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Thursday, July 28th, 2016
NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS 50-PLUS HOURS OF MOTORSPORTS COVERAGE THIS WEEK, INCLUDING INDYCAR AT MID-OHIO & F1 GERMAN GRAND PRIX
IndyCar Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio – Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on CNBC, Encore at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Formula One German Grand Prix – Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN
Red Bull Global RallyCross – Washington D.C. – Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC
NBCSN Races Into Pocono With NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing Sunday at 1 p.m. ET
NBCSN Posts Most-Watched Telecast Ever with NASCAR Sprint Cup Race From The Brickyard
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 28, 2016 – NBC Sports Group presents more than 50 hours of motorsports coverage across NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, including live coverage of the IndyCar Honda 200 at Mid-Ohio on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on CNBC, and the F1 German Grand Prix on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
In addition to this weekend’s F1 and IndyCar races, coverage also features Red Bull Global RallyCross action from Washington D.C. on Saturday on NBC, and NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series racing from Pocono and Iowa on NBCSN on Saturday and Sunday.
INDYCAR HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO – SUNDAY AT 2 P.M. ET ON CNBC
NBC Sports Group continues its exclusive cable coverage of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend with live comprehensive coverage from Mid-Ohio, as Will Power (Penske) continues his pursuit of teammate Simon Pagenaud atop the championship standings. Pagenaud sits in first place with 432 points, 47 points ahead of Power, who has won three of the past four races, including the Honda Indy Toronto event on July 17.
Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi) has been dominant at Mid-Ohio in the past decade, recording five wins since 2007. Ohio native Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan) took the checkered flag at his home race last season.
Coverage begins on NBCSN with practice on Friday at 2 p.m. ET, and continues Saturday with live qualifying at 2 p.m. ET. CNBC presents live race coverage on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, and NBCSN will air an encore presentation Sunday at 5 p.m. ET, immediately following live NASCAR Sprint Cup coverage from Pocono.
Brian Till (play-by-play) will call the action alongside analysts and drivers Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell. Reporters Jon Beekhuis, Katie Hargitt, Robin Miller and Kevin Lee will report from the pits.
F1 GERMAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 7:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN
The Formula One season drives into Germany this Sunday on NBCSN with a new points leader, as Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) now sits atop the drivers’ championship for the first time in 2016 following a dominant win in Hungary on Sunday. Hamilton passed teammate and rival Nico Rosberg on the first lap of the race and never looked back. The win marked Hamilton’s fifth career Hungarian Grand Prix victory and his fifth win in the last six races overall. Hamilton (192 points) now holds a six-point lead over Rosberg (186 points), followed by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo (115 points). Hamilton is a two-time winner of the German Grand Prix (2011 and 2008), while Rosberg won the most recent running of the event in 2014 at Hockenheimring.
Coverage begins Friday on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app at 4 a.m. ET with Practice 1, followed by Practice 2 at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream coverage of Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET, prior to NBCSN’s live coverage of qualifying at 8 a.m. ET. Live race coverage from Hockenheimring begins Sunday at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the German Grand Prix on Sunday evening at 8 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports Group’s lead F1 broadcast team of Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett will call the action. F1 insider Will Buxton will report on-site from Germany.
NBCSN will also air a brand new episode of Off The Grid on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. ET, immediately following German GP qualifying. Off The Grid takes fans off the track and into sights and sounds of the culture that surrounds motorsports. Hosted by Will Buxton and producer Jason Swales, this week’s episode visits Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix. Click here for a preview.
RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS – WASHINGTON D.C. – SATURDAY AT 2 P.M. ET ON NBC
NBC Sports continues its coverage of the 2016 Red Bull Global RallyCross Championship this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC from Washington D.C. Defending season champion Scott Speed (Volkswagen Andretti) took the win at MCAS New River on July 3 to mark his eighth career victory in Red Bull Global RallyCross. Speed now sits in third place in the driver championship standings with 279 points, trailing Steve Arpin (Chip Ganassi; 286 points) and series leader Tanner Foust (Volkswagen Andretti; 295 points).
Toby Moody handles the play-by-play for this weekend’s event alongside analyst Townsend Bell and reporter Kristen Kenney.
NBCSN RACES INTO POCONO WITH NASCAR SPRINT CUP RACING SUNDAY AT 1 P.M. ET
NBC Sports enters its fifth weekend of the 2016 NASCAR season with momentum, coming off of the most-watched race in NBCSN’s history and consecutive weeks of increased viewership on TV and via the NBC Sports app. This weekend’s racing features dual coverage from Pocono Raceway’s “Tricky Triangle” and Iowa Speedway, “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet.” NBCSN presents XFINITY Series racing under the lights from Iowa Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by Sprint Cup racing from Pocono Raceway Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET.
NBCSN’s Sunday presentation of NASCAR Sprint Cup racing from Indianapolis Motor Speedway averaged 5.2 million viewers and delivered a 3.1 HH rating, marking several consumption milestones, including NBCSN’s most-watched and highest-rated telecast on record. Click here for more info on this weekend’s races.
Following is this week’s motorsports coverage schedule on NBC and NBCSN:
|Thur., July 28||NASCAR America||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., July 29||F1 German Grand Prix – Practice 1||4 a.m.||Streaming|
|F1 German Grand Prix – Practice 2||8 a.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice – Pocono||11 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Indianapolis (Encore)||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|IndyCar Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio – Practice||2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Pocono||4 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice – Iowa||5 p.m.||Streaming|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice – Iowa||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice – Iowa (Encore)||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Final Practice – Iowa||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice – Pocono (Encore)||8:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Pocono (Encore)||10 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., July 30||F1 German Grand Prix – Practice 3||5 a.m.||Streaming|
|F1 German Grand Prix – Qualifying||8 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Off The Grid – Montreal||9:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Whelen Modified – New Hampshire (Encore)||10:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Pocono||11 a.m.||NBCSN|
|IndyCar Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio – Qualifying||2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying – Iowa||4 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Pocono (Encore)||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Countdown To Green||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing From Iowa||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., July 31||GP2 – Germany||6 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Countdown||7 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 German Grand Prix||7:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Extra||10 a.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Pocono (Encore)||10:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America Sunday||12 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Countdown To Green||1 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Racing From Pocono||1:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|IndyCar Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio||2 p.m.||CNBC|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Post-Race||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|IndyCar Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Encore)||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 German Grand Prix (Encore)||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Victory Lap||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
MOTORSPORTS ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP: NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide live streaming coverage of this weekend’s motorsports content via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
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