What channel is IndyCar on? Laguna Seca start time, TV channel & more

The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series’ 15th and penultimate round will be held at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Here’s all you need to know about how to enjoy the event.

What channel is IndyCar on? Laguna Seca start time, TV channel & more

When is the IndyCar race at Laguna Seca?

The event is held over three days – Friday, Sept. 17 sees one practice session, Saturday, Sept. 18 features second practice and qualifying, while Sunday, Sept. 19 sees a morning warm-up followed by the race.

Friday, Sept. 17

• 2.30-3.15pm Pacific time – Practice
Saturday, Sept. 18

• 10.45-11.30am Pacific time – Practice
• 2.05-3.20pm Pacific time – Qualifying

Sunday, Sept. 19

• 9.00-9.30am – Warm-up
• 12.23 – “Drivers, start your engines”
• 12.30 – Green flag for Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey (95 laps)


What is the full on-track schedule? (All times are local/Pacific)

Friday, Sept. 17

9.30-10.15am – NASA Touring Car practice
10.30-11.15am – Indy Lights practice
12.45-1.15pm – NASA Touring Car qualifying for Race 1
1.30-2.00pm – Indy Lights qualifying for Race 1
2.30-3.15pm – IndyCar Series Practice 1
3.45-4.30pm – NASA Touring Car Race 1

Saturday, Sept. 18

9.00-9.30am – NASA Touring Car warm-up
9.45-10.15am – Indy Lights qualifying gor Race 2
10.45-11.30am – IndyCar Series Practice 2
12.00-12.30pm – NASA Touring Car qualifying for Race 2
12.45-1.45pm – Indy Lights Race 1
2.05-3.20pm – IndyCar Series Qualifying
3.45-4.30 – NASA Touring Car Race 2

Sunday, Sept. 19

9.00-9.30am – IndyCar Series Warm-up
10.00-11.00 – Indy Lights Race 2
12.30 – Green flag for Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey (95 laps)

How can I watch IndyCar at Laguna Seca? 

Friday, Sept. 17

Practice 2.30-3.15pm PT – Peacock live streaming

Saturday, Sept. 18

Practice 10.45-11.30am PT – Peacock live streaming

Qualifying 2.00-3.30pm PT – Peacock live streaming

Sunday, Sept. 19

Warm-up 9.00-9.30am PT – Peacock live streaming

Race 12.00-3.00pm PT – NBC broadcast

 

Leigh Diffey is the lead announcer for NBC’s coverage of the NTT IndyCar Series, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.

Can I stream the IndyCar race? 

The race itself cannot be streamed, just practice, qualifying and warm-up.

How can I listen to the race?

The Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey will air live on network affiliates, SiriusXM 205 and 211, indycar.com and the IndyCar Mobile app powered by NTT DATA. All NTT IndyCar Series practices and qualifying are available on SiriusXM 205, indycar.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app.

Mark Jaynes will be lead announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. Jake Query, Nick Yeoman and Michael Young are the turn announcers, while Dan Rusanowsky and Alex Wolff will report from the pits.

What’s the weather forecast for the race?

Friday will see a peak temperature of 73degF, with the day mainly sunny. Both Saturday and Sunday will be cloudier, and with temperatures reaching only 70degF.

Race weekend details

Track: 11-turn 2.258-mile road course in Monterey, CA.

Race distance: 95 laps / 214.51 miles.

Firestone tire allotment: Six sets of primaries – seven for rookies – and four sets of alternate tires.

Push-to-pass parameters: 150 seconds total, with maximum time of 15sec per activation.

2019 race winner: Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner [Andretti]-Honda)

2019 pole winner: Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner [Andretti]-Honda), 70.1405sec / 114.867mph

Qualifying record: Helio Castroneves (Reynard-Honda) in 2000 – 67.722sec/118.969mph

Race notes:

There have been nine different winners in 14 NTT IndyCar Series races this season. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou (Barber Motorsports Park, Road America and Portland), Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta (Streets of St. Petersburg), Ganassi’s Scott Dixon (Texas Motor Speedway-1), Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward (Texas Motor Speedway-2 and Belle Isle-2), Rinus VeeKay (Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course-1), Helio Castroneves (Indianapolis 500), Marcus Ericsson (Belle Isle - 2 and Nashville), Josef Newgarden (Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and Gateway), Will Power (Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course – 2).

The modern record (1946-present) for most different winners in a season is 11 in 2000, ’01 and ’14.

The points lead has changed hands six times this season between Palou, O’Ward and Dixon. With only one round to go,

This weekend’s Firestone GP of Monterey will be the 24th Indy car race at Laguna Seca but just the second since 2004. Teo Fabi won the first Indy car race here for Forsythe Racing in 1983. Colton Herta and Helio Castroneves are the only former winners entered in this year’s race. The latter has raced here four times.

Four rookies will compete this weekend – Scott McLaughlin (Penske-Chevrolet), Romain Grosjean (Dale Coyne Racing with RWR-Honda), Jimmie Johnson (Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda) and Callum Ilott (making his second IndyCar start) in the Juncos-Hollinger-Chevrolet.

Due to last year’s race cancelation due to the COVID-19, pandemic, other drivers making their first Laguna Seca starts as IndyCar drivers this weekend include Oliver Askew, Dalton Kellett, Pato O’Ward, Alex Palou and Rinus VeeKay.

Entry list

No. Driver Hometown Car name Team-Engine
2 Josef Newgarden Nashville, Tennessee Hitachi Team Penske Team Penske-Chevrolet
3 Scott McLaughlin Christchurch, New Zealand PPG Team Penske Team Penske-Chevrolet
4 Dalton Kellett Stouffville, Canada K-Line Insulators / AJ Foyt Racing A.J. Foyt Enterprises-Chevrolet
5 Pato O'Ward Monterrey, Mexico Arrow McLaren SP Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet
06 Helio Castroneves Sao Paulo, Brazil Meyer Shank Racing Meyer Shank Racing-Honda
7 Felix Rosenqvist Varnamo, Sweden Arrow McLaren SP Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet
8 Marcus Ericsson Kumla, Sweden Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda
9 Scott Dixon Auckland, New Zealand PNC Bank Grow up great Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda
10 Alex Palou Barcelona, Spain NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda
12 Will Power Toowoomba, Australia Verizon 5G Team Penske Team Penske-Chevrolet
14 Sebastien Bourdais Le Mans, France ROKiT / AJ Foyt Racing A.J. Foyt Enterprises-Chevrolet
15 Graham Rahal New Albany, Ohio United Rentals Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda
18 Ed Jones Dubai, United Arab Emirates SealMaster Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan-Honda
20 Conor Daly Noblesville, Indiana U.S. Air Force Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet
21 Rinus VeeKay Hoofddorp, Netherlands Sonax / Autogeek Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet
22 Simon Pagenaud Montmorillon, France Menards Team Penske Team Penske-Chevrolet
26 Colton Herta Valencia, California Gainbridge Andretti Autosport w/Curb-Agajanian-Honda
27 Alexander Rossi Nevada City, California NAPA Auto Parts / AutoNation Andretti Autosport-Honda
28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Fort Lauderdale, Florida DHL Andretti Autosport-Honda
29 James Hinchcliffe Toronto, Canada Genesys Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport-Honda
30 Takuma Sato Tokyo, Japan Panasonic / Mi-Jack Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda
45 Oliver Askew Melbourne, Florida Hy-Vee Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-Honda
48 Jimmie Johnson El Cajon, California Carvana Chip Ganassi Racing Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda
51 Romain Grosjean Geneva, Switzerland Nurtec ODT Dale Coyne Racing with RWR-Honda
59 Max Chilton Reigate, England Carlin Carlin-Chevrolet
60 Jack Harvey Bassingham, England AutoNation / SiriusXM Meyer Shank Racing-Honda
77 Callum Ilott Cambridge, England Juncos Hollinger Racing Juncos Hollinger Racing-Chevrolet
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