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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020
2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES OPENS SEASON ON NBC IN PRIMETIME SATURDAY, JUNE 6, AT 8 P.M. ET WITH GENESYS 300 AT TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY
First INDYCAR Race to be Shown in Primetime on NBC
Bubba Wallace on New Episode of The Dale Jr. Download Today at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN; Wallace Joins Mike Tirico on Lunch Talk Live Today at Noon ET
Supercross from Salt Lake City Live Tonight at 10 p.m. ET & Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 3, 2020 – The 2020 NTT INDYCAR Series opens its season in primetime this weekend with live coverage of the Genesys 300 from Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 6, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. Saturday’s pre-race coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Saturday night’s race will be the first INDYCAR race shown in primetime on NBC and the first INDYCAR race on broadcast television in primetime since 2013.
This week’s motorsports coverage kicks off tonight at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN featuring NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace on a new episode of The Dale Jr. Download. Wallace will also join Mike Tirico on Lunch Talk Live this afternoon on NBCSN beginning at noon ET.
In addition, Monster Energy Supercross continues its return with live racing on NBCSN from Salt Lake City tonight at 10 p.m. ET and Sunday at 5 p.m. ET.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES GENESYS 300 – SATURDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC
The Texas field boasts an impressive list of entries, led by defending NTT INDYCAR Series champion Josef Newgarden (Team Penske), who won there last year en route to winning his second Series title. The field also features seven past Indianapolis 500 Champions – including Newgarden’s teammate and 2019 ‘500’ winner Simon Pagenaud – and a talented group of young stars that’s spearheaded by 2019 rookie of the year Felix Rosenqvist (Chip Ganassi Racing) and American Colton Herta (Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport), who won twice in his own rookie campaign last year.
Live INDYCAR coverage from Texas begins this Saturday with a practice session at 1 p.m. ET exclusively on NBC Sports Gold’s INDYCAR Pass, which will provide live streaming coverage of all practices, qualifying and on-demand replays for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series. INDYCAR Pass is available for $54.99. Click here to purchase.
Coverage continues Saturday with Qualifying at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN and INDYCAR Pass. Pre-race coverage begins with Countdown to Green at 7:30 p.m. ET, before race coverage shifts to NBC at 8 p.m. ET. The night’s broadcast coverage will conclude with INDYCAR Post-Race on NBCSN at 10 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports’ lead INDYCAR broadcast team of Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Townsend Bell (analyst), and Paul Tracy (analyst) will call the race live from Texas Motor Speedway. Marty Snider and Kelli Stavast will serve as pit reporters.
Texas Motor Speedway has produced two of the closest finishes in INDYCAR history, including Graham Rahal’s victory over James Hinchcliffe by just .008 seconds in 2016 on NBCSN.
Live comprehensive coverage of practice and qualifying from Texas Motor Speedway will stream on NBC Sports Gold’s INDYCAR Pass. Race coverage on NBC streams on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
Following is Saturday’s INDYCAR coverage from Texas on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Gold:
|Sat., June 6||NTT INDYCAR Series Genesys 300 – Practice||NBC Sports Gold||1 p.m.|
|NTT INDYCAR Series Genesys 300 – Qualifying||NBCSN & NBC Sports Gold||5 p.m.|
|Countdown to Green||NBCSN||7:30 p.m.|
|NTT INDYCAR Series Genesys 300||NBC||8 p.m.|
|INDYCAR Post-Race||NBCSN||10 p.m.|
*all coverage on NBC and NBCSN streams on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
NBC Sports’ INDYCAR broadcast team will preview the Genesys 300 on a media conference call today at 3 p.m. ET. Click here for more details.
The Genesys 300 will be the first race of the 2020 NTT INDYCAR Series campaign as the series gets #BackOnTrack. This kicks off NBC Sports’ second season as the exclusive home of the NTT INDYCAR Series, including the Indianapolis 500, which will now take place on Sunday, August 23 on NBC. The remainder of the 2020 television schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
BUBBA WALLACE FEATURED GUEST ON THE DALE JR. DOWNLOAD TONIGHT AT 6 P.M ET ON NBCSN; JOINS LUNCH TALK LIVE AT NOON ET ON NBCSN
NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace will be the featured guest on a new episode of The Dale Jr. Download tonight at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Wallace will also be a guest on today’s episode of Lunch Talk Live with Mike Tirico at noon ET.
Following are excerpts from tonight’s episode of The Dale Jr. Download:
Wallace on the death of George Floyd: “Then you see the George Floyd incident and you’re just like, ‘When’s it going to change? When is it going to stop? This **** is getting old. I don’t give a damn what anybody says. I’m going to get my message across on how I feel and how things should be changed in this world to make it better for everybody to be included.”
Earnhardt Jr.: “I think the opportunity for me, in this particular instance, was to learn. I don’t know that I did enough listening in the past. I feel for you, Bubba, because you carry the burden to be the black driver in our sport that we look to.”
MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS IN SALT LAKE CITY – TONIGHT AT 10 P.M. ET AND SUNDAY AT 5 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
The 2020 Monster Energy Supercross season returned Sunday on NBC and NBCSN from Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah, the first of seven events remaining in the season. Eli Tomac won Sunday’s 450SX Class event, while Shane McElrath earned his second win of the season in the 250SX East Class.
Tomac currently leads the championship standings in the premier 450SX Class with 252 points, trailed closely by Ken Roczen (244 points) and reigning class champion Cooper Webb (220 points). In the 250SX East Class, Chase Sexton leads McElrath by only 7 points.
Veteran play-by-play commentator Ralph Sheheen, five-time Supercross champion and seven-time Motocross champion Ricky Carmichael, host and former racer Daniel Blair, and reporter Will Christien will call the action tonight and Sunday.