2019 IndyCar Classic
The 2019 IndyCar Classic season continues with the IndyCar Classic. Here’s how to watch IndyCar online and on TV from Circuit of the Americas.
The NTT IndyCar Series starts a new chapter this week, so find out how to watch IndyCar online or live today, as the 2019 IndyCar season launches the first 2019 IndyCar Classic.
Sunday’s event replaces the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix on the schedule and brings America’s open-wheel racing series to a venue that’s better known for almost a decade of Formula One. Circuit of the Americas has hosted F1 and other kinds of racing, but it’s never seen competition as intense as this.
Plus, this will be the debut race for San Antonio native Patricio O’Ward, an Indy Lights champion who’s been a highly touted prospect yet had a difficult offseason. O’Ward has moved himself from Harding Racing to Carlin, and all eyes will be on him in his first event. But he’s not the only one to watch, because everyone in this field has something to fight for.
Who’s going to be the one to claim the inaugural IndyCar Classic victory? Who can gain some valuable points as they chase down current championship leader Josef Newgarden? Who will struggle and dig into an even deeper hole trying to get that title? This may only be the second race of the 2019 IndyCar season, but there’s already a lot on the line.
How do you watch IndyCar online and/or on TV live? Here’s how you can watch the IndyCar Classic live, on TV or via live stream:
Date: Sunday, March 24
Start Time: 1 p.m. ET
Race: 2019 IndyCar Classic
TV Channel: NBCSN
Live Stream: Stream 1 | Stream 2 | Stream 3
The 2019 IndyCar Classic makes history in the 2019 IndyCar season. Here’s what to watch for when the NTT IndyCar Series is at Circuit of the Americas.
This weekend is huge for the NTT IndyCar Series, because the IndyCar Classic is actually brand new: it’s the first time the series has ever raced at Texas’ famed Circuit of the Americas. So who will be the first winner?
Circuit of the Americas, or COTA, is one of two new tracks in the 2019 IndyCar season. The Austin venue replaced the Phoenix Grand Prix, which was removed from the schedule after a brief return from 2015-18. Unlike Phoenix, though, the series has never run here before.
That opens up a whole new can of worms for drivers. Aside from some preseason testing, this is new territory for them and testing doesn’t really compare to actual racing. Who learned the most in spring training, and who can get up to speed (literally and metaphorically) the fastest now?
And what will this event do to prove that it deserves its spot on the schedule? It’s not just about the race results—fans and management alike will be watching this event in hopes that COTA will become a fixture in the league for years to come.
What should IndyCar fans be watching for on Sunday? Let’s break the race down in our IndyCar Classic preview:
ONE THING TO KNOW about 2019 IndyCar :
Circuit of the Americas ownership raised the stakes on Friday by offering an extra $100,000 if a driver can win the pole award and the race itself. Now, given the high level of competition in IndyCar, that’s highly unlikely to happen. But it does make things a little more interesting; it’s the kind of quirk that you’d be more likely to see in NASCAR, not here.
THREE DRIVERS TO WATCH:
Bourdais had an awful start to the 2019 season in St. Petersburg, as an engine failure caused him to finish dead last. It goes without saying he’ll want a win in Austin to claw back some of those championship points he missed out on. But Bourdais is also one of the most tenured drivers, and always finds a way to sneak into the fray, too. It would not be a surprise if he challenged, or even won this race.
The former Indy Lights champion is from San Antonio, so this is as close to a home race as he’s going to get. It’s also his debut with Carlin, after a crazy offseason that saw him be released from his contract with Harding Racing. The consensus is that they lost a very fast driver, so everyone will be looking to see if O’Ward delivers on his potential and is able to make lemonade from those offseason lemons.
Jones was another victim of circumstance at St. Petersburg; he had a steering issue that led his No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing car to go straight into a wall. Jones fractured a finger in the wreck, so that may or may not affect his driving (remember Josef Newgarden won a race with an even worse injured hand in 2016). But in general, this is the driver who should have been Indy 500 Rookie of the Year two years ago; it’d be fantastic to watch him return to that form and take Ed Carpenter Racing along with him.