Where to Watch IndyCar, NASCAR, and IMSA This Weekend (May 15th, 2022)
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IndyCar – Indianapolis Road Course
Saturday, May 14th – 3:00 pm ET – NBC
At some point, this pattern is going to become worrying for Honda. Chevrolet has won each of the season’s first four IndyCar races, with three of those wins coming from GM’s anchor program Team Penske. Their hopes of breaking up that pattern in today’s Indianapolis GP are more slim than usual, as five of the top six in qualifying use Chevrolet power.
As with most of the season, the lone Honda standout in that group is Alex Palou. The reigning champion is the points leader despite missing out on a win last time out at Barber Motorsports Park. He’s also starting second today, a strong position to fight for his first win of the season. With the Indianapolis 500 just two weeks away, a win for Honda and Ganassi would be more than a little encouraging to the other auto maker participating in IndyCar.
NASCAR – Kansas Speedway
Sunday, May 15th – 3:00 pm ET – Fox Sports 1
Despite the Next Gen car’s best efforts, theme of this Cup Series season seems to be how much contact is acceptable on the last lap of a race. Races on road courses, dirt tracks, and big ovals have already been won by intentional contact, and at Darlington Joey Logano did not pretend for a second that his bumper-to-bumper contact with leader William Byron was anything but an intentional choice in response to Byron’s earlier block. Byron couldn’t keep in front of Logano after the hit, so Logano went on to win the race.
Such things border on acceptable at slower and more technical intermediates like Darlington. If the same thing happens at Kansas, a much faster intermediate, the safety concern is much larger. Hopefully, drivers can contain themselves on closing laps as the Cup Series starts a three-weekend stretch of races at these mile-and-a-half “cookie cutter” ovals.
IMSA – Mid-Ohio
Sunday, May 15th – 2:00 pm ET – USA
IMSA’s back at Mid-Ohio, but it comes to the classic natural terrain course with an odd twist: While all of DPi, LMP2, LMP3, and the pro-am GTD class are here, GTD Pro is not. Yes, the GT field that now operates under the same regulations in both classes is divided in half for the weekend by scheduling.
That means Corvette, Pfaff’s Porsche, and Rahal-Letterman Lanigan’s factory-backed BMW are not here. Don’t think this race won’t be worth watching just because those headliners are missing, though; the pro-am GTD class still has some 11 cars from eight manufacturers.
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