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Thursday, July 6th, 2017
NBC SPORTS GROUP’S 50-PLUS HOURS OF MOTORSPORTS ACTION THIS WEEKEND INCLUDE INDYCAR IOWA CORN 300 & F1 AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX
IndyCar Iowa Corn 300 – Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Formula One Austrian Grand Prix – Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNBC
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship – Southwick National – Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC
Red Bull Global RallyCross Indianapolis – Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NBC Sports Group Presents 16 Hours of Trackside Coverage from Kentucky Speedway
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 6, 2017 – NBC Sports Group will present more than 50 hours of motorsports action this weekend, including the IndyCar Iowa Corn 300 this Sunday at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and the Formula One Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNBC.
Coverage also includes the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Southwick National event on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC; Red Bull Global RallyCross action from Indianapolis on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN; as well as the NASCAR XFINITY and Cup Series races from Kentucky on Friday and Saturday nights on NBCSN.
INDYCAR IOWA CORN 300 – SUNDAY AT 5:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series this with live coverage of the Iowa Corn 300 from Iowa Speedway this Sunday afternoon on NBCSN. Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) earned his first win of the season at Road America in the Kohler Grand Prix on June 25. Dixon (379 points) holds the lead in the drivers’ standings ahead of Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud (345 points) and Helio Castroneves (342 points). Josef Newgarden (Team Penske) was the runner-up at Road America, won last year’s race at Iowa, and is fifth in the standings (318 points).
NBCSN will televise live coverage of qualifying on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, and will present the Indy Lights race on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET. Pre-race coverage starts at 5 p.m. ET, leading into green flag coverage at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Kevin Lee (play-by-play) will call the action alongside former drivers Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell. Reporters Jon Beekhuis, Katie Hargitt, Robin Miller and Anders Krohn will report from the pits.
The IndyCar Kohler Grand Prix on NBCSN on June 25 averaged 568,000 viewers, up 21% vs. the same event in 2015 on NBCSN (470,000). Through five races on NBCSN, the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series on NBCSN is averaging 462,000 viewers, up 23% vs. the same date in 2016 (375,000).
F1 AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 7:30 A.M. ET ON CNBC
Coverage of the 2017 Formula One season continues this Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNBC with the Austrian Grand Prix. The campaign has heated up following a wild Azerbaijan Grand Prix on June 25, highlighted by contact between Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) behind the safety car. Vettel (153 points) leads Hamilton (139) in the driver standings, but Mercedes (250 points) holds an edge over Ferrari (226) in the constructor standings. Hamilton won last year’s race at Spielberg.
Coverage begins Friday on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app at 4 a.m. ET with Practice 1, followed by Practice 2 at 8 a.m. ET, which will air on NBCSN at 3 p.m. ET. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET, prior to NBCSN’s live coverage of qualifying at 8 a.m. ET. Live race coverage from Austria begins Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNBC. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports Group’s lead F1 broadcast team of Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett will call the action. F1 insider Will Buxton will report on-site from Spielberg, Austria.
LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP – SOUTHWICK NATIONAL – SATURDAY AT 3:30 P.M. ET ON NBC
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues with the Southwick National from Southwick, Mass., this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Eli Tomac swept last weekend’s event at RedBud to regain the series lead in the 450 class, while Zach Osborne won the 250 Class event last weekend at RedBud, and leads his respective class.
Veteran play-by-play voice Jason Weigandt, analyst and two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston, and pit reporter Georgia Lindsay will call this weekend’s action.
RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS INDIANAPOLIS – SUNDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBC Sports continues its coverage of the 2017 Red Bull Global RallyCross Championship with this weekend’s event in Indianapolis. Tanner Foust (Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross; 418 points) is coming off a race win and a second-place finish in the Canada doubleheader on June 17-18, and leads Steve Arpin (Loenbro Motorsports; 391 points) atop the standings. Ricky Johnson and Will Christien will call the action.
NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS MORE THAN 16 HOURS OF TRACKSIDE COVERAGE FROM KENTUCKY
NBC Sports Group gears up for its second week of live 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and XFINITY Series racing with more than 16 hours of trackside coverage from Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. NBCSN’s race coverage begins Friday at 8 p.m. ET, with XFINITY Series racing from Kentucky Speedway, and culminates Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing. Click here for more information on this weekend’s NASCAR coverage.
Following is this week’s motorsports coverage schedule:
|Thur., July 6||NASCAR XFINITY Series First Practice – Kentucky||2 p.m.||Streaming*|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Second Practice – Kentucky||4 p.m.||Streaming*|
|American Flat Track – Daytona TT (encore)||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Final Practice – Kentucky||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., July 7||F1 Austrian Grand Prix – Practice 1||4 a.m.||Streaming*|
|F1 Austrian Grand Prix – Practice 2||8 a.m.||Streaming*|
|NASCAR Cup Series First Practice – Kentucky||10 a.m.||Streaming*|
|NASCAR K&N Series – Berlin**||12 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice – Kentucky||1 p.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Austrian Grand Prix – Practice 2**||3 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying – Kentucky||4:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – Kentucky||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Countdown to Green||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing – Kentucky||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Post-Race Show||10:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., July 8||F1 Austrian Grand Prix – Practice 3||5 a.m.||Streaming*|
|F1 Austrian Grand Prix – Qualifying||8 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Southwick – Qualifiers||10 a.m.||NBC Sports Gold|
|Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Southwick – Moto 1s||1 p.m.||NBC Sports Gold|
|IndyCar Iowa Corn 300 – Qualifying||3 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Southwick – Moto 2s||3:30 p.m.||NBC|
|NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – Kentucky (Encore)||4:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Countdown to Green||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Racing – Kentucky||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Post-Race Show||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Victory Lap||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., July 9||F1 Austrian Grand Prix||7:30 a.m.||CNBC|
|F1 Extra||10 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Austrian Grand Prix (Encore)||2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Indy Lights – Iowa||4 p.m.||NBCSN|
|IndyCar Countdown||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|IndyCar Iowa Corn 300||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|IndyCar Post-Race||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Red Bull Global RallyCross – Indianapolis**||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
*NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product — is launching a “Pro Motocross Pass,” giving fans access to the entire 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season. The direct-to-consumer pass, powered by Playmaker Media, will offer fans commercial-free coverage, live and on-demand, online, on mobile, tablets and connected TV devices.
NBC Sports Gold’s “Pro Motocross Pass” features every race in the 2017 season, which begins with the Hangtown Motocross Classic on May 20, including Qualifiers, Moto 1s and Moto 2s. In addition to the 2017 season, fans can access full event replays of the 2016 and 2015 seasons. Click here for more information.
NBC SPORTS GROUP STREAMING, DIGITAL AND SOCIAL CONTENT
NBC Sports Group will provide comprehensive streaming and digital coverage surrounding its motorsports properties via NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – and NASCAR Talk and MotorSportsTalk, NBC Sports Group’s digital home for the latest motorsports news.
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will provide season-long live streaming coverage of all Formula One practices, qualifying sessions and Grands Prix, including exclusive coverage of practices that will not air on NBC or NBCSN. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream NASCAR and IndyCar content that will air on NBC and NBCSN (race coverage and some practice and qualifying), as well as the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Red Bull Global RallyCross series, and Red Bull Air Race.
MOTORSPORTSTALK: MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) on NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on Formula One, the Verizon IndyCar Series, and other open-wheel and off-road 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.
SOCIAL: NBC Sports Group will continue to provide comprehensive motorsports social coverage across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. On Twitter, fans can follow @MotorsportsTalk for all-encompassing content across NBC Sports Group’s motorsports properties. @NASCARonNBC and@NASCARTalkNBC share the latest NASCAR content, @F1onNBCSports provides the latest news in Formula One, and @IndyCaronNBCSN delivers up-to-the-minute information on the Verizon IndyCar Series.
In addition, the NASCAR on NBC Facebook page will provide users with videos, interactive content and much more. Fans should also “like” NBC Sports on Facebook for the most up-to-date news, videos and commentary about NBC Sports Group’s motorsports properties.
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