NASCAR Live Updates: Cup cars get their first road test at the Circuit of the Americas

NASCAR fans will get their first glimpse of a rule change package as the Cup Series visits its first street course of the season at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. New for 2023 the cars will have less downforce – to encourage more overtaking – and there will be no stage warnings, which should make for some interesting strategy calls.

Here’s what else you should know ahead of the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix:

Broadcast schedule for the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix

All times ET

Friday March 24th8pm-9pm: Exercise (FS1) – tape delay

Saturday March 25th11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Qualification (FS1, PRN, SiriusXM)

Sunday March 26th15:30-19:00: EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix (Fox, PRN, Sirius XM)

Details of the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix

Rail: Circuit of the Americas (3.4 miles, 20-turn road course)Length: 68 laps, 231.88 miles.Last year’s winners: Ross Chastain

Starting grid EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix

William Byron (24), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Tyler Reddick (45), 23XI Racing Toyota

Austin Cindric (2), Team Penske Ford

Jordan Taylor (9), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Daniel Suarez (99), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

Alex Bowman (48), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

AJ Allmendinger (16), Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

Erik Jones (43), Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet

Kyle Busch (8), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Noah Gragson (42), Chevrolet of the Legacy Motor Club

Bubba Wallace (23), 23XI Racing Toyota

Ross Chastain (1), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

Kyle Larson (5), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet

Christopher Bell (20), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Joey Logano (22), Team Penske Ford

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Harrison Burton (21), Wood Brothers Racing Ford

Ty Gibbs (54), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Ricky Stenhouse Jr (47), JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet

Chase Briscoe (14), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford

Michael McDowell (34), Front Row Motorsports Ford

Denny Hamlin (11), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Kimi Raikkonnen (91), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

Justin Haley (31), Kaulig Racing Chevrolet

Jenson Button (15), Rick Ware Racing Ford

Martin Truex Jr (19), Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota

Ryan Preece (41), Stewart Haas Racing Ford

Corey LaJoie (7), Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

Austin Dillon (3), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet

Kevin Harvick (4), Stewart Haas Racing Ford

Brad Keselowski (6), RFK Racing Ford

Jimmie Johnson (84), Chevrolet of the Legacy Motor Club

Chris Buescher (17), RFK Racing Ford

Josh Bilicki (78), Live Fast Motorsports Ford

Ty Dillon (77), Spire Motorsports Chevrolet

Conor Daly (50), TMT Racing Chevrolet

Todd Gilliland (38), Front Row Motorsports Ford

Cody Ware (51), Rick Ware Racing Ford

Ryan Blaney (12), Team Penske Ford

Aric Almirola (10), Stewart Haas Racing Ford

Top drivers and best bets for the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix

With Chevrolet dominating each of the first two races at COTA, it’s no surprise that five of the six drivers with a more than 10-to-1 odds of winning are driving Chevys. Kyle Larson, who finished second to teammate Chase Elliott in a rain-shortened first race there in 2021, is the favorite according to BetMGM.

Best odds

Kyle Larson +600

Kyle Busch +700

Ross Chastain +750

Tyler Reddick +900

AJ Allmendinger +1000

William Byron +1000

Yahoo Sports’ Nick Bromberg suggests finding good mid-range value in points leader Joey Logano, who has 19 career top 10 finishes on the road, including one win. Logano starts the weekend with +2500. If you’re really looking for a longshot, Bromberg points out that Justin Haley (+10000) has had two top 10 finishes on street courses in his career.

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List of participants for the EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix

Ross Chastain (1), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet Austin Cindric (2), Team Penske Ford Austin Dillon (3), Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Kevin Harvick (4), Stewart-Haas Racing Ford Kyle Larson (5), Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Brad Keselowski (6), RFK Racing FordCorey LaJoie (7), Spire Motorsports ChevroletKyle Busch (8), Richard Childress Racing ChevroletJordan Taylor (9), Hendrick Motorsports ChevroletAric Almirola (10), Stewart-Haas Racing FordDenny Hamlin (11), Joe Gibbs Racing ToyotaRyan Blaney (12), Team Penske FordChase Briscoe (14), Stewart-Haas Racing FordJ.J. Yeley (15), Rick Ware Racing FordA.J. Allmendinger (16), Kaulig Racing ChevroletChris Buescher (17), RFK Racing FordMartin Truex Jr. (19), Joe Gibbs Racing ToyotaChristopher Bell (20), Joe Gibbs Racing ToyotaHarrison Burton (21), Wood Brothers Racing FordJoey Logano (22), Team Penske FordBubba Wallace (23), 23XI Racing ToyotaWilliam Byron (24), Hendrick Motorsports ChevroletJustin Haley (31), Kaulig Racing ChevroletMichael McDowell (34), Front Row Motorsports FordTodd Gilliland (38), Front Row Motorsports FordRyan Preece (41), Stewart-Haas Racing FordNoah Gragson (42), Legacy Motor Club ChevroletErik Jones (43), Legacy Motor Club ChevroletTyler Reddick (45), 23XI Racing ToyotaRicky Stenhouse Jr. (47), JTG Daugherty Racing ChevroletAlex Bowman (48), Hendrick Motorsports ChevroletConor Daly (50), TMT Racing Chevrolet Cody Ware (51), Rick Ware Racing FordTy Gibbs (54), Joe Gibbs Racing ToyotaTy Dillon (77), Spire Motorsports ChevroletJosh Bilicki (78), Live Fast Motorsports FordJimmie Johnson (84), Legacy Motor Club Chevrolet Kimi Raikkonnen (91), Trackhouse Racing ChevroletDaniel Suarez (99), Trackhouse Racing Chevrolet

EchoPark Automotive Grand Prix Weather

Thunderstorms are forecast for Friday, which could ruin an important practice session for the Cup cars, but from then on it should be clear and cool on Saturday and Sunday. That prognosis, along with the road course rule changes mentioned above, should make for convincing battles across the field for Sunday’s race.

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