The IndyCar motor racing series starts off its 2013 season this weekend with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. According to IndyCar, 2012 drivers' champion, Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport, led the pack for Practice 1 on Friday with a lap time of 1:02.4534. When and where can IndyCar fans catch the race on television this weekend?
NBC SPORTS will broadcast the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg live from noon to 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday, March 24.
Those interested in watching live qualifying can tune in to NBC SPORTS on Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern.
This year, fans of open-wheel racing can turn to NBC SPORTS for coverage of two major series -- the network has scheduled coverage not only of IndyCar, but also of the 2013 season of Formula 1, taking over major coverage of the latter series from SPEED.
Last year's IndyCar drivers' champion was Ryan Hunter-Reay of Andretti Autosport and the Manufacturer's Cup went to Chevrolet. The Indianapolis 500 winner was Dario Franchitti of Chip Ganassi Racing, and the Rookie of the Year was French driver, Simon Pagenaud of Sam Schmidt Motorsports.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. is a motor racing enthusiast and the author of several books. With Irish historic racer, Dr. John R. T. Monson of Rochester, she is writing a book about the sport.