The Search for Lane 2 the Big Story for Saturday at Texas

Good morning from Texas Motor Speedway

Today’s Schedule All Times Central:

9:45 AM-9:50 AM- Two Stage Pit Limiter Practice

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM               NTT INDYCAR SERIES PRACTICE 1-Peacock
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM               NTT INDYCAR SERIES QUALIFYING-Peacock
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM               DRIVER AUTOGRAPH SESSION (INDYCAR Display on Fan Zone)
4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

4:45 PM-5:45 PM
               NTT INDYCAR SERIES PRACTICE to Rubber in high groove (7 cars)-Rahal, Power, Sato, O’Ward, Rosenqvist, Castroneves, Carpenter


Temperature is predicted to be 55 degrees for the first practice, 69 degrees for qualifying and 75 degrees for the final practice.

The added practice is a last ditch effort to make the track racier and possibly kept Texas on the schedule. The slippery upper groove in the turns has limited passing opportunities the last two years. Will any one even try the top side in the final practice, or will no one want to risk possibly missing Sunday’s race?

Qualifying well could be important to success in the race if the passing lane isn’t there. Watch where cars go in Practice 1 and see if their lines change in the afternoon practice.

TMS- A Huge Place

Yesterday wqas my first time at Texas motor Speedway. This track has a massive footprint. The track is pretty much enclosed. there are two ten story buildings in each oif the first two turns. The grandstands which run the length of the front stretch look to be at least seven stories tall. Advertising billboards and a very large video board surround the rest of the outer walls.

This photo of the backstretch video board was taken from the pits.

The scoring pylon is unusual for a track this size with positions 1-20.

This photo of the backstretch video board was taken from the pits.

Several cars were out in the paddock area as I walked through.

Alexander Rossi
Colton Herta
Felix Rosenqvist

I hope to explore the track more today. It will be an interesting day.

I’ll be back with reports after each session, including the added session.