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Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
HONDA INDY GRAND PRIX OF ALABAMA HIGHLIGHTS MOTORSPORTS COVERAGE ON NBCSN THIS WEEK
Live Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Coverage Begins Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NBCSN Presents Mecum Auctions from Kansas City This Week; Coverage Begins Thursday at 4:30 p.m. ET
Formula One Viewership Up 150% vs. 2013 Through First Four Races
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 23, 2013 – NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series continues this week with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET, highlighting more than 15 hours of motorsports coverage this week, which includes Mecum Auctions coverage from Kansas City. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream coverage of the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and Mecum Auctions via “TV Everywhere.”
NBCSN’s presentation of the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama begins Sunday at 1 a.m. ET with qualifying. Live race coverage begins Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET, followed by Race 2 of the Legacy Indy Lights 100 at 5 p.m. ET.
Two weeks ago, Mike Conway (Ed Carpenter Racing) held off Will Power (Team Penske)in the final few laps to take the checkered flag at Long Beach. Power is a two-time winner of the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (2011, 2012), and currently leads the points standings through two races.
NBC Sports Group’s lead IndyCar and Formula One play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on-site at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, alongside former drivers Townsend Bell and Wally Dallenbach.
Reporters Jon Beekhuis, Kelli Stavast, Kevin Lee and Robin Miller will report from the pits. Lee will be joined by Anders Krohn and Jake Query to call the Legacy Indy Lights 100.
In addition, NBCSN will present live Mecum Auctions coverage from Kansas City this week. Cars up for auction this week in Kansas City include a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 428 Fastback, a 1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton, and a 1968 Shelby GT500KR Fastback. NBCSN’s live presentation of Mecum Auctions from Kansas City airs tomorrow and Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET, and continues on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.
Scott Hoke will host NBC Sports Group’s Mecum Auctions coverage on-site at Reliant Center in Houston, 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 27 years.
NBCSN will also air coverage of the TORC Series from the Duel in the Desert race in Primm, Nev. on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. ET. Robbie Floyd, Grant Langston, Tony Bokhoven and Cristy Lee will have the call.
Motorsports Coverage This Week on NBCSN (subject to change):
|Thu., April 24||Mecum Auctions – Kansas City||4:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., April 25||Pirelli World Challenge – Long Beach||1:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Kansas City||4:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., April 26||TORC – Las Vegas||1:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Kansas City||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., April 27||Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Qualifying||1 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Indy Grand Prix of Alabama||2:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Legacy Indy Lights 100 – Race 2||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
FORMULA ONE VIEWERSHIP UP 150% VS. 2013 THROUGH FIRST FOUR RACES
Through four Formula One™ races this season, most of which have occurred in the early-morning hours, NBCSN has averaged 348,000 viewers, up 150% vs. last year and up 33% vs. SPEED’s coverage in 2012, according to Live plus Same Day data provided by The Nielsen Company.
NBCSN’s coverage of the Chinese Grand Prix posted the network’s most-watched overnight race (2:30-4:49 a.m. ET) ever and third-most watched race overall since the network began presenting F1 last year.
The race averaged 301,000 viewers, up 171% vs. NBCSN’s comparable race last year and up 22% vs. SPEED’s coverage of the Chinese Grand Prix in 2012.
INDYCAR ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide live streaming coverage of this week’s Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and Mecum Auctions airing on NBCSN via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of home and on multiple platforms.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
Coverage will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.
MOTORSPORTSTALK: MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) on NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on the Formula One, Verizon IndyCar Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and all other motorsports 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.
MotorSportsTalk’s content is provided by top racing journalists and expert analysts, including:
- Luke Smith is creator and editor at Richland F1, which begins its second season this year. He’s on Twitter at @LukeSmithF1, primarily handling the F1 scene from Europe in great detail.
- Tony DiZinno has most recently served as web editor for RACER Magazine and has more than seven years of experience in the industry. Follow him on Twitter at @TonyDiZinno.
- Chris Estrada launched the Indy Racing Revolution blog site and has served as a contributor to IndyCar’s IndyCar Nation blog. Follow him at @estradawriting.
- Jerry Bonkowski is a veteran NASCAR reporter with more than 30 years of experience. He has contributed to USA Today, Yahoo! Sports and other websites over the course of his career. Follow him on Twitter @JerryBonkowski.
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