Grand Prix of Houston 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 4, 2013

SONOMA, CA - AUGUST 23:  Helio Castroneves of Brazil, driver of the #3 Team Penske Chevrolet Dallara, in the pits during practice for the IndyCar Series GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at the Sonoma Raceway on August 23, 2013 in Sonoma, California.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
Robert Laberge/Getty Images

The Grand Prix of Houston, consisting of 12 races in 2013, has returned.

Based in Reliant Park, the 2013 Grand Prix of Houston has been selected to host two IZOD IndyCar Series races slated for Saturday and Sunday.

Helio Castroneves currently leads the IndyCar Series with 501 points, ahead of Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud by 49 points and 70 points, respectively. The Brazilian won the Firestone 550 at Texas in June. He has posted six top-five finishes and 15 top-10 finishes on the year.

Here's a look at the schedule, lineup of races and drivers to watch for the showcase in Houston.

Where: Reliant Park, Houston, TX

When: Oct. 4-6

Watch: NBC Sports

Broadcast Schedule

IndyCar Race #1Saturday, Oct. 52 p.m. CT, 3 p.m. ETNBC Sports
IndyCar Race #2Sunday, Oct. 612 p.m. CT, 1 p.m. ETNBC Sports

Lineup of Races

RaceDateTime (CT)
Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Race #1Saturday, Oct. 59:25 a.m. -10:25 a.m.
Pro Mazda Championship Race #1Saturday, Oct. 511:35 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
Firestone Indy Lights RaceSaturday, Oct. 512:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
IZOD IndyCar Series Race #1Saturday, Oct. 52:40 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Pirelli World Challenge TC/TCB Race #1Saturday, Oct. 55:15 p.m. - 5:40 p.m. 
Pirelli World Challenge TC/TCB Race #2Saturday, Oct. 55:55 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Pro Mazda Championship Race #2Sunday, Oct. 67:45 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Race #2Sunday, Oct. 69:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTS RaceSunday, Oct. 610:45 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
IZOD IndyCar Series Race #2Sunday, Oct. 612:40 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Champions Race for CharitySunday, Oct. 63:10 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
Playboy Mazda MX-5 CupSunday, Oct. 64 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Drivers to Watch

Helio Castroneves

LONG POND, PA - JULY 6 : Helio Castroneves of Brazil, driver of the #3 Hitachi Team Penske stands on the grid during qualifying for the Pocono INDYCAR 400 at Pocono Raceway on July 5, 2013 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images
Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Helio Castroneves has been a model of consistency in 2013, which has seen him build a 49-point lead in the IndyCar standings. 

But the fact that he only has one win in 2013 has some thinking that drivers like Scott Dixon will eventually overtake the 38-year-old.

Castroneves has two second-place finishes since his win at the Firestone 550 at Texas, coming close at the Milwaukee IndyFest and Race 2 of the Honda Indy Toronto. He has matched his career high for top-10 finishes in a year. 

The Brazilian was second in the IndyCar standings in 2008 and placed fourth last year. 

Scott Dixon

Jul 12, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon during practice for the Honda Indy Toronto through the streets of downtown Toronto. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Dixon has three wins, seven top-five finishes and nine top-10 finishes this year. That includes winning the IndyCar Series at Pocono and both races at the Honda Indy Toronto in July.

On the other hand, the 33-year-old has placed 15th and 19th in his last two starts. He led for 27 laps at the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma before falling to 15th.

This is a big opportunity for Dixon to gain on Castroneves, but he's going to have to race better than he has since the Honda Indy Toronto. He has finished in the top three of the IndyCar standings in each of the last seven years, including his crowning year in 2008.

Simon Pagenaud

BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 01:  Simon Pagenaud, of France, driver of the #77 Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports Honda Dallara waves to fans before the Grand Prix of Baltimore on September 1, 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)
Brian Cleary/Getty Images

Simon Pagenaud has vaulted up the standings since July, placing second at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, fifth at the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma and first at the Grand Prix of Baltimore.

The 29-year-old Frenchman also won Race 2 of the Indy Dual in Detroit in June. He has two wins, four top-five finishes and 11 top-10 finishes since placing fifth in the IndyCar standings last year.

Pagenaud's recent performance has some thinking he will make it more than a two-man race by the season finale at Auto Club Speedway. He's certainly raised some eyebrows around the tracks lately.

IndyCar Standings
1Helio Castroneves501--
2Scott Dixon45249
3Simon Pagenaud43170
4Marco Andretti43071
5Ryan Hunter-Reay42774
6Justin Wilson393108
7Dario Franchitti388113
8James Hinchcliffe376125
9Will Power371130
10Charlie Kimball363138


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