garage opens
8:50-9:10 a.m.: Porsche Sprint Challenge North America Cayman qualifying
9:25-9:45 a.m.: Porsche Sprint Challenge North America GT3 Cup qualifying
10-10:45 a.m.: Blue Marble Radical Cup, Race 2
11-11:45 a.m.: Indy NXT practice
Noon-1 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series practice (Peacock Premium)
1:20-2 p.m.: Porsche Sprint Challenge North America Cayman, Race 1
2:25-2:45 p.m.: Indy NXT qualifying
3-4:15 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series qualifying (Peacock Premium)
4:35-5:20 p.m.: Blue Marble Radical Cup, Race 3
5:35-6:15 p.m.: Porsche Sprint Challenge North America GT3 Cup, Race 1
Sunday, April 30
9 a.m.: IndyCar garage opens
9-9:40 a.m.: Porsche Sprint Challenge North America Cayman, Race 2
9:55-10:35 a.m.: Porsche Sprint Challenge North America GT3 Cup, Race 2
Noon-12:30 p.m.: NTT IndyCar Series warmup (Peacock Premium)
1 p.m.: Indy NXT race (35 laps or 55 minutes), Peacock Premium)
2:41 p.m.: IndyCar driver introductions
3:23 p.m.: Command to start engines
3:30 p.m.: Green flag for the Children’s of Alabama Indy Grand Prix (90 laps, 207 miles), NBC and Peacock Premium
2023 SEASON RECAPS
ROUND 1: Marcus Ericsson wins wild opener in St. Petersburg
ROUND 2: Josef Newgarden wins Texas thriller over Pato O’Ward
ROUND 3: Kyle Kirkwood breaks through for first career IndyCar victory
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