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Thursday, July 13th, 2017
NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS INDYCAR HONDA INDY TORONTO AND FORMULA ONE BRITISH GRAND PRIX THIS WEEKEND ON CNBC
IndyCar Honda Indy Toronto – Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on CNBC; Encore Presentation Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Formula One British Grand Prix – Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNBC
2017 IndyCar Season on NBCSN is Network’s Most-Watched Season To-Date; 2017 F1 Viewership Up 16% vs. Last Year
NBC Sports Group Presents More Than 17 Hours of Trackside Coverage from New Hampshire
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 13, 2017 – NBC Sports Group continues its 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series and Formula One coverage this weekend, highlighted by the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on CNBC, and the Formula One British Grand Prix on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNBC.
In addition, NBC Sports Group will provide 17 hours of trackside coverage from this weekend’s XFINITY and Cup Series events in New Hampshire.
INDYCAR HONDA INDY TORONTO – SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON CNBC
NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET from the streets of Toronto. Helio Castroneves (Penske) earned his first victory in more than three years with his win in the Iowa Corn 300 last Sunday, and now sits in second place in the championship standings (395 points), just eight points behind Scott Dixon (403 points; Chip Ganassi Racing). Last year’s champion, Simon Pagenaud (Penske) is currently in third place (372 points), followed by Will Power (350 points; Penske), who won last year’s race in Toronto.
NBCSN will televise qualifying on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage of the Honda Indy Toronto will air on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on CNBC. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the race on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, and will televise the Indy Lights race from Toronto on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
Kevin Lee (play-by-play) will call the action alongside Townsend Bell and Toronto native and two-time Honda Indy Toronto champion Paul Tracy. Reporters Jon Beekhuis, Katie Hargitt, Robin Miller and Anders Krohn will report from the pits.
F1 BRITISH 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 British Grand Prix from iconic Silverstone Circuit. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) won last weekend at Austria for his second victory of the 2017 campaign and has entered the championship conversation. Bottas (136 points) is now just 15 points behind Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton (151 points), and 35 points behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel (171 points). Hamilton has won his home race four times overall, including each of the past three years. Vettel’s lone win at Silverstone came in 2009 with Red Bull.
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 2 p.m. ET. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will stream Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET, prior to CNBC’s live coverage of qualifying at 8 a.m. ET, which will air on NBCSN at 2 p.m. ET. Live race coverage from Silverstone begins Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNBC.
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 Silverstone.
2017 INDYCAR SEASON ON NBCSN IS NETWORK’S MOST-WATCHED SEASON TO-DATE; 2017 F1 VIEWERSHIP UP 16% VS. LAST YEAR
Through six races, NBCSN’s coverage of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series has averaged 474,000 viewers to rank as NBCSN’s most-watched IndyCar season on record to-date. Viewership is up 16% vs. the comparable five races in 2016 (408,000).
Through nine races, NBC Sports Group’s 2017 F1 coverage has averaged 579,000 viewers, up 16% vs. the same point in 2016 (eight races; 498,000).
NBC SPORTS GROUP PRESENTS MORE THAN 17 HOURS OF TRACKSIDE COVERAGE FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE
NBC Sports Group gears up for its third week of live 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and XFINITY Series racing, with more than 17 hours of trackside coverage from New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H. NBCSN’s race coverage from “The Magic Mile” begins Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, with XFINITY Series racing, and culminates Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, with Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing. Click here for more information.
Following is this week’s motorsports coverage schedule:
|Thur., July 13||NASCAR America||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR K&N Series – Thompson||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., July 14||F1 British Grand Prix – Practice 1||4 a.m.||Streaming*|
|F1 British Grand Prix – Practice 2||8 a.m.||Streaming*|
|NASCAR Cup Series First Practice – New Hampshire||11:45 a.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series First Practice – New Hampshire||1 p.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 British Grand Prix – Practice 2**||2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Final Practice – New Hampshire||3 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||4 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – New Hampshire||4:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., July 15||F1 British Grand Prix – Practice 3||5 a.m.||Streaming*|
|F1 British Grand Prix – Qualifying||8 a.m.||CNBC|
|NASCAR Cup Series Practice – New Hampshire||10 a.m.||Streaming*|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying – New Hampshire||11 a.m.||CNBC|
|NASCAR Cup Series Final Practice – New Hampshire||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 British Grand Prix – Qualifying**||2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Countdown to Green||3:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR XFINITY Series Race – New Hampshire||4 p.m.||NBCSN|
|IndyCar Honda Indy Toronto – Qualifying**||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., July 16||F1 British Grand Prix||7:30 a.m.||CNBC|
|F1 Extra||10 a.m.||CNBC|
|NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – New Hampshire (Encore)||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America Sunday||1:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Countdown to Green||2:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Cup Series Race – New Hampshire||3 p.m.||NBCSN|
|IndyCar Honda Indy Toronto||3 p.m.||CNBC|
|NASCAR Cup Series Post-Race||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|IndyCar Honda Indy Toronto (Encore)||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
*NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
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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