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Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
INDYCAR GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH HIGHLIGHTS MOTORSPORTS EVENT TRIPLEHEADER ON NBCSN THIS WEEK
IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach – Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET
Formula One Chinese Grand Prix – Sunday Morning at 1:30 a.m. ET/Saturday at 10:30 p.m. PT
Nearly 15 Hours of Mecum Auctions Coverage From Houston, Beginning Thursday at Noon ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 13, 2016 – NBCSN presents a tripleheader of motorsports event coverage this weekend, highlighted by live coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Grand Prix of Long Beach this Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET.
NBCSN also continues its coverage of the 2016 Formula One season with comprehensive coverage of the F1 Chinese Grand Prix, culminating in live race coverage Sunday at 1:30 a.m. ET/Saturday at 10:30 p.m. PT.
In addition, NBCSN will provide nearly 15 hours of Mecum Auctions coverage from its event in Houston, Texas, beginning tomorrow with five hours of live coverage at Noon ET.
NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will provide comprehensive streaming coverage of this week’s IndyCar, F1 and Mecum Auctions telecasts via “TV Everywhere.”
INDYCAR GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH – SUNDAY AT 4 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN presents the 42nd running of the Grand Prix of Long Beach this Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET, as Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) looks to build off of his victory at Phoenix International Raceway two weekends ago. Dixon took the checkered flag in Long Beach last year, his first Grand Prix of Long Beach victory. Simon Pagenaud (Penske) currently leads the point standings following back-to-back second-place finishes to start the 2016 campaign. Coverage begins with qualifying on Saturday at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN, prior to Sunday’s live grand prix coverage.
Rick Allen, who serves as NBC Sports Group’s lead NASCAR play-by-play announcer, will handle the play-by-play duties for this week’s Grand Prix of Long Beach, filling in for lead IndyCar and F1 announcer Leigh Diffey, who will call the F1 Chinese Grand Prix. Allen will be joined by four-time Grand Prix of Long Beach champion and analyst Paul Tracy, as well as driver and analyst Townsend Bell, who recently announced he will be driving in this year’s 100th Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport.
Marty Snider, Robin Miller, Kevin Lee, and Katie Hargitt will handle coverage in the pits in Long Beach.
FORMULA ONE CHINESE GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 1:30 A.M. ET/SATURDAY AT 10:30 P.M. PT ON NBCSN
Coverage of the F1 season continues on NBCSN this Sunday at 1:30 a.m. ET/Saturday at 10:30 p.m. PT with the Chinese Grand Prix, as Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) looks for his sixth consecutive victory. Rosberg won the final three races of the 2015 campaign, and ran away with the Bahrain Grand Prix for his second straight win in 2016. For the second consecutive week, the Haas F1 team turned in a strong performance, as Romain Grosjean finished in fifth place.
Live coverage begins exclusively on NBC Sports Live Extra on Thursday at 10 p.m. ET with Practice 1, followed by NBCSN’s live coverage of Practice 2 on Friday at 2 a.m. ET/Thursday at 11 p.m. PT. Live Extra’s coverage continues Saturday at 12 a.m. ET/Friday at 9 p.m. PT with Practice 3, followed by live qualifying at 3 a.m. ET/12 a.m. PT. Live Chinese Grand Prix coverage begins Sunday morning at 1:30 a.m. ET/Saturday at 10:30 p.m. PT.
Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call this weekend’s action, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Shanghai International Circuit in China.
MECUM AUCTIONS: HOUSTON – COVERAGE BEGINS TOMORROW AT NOON ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN will present nearly 15 hours of Mecum Auctions coverage from its event in Houston, Texas, beginning tomorrow with a live six-hour block at noon ET. An estimated 1,000 vehicles will cross the auction block this weekend, including a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Tanker, a pair of Shelby GT500s, and a Ford Mustang Boss 429.
Scott Hoke will host NBCSN’s Mecum Auctions coverage on-site at Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, alongside analysts John Kraman, Stephen Cox, and Bill Stephens. Mecum Auctions is led by Dana Mecum, Founder and President of Mecum Auctions for the past 28 years.
Following is this week’s motorsports coverage schedule on NBCSN:
|Thurs., April 14||Mecum Auctions – Houston||NBCSN||12 p.m.|
|F1 Chinese Grand Prix – Practice 1||NBC Sports Live Extra||10 p.m.|
|Fri., April 15||F1 Chinese Grand Prix – Practice 2||NBCSN||2 a.m.|
|Mecum Auctions – Houston||NBCSN||12 p.m.|
|F1 Chinese Grand Prix – Practice 3||NBC Sports Live Extra||11 p.m.|
|Sat., April 16||F1 Chinese Grand Prix – Qualifying||NBCSN||3 a.m.|
|Mecum Auctions – Houston||NBCSN||2:30 p.m.|
|IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach – Qualifying||NBCSN||6 p.m.|
|Sun., April 17||F1 Chinese Grand Prix||NBCSN||1:30 a.m.|
|F1 Chinese Grand Prix (Encore)||NBCSN||2 p.m.|
|IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach||NBCSN||4:30 p.m.|
NBC SPORTS GROUP STREAMING, DIGITAL AND SOCIAL CONTENT
NBC Sports Group will provide comprehensive streaming and digital coverage surrounding its motorsports properties via NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – and NASCAR Talk and MotorSportsTalk, NBC Sports Group’s digital home for the latest motorsports news.
NBC Sports Live Extra will provide season-long live streaming coverage of all Formula One practices, qualifying sessions and Grands Prix, including exclusive coverage of practices that will not air on NBC or NBCSN. Live Extra will stream all live NASCAR and IndyCar content that will air on NBC and NBCSN (race coverage and some practice and qualifying). In addition, Live Extra will provide streaming coverage of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and Red Bull Global RallyCross series.
NASCAR TALK: NASCAR TALK provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date NASCAR coverage, including Sprint Cup, XFINITY, and Camping World Truck Series. The site also promotes videos from NBCSN’s NASCAR AMERICA. Fans can follow @NASCARTalkNBC on Twitter.
MOTORSPORTSTALK: MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) on NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on Formula One, the Verizon IndyCar Series, and other open-wheel and off-road racing from around the world. The site also serves as the destination for all news, analysis and video from NBC and NBCSN productions of IndyCar and F1, including contributions from on-air commentators.
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