Wednesday, April 11th, 2012


Qualifying coverage - Saturday at 6 p.m. ET New Episode of IndyCar 36 featuring Graham Rahal - Sunday at 3 p.m. ET Race coverage – Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET Firestone Indy Lights Race - Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m. ET “Long Beach is the longest running and most prestigious street race in the country.” – NBC Sports Network’s Bob Jenkins

NEW YORK- April 11, 2012— TheNBC Sports Network’s coverage of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series continues this weekend with live event coverage of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET, preceded by a new episode of IndyCar 36 featuring Graham Rahal at 3 p.m. ET. On Saturday, NBC Sports Network will air qualifying coverage at 6 p.m. ET. Additionally, a one-hour telecast of the Firestone Indy Lights race will air on Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m. ET.


BOB JENKINS ON THIS WEEK’S RACE: “Long Beach is the longest running and most prestigious street race in the country. Every driver wants to win on the oval at Indianapolis, and on the street course in Long Beach.  Organizers and promoters of the event have made the city of Long Beach synonymous with exciting and highly entertaining racing.”


INDYCAR 36: The NBC Sports Network will offer motorsports fans a second episode of the all-access series IndyCar 36 featuring Graham Rahal, this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. Rahal became the youngest winner in major open-wheel racing history when he took home a victory at St. Petersburg in 2008. He comes from a strong racing pedigree as his father is 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal.


The NBC Sports Network original series is produced by IMS Productions and gives viewers an all-access pass into the life of a world-class driver in the middle of race season. The cameras will follow a driver for 36 hours during a race weekend providing a behind-the-scenes look at the on- and off-track activities of the stars of the IndyCar Series. The all-access 36 series also includes NHL 36, which debuted in December, and Fight Night 36 that debuted last month.


FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS: NBC Sports Network will air a one-hour telecast of Firestone Indy Lights coverage on Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m. ET, with coverage of the race from Long Beach. Firestone Indy Lights is the premier ladder series for drivers and teams striving to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. Primarily run in conjunction with the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Firestone Indy Lights schedule features races on road courses/street circuits and ovals, including the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.


COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Network’s booth is helmed by Bob Jenkins (lead race announcer), Jon Beekhuis (analyst) and Wally Dallenbach, Jr. (analyst).


REPORTERS: Veterans Marty Snider and Kevin Lee serve as pit reporters along with current IndyCar driver Townsend Bell. Robin Miller is the NBC Sports Network’s IndyCar reporter.


NBC SPORTS NETWORK’S WEEKEND COVERAGE (subject to change, all times ET):


DATE                         COVERAGE                                                            TIME

Sat., April 14               IndyCar Qualifying                                        6 p.m.

Sun., April 15              IndyCar 36 featuring Graham Rahal              3 p.m.

Sun., April 15              Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach                 3:30 p.m.

Mon., April 16            Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (re-airs)    7 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Thurs. April 19            Firestone Indy Lights                                     5 p.m.



(subject to change, all times ET):


DATE                         RACE                                                            LOCATION                          TIME

April 29                       Sao Paulo Indy 300                            Sao Paulo, Brazil                     11 a.m.

June 9                         Firestone 550                                      Fort Worth, Texas                   8 p.m.

June 23                        Iowa Corn Indy 250                           Newton, Iowa                         8 p.m.

July 22                         Edmonton Indy                                  Edmonton, Alberta, Canada   2 p.m.

August 18                   Streets of Qingdao                              Qingdao, China                       12 a.m.

August 26                   Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma               Sonoma, Calif.                        4 p.m.

September 2                Baltimore Grand Prix                          Baltimore, Md.                        2 p.m.

September 15              Auto Club Speedway                         Fontana, Calif.                                    8 p.m.