IndyCar 2022 at WWT Raceway: How to Watch, Stream, Preview & TV Info for the Portland Grand Prix

There are seven drivers who are still mathematically in position to claim the 2022 IndyCar Series title. Sunday’s race, however, will go a long way toward narrowing that down.

Portland International Raceway will be a welcome site for defending series champion Alex Palou. Sitting fifth, the Spaniard fueled his championship push by winning here in 2021, and he will likely need to win again to stay in the conversation at Laguna Seca. Also Scott McLaughin and Pato O’Ward, who are sixth and seventh, respectively.

But the real race will be between the top four, who are separated by just 17 points. And they are the first four full of experience, except for one pilot, who has great good faith. Will Power leads the field into the weekend, with the 2014 series champion just three points ahead of his Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden, a two-time champion (2017, 2019). In third place is six-time series champion Scott Dixon, and right behind him is his Chip Ganassi teammate Marcus Ericsson, who is in search of his first series title but has the crown of the 2022 Indianapolis 500 under his belt.

If you’re following this sort of thing, it’s three Penske drivers (Power, Newgarden and McLaughlin) and three CGR drivers (Dixon, Ericsson and Palou) in hot pursuit, with Arrow McLaren SP’s O’Ward the outlier. That’s also four Chevrolet-powered cars for three Hondas.

The strategy at the beginning will be simple for the seven: survive the chicane of the curve 1-2-3.

It will be interesting to see who will be able to temper his desire with his discretion.

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How to watch the IndyCar Portland Grand Prix

  • Date: Sunday, September 4
  • Location: 1,964-mile (3,166-kilometre) oval, Portland International Raceway, Portland, Oregon.
  • Weather: 3 p.m. ET
  • TV: NBC
  • Stream: fuboTV (try for free)

what to expect

The 12-turn road course is notable for its tricky complex of 1-2-3 turn chicanes at the end of a long front straight, where too many cars generally try to fit into a space that can’t accommodate all of them, leading cars to go in every way, even one over the other. The 2021 edition saw such a convergence, with Felix Rosenqvist giving then-teammate Scott Dixon a little touch, causing the polesitter to loosen up a bit and send cars left, right and pretty much everywhere. parts except to the actual turning surface.

For a road course, the PIR is also relatively flat. Aside from that complex opening chicane, PIR is notable for turn 7, one of the best overtaking opportunities on the track due to its high braking zone that challenges drivers to brake perhaps a bit later to get the best angle to execute the overtaking. The last three corners on the course (10-11-12) aren’t as severe or complex as the opening three, but negotiating them well gives the driver a great opportunity to position the car for a big throw back down the main straight. .

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