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IndyCar weekend schedule for the GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis

Leigh Diffey is joined by Townsend Bell and Kyle Petty, as they discuss the significance of the upcoming NASCAR-IndyCar crossover event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the similarities that the two series share.

The IndyCar NTT Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course today for its seventh annual GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis (watch today at Noon ET on NBC and the NBC Sports app) and features a packed IndyCar weekend schedule.

Originally scheduled for May 9, the race was postponed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It will mark the first time the NASCAR Cup Series and IndyCar NTT Series will share a track for a series doubleheader on the same weekend.

The Xfinity Series race immediately will follow IndyCar on the IMS road course, and the NASCAR Cup Series will race the IMS oval Sunday.

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Team Penske has won five consecutive on the IMS road course, and two of the team’s drivers have accounted for victories in all six runnings of the GMR Grand Prix: Will Power (2015, ’17 and ’18) and Simon Pagenaud (2014 while with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports; ’16 and last season while racing for Penske). The past two years, Power and Pagenaud swept the GMR Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500.

This will mark the second race of the season for the NTT Series, which opened June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway, and the start of a stretch of five races in three weekends with upcoming weekend doubleheaders at Road America and Iowa Speedway.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, July 2

4 p.m. -- IndyCar NTT Series haulers enter

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, July 3

6 a.m. -- IndyCar NTT Series garage opens

7 a.m.-3 p.m. -- IndyCar tech for qualifying

10 a.m. -- IndyCar NTT Series driver/team manager meeting via conference call

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- IndyCar NTT Series practice (NBC Sports Gold)

4:30 p.m. -- IndyCar NTT Series qualifying (NBCSN; NBC Sports Gold)

9 p.m. -- IndyCar NTT Series garage closes

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, July 4

6 a.m. -- IndyCar NTT Series garage opens

7 a.m. -- IndyCar tech for race

9-9:30 a.m. -- IndyCar NTT Series warmup and pit stop practice (NBC Sports Gold)

10:30 a.m. -- IndyCar NTT Series driver, team manager and spotters meeting

11:30 a.m. -- IndyCar NTT Series cars to grid; engine prime; final adjustments

11:45 a.m. -- IndyCar NTT Series drivers report to cars

Noon -- IndyCar NTT Series GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis (watch on NBC, NBC Sports Gold

12:01 p.m. – Command to start engines

12:08 p.m. – Green flag for the race (80 laps, 207.32 miles)

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