What channel is IndyCar on today? TV schedule, start time for Indianapolis Grand Prix

What channel is IndyCar on today? TV schedule, start time for Indianapolis Grand Prix

After a delay of almost four months amid the coronavirus pandemic, the NTT IndyCar Series finally begin its 2020 season with a race at Texas. Almost a month later, IndyCar’s modified 2020 schedule resumes with a high-profile race on a TV channel that will allow for maximum viewership.

It was not intended to be the second race of the season, but the GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course will run Saturday on its new date without fans in attendance. The start time for Saturday’s race at Indy is noon ET, and it will broadcast live on cable network NBC.

MORE: Watch today’s IndyCar race live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

The GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis was moved back from its traditional May date so it could be part of a historic doubleheader with NASCAR. An Xfinity Series race will run on the IMS oval after the IndyCar race on the road course Saturday, and on Sunday, NASCAR’s Cup Series will run the Brickyard 400.

“For very good reason, this historic pairing will be circled on the calendar of every motorsports fan,” said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s president. “We appreciate our friends at NASCAR for their flexibility and support in this matter and will work with them on a memorable, exciting weekend of racing action.”

Below is how to watch Saturday’s IndyCar race at Indianapolis, including the TV channel and live stream options.

What channel is the IndyCar race on today?

  • Race: GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Date: Saturday, July 4
  • TV channel: NBC
  • Live stream: NBC Sports Gold | fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Though Saturday’s race will broadcast live on cable network NBC starting at noon ET, Friday’s qualifying session at 4:30 p.m. ET will be shown on NBCSN. Friday’s practice session (11:30 a.m. ET) and Saturday’s race warm-up (9 a.m. ET) will be shown on NBC Sports Gold.

Of the 14 races on IndyCar’s modified schedule for 2020, eight are expected to be shown on NBC, with the others scheduled to broadcast on NBCSN.

Below are the top 40 TV markets in the Unites States and the local NBC affiliate for each.

Market NBC TV channel (digital)
New York 4 (36)
Los Angeles 4 (36)
Chicago 5 (29)
Philadelphia 10 (34)
Dallas-Ft. Worth 5 (24)
San Francisco/Bay area 11 (12)
Washington D.C. 4 (48)
Houston 2 (35)
Boston 15 (43)
Atlanta 11 (10)
Phoenix 12 (12)
Tampa/St. Petersburg 8 (7)
Seattle 5 (48)
Detroit 4 (45)
Minneapolis-St. Paul 11 (11)
Miami 6 (31)
Denver 9 (9)
Orlando 2 (11)
Cleveland 3 (17)
Sacramento 3 (35)
Charlotte 36 (22)
Portland 8 (8)
St. Louis 5 (35)
Pittsburgh 11 (23)
Baltimore 11 (11)
Raleigh-Durham 5 (48)
Nashville 4 (10)
San Diego 39 (40)
Salt Lake City 5 (38)
San Antonio 3 (16)
Kansas City 41 (36)
Columbus 4 (14)
Milwaukee 4 (28)
Cincinnati 5 (35)
Las Vegas 3 (22)
Jacksonville 12 (13)
Oklahoma City 4 (27)
New Orleans 6 (43)
Memphis 5 (5)
Buffalo 2 (33)

NBC Sports’ lead IndyCar broadcast team of Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Townsend Bell (analyst) and Paul Tracy (analyst) will call Saturday race at Indianapolis.

What time does the IndyCar race start today?

  • Date: Saturday, July 4
  • Start time: Noon ET

While the IndyCar race at Indianapolis doesn’t start until noon ET on Saturday, there will be more on-track action prior to the main event. A 30-minute race warm-up session, which will be shown live on NBC Sports Gold, is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. ET.

NBC also will broadcast the NASCAR Xfinity Series race starting at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, plus that event’s pre-race show starting at 2 p.m. ET.

Below is the complete TV schedule for the weekend’s IndyCar events at Indianapolis.

Event Time TV channel
Practice 11:30 a.m. ET (Friday) N/A
Qualifying 4:30 p.m. ET (Friday) NBCSN
Warm-up 9 a.m. ET (Saturday) N/A
Race Noon ET NBC

IndyCar live stream for Indianapolis Grand Prix

For those who don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, there are five major OTT TV streaming options that carry NBC — Sling, Hulu, YouTubeTV, fuboTV and AT&T Now. Of the five, Hulu, YouTubeTV and fuboTV offer free trial options.

Below are links to each.

For those who do have a cable or satellite subscription but are not in front of a TV, IndyCar races in 2020 can be streamed live via phones, tablets and other devices on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app with authentication.

All 2020 IndyCar races and practice/qualifying sessions also can be streamed live on NBC Sports Gold’s IndyCar Pass for $54.99 a year.

IndyCar schedule 2020

The updated IndyCar schedule for 2020 was released May 21 with the previously announced season-opener set for June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Below is the complete schedule (TV info via NBC Sports):

Date Start time Race Track (Track type) TV channel
June 6 8 p.m. ET Genesys 300 Texas Motor Speedway (oval) NBC
July 4 12:15 p.m. ET GMR Grand Prix Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road course) NBC
July 11 12:50 p.m. ET REV Group Grand Prix at Road America Race 1 Road America (road course) NBC
July 12 12:50 p.m. ET REV Group Grand Prix at Road America Race 2 Road America (road course) NBC
July 17 9 p.m. ET Iowa Speedway Race 1 Iowa Speedway (oval) TBD
July 18 9 p.m. ET Iowa 300 Iowa Speedway (oval) NBCSN
Aug. 9 12:45 p.m. ET Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (road course) NBC
Aug. 23 1 p.m. ET Indy 500 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (oval) NBC
Aug. 30 3 p.m. ET Bommarito Automotive Group 500 World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway (oval) NBCSN
Sept. 13 3:40 p.m. ET Grand Prix of Portland Portland International Raceway (road course) NBC
Sept. 19 3:25 p.m. ET Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Race 1 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (road course) TBD
Sept. 20 3:25 p.m. ET Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey Race 2 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (road course) NBC
Oct. 3 3:50 p.m. ET IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road course) TBD
Oct. 25 3:30 p.m. ET Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg The streets of St. Petersburg (street course) TBD

Published at Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:44:15 +0000

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