IndyCar at Texas Motor Speedway: facts, schedule, entry list

IndyCar at Texas Motor Speedway: facts, schedule, entry list

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Event date: Saturday, March 19 – Sunday, March 20

Track: 1.5-mile oval.

Race distance: 248 laps (372 miles)

Firestone tire allotment: 11 sets primary tires to be used across two practice sessions, qualifying and the race.

Push-to-pass parameters: Not applicable

IndyCar schedule (local/Central Time) and broadcast details

Saturday, March 19
9.45-9.55am – Two-stage pit-limiter practice
10.00-11.00am
– First practice – Peacock Premium
1.00pm – Qualifying – Peacock Premium
4.00-5.00pm
– Final practice – Peacock Premium

Sunday, March 20
11.30amNBC on air
11.40am – “Drivers, start your engines” – NBC, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app
11.45am –
Green flag: XPEL 375 (248 laps / 372 miles) – NBC live

Leigh Diffey is the play-by-play announcer for NBC’s coverage of the IndyCar Series alongside analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. Marty Snider and Kevin Lee are the pit reporters. All NTT IndyCar Series practice sessions and qualifying sessions stream live on Peacock Premium, NBC’s direct-to-consumer livestreaming product.

IndyCar Radio Network: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton and turn announcer Nick Yeoman. Jake Query and Michael Young are the pit reporters. All IndyCar races, practices and qualifying sessions air live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 160, racecontrol.indycar.com and the IndyCar Mobile app powered by NTT DATA.

Race Notes

2021 race winners: Race 1 – Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda), Race 2 – Pato O’Ward (Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet)

2021 NTT P1 Award winners (set by championship points due to bad weather canceling qualifying): Race 1 – Alex Palou (Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda), Race 2 – Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda). 

Qualifying lap record (based on previous track length measurement of 1.44 miles): One lap – Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda) in 2017 – 23.2730sec/222.747mph; Two laps – Kimball in 2017 – 46.5861sec/222.556mph.

The XPEL 375 will be the 35th IndyCar race at Texas Motor Speedway. No driver has competed in every IndyCar race there, but Scott Dixon has made 22 starts and scored five wins – 2018, ’15, ’18, ’20, ’21.

Six other Texas winners will start Sunday’s race. Helio Castroneves has four wins at TMS, Will Power has two, while Ed Carpenter, Graham Rahal, Josef Newgarden and Pato O’Ward have one each.

Power has won pole for three of the past 10 races at TMS, while other pole winners in this year’s race include Dixon (one), Josef Newgarden (two), Takuma Sato (one).

Five rookies are on the grid this weekend – Devlin DeFRancesco, Callum Ilott, Kyle Kirkwood, Christian Lundgaard and David Malukas – while an IndyCar sophomore, NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson, will be making his first ever oval start in an IndyCar. For Ed Carpenter and JR Hildebrand, this race will be their first IndyCar starts of the year.

27-car entry list for XPEL 375 at Texas Motor Speedway

No.DriverHometownCar nameTeam-Engine
2Josef NewgardenNashville, TennesseePPG Team PenskeTeam Penske-Chevrolet
3Scott McLaughlinChristchurch, New ZealandXPEL Team PenskeTeam Penske-Chevrolet
4Dalton KellettStouffville, CanadaK-Line / AJ Foyt RacingA.J. Foyt Enterprises-Chevrolet
5Pato O’WardMonterrey, MexicoArrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet
06Helio CastronevesSao Paulo, BrazilAutoNation / SiriusXMMeyer Shank Racing-Honda
7Felix RosenqvistVarnamo, SwedenVuse Arrow McLaren SPArrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet
8Marcus EricssonKumla, SwedenHuski Chocolate Chip Ganassi RacingChip Ganassi Racing-Honda
9Scott DixonAuckland, New ZealandPNC Bank Chip Ganassi RacingChip Ganassi Racing-Honda
10Alex PalouBarcelona, SpainNTT DATA Chip Ganassi RacingChip Ganassi Racing-Honda
11J.R. HildebrandSausalito, CaliforniaROKiT / AJ Foyt RacingAJ Foyt Enterprises-Chevrolet
12Will PowerToowoomba, AustraliaVerizon Team PenskeTeam Penske-Chevrolet
14Kyle Kirkwood (R)Jupiter, FloridaROKiT / AJ Foyt RacingA.J. Foyt Enterprises-Chevrolet
15Graham RahalNew Albany, OhioFleet Cost & CareRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda
18David Malukas (R)Chicago, IllinoisHMDDale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports-Honda
20Conor DalyNoblesville, IndianaBitNileEd Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet
21Rinus VeeKayHoofddorp, NetherlandsSONAXEd Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet
26Colton HertaValencia, CaliforniaGainbridgeAndretti Autosport w/Curb Agajanian-Honda
27Alexander RossiNevada City, CaliforniaNAPA Auto Parts / AutoNationAndretti Autosport-Honda
28Romain GrosjeanGeneva, SwitzerlandDHLAndretti Autosport-Honda
29Devlin DeFrancesco (R)Toronto, CanadaPowerTapAndretti Steinbrenner Autosport-Honda
30Christian Lundgaard (R)Hedensted, DenmarkPeopleReadyRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda
33Ed CarpenterIndianapolis, IndianaAlzamend Neuro / Ed Carpenter RacingEd Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet
45Jack HarveyBassingham, UKHy-VeeRahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda
48Jimmie JohnsonEl Cajon, CaliforniaCarvana Chip Ganassi RacingChip Ganassi Racing-Honda
51Takuma SatoTokyo, JapanNurtec ODTDale Coyne Racing with RWR-Honda
60Simon PagenaudMontmorillon, FranceAutoNation / SiriusXMMeyer Shank Racing-Honda
77Callum Ilott (R)Cambridge, UKJuncos Hollinger RacingJuncos Hollinger Racing-Chevrolet

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