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Watch: 2022 Indy Road Course

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Everything you need to know for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at the Indy Road Course, the 22nd regular season event of the 2022 campaign.

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Race day info 📝

Where: Motor Speedway, Indiana
Approximate start time: 2:30 p.m. ET | Full weekend program
TV/Radio: NBC, NBC Sports app, IMS radio, SiriusXM NASCAR radio | Full TV lineup
Handbag: $8,671,417
Provide: 20% chance of showers after 2 p.m. ET and mostly sunny, with highs near 82 degrees, according to NOAA.gov | Weather tracking
Race distance: 82 rounds | 200 miles
Steps: 15 | 35 | 82
Pit road speed: 40 mph
Warning car speed: 45 mph
India 101: Get the full detail
Starting lineup: Reddick takes pole

Pit stands:
Where the drivers will go to the pits
UPDATE: Kurt Busch sidelined again at Indy
At the back (as reported by NASCAR):
No. 51 (unapproved adjustments), No. 10 (engine change).

Key things to watch out for 🔑

Great story line

There have been three road races this season: Circuit of The Americas, Sonoma Raceway and Road America. Each of the races produced a driver winning his first race in the Cup Series and the respective crew chief also taking his first series victory. Despite all the talk of adding two more “superspeedway” type races to the schedule with the reconfiguration of Atlanta Motor Speedway, the road courses were still more of a wild card than the big tracks. If Sunday’s early winners trend continues, only one point position will remain in playoff prospects. Even though there are five races left before the start of the Round of 16, expect Sunday’s race to have the same playoff intensity. Will the usual road ringtones shine?

Who fired? Who is not ?

The return to a road course is good news for Daniel Suárez and company, where he is a winner and has another top five in the last two starts over them. Suárez, and Trackhouse Racing in general, has led the way on the road courses this season and been a contender at all three tracks. And now, with increased confidence resulting from four straight finishes of ninth or better on all tracks, the momentum could be enough to propel him onto the winners list multiple times in 2022. Don’t count him out.

A home race on the schedule is the perfect time for a driver to make noise in front of an increased number of family and friends. That’s Chase Briscoe’s story this weekend as he looks to turn his season around. Although he has one win under his belt, the March 13 victory at Phoenix Raceway feels like an eternity. The No. 14 team has seven consecutive finishes of 13th or less and only four top 10 finishes in 21 races this season. Briscoe’s performance on the road courses has also not been ideal, with five finishes of 14th or worse in his last five starts. Good fortune may be back this time around, as Briscoe aims to embrace the hometown bricks. His 2021 battle with Denny Hamlin showed he has the skill and prowess to do just that.

Driving under the radar

At this point in the season, there’s a pretty good understanding of who will run well where – but that doesn’t always mean they’ll be weekend favourites. Does anyone pick Chris Buescher to win the race at Indianapolis? Maybe not by much, but Buescher and the No.17 RFK Racing group have been shining on the road courses of late, recording four consecutive top-six road course finishes since last year’s action on the Charlotte Roval. It’s a statement, not a fluke. Expect them to be strong again this weekend, pushing hard to secure the win and propel them into the playoffs.

Updating training and qualifications

Richard Childress Racing’s Tyler Reddick won the Busch Light Pole Award on Saturday at the Indianapolis road course and will lead the field to green on Sunday. It was the California-born driver’s second career pole and his first since May 2021 at Circuit of the Americas, which is also a road course. Team Penske was also strong in qualifying with all three of its drivers placing in the top six in qualifying. Austin Cindric led the way and will start alongside Reddick in the front row. Meanwhile, Joey Logano finished fifth and Ryan Blaney sixth. Trackhouse Racing’s Ross Chastain and Daniel Suárez, who took road wins at COTA and Sonoma Raceway, respectively, earlier this season, did not advance to the final qualifying round. Chastain will start 21st and Suárez 11th. Full starting lineup | Practice Results

Alejandro Alvarez | NASCAR Digital Media

Race day essentials ✅

Our biggest bits of the week – get covered for race day from every angle.

• Paint scheme preview: Dazzling projects for Indianapolis | Choose a favorite
• Power ratings: Christopher Bell holding stable, climbing board | Ranking of updated drivers
• NASCAR Betting: Opening odds for Sunday’s race | Underdogs, value bets
• Fantastic Fast Lane: Will Chase Briscoe get redemption at Indy? | Top games, sleepers
• Bubble watch: Which pilots are close to the cut line? | Read more

Catch the pack 💨

Read headlines from the week leading up to Sunday’s race.

• Reddick takes pole: An RCR driver will lead the peloton to the green on Sunday | Read more
• Kyle Busch:
Sleepless nights as contract talks bog down | Read more
• Erik Jones:
Re-signed with Petty GMS Racing for several years | Read more
Pre-qualification visit: Kaulig Racing and Team Hezeberg lose members | Read more
• L2 Penalty:
Front Row Motorsports #34 team penalized and fined | More details
• Fire No. 24:
Team transporter caught on fire, everyone safe | Read more
• Joe Gibbs Race:
Team Leaders #11 & 18 Talk Pocono DQs | Read more
• Race for the championship:
New Cup Series Docuseries Announced | Watch the trailer
• Frankie in the Fastlane:
Actor Frankie Muniz details NASCAR aspirations | Read more
• F1 crossing? :
Ex-Formula 1 driver set to make Cup Series debut | Read more
• Historic partnership:
3CHI Becomes NASCAR’s First Hemp Sponsor | More details
• Debate:
Will Ryan Blaney miss the playoffs? | Experts analyze
• ICYMI:
@nascarcasm finally shows his face | Watch the revelation

Get in on the action 💰

Think you know NASCAR? Test your mettle with play, fantasy.

• PariMGM: The public is not sure that the trend of first-time winners will continue | Read more
• The Action Network:
Is Cole Custer a good game? | Read more
• Preview of fantasy:
Which drivers to avoid on Sunday | Learn more
• Play live: Complete NASCAR Fantasy Live 2022 Game Guide | Get the FAQ
• Go until the end :
2022 Cup Series Championship Odds | See them here

Kiss the bricks 🧱

One of motorsport’s most historic venues, there’s a lot of history.

• Do you remember?: Memorable Moments in Indianapolis | Scroll through the gallery
• Inaugural race on circuit:
AJ Allmendinger wins the first Cup Series race on the track | Full recap of 2021
• Race rewind:
Top highlights, best moments from the 2021 race | Watch Highlights
• Tensions in 2021:
Briscoe and Hamlin tangle on track, Allmendinger capitalizes | Watch Highlights

Fast facts ⏩

Hard-hitting, race-relevant stats from the experts at Racing Insights.

All six road stage winners in 2022 have finished outside the top 10.
Stage two has been without warning in five of the last seven road races, including all three in 2022.
AJ Allmendinger won in 2021, only leading the last two rounds.
The race winner has started in the top 10 in the last 11 races of 2022.
There have never been more than two warnings on the first stage on a road course

Say what? 🎙

Notable quotes from sports stars ahead of Sunday’s race.

“I mean, even like all week, I was just thrilled to be back in Indy. Even stepping off the plane, I felt like I had come home. Literally, as soon as my foot hit the ground, I was like, ‘Okay, time to go. We are here. I’ve been waiting for this week all year so I think there are butterflies every time you come here but I tell everyone all the time that if you grew up racing or motorsport, you dream of coming to Indianapolis Motor Speedway and having the privilege of having that track in your hometown and coming here as a kid to watch races, to me that makes it even more special. I think all the riders in the field this weekend will tell you it’s special to be able to be here, but when you grow up literally an hour away and come here all the time as a kid, that the makes it even more special. I got to see my heroes running around this place and I dreamed of being on the other side of the capture barrier and now I’m the guy on the circuit that people watch here so it’s really special. — Chase Briscoe, #14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford driver

“Indianapolis is a tough and unique track. Hopefully we can go there and be better than we were at Road America. road so far this year. We really feel that we are gaining ground, and we still have to take a few steps in the right direction to have a chance this weekend. — Martin Truex Jr., No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

• “Being part of Kaulig Racing’s first Cup Series win will always be so special to me. Going back to Indy for the first time since then will be a surreal feeling. It’s a place we’ve circled on our calendar, and hopefully all the hard work pays off. — AJ Allmendinger, #16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

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