2022 IndyCar at PIR: watch, stream, preview, TV information for the Portland Grand Prix

There are seven drivers nonetheless mathematically in place to say the 2022 IndyCar Sequence title. Sunday’s race, nevertheless, will go a great distance in narrowing that down. 

Portland Worldwide Raceway will likely be a welcome website to defending sequence champion Alex Palou. Sitting fifth, the Spaniard jumpstarted his championship push by profitable right here in 2021, and he’ll doubtless must win once more to maintain himself within the dialog at Laguna Seca. Likewise Scott McLaughin and Pato O’Ward, who’re sitting sixth and seventh, respectively.

However the true race will likely be between the highest 4, that are separated by solely 17 factors. And it is a high 4 filled with expertise save for one driver, who does have one large bonafide. Will Energy leads the sector into the weekend, and the 2014 sequence champion is simply three factors forward of his Crew Penske teammate Josef Newgarden, a two-time champion (2017, 2019). Third sits six-time sequence champion Scott Dixon, and simply behind him is his Chip Ganassi teammate Marcus Ericsson, who’s in quest of his first sequence title however does have the 2022 Indianapolis 500 crown to his credit score.

If you’re retaining monitor of those kind of issues, that is three Penske drivers (Energy, Newgarden and McLaughlin) and three CGR drivers (Dixon, Ericsson and Palou) within the chase, with O’Ward of Arrow McLaren SP the outlier. It is also 4 Chevrolet-powered vehicles to a few Hondas.

Technique initially will likely be easy for all seven: Survive the Flip 1-2-3 chicane. 

It is going to be fascinating to see who will have the ability to mood their want with their discretion.

watch the IndyCar Portland Grand Prix

  • Date: Sunday, Sept. 4
  • Location: 1.964-mile (3.166-kilometer) oval, Portland Worldwide Raceway, Portland, Ore.
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBC
  • Stream: fuboTV (strive without spending a dime)

What to anticipate

The 12-turn highway course is famous for its troublesome Flip 1-2-3 chicane advanced on the finish of an extended entrance straight, the place too many vehicles sometimes attempt to match into an area that may’t accommodate all of them, main vehicles to go each which approach — together with over one another. The 2021 version noticed such a convergence, with Felix Rosenqvist giving a bit of faucet to then-teammate Scott Dixon, inflicting the pole-sitter to get a bit free and sending vehicles left, proper and just about in all places apart from the precise flip floor.

For a highway course, PIR can be comparatively flat. Apart from that opening chicane advanced, PIR is famous for Flip 7, one of many higher passing alternatives on the monitor on account of its high-braking zone that challenges drivers to maybe brake just a bit later to get the higher angle to execute the go. The ultimate three activates the course (10-11-12) aren’t as extreme or as advanced because the opening three, however negotiating it proper provides the motive force an important alternative to place the automotive for an important launch again down the entrance straight.

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