How to watch, start times, streaming info, schedules

IndyCar Toronto start times: The wake-up call came when Christian Lundgaard awoke to jet lag in his room at the JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis last August.

Hesitant to join the IndyCar series full-timeLundgaard was watching the inaugural Music City Grand Prix on the streets of downtown Nashville, Tennessee, when Marcus Ericsson’s car suddenly took off on the fifth lap.

Lundgaard, who had flown overnight from Europe (where he raced in the F2 series), fell asleep after the checkered flag – looking at the victory celebration The Dane rubbed his eyes.

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“I was like no way, something has to be wrong,” Lundgaard recently told NBC Sports. “It just goes to show that this series is so competitive, but at the same time anything can happen.

“That motivated me even more because I knew that anything could happen, no matter where I started. I came in with zero expectations. Learn, enjoy and have fun.”

Six days later, Lundgaard reaffirmed that mantra in his IndyCar debut with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, he qualified fourth and finished 12thThursday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Nine races into his rookie IndyCar season, Lundgaard has enjoyed mixed results, waiting for an Ericsson-type moment to arrive. he is 17Thursday in the points standings (but ranks first among this year’s top five full-time freshman drivers) with a season-best (and rain-soaked) ninth on the IMS road course (also the only track where he advanced past the first round of qualifying).

But even though his No. 30 Dallara-Honda sits steadily between ninth and eleventhThursdaystill believes he could break through in the second half — perhaps Sunday on the streets of Toronto (3 p.m. ET, exclusively on Peacock Premium).

“We’ve had our moments,” said Lundgaard, who will be the new title sponsor of HUB International Limited (he is one of 13 drivers in the insurance industry. “We’ve had those weekends where we’ve been competitive. At the same time, I don’t think we’ve done everything to our liking imagine. I think the results are yet to come. There will be weekends this year, we will definitely be stronger.

“It’s a long race and anything can happen. If everything works out for you, you can end up anywhere.”

The latest example was Will Power, who finished third on July 3 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after spinning in last place on the first lap trying to pass Lundgaard for 18th.Thursday.

Toronto could be more of an equalizer. This weekend will see the first visit since 2019 by IndyCar, which has since added an aeroscreen to its cars. For 12 of the 25 drivers in the field, it will be their first IndyCar start at the circuit. That includes Lundgaard, who plans to stay two days after the race to explore Toronto during his first visit to Canada.

He used the simulator to prepare for the 11-turn, 1,786-mile street course and also got some tips from friend Christian Rasmussen, another Dane who races in Indy Lights.

“The track is pretty special and looks very interesting,” said Lundgaard, who will be 21 on July 23. “It’s challenging and seems a lot longer than it is. The bike goes by very quickly.

“But it looks like an event that everyone likes. So I’m looking forward to going there and racing.”

Lundgaard is included among Graham Rahal’s teammates (15Thursday) and Jack Harvey (17Thursday), as Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing has struggled to balance handling and speed this season.

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Christian Lundgaard finished 18th in the 106th Indy 500, marking just the second oval race of his career (Jeffrey Brown/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images).

“I think there’s a difference between a car that drives nice and not fast enough,” he said. “And a car that is very difficult to drive and very fast. We are in the mix between them. Difficult to drive and not necessarily the fastest. I go into every track with the mentality that I need to learn, do my best and know what I need from the first lap.

“I’ve driven so many cars, I personally know what I want from a car and what I need to drive fast. We are currently struggling with the performance of the car. It’s not in the window. We can do a lot and not get the greatest reward from it, but we work as a team. We cover a lot of ground. Now that we have three cars, we can cover a lot more to improve our performance. At the moment, it doesn’t seem like it’s going the right way in big enough increments.’

With a week to regroup after Mid-Ohio, Lundgaard said “you’ll see a stronger team” from RLL in the second half as Toronto begins a streak of four consecutive race weekends (including a doubleheader at Iowa Speedway).

“Everyone will find some key components that will benefit them for the rest of the season,” he said. “It is important for us to find bigger performance gains that we can use in the second half of the season. I have so much knowledge about the car that I didn’t have before. It’s all about the drivers helping the engineers point them in the direction they need to go. I think looking at the first race, where we are now, I wouldn’t say we went in the wrong direction.

“We went up and down a little bit. We handled some events better than others. But I like that we went to Sebring last week and found some good things (in the test) that we will use in Toronto. I’m not too scared there at all.”

Here are the details and IndyCar start times for the Honda Indy Toronto (all times are ET):

HONDA INDY TORONTO INDYCAR START TIMES

TV: Sunday, 3pm ET on Peacock Premium. The first exclusive IndyCar race on the Peacock will feature less than five minutes of commercial interruption throughout the race. (Click here for information on how to sign up for Peacock.)

Kevin Lee is the announcer with analysts Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe. Dave Burns and Dillon Welch are pit reporters. Click here for the complete NBC Sports schedule for IndyCar in 2022. SportsNet 360 will broadcast the race in Canada.

Peacock Premium will also be streamed for practice and qualifying. INDYCAR Live! it will also practice streaming and qualify for international viewers in select markets.

ENGINE START COMMAND: 3:23 PM ET

GREEN FLAG: 3:30 p.m. ET

PRACTICE: Friday, 2.30pm (Peacock Premium); Saturday, 10 a.m. (Pav Premium); Sunday, 10:55 (Peacock Premium)

QUALIFYING: Saturday, 14:00 (Peacock Premium)

RACE DISTANCE: The race is 85 laps (151.81 miles) on an 11-turn, 1.786-mile street course around Toronto’s Exhibition Place.

TIRE ALLOCATION: Seven sets of primary, four sets rotate for use during the race weekend. One additional set of primary tires may be used by teams fielding a rookie. Teams must use one set of primary and one set of new (sticker) spare tires for at least two laps of the race.

PUSH TO PASS: Two hundred seconds of total time with a maximum time of 20 seconds to activate. Push-to-pass is not available on the first start or restart unless it occurs in the last two laps or three minutes of a timed race. The feature increases engine power by approximately 60 horsepower. Indy Lights: 150 seconds total time with a maximum activation time of 15 seconds.

FORECAST: According to Wunderground.com, it’s expected to be 77 degrees with a 32% chance of rain at the green flag.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to view the 25 drivers competing in Toronto on Sunday.

HONDA INDY TORONTO PROGRAM FOR THE WEEKEND

(All times are Eastern)

Friday, July 15

8.00am: 2000 USF training

8:45 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 practice

9:25 a.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup practice

10:15 a.m.: NASCAR Pinty’s Series practice and qualifying

11:50 a.m.: Canadian Sports Car Championship practice

12:35: USF2000 Qualifying, Race 1

13:10: Porsche Carrera Cup practice

1.55pm: Indy Pro 2000 Qualifying, Race 1

14:30: NTT IndyCar practice (Peacock Premium)

4 p.m.: NASCAR Pinty’s Series race

Saturday, July 16

8:00 a.m.: 2000 USF Qualifying, Race 2

8:35 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000 Qualifying, Race 2

9:10 a.m.: Porsche Carrera Cup Qualifying, Race 1

10:00 a.m.: IndyCar practice (Peacock Premium)

11:15 a.m.: Canadian Sports Car Championship Qualifying

14:00: IndyCar Qualifying (Peacock Premium)

15:30: Porsche Carrera Cup, race 1

4:30 p.m.: Canadian Sports Car Championship, Race 1

Sunday, July 17

9:45 a.m.: USF2000, Race 2

10:55: IndyCar practice (Peacock Premium)

11:40 a.m.: Indy Pro 2000, Race 2

12:35 p.m.: Canadian Sports Car Championship, Race 2

13:30: Porsche Carrera Cup, race 2

2:40 p.m.: Introduction of IndyCar drivers

3:30 p.m.: Honda Indy Toronto, 85 laps/151.81 miles (Peacock Premium/SportsNet 360)

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