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Thursday, July 30th, 2015

NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES THIS SUNDAY WITH LIVE COVERAGE OF HONDA INDY 200 AT MID-OHIO AT 1:30 P.M. ET ON CNBC

IndyCar Qualifying Airs Saturday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN Presents a Twin Bill of NASCAR Events with Sprint Cup Racing from Pocono and XFINITY Action from Iowa this Weekend

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 30, 2015 – NBC Sports Group continues its presentation of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series this Sunday, August 2, with live coverage of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio at 1:30 p.m. ET on CNBC. Coverage begins this Saturday, August 1, at 3 p.m. ET with qualifying on NBCSN.

Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) earned his first win of the season and 15th win of his career at the Iowa Corn 300 on Saturday, July 18. With three races remaining this season, second-place American Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing; 403 points), is looking to keep pace with first-place Juan Pablo Montoya (Penske; 445).

In addition to race coverage, NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group lead IndyCar play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, alongside analysts Townsend Bell and David Hobbs. Robin Miller, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Katie Hargitt will handle pit reporting duties.

INDYCAR AVERAGES OVER 500,000 VIEWERS FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE RACES FOR FIRST TIME ON NBCSN

As previously announced, NBCSN’s Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 telecast on Saturday, July 18, averaged 541,000 viewers, marking the first time since NBC Sports Group acquired IndyCar cable exclusivity in 2008 that three consecutive IndyCar races on the cable network eclipsed 500,000 viewers. The primetime telecast produced a 0.29 HH rating, while viewership was up 29% vs. last year’s race at Iowa (444,000). It surpassed NBCSN’s most recent IndyCar presentations from Milwaukee on July 12 (532,000 viewers) and Fontana on June 27 (512,000 viewers) as the network’s most-watched IndyCar race in four years (Sept. 4, 2011, 591,000, Baltimore). Click here for more ratings information.

NBCSN PRESENTS A TWIN BILL OF NASCAR EVENTS WITH SPRINT CUP RACING FROM POCONO AND XFINITY ACTION FROM IOWA THIS WEEKEND

On the heels of last week’s Kyle Busch sweep at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway, NBCSN presents another weekend slate of NASCAR action with Sprint Cup racing from Pocono Raceway’s “Tricky Triangle” and XFINITY Series racing from Iowa Speedway. Saturday’s green flag drops in Iowa with the XFINITY Series US Cellular 250 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The competition continues Sunday with Sprint Cup Racing from Pocono at 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Click here for more information about this week’s NASCAR coverage on NBCSN.

NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS MECUM AUCTIONS: HARRISBURG; MECUM DEALMAKERS: KISSIMMEE & MECUM MAIN ATTRACTIONS THIS WEEKEND

NBC Sports Group presents coverage of Mecum Auctions from Harrisburg, Penn., beginning tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and the season premiere of Mecum Dealmakers, highlighting this year’s Kissimmee auction tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN. On Sunday, NBC presents a special Mecum Main Attractions at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Scott Hoch hosts Mecum Actions coverage throughout the weekend, joined by John Kramen, Steven Cox, and Bill Stephens in Harrisburg, Penn.

Click here for more information on Mecum Dealmakers.

Following is this week’s Motorsports schedule on NBCSN:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thurs., July 30 Mecum Auctions: Harrisburg 8 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Dealmakers: Kissimmee 10 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., July 31 Sprint Cup Series Frist Practice – Pocono 11 a.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Harrisburg 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Pocono 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Practice – Iowa 4:30 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
NASCAR America 6 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Final Practice – Iowa 7 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Harrisburg 8:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Harrisburg 11 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., August 1 Sprint Cup Series Second Practice – Pocono 9 a.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Harrisburg 10 a.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Pocono 11:30 a.m. NBCSN
Indy Car Series Qualifying – Mid-Ohio 3 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Qualifying – Iowa 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Harrisburg 6 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
XFINITY Series Race – Iowa 8 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., August 2 NASCAR America Sunday 12 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Main Attractions 12:30 p.m. NBC
Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show 1 p.m. NBCSN
Sprint Cup Series Race – Pocono 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
Indy Car Series Race – Mid-Ohio 1:30 p.m. CNBC
Sprint Cup Series Post Race – Pocono 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Indy Car Series Race – Mid-Ohio (Encore)* 6 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Harrisburg 8:30 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR Victory Lap 11 p.m. NBCSN
Mon., August 3 NASCAR America 5 p.m. NBCSN

*denotes same-day delay
**tape delay


MOTORSPORTS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA:
NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream this week’s motorsports coverage 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. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.


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MotorSportsTalk’s IndyCar content is provided by top racing journalists and expert analysts, including:

  • Tony DiZinno, who has most recently served as web editor for RACER Magazineand provides open wheel coverage on MotorSportsTalk. DiZinno has more than seven years of experience in the industry. Follow him on Twitter at @TonyDiZinno.

To explore the site, please visit MotorSportsTalk.nbcsports.com or www.NBCSports.com.

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