IndyCar at Nashville: How to watch, start times, TV info and live streaming, schedule – NBC Sports

IndyCar Nashville start times: A few new course wrinkles will await a new points leader as the NTT IndyCar Series arrives for the second annual Music City Grand Prix.
After a highly successful but caution-plagued inaugural event, IndyCar officials and race organizers have made some layout tweaks to avoid some of last year’s traffic jams and bottlenecks on the 11-turn, 2.1-mile street course.
The restart zone has been moved from the finish line in front of Nissan Stadium to the exit of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge heading into Turn 9, which is the best corner for passing on the circuit.
RACE DAY UPDATE: Start of race delayed by lightning
Turn 9 also has been narrowed by 25 feet for one of several new suites that have been added on a street circuit expected to draw more than 100,000 fans to downtown Nashville this weekend.
Marcus Ericsson went airborne on Lap 5 en route to winning in Nashville last year after pole-sitter Colton Herta got off sequence with the dominant car and crashed while in pursuit.
Ericsson could use another momentum boost with four races remaining in the 2022 season, having fallen nine points behind Will Power (whose third at the Indianpaolis Motor Speedway road course marked his fourth podium in five races).
Nashville native Josef Newgarden also is firmly in the title hunt entering his home track after rebounding for fifth at Indy from his stunning crash at Iowa Speedway (and subsequent hospitalization for a postrace fall).
Here are the details and IndyCar start times for the Music City Grand Prix in Nashville, Tennessee (all times are ET):
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. Kevin Lee, Dillon Welch and Dave Burns are the pit reporters. Click here for the full NBC Sports schedule for IndyCar in 2022.
Peacock also will be the streaming broadcast for both practices and qualifying. (Click here for information on how to sign up for Peacock.)
TV UPDATE: Because of a weather delay, the conclusion of the race after 6 p.m. ET will be shown on CNBC and Peacock.
COMMAND TO START ENGINES: 3:23 p.m. ET
GREEN FLAG: 3:30 p.m. ET
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.
Peacock also will be the streaming broadcast for practices and qualifying. The race also will be streamed on Peacock (in addition to the NBC Sports App/NBCSports.com streams and the NBC broadcast).
INDYCAR RADIO NETWORK: The Music City Grand Prix IndyCar and Indy Lights races and all practices and qualifying sessions will air live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 160, racecontrol.indycar.com and the IndyCar app.
PRACTICE: Friday, 4:15 p.m. (Peacock Premium); Saturday, 12:15 p.m. (Peacock Premium); Sunday, 10:15 a.m. (Peacock Premium)
PRACTICE RESULTS: Session Il Session II l Warmup l Combined
QUALIFYING: Saturday, 4:30 p.m. (Peacock Premium)
STARTING LINEUP: Where everyone will be starting Sunday at Nashville
RACE DISTANCE: The race is 80 laps (168 miles) on an 11-turn, 2.1-mile street course in Nashville.
TIRE ALLOTMENT: Six sets primary, four sets alternate, one additional set available for rookies to use in first practice. Teams must use one new set of primary and alternate tires in the race. Teams must use one new set of primary and alternate tires for at least two laps in the race.
NEW ALTERNATE TIRE: Firestone will introduce a new and eco-friendly natural rubber guayule race tire for the first time in a race. The compound will be used as the alternate race tire (formerly known as the “red” tire) this weekend.
PUSH TO PASS: 200 seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds per activation. The push-to-pass will be available at the finish line after the initial start or restarts (which will take place coming off the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge entering Turn 9). The feature increases the power of the engine by approximately 60 horsepower.
FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 90 degrees with a 37% chance of rain at the green flag.
ENTRY LIST: Click here to view the 26 drivers racing Sunday at Nashville.
INDY LIGHTS RACE: Sunday, 1:10 p.m., 35 laps/73.5 miles/55 minutes (Peacock Premium)
INDY LIGHTS ENTRY LIST: Click here for the 12 drivers entered
(All times are Eastern)
Friday, Aug. 5
10:30 a.m.: Gates open
11:15 a.m.: Trans Am practice
12:55 p.m.: GT America practice
2:15 p.m.: Trans Am practice
3 p.m.: Indy Lights practice
4:15 p.m.: IndyCar practice, Peacock Premium
5:45 p.m.: Stadium Super Trucks qualifying
7:15 p.m.: GT America practice
Saturday, Aug. 6
10 a.m.: Gates open
10:30 a.m.: Trans Am qualifying
11:15 a.m.: Indy Lights practice
12:15 p.m.: IndyCar practice, Peacock Premium
1:30 p.m.: Trans Am race
2:55 p.m.: GT America qualifying
3:40 p.m.: Indy Lights qualifying
4:30 p.m.:  IndyCar qualifying, Peacock Premium
7:15 p.m.: Stadium Super Trucks, Race 1
8:25 p.m.: GT America, Race 1
Sunday, Aug. 7
9 a.m.: Gates open
10:15 a.m.: IndyCar practice warmup, Peacock Premium
11:55 a.m.: GT America, Race 2
1:10 p.m.: Indy Lights Music City Grand Prix (35 laps/73.5 miles/55 minutes), Peacock Premium
3:23 p.m.: Command to start engines in the IndyCar Big Machine Music City Grand Prix “Drivers, start your engines”
3:30 p.m.: Green flag for the IndyCar Big Machine Music City Grand Prix (80 laps/160.8 miles), NBC
6:05 p.m.: Stadium Super Trucks, Race 2
ROUND 1: Scott McLaughlin opens season with breakthrough victory at St. Petersburg
ROUND 2: Josef Newgarden nips McLaughlin in last corner for 1-2 Penske finish at Texas
ROUND 3: Josef Newgarden keeps Penske unbeaten in 2022 with first Long Beach win
ROUND 4: Pato O’Ward’s nifty pass seals victory at Barber
ROUND 5: Colton Herta tames the rain in GMR Grand Prix
ROUND 6: Marcus Ericsson wins Indy 500 in two-lap shootout
ROUND 7: Redemption in Detroit for Will Power in Belle Isle farewell
ROUND 8: Josef Newgarden earns $1 million bonus with Road America victory
ROUND 9: Scott McLaughlin takes Mid-Ohio as Andretti teammates feud
ROUND 10Scott Dixon ties Mario Andretti on all-time list with Toronto win
ROUND 11: Josef Newgarden continues Iowa Speedway dominance
ROUND 12: Pato O’Ward wins as Newgarden crashes, faints at Iowa
ROUND 13: Alexander Rossi ends 49-race winless streak on IMS road course
Viewer’s guide to the 2022 season
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DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – Powerhouse Rolex 24 teams tiptoed through navigating the high-tech machinery of the hybrid era that dawned Friday with the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) category at Daytona International Speedway.
Meanwhile, some of the best drivers in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s premier prototype class also were trying to dodge disasters on a 3.56-mile road course clogged with traffic on the opening day of the Roar Before the Rolex 24 weekend as 61 cars scrambled to prepare for the 2023 season opener next weekend.
“It was very busy this morning, that is for sure,” Chip Ganassi Racing No. 01 Cadillac driver Sebastien Bourdais said after the first of two practice sessions. “With 61 cars, everyone was trying to find their references, and it did feel a bit like ‘Gymkhana’ in heavy traffic, which is a little scary because everybody is really scarce on spare parts, and we all got the message loud and clear.
PRACTICE RESULTS: Click here for Session I (by class) l Session II (by class) l Combined speeds
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“You are already finding yourself in situations you do not want to be in because you can’t afford to damage anything, so that is going to be a consideration for sure.”
With the Rolex 24 looming Jan. 28-29 at Daytona, the four manufacturers that have spent millions preparing for the inaugural season of GTP are very concerned about reliability when the curtain rises on the 24-hour endurance race classic.
Aside from being extremely scarce on spare parts because of supply chain problems and startup limitations, teams also have been lacked real-world testing. Some have been unable to run their cars more than a few hours consecutively while focusing on durability gremlins.
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So the speed charts Friday might not necessarily be indicative of prerace favorites. But it still was notable that the top two speeds belonged to the top two finishers in last year’s Rolex 24.
Helio Castroneves, who made a memorable charge to his second consecutive victory at Daytona a year ago, turned a 1 minute, 35.210-second lap in the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing ARX-06 that nipped Filipe Albuquerque’s No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing.
“It was a good lap, always keep working hard,” Castroneves told IMSA Radio’s Shea Adam. “I guess I put myself in the right positions. This is nothing. It’s all about (his teammates) and especially the engineers of Meyer Shank Racing and Acura. We’ll keep it going. It’s just the first day.”
WeatherTech Sportscar Championship: Practice One. #IMSA | @DAYTONA | @Rolex24Hours pic.twitter.com/pENXoueDsw
— #IMSA (@IMSA) January 20, 2023

Gearbox problems sidelined the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac V-LMDh for all but four laps (none at speed) during the morning session. But the new LMDh cars otherwise seemed to hold up in their first official sessions of the 2023 season.
The top nine speeds were claimed by all the GTP cars in the field – three Cadillacs, two Porsche 963s, two BMW M Hybrid V8s and two Acuras.
Team owner Chip Ganassi said it still was unlike any typical practice dominated by the top-end prototypes.
“This is obviously a new endeavor for a lot of people on pit lane this year,” Ganassi said. “Everyone’s having to change their way of thinking a little bit, the way they approach these practice sessions, the way we approach things like just understanding how to get the most out of the car with the little time you have in practice. These cars are very complex.”
Mike O’Gara, global director of operations for Ganassi, said much of the session was spent on the basics with two cars that are virtually new.
“This car depends a lot more on the data that it is generating itself to run itself,” O’Gara said. “So, things like tire pressures, brake sensors, brake pressures that were important before are critical now. They are mission critical, so we have to make sure all those basic things work before all the other systems like the hybrid system, the electronic brake bias.
“We have to have those basic things right before those other things work properly. So, this morning, we were just making sure all of that worked right, so this afternoon, and the rest of the weekend, we can just start pushing. There is a mountain of work and a mountain of data for all of our folks to look at just to make sure all of that is functioning properly before we can start pushing on the rest of the systems in the car.”
Top speeds in other categories:
LMP2: Mikkel Jensen, No. 11 TDS Racing, ORECA LMP2 07, 1:38.730
LMP3: Gabby Chaves, No. 36 Andretti Autosport, Ligier JS P320, 1:42.926
GTD Pro: Ben Barnicoat, No. 14 Vasser Sullivan, Lexus RC F GT3, 1:47.040
GTD: Andy Lally, No. 44 Magnus Racing, Aston Martin Vantage GT3, 1:47.004
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