What time and channel is the IndyCar race today?

David Malsher-Lopez

While IndyCar lost its only traditional double-header, the Belle Isle, Detroit races, to the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, three double-headers were established to partly compensate for the deletion of not only Detroit but also the races at Barber Motorsports Park, the streets of Long Beach, Circuit of The Americas and Richmond Raceway. The first double-header was held last weekend at Road America, and now IndyCar arrives at the 0.894-mile oval at Newton, Iowa.

One of the most notable aspect of the Iowa 250s is the unusual qualifying procedure. As has become usual on ovals, qualifying is a one-by-one affair, with each car running two consecutive flying laps. However, grid positions on this occasion will not depend on an average of these two laps. Instead, the first lap will set the grid for this evening’s race, and the second lap will set the grid for tomorrow evening’s race.

Another interesting aspect to watch in the races is the fact that Firestone has brought the same tires as in 2019 – same construction, same compound. Given the 2020 aeroscreen-induced shift in the cars’ center of gravity and weight distribution – and the abrasive track surface at Iowa Speedway – the teams and drivers will find it challenging to find a good setup that doesn’t punish the rubber.

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s two-time and reigning champion Josef Newgarden took pole for today's race, while Simon Pagenaud came from the back of the grid to win last night.

This weekend’s races are the 14th and 15th IndyCar races at Iowa Speedway, with four former winners on the grid. Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay has taken victory here three times, Newgarden twice, while Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan – who returns this weekend to replace Dalton Kellett in the #14 AJ Foyt Racing-Chevy – have one Iowa win each.

For a preview, facts, spotters’ list and schedule for the event, click here 

Races: IndyCar Iowa 250s
Dates: Friday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18, 2020
Start times: 8.10pm local/Central Time on Friday, 7.40pm local/Central Time on Saturday
Location: Iowa Speedway, Newton, IA.


How can I watch practice for IndyCar? (Eastern Time)
Friday, July 17, 2.00pm – 3.30pm NBC Sports Gold (live)
Saturday, July 18,
2.30pm – 3.30pm NBC Sports Gold (live)

How can I watch qualifying for IndyCar?
Friday, July 17, 5.30pm on NBC Sports Gold (live)
Two-lap runs: first lap sets grid for Race 1, second lap sets grid for race 2

How can I watch the IndyCar races?
Race 1
- Friday, July 17, 9.10pm on NBCSN (live)
Race 2 - Saturday, July 18, 8.40pm on NBCSN (live)

In addition there are IndyCar Radio Network broadcasts: both REV Group Grand Prix races air live on network affiliates, Sirius 211, XM 205, indycar.comindycarradio.com and the IndyCar Mobile app powered by NTT DATA. All NTT IndyCar Series practices and qualifying are available on indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the IndyCar Mobile app, with qualifying also airing on Sirius 211 and XM 205.

For spotter’s guides and entry lists (yes, there are two of each!), as well as facts and figures for IndyCar’s races at Iowa Speedway, click here

Grid line-up for Saturday's race:

Cla Driver Team Time Gap Mph
1 United States Josef Newgarden
United States Team Penske 18.355 175.333
2 Australia Will Power
United States Team Penske 18.388 0.032 175.024
3 United States Conor Daly
United Kingdom Carlin 18.395 0.039 174.960
4 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
United States Andretti Autosport 18.470 0.114 174.245
5 United States Colton Herta
Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport 18.556 0.200 173.437
6 United Kingdom Jack Harvey
United States Meyer Shank Racing 18.654 0.299 172.523
7 Spain Alex Palou
Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh 18.670 0.314 172.382
8 Brazil Tony Kanaan
United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 18.729 0.373 171.834
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 18.749 0.393 171.653
10 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 18.784 0.428 171.336
11 United States Charlie Kimball
United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 18.788 0.432 171.294
12 Mexico Patricio O'Ward
Arrow McLaren SP 18.810 0.454 171.099
13 United States Oliver Askew
Arrow McLaren SP 18.824 0.468 170.970
14 United States Ed Carpenter
United States Ed Carpenter Racing 18.843 0.487 170.797
15 Netherlands Rinus van Kalmthout
United States Ed Carpenter Racing 18.868 0.512 170.574
16 United States Santino Ferrucci
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan 18.881 0.525 170.450
17 United States Marco Andretti
Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajani 18.897 0.541 170.313
18 New Zealand Scott Dixon
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 18.984 0.628 169.531
19 United States Graham Rahal
United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 19.013 0.657 169.268
20 Japan Takuma Sato
United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 19.024 0.668 169.174
21 United States Alexander Rossi
United States Andretti Autosport 19.084 0.728 168.639
22 United States Zach Veach
United States Andretti Autosport 19.948 1.592 161.334
23 France Simon Pagenaud
United States Team Penske
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Results of Race 1

Cla Driver Team Laps Gap
1 France Simon Pagenaud
United States Team Penske 250
2 New Zealand Scott Dixon
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 250 0.495
3 United States Oliver Askew
Arrow McLaren SP 250 7.212
4 Mexico Patricio O'Ward
Arrow McLaren SP 250 13.989
5 United States Josef Newgarden
United States Team Penske 250 16.735
6 United States Alexander Rossi
United States Andretti Autosport 250 19.600
7 United Kingdom Jack Harvey
United States Meyer Shank Racing 250 20.048
8 United States Conor Daly
United Kingdom Carlin 250 20.534
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 250 20.738
10 Japan Takuma Sato
United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 249 1 Lap
11 Spain Alex Palou
Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh 249 1 Lap
12 United States Graham Rahal
United States Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 248 2 Laps
13 United States Santino Ferrucci
Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan 247 3 Laps
14 Sweden Felix Rosenqvist
United States Chip Ganassi Racing 247 3 Laps
15 United States Ed Carpenter
United States Ed Carpenter Racing 247 3 Laps
16 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
United States Andretti Autosport 247 3 Laps
17 United States Charlie Kimball
United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 245 5 Laps
18 Brazil Tony Kanaan
United States A.J. Foyt Enterprises 213 37 Laps
19 United States Colton Herta
Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport 156 94 Laps
20 Netherlands Rinus van Kalmthout
United States Ed Carpenter Racing 156 94 Laps
21 Australia Will Power
United States Team Penske 142 108 Laps
22 United States Marco Andretti
Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajani 128 122 Laps
23 United States Zach Veach
United States Andretti Autosport 95 155 Laps
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