Circuit of the Americas, the beautiful.
For the first time in NASCAR history, drivers will start their engines at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Sunday. While Formula 1 and Indy Car drivers are used to racing the circuit, this is the first time that NASCAR drivers will take to the road course, one of seven on the slate this year.
Unfortunately, though, there may be a question of whether the weather will get in the way of the race: As it stands, there will be some drizzles, but nothing that drivers can’t handle.
Sunday morning qualifying led the way for Tyler Reddick to take pole position into the afternoon, making the first pole win of his career.
Sporting News will track highlights, updates and more from Sunday’s race below.
All times Eastern.
NASCAR at COTA live updates, highlights from EchoPark Texas Grand Prix
2:55 p.m.: Rain comes down, and lots of drivers coming in for rain tires.
2:52 p.m.: Green flag, and we’re off in Texas. Austin Cindric out to an early lead.
2:48 p.m.: Lots of teams coming in to switch their tires from wets to slicks early on, just as rain starts to fall. Tough decisions to make up and down pit road.
2:41 p.m.: NASCAR deemed this a wet-weather race, so everyone starts on their rain tires. They’ll have an opportunity to change to slicks on their second pass through pit road.
2:24 p.m.: Expecting a wet track today for NASCAR’s first foray into Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Rain is in the forecast for the rest of the day.
NASCAR start time today
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Circuit of the Americas, a road course about 15 miles southeast of Austin, Texas, is scheduled to wave after 2:30 p.m. ET.
Drivers may find themselves racing in difficult weather conditions. The National Weather Service forecast for the Austin area calls for afternoon showers and thunderstorms and a high temperature in the upper 70s. The weather service says there is a 70 percent chance of precipitation.
NASCAR starting lineup at COTA
Here is the complete qualifying order for the EchoPark Texas GrandPrix after Sunday morning’s qualifying:
|Start pos.||Driver||Car No.||Time||Team|
|1||Tyler Reddick||8||2:12.911||Richard Childress Racing|
|2||Kyle Larson||5||2:13.011||Hendrick Motorsports|
|3||Austin Cindric||33||2:13.697||Team Penske|
|4||Kyle Busch||18||2:13.708||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||William Byron||24||2:13.760||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||Joey Logano||22||2:13.791||Team Penske|
|7||A.J. Allmendinger||16||2:13.842||Kaulig Racing|
|8||Chase Elliott||9||2:14.117||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9||Ryan Blaney||12||2:14.518||Team Penske|
|10||Christopher Bell||20||2:14.548||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|11||Kevin Harvick||4||2:14.792||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|12||Alex Bowman||48||2:14.894||Hendrick Motorsports|
|13||Kurt Busch||1||2:14.708||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|14||Cole Custer||41||2:15.025||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|15||Daniel Suarez||99||2:15.118||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|16||Austin Dillon||3||2:15.325||Richard Childress Racing|
|17||Martin Truex Jr.||17||2:15.375||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|18||Bubba Wallace||23||2:15.416||23XI Racing|
|19||Denny Hamlin||11||2:15.528||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|20||Ross Chastain||42||2:15.685||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|21||Matt DiBenedetto||21||2:15.852||Wood Brothers Racing|
|22||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||2:15.852||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|23||Michael McDowell||34||2:15.902||Front Row Motorsports|
|24||Brad Keselowski||2||2:15.929||Team Penske|
|25||Corey LaJoie||7||2:16.245||Spire Motorsports|
|26||Aric Almirola||10||2:16.558||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|27||Chase Briscoe||14||2:16.686||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|28||Chris Buescher||17||2:16.728||Roush Fenway Racing|
|29||Erik Jones||43||2:17.032||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|30||Justin Haley||77||2:17.051||Spire Motorsports|
|31||Josh Bilicki||52||2:17.246||Rick Ware Racing|
|32||James Davison||15||2:17.563||Rick Ware Racing|
|33||Ty Dillon||96||2:17.682||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|34||Ryan Newman||6||2:18.067||Roush Fenway Racing|
|35||Cody Ware||51||2:18.194||Petty Ware Racing|
|36||Ryan Preece||37||2:18.252||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|37||Anthony Alfredo||38||2:18.701||Front Row Motorsports|
|38||Garrett Smithley||53||2:18.804||Rick Ware Racing|
|39||Kyle Tilley||78||2:20.361||Live Fast Motorsports|
|40||Quin Houff||00||2:20.985||StarCom Racing|