It’s gearing up to be a pretty exciting weekend for NASCAR.
Racers are heading over to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and it’s a lot more racers than usual.
The racetrack is actually making motorsports history this weekend. The NTT IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Cup Series are going to race on the exact same track during the same weekend for the first time at IMS.
However, it doesn’t stop there. The NASCAR Xfinity Series is also gearing up to race at IMS, which means we’re in for a tripleheader racing weekend.
According to USA Today, as if it couldn’t get more exciting for racing fans, the Cup Series is also switching up on its usual course of choice. The Cup Series has raced the Brickyard 400 for 27 years on the oval course. This year, officials have opted to switch to the IMS road course instead.
NASCAR Races Start Times, More Information
It’s a big weekend in racing, which means that it can be confusing which race starts when and how to watch them all at home. The IndyCar race will kick off the weekend on Saturday with the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix. The race starts at 12:30 p.m. ET. You can stream it on the NBC Sports website or the NBC Sports app. Fans can also tune into the NBCSN to watch on TV or listen on the IndyCar radio and SiriusXM.
Next up on the roster is NASCAR Xfinity Series deemed Pennzoil 150 at the Brickyard. This will also air on Saturday but starts instead at 4 p.m. ET. You can watch and listen in all the same places as the previous race.
The former Cup champion Chase Elliott is actually subbing in for Michael Annett for Saturday’s Xfinity race. According to NBC Sports, Annett is still recovering from leg surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right femur. He also had to miss races in Atlanta and New Hampshire due to the injury.
For fans of Elliott, this is the first time he is participating in an Xfinity race since the race in Daytona in 2019. He won the Xfinity Series back in 2014.
Annett’s absence may provide hope for those just outside the playoff limits.
Last up on the trifecta racing weekend is the NASCAR Cup Series Verizon 200 at the Brickyard. This airs on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. Again, it’s available to watch, stream, and listen to in all the same places.
The previous winner of the last Brickyard 400 was Kevin Harvick on July 5, 2020. However, he raced on the oval track instead at the time. Now, we get to see how these Cup Series racers are going to approach the IMS road course this weekend instead.