NASCAR Racing Schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and XFINITY Series travel to Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. All Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series practices, qualifying sessions and races will be televised on NBC Sports Live Extra as indicated.

NASCAR will debut a new aero race package at Indianapolis with increased downforce that is designed to add drag to the car and create a drafting effect that will increase opportunities for closer racing and lead changes. The new setup includes a 43-inch radiator pan (increased from 38 inches), a two-inch splitter leading edge, a one-inch wicker bill and a nine-inch spoiler (increased from six inches).

Qualifying will consist of two rounds with each driver posting a single timed lap. The qualifying order for the first round will be set by a random draw. NASCAR will release drivers at intervals to prevent a second vehicle from impeding or helping another vehicle.

There will be a 10-minute break between rounds. During this break, teams can make adjustments but will only be allowed to adjust tape and use a cool-down fan during the break.

The top 12 drivers from round one will advance to the second and final round. Positions 1-12 will be determined by the fastest laps in this final session.

The full schedule is listed below.

All times Eastern.

Friday, July 24:

On Track:

9-10:25 a.m.: Sprint Cup Series practice – NBC Sports Live Extra
11:30 a.m.-12:55 p.m.: XFINITY Series practice – NBC Sports Network
1-2:25 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series practice – NBC Sports Network
2:30-3:55 p.m.: XFINITY Series final practice – NBC Sports Network
4-5:55 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series final practice – NBC Sports Network

Press Conferences (Watch live at

8:15 a.m.: Jimmie Johnson
10:45 a.m.: Ty Dillon
11:15 a.m.: Joey Logano
2:45 p.m.: Jamie McMurray

Saturday, July 25:

On Track:

11:35 a.m.: XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying – NBC Sports Network
1:10 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying – NBC Sports Network
3:30 p.m.: XFINITY Series Lilly Diabetes 250 (100 laps, 250 miles) – NBC

Press Conferences (Watch live at

10 a.m.: Richard Petty Motorsports/Eckrich Announcement
10:30 a.m.: Kyle Busch
2:15 p.m. (approx.): Post-Sprint Cup Series qualifying press conferences
5:15 p.m. (approx.): Post-XFINITY Series race press conferences

Sunday, July 26:

On Track:

3:30 p.m.: Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents the Jeff Kyle 400 at the Brickyard (160 laps, 400 miles) – NBC Sports Network

Press Conferences (Watch live at

6:15 p.m. (approx.): Post-Sprint Cup Series race press conferences

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

Angela Campbell
A native of Charlotte, NC, Angela (Angie) was first introduced to racing by her father. An avid fan of NASCAR, she found a way to combine her love of racing with her passion for writing. Angie is also an award-winning member of the National Motorsports Press Association. Follow her on Twitter @angiecampbell_ for the latest NASCAR news and feature stories.

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