How to watch NASCAR, IndyCar at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Originally appeared NBC Sports Philadelphia
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the most popular tracks in the world, so it’s true that it hosts one of America’s biggest motorsport weekends of the year.
NASCAR and IndyCar head to Brickyard for a double weekend, combining the NASCAR Cup Series and the Xfinity Series with the NTT IndyCar Series.
Unlike the Indy 500, which takes place on the iconic elliptical at IMS, all races this weekend will be run on the Indianapolis Road Track. The circuit rotates around portions of the oval track before taking a turn across the pitch, creating a 2,439-mile, 14-lap track.
Here’s everything you need to know about the NASCAR-IndyCar Double Header Weekend:
Was there a NASCAR-IndyCar double header?
Yes – 2022 will be NASCAR-IndyCar’s third double header in Indianapolis after the concept debuted in 2020. In 2020, NASCAR raced the oval while IndyCar ran the road track. But in 2021 and 2022, the route planning was and will remain the only route planning used.
The schedule will follow the same format this year, with IndyCar and NASCAR Xfinity Series races on Saturday and NASCAR Cup Series races on Sunday.
In 2021 Will Power won an IndyCar race and Austin Cindric won the Xfinity Series race on Saturday. On Sunday, AJ Allmendinger won the Cup Series race to crown the weekend.
What is the NASCAR schedule for this weekend?
The NASCAR Cup Series and Xfinity Series will be on the track from Friday through Sunday. Here’s NASCAR’s full schedule of on-track activity:
Xfinity Series Training and Qualification, 3PM ET
Cup Series Training and Rehabilitation, 9:30 a.m. ET
Pennzoil 150 (Xfinity Race), 3:30 p.m. ET
Verizon 200 at Brickyard (Cup Race), 2:30 p.m. ET
What is the schedule for IndyCar this weekend?
All IndyCar events will take place on Friday and Saturday. Here’s how it all lines up:
IndyCar Training, 9:30 a.m. ET
IndyCar Qualifying, 1 p.m. ET
Gallagher Grand Prix, 12:30pm ET
How to watch NASCAR and IndyCar this weekend
All three races will be broadcast this weekend on NBC – first the IndyCar race at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, then the Xfinity Series race at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and finally the Cup Series race at 2:30 p.m. ET Eastern time on Sunday.
All NASCAR training and qualification sessions will be broadcast live on the USA Network, while IndyCar practice and qualification will be on Peacock and Online here.
NASCAR in Indianapolis is betting on odds and favours
This year marks the second NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indy Road track, with the aforementioned Allmendinger winning last season. He’s back on the field this weekend, but he’s not among the betting favorites.
Chase Elliot He tops the list of contenders, entering the weekend with three wins in the last five races. He is also the most successful road racer in NASCAR, with seven wins in his career (behind only Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart for all time).
Other potential threats on the road include Ross Chastain, Daniel Suarez and Tyler Riddick, who have won the first three road races of 2022.
Here are some of the favorites to win the Cup race, with The odds offered by our partner PointsBet:
Chase Elliott +420
Kyle Larson +675
Ross Chastain +725
Tyler Riddick +1100
Daniel Suarez +1200
Austin Cendrick +1300
Kyle Bush +1600
Martin Truex Jr., +1600
Chase Brisco +1600
AG Almendir, +1800
Ryan Blaney +1800
Denny Hamlin +2000
The Xfinity Series has run the Indy road course twice in its history, winning Chase Briscoe (2020) and Austin Cindric (2021).
This year’s race will feature six full-time Cup Series drivers looking for more circuit training, so the more experienced drivers can take control of the lower series this weekend.
Here are some odds of winning the Xfinity race on Saturday (via PointsBet):
Chase Brisco, +325
Abdul Majeed Abdul Majeed, +360
Ross Chastain, +360
Alex Bowman +420
Noah Gregson +1300
Justin Lime +2200
Bubba Wallace +4000
Austin Dillon +5000
IndyCar’s favorite Indianapolis
The IndyCar Series has more experience racing around the IMS road track, having held 12 races there since 2014.
Colton Herta won the spring race on this track in the rain, but Team Penske has traditionally dominated Indy. Roger Penske’s organization has won eight of the 12 races on the road track, including a streak of five best wins by Will Power.
Beyond Hertha & Power, Simon Pagenaud (three wins) and Scott Dixon (one win) have been the winners of the Indy course on the road who have done well on the track. Marcus Ericsson, who won an award Indy 500 oval shaped In May, he is currently leading the points standings.