Wednesday, October 16th, 2013


Dixon Leads Castroneves Heading Into Final Race  of 2013 Season at Fontana

“Castroneves has the pressure on him. He’s not getting much sleep this week.”
– NBCSN IndyCar Analyst Wally Dallenbach

Live Race Coverage of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships Begins Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Championship Preview Special Airs Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 16, 2013 – Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi) and Helio Castroneves (Penske) battle for the 2013 IndyCar Championship in the final race of the season, the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Dixon holds a 25-point advantage in the standings over Castroneves, the only driver who can overtake Dixon to win the 2013 championship, after registering first- and second-place finishes at the Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. Dixon is a two-time IndyCar Series Champion (2003 & 2008); Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 13-year veteran of the IndyCar Series, hopes to clinch his first career season-series title.

NBCSN’s coverage of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships begins on Friday with qualifying at 7 p.m. ET. Live race coverage of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships begins on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Coverage of the Lefty’s Kids Club 100, part of IndyCar’s Indy Lights developmental series, will precede the IndyCar World Championships on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Group’s IndyCar and Formula One play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the IndyCar World Championships at Fontana. Diffey will be joined in the booth this week by former drivers Townsend Bell and Wally Dallenbach. Reporters Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee, Marty Snider and Robin Miller will manage the pits. Mike King, Davey Hamilton and Jake Query will have the call of the Indy Lights Fontana race.

Following are quotes from Dallenbach on the final weekend of the IndyCar season:

Dallenbach on the 2013 IndyCar season: “This has been one of the best seasons in IndyCar that I can remember. It’s been great for IndyCar that these past few seasons have come down to the final race.”

Dallenbach on Castroneves feeling the pressure: “There’s no question, Castroneves has the pressure on him. He’s not getting much sleep this week. He may say he doesn’t feel it, but he does, because he’s never won a championship, and he wants it bad. It’s amazing he’s never won a championship in IndyCar, because he’s certainly good enough.”

Dallenbach on approaches for Castroneves and Dixon: “Helio has the advantage going into the weekend. He is strong on these types of race tracks, and I believe his Chevrolet has the edge on these race tracks. Dixon’s got one thing on his mind this weekend, and that’s to stay in front of Helio. His mission is pretty simple.”

In addition to NBCSN’s coverage, NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will present live coverage of the MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships on Saturday night.

This week’s motorsports coverage begins with NBCSN’s IndyCar Championship Preview on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. In addition to episodes of TRANSLOGIC and Auctions America, NBCSN will also air a one-hour special featuring the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Series.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Thu., October 17 IndyCar Championship Preview NBCSN 8 p.m.  
Auctions America NBCSN 10:30 p.m.  
Fri., October 18 USF 2000 NBCSN 1:30 a.m.  
  TRANSLOGIC NBCSN 2:30 a.m.  
IndyCar World Championships – Qualifying NBCSN 7 p.m.  
Sat., October 19 Indy Lights – Lefty’s Kids Clup 100 NBCSN 7 p.m.  
  MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships NBCSN 8 p.m.  

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