IndyCar weekend schedule Mid-Ohio races Saturday Sunday – NBC Sports

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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2020 season will begin its stretch run with a doubleheader weekend schedule at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The Saturday-Sunday race weekend doubleheader will be the beginning of five consecutive races on road and street courses to close the season.

After Mid-Ohio, the circuit will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then close the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Mid-Ohio will be open to a limited crowd because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Points leader Scott Dixon won IndyCar’s race last year at Mid-Ohio, leading 38 of the final 45 laps and fending off a strong charge by Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Felix Rosenqvist to win by 0.093 seconds.

IndyCar will be on track only Saturday and Sunday, but its USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 ladder series will be on track starting Friday and also racing multiple times during the weekend.

8:30 a.m. — USF2000 practice
10:30 a.m. — Indy Pro 2000 practice
11:30 a.m. — USF2000 qualifying 1
1:30 p.m. — Indy Pro 2000 qualifying 1
2:30 p.m. — USF2000 qualifying 2
4:10 p.m. — Indy Pro 2000 Qualifying 2

8:30 a.m. — USF2000 Race 1
10:45 a.m.-noon — NTT IndyCar Series practice (NBC Sports Gold)
12:15 p.m. — Indy Pro 2000 Race 1
1:05 p.m. — USF2000 Race 2
2 p.m. — NTT IndyCar Series qualifying 1 (NBC Sports Gold)
5 p.m. — NTT IndyCar Series Race 1 on NBCSN

9 a.m. — Indy Pro 2000 Race 2
10:15 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
11:15 a.m. — USF2000 Race 3
1 p.m. — NTT IndyCar Series Race 2 on NBC

There are 23 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but the Sept. 12-13 race weekend will have a few new wrinkles with oval season over.

The 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course in Lexington, Ohio, will start a run of five consecutive races on street and road courses to close 2020.

After missing the last two oval races at World Wide Technology Raceway, rookie Dalton Kellett will return in A.J. Foyt Racing’s No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (as Tony Kanaan’s IndyCar career goes on pause).

Conor Daly also moves into Ed Carpenter Racing’s No. 20 Chevrolet as Max Chilton takes over the No. 59 Chevy of Carlin.

Championship leader Scott Dixon won the lone race at Mid-Ohio last year. The five-time series champion enters with a 96-point lead on Josef Newgarden. If he leaves the Saturday-Sunday races with a lead of at least 141 points, Dixon can clinch by just starting the last three races.

Click here to see who’s entered in Race 1 and in Race 2 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.



SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com/news/indycar-weekend-schedule-mid-ohio-races-saturday-sunday-nbc-sports/?remotepost=265842

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