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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
INDYCAR FIRESTONE 600, FORMULA ONE CANADIAN GRAND PRIX HIGHLIGHT MORE THAN 40 HOURS OF MOTORSPORTS COVERAGE ACROSS NBC AND NBCSN THIS WEEK
Live Presentation of IndyCar Firestone 600 Airs Saturday Night at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN; Qualifying Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
F1 Canadian Grand Prix Airs Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC; Coverage Begins with F1 Extra at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
KURT BUSCH: 36, Documentary Featuring Busch’s Attempt at Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600, Debuts Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra Present Live Coverage of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Thunder Valley National on Saturday
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 4, 2014 – NBC Sports Group will present more than 40 hours of motorsports coverage this weekend, highlighted by live coverage of the IndyCar Firestone 600 on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBC. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of both the Firestone 600 and Canadian Grand Prix this weekend. Additional motorsports coverage this week includes the debut of KURT BUSCH: 36 on NBC, and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross coverage from the Thunder Valley National on Saturday on NBCSN.
INDYCAR FIRESTONE 600 – SATURDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Beginning this weekend, NBCSN will provide exclusive coverage of the final 11 races of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season, culminating with the MAVTV 500 in Fontana, Calif. on August 30 on NBCSN. Team Penske teammates Will Power (326) and Helio Castroneves (307) currently sit first and second in the championship points standings, followed closely by Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay (299), who took the checkered flag at the Indianapolis 500 two weeks ago. Power and Castroneves each won at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit doubleheader last week, and Castroneves is a four-time winner at Texas Motor Speedway, including a victory last year.
Coverage of the Firestone 600 begins on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET with qualifying, followed by live race coverage Saturday on NBCSN at 8 p.m. ET. Brian Till (play-by-play) will call the action alongside former drivers Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy. Reporters Marty Snider, Kelly Stavast, Jon Beekhuis and Kevin Lee will report from the pits.
FORMULA ONE CANADIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 2 P.M. ET ON NBC
NBC’s Formula One coverage continues with the Canadian Grand Prix live from Montreal. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) earned his second victory of the season with a win at Monaco two weeks earlier, continuing Mercedes’ dominance with its six victory in six tries in 2014. Rosberg overtook teammate Lewis Hamilton with the victory, and the two sit more than 50 points clear of Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), who is a distant third with 61 points. Hamilton is a three-time winner in Montreal, and finished third last year, while Rosberg finished fifth.
Coverage begins Friday on NBC Sports Live Extra at 10 a.m. ET with Practice 1, followed by NBCSN’s coverage of Practice 2 at 2 p.m. ET. Live Extra will stream coverage of Practice 3 on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET, prior to NBCSN’s live coverage of qualifying at 1 p.m. ET. F1 Extra, NBC Sports Group’s pre-race show, will air Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, leading into live race coverage of the Canadian Grand Prix at 2 p.m. ET on NBC.
NBC Sports Group’s lead F1 broadcast team of Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett, and F1 insider Will Buxton will call the action on-site from the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada.
KURT BUSCH: 36 – SUNDAY AT 4:30 P.M. ET ON NBC
KURT BUSCH: 36, an all-access look into the intense preparation, 200+ MPH competition and extreme logistics surrounding Kurt Busch’s racing in IndyCar’s famed Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600 on the same day just two weeks ago, will debut this Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC. NBC Sports’ Emmy Award-winning NASCAR production team, led by Executive Producer Sam Flood, teams with the Emmy Award-winning NASCAR Productions to create KURT BUSCH: 36, featuring in-depth interviews, on-track footage, team communications and a seat right next to Busch throughout his races against drivers from IndyCar and NASCAR.
A 60-minute “director’s cut” of KURT BUSCH: 36 will air the following day, Monday, June 9, at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
In addition, NBCSN will present episodes of NASCAR AMERICA, NBC Sports Group’s new 30-minute daily show dedicated to speed and stock car racing, today and tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET.
LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS THUNDER VALLEY NATIONAL – SATURDAY AT 5 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will present six hours of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships coverage this weekend from the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood, Colo. in the third round of the 12-race championship series. Rookie Ken Roczen swept the 450 Class at the GoPro Hangtown Motocross Classic last week, while Jeremy Martin swept the 250 Class.
Coverage begins on NBC Sports Live Extra with practice at 12:30 p.m. ET, followed by pre-race coverage on Live Extra at 2:30 p.m. ET. 1st Motos coverage begins live from Thunder Valley at 3 p.m. ET on Live Extra, followed by 2nd Motos on NBCSN at 5 p.m. ET.
Veteran play-by-play voice Jason Weigandt, analyst and two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston, and pit reporter Georgia Lindsay will call the action from Thunder Valley on Saturday.
Following is this week’s motorsports coverage schedule on NBCSN:
|Wed., June 3||Off The Grid: Barcelona (Encore)||4:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR AMERICA||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR: The List||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Auctions America: Auburn (Encore)||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Auctions America: Auburn (Encore)||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thu., June 4||NASCAR AMERICA||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions: Kansas City (Encore)||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions: Houston (Encore)||8:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis (Encore)||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., June 5||F1 Canadian Grand Prix – Practice 1||10 a.m.||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|F1 Canadian Grand Prix – Practice 2||2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis (Encore)||3:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|IndyCar Firestone 600 – Qualifying||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., June 6||F1 Canadian Grand Prix – Practice 2 (Encore)||2 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Canadian Grand Prix – Practice 3||10 a.m.||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|AMA Motocross Thunder Valley – Practice||12:30 p.m.||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|F1 Canadian Grand Prix – Qualifying||1 p.m.||NBCSN|
|AMA Motocross Thunder Valley – Pre-Race||2:30 p.m.||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|AMA Motocross Thunder Valley – 1st Motos||3 p.m.||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|AMA Motocross Thunder Valley – 2nd Motos||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|IndyCar Firestone 600||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., June 7||F1 Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying||1:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Extra||1:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Canadian Grand Prix||2 p.m.||NBC|
|Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour||4 p.m.||NBCSN|
|RACER TV||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|TORC: Las Vegas||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Canadian Grand Prix – Encore||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|“1” – F1 Documentary||9:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
MOTORSPORTS 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 the Firestone 600, Canadian Grand Prix, and AMA Motocross races this weekend. The vast majority of coverage will be streamed 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 has written for NBCSports.com’s MotorsportsTalk since its inception in 2013, and has been a contributor for various outlets, including the Boston Globe, IndyCar Nation and FoxSports.com. 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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