Formula One Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix, Auctions America From Auburn Highlight More Than 25 Hours Of Motorsports Coverage This Week On NBCSN

NBCSN_LogoFORMULA ONE PIRELLI SPANISH GRAND PRIX, AUCTIONS AMERICA FROM AUBURN HIGHLIGHT MORE THAN 25 HOURS OF MOTORSPORTS COVERAGE THIS WEEK ON NBCSN

Spanish Grand Prix Airs Live Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN; Coverage Begins Friday at 8 a.m. ET with Practice 2, Qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. ET

10 Hours of Auctions America Coverage Starts Thursday at 2 p.m. ET

NBC Sports Live Extra to Stream All TV Coverage, Plus Practices 1 & 3 of Spanish Grand Prix

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 7, 2013 – NBCSN presents more than 25 hours of motorsports coverage this weekend, including the live presentation of the Formula One™ Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET, and 10 hours of Auctions America coverage from Auburn, Ind.

NBCSN’s Spanish Grand Prix coverage begins Friday at 8 a.m. ET with Practice 2, followed by live qualifying on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. ET. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of qualifying at 6 a.m. ET on Sunday, leading into the Spanish Grand Prix at 7:30 a.m. ET.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will live stream the Spanish Grand Prix, including exclusive coverage of Practices 1 and 3. Live Extra will stream Practice 1 on Friday morning at 4 a.m. ET, and Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET.

Mercedes looks to continue its dominant start to the 2014 F1 season, as Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have combined to win the first four races of the schedule, including three straight victories by Hamilton heading into the Spanish Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) sits third in the points standings, and is a two-time winner of the Spanish Grand Prix (2006, 2013).

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Spanish Grand Prix, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalyuna in Barcelona, Spain.

In addition, NBCSN will air live episodes of F1 Countdown on Friday at 5 p.m. ET, and F1 Extra on Saturday 9:30 a.m. ET, following qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix. Diffey will host both programs alongside Hobbs, with Buxton reporting from Barcelona.

AUCTIONS AMERICA AUBURN

In addition, NBCSN will present 10 hours of Auctions America coverage from the historic Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Ind. this week, starting Thursday at 2 p.m. ET.  NBCSN’s presentation continues at 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday, followed by live coverage from Auburn on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. The Auburn Spring telecast represents the first telecast in Auctions America’s new multi-year agreement with NBCSN, and features Auctions America’s largest Auburn Spring event to date.

Auction highlights include a 1939 Packard Twelve Touring Cabriolet by Brunn, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Roadster, a 1955 Ford “Glass Wonder” Show Car Roadster, and a 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Vol.9 Edition Coupe.

During three full days of auction action, approximately 900 collector cars are expected to cross the block, joined by a diverse selection of memorabilia. In keeping with the Auctions America’s commitment to cater for both veteran hobbyists and entry-level collectors, the auction offering spans the spectrum of the market, presenting something for all automotive tastes and budgets.

Veteran broadcaster Bill Patrick will host NBCSN’s Auctions America coverage this week, alongside NBCSN F1 analyst and former race mechanic for the Benneton F1 team Steve Matchett, and reporter Carolyn Manno.

Motorsports Coverage This Week on NBCSN (subject to change, all times ET):

Date Program Network Time
Thu., May 8 Auctions America – Auburn NBCSN 2 p.m.
NASCAR America NBCSN 5 p.m.
Fri., May 9 Auctions America – Auburn (Encore) NBCSN 1 a.m.
Spanish Grand Prix – Practice 1 NBC Sports Live Extra 4 a.m.
Road To Ferrari NBCSN 7 a.m.
Spanish Grand Prix – Practice 2 NBCSN 8 a.m.
F1 Countdown NBCSN 5 p.m.
Auctions America – Auburn NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sat., May 10 Spanish Grand Prix – Practice 3 NBC Sports Live Extra 5 a.m.
Los Angeles Auto Show NBCSN 6 a.m.
Detroit Auto Show NBCSN 7 a.m.
Spanish Grand Prix – Qualifying NBCSN 8 a.m.
F1 Extra NBCSN 9:30 a.m.
Auctions America – Auburn NBCSN 10 a.m.
Sun., May 11 Spanish Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) NBCSN 6 a.m.
Spanish Grand Prix NBCSN 7:30 a.m.

FORMULA ONE™/AUCTIONS AMERICA 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 this week’s F1 Spanish Grand Prix and Auctions America Auburn auction airing on NBCSN 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 launched the Indy Racing Revolution blog site and has served as a contributor to IndyCar’s IndyCar Nation blog. 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.

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

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FOX Sports Powers Back-to-Back NASCAR Race Weekends with FOX SPORTS 1 – 10 DAYS OF THUNDER

NASCAR_on_FOXFOX SPORTS POWERS BACK-TO-BACK NASCAR

RACE WEEKENDS WITH FOX SPORTS 1 – 10 DAYS OF THUNDER

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, Iconic Coca-Cola 600 Bookend

Expanded Block of Multi-Sport Programming

MEMORIAL DAY BONUS: Golden Boy Boxing Live from Fort Bliss;

Best Army Ranger Competition

CHARLOTTE – Leading up to the running of the famed COCA-COLA 600, NASCAR’s longest and most grueling race of the season, on Memorial Day weekend, FOX Sports unveils FOX SPORTS 1 – 10 DAYS OF THUNDER, a special multi-sport programming block anchored by two weekends of high-profile NASCAR racing, the announcement of the next five inductees to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and premieres of three new FOX Sports 1 originals.

FOX Sports 1 coverage opens Friday, May 16 (11:00 AM ET) with 12 consecutive hours from Charlotte Motor Speedway, highlighted by live coverage of the NASCAR ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN (7:00 PM ET) running on Friday night for the first time ever. At 8:00 PM ET, the network announces the winner of the SPRINT FAN VOTE, the final entrant in NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR race, before moving right in to the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES race at 8:00 PM ET.

On Saturday, FOX Sports 1 tees up exclusive coverage of the 30th running of the NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE with qualifying coverage at 7:00 PM ET, followed immediately by driver introductions — with country music superstar Jake Owen — and the race, with green flag racing expected shortly after 9:00 PM ET.

Mike Joy leads the FOX Sports 1 NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE booth from Charlotte with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip — winner of the first-ever All-Star race and the Coke 600 on consecutive days in his 1985 championship season — and former crew chief Larry McReynolds.  Chris Myers hosts from the famed Hollywood Hotel, with analysis from Jeff Hammond — Waltrip’s crew chief for the memorable 1985 season — and Michael Waltrip. Reporters Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum patrol the pits for updates throughout.

“From the minute we heard about the All-Star Race back then, everyone in the garage wanted to win it,” Darrell Waltrip said. “The amount of effort we put into that race in 1985 was amazing, and the amount of work teams put into it today hasn’t changed.  Everyone wants to win the race … no driver wants to be left out of it, because winning the All-Star Race means you beat the best of the best.”

On Wednesday, May 21 (4:00 PM ET), FOX SPORTS 1 is LIVE from the NASCAR Hall of Fame for the announcement of the sport’s five newest inductees, and on Thursday, May 22 (9:30 PM ET), FOX Sports 1 premieres the first of three new originals, 100,000 C AMERAS: THE NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE, a high-energy look at the All-Star Race, using additional cameras and content provided by the race fans themselves. Produced by NASCAR Productions, 100,000 CAMERAS is the next phase in the evolution of the multiple Emmy Award winning annual All-Star special, Inside the HeadsetsThursday also marks the first of three NASCAR RACE HUB prime time specials — Thursday, May 22 (8:30 PM ET) and Friday, May 23 (7:00 PM ET), as well as the premieres of two additional FOX Sports originals — EMPTY CUP: QUEST FOR THE 1992 NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP AT 8:00 PM ET and The 600: HISTORY OF NASCAR’S TOUGHEST RACE at 9:00 PM ET.

Action on the track continues Friday, May 23, highlighted by the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES final practice at 1:00 PM; all in preparation for the Sunday running of the iconic COCA-COLA 600 on FOX, with coverage beginning at 4:30 PM as NASCAR RACEDAY sets the stage on FOX Sports 1, before handing off to FOX NASCAR SUNDAY at 5:30 PM ET and the green flag dropping at 6:00 PM. Racing coverage wraps up with NASCAR VICTORY LANE on FOX Sports 1 at 12:00 AM ET.

In addition to extensive motor sports coverage, FOX SPORT 1 – 10 DAYS OF THUNDER  delivers live MLB games, UFC programming, the Big 12 baseball championship and Pecos League baseball.

To follow all the action on Social Media: www.foxsports.com/10days, @NASCARonFOX, NASCARonFOX on Facebook, @FOXSports1, #SprintAllStar, #SprintFanVote  and #NASCAR

FOX Sports 1 – 10 Days of Thunder TV Schedule (all programs listed for FOX Sports 1 and available to authenticated subscribers through FOX Sports GO unless otherwise noted; all times ET and subject to change):

 

Friday, May 16

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice (11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, LIVE)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, LIVE)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice (2:00 PM to 3:30 PM, LIVE)

NASCAR Live (3:30 PM to 4:00 PM, LIVE)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying (4:00 PM to 5:30 PM, LIVE)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying (5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, LIVE)

NASCAR All-Star Showdown (7:00 PM to 8:00 PM, LIVE)

NCWTS Setup (8:00 PM to 8:30 PM, LIVE)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race (8:30 PM to 11:00 PM, LIVE)

FOX Sports Live (11:00 PM to 12:00 AM, LIVE)

 

Saturday, May 17

NASCAR RaceDay All-Star Special (2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, LIVE)

MLB Game: Pittsburgh vs. NY Yankees (3:30 PM to 7:00 PM, LIVE)

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race qualifying (7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, LIVE)

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (8:30 PM to 11:00 PM, LIVE)

FOX Sports Live (11:00 PM to 12:00 AM, LIVE)

 

Sunday, May 18

MotoGP World Championship – France (7:00 AM to 9:00 AM)

NASCAR K&N Series West race – Stockton (12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Encore)

ARCA Racing Series race – Toledo (2:00 PM to 4:00 PM)

BIG 12 Baseball – Texas at Kansas State (4:30 PM to 7:30 PM)

FOX Sports Live (11:00 PM to 12:00 AM, LIVE)

 

Monday, May 19

NASCAR Race Hub (5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, LIVE)

Jimmie Johnson 1-on-1 (6:30 PM to 7:00 PM, Encore)

FOX Sports Live (11:00 PM to 12:00 AM, LIVE)

 

Tuesday, May 20

NASCAR Race Hub (5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, LIVE)

Pecos League Baseball (9:00 and 9:30 PM)

FOX Sports Live (11:00 PM to 12:00 AM, LIVE)

 

Wednesday, May 21

NASCAR Race Hub Special (12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Encore)

NASCAR Hall of Fame Vote Day (4:00 PM to 4:30 PM, LIVE)

NASCAR Race Hub (5:00 PM to 6:00 PM)

UFC The Ultimate Fighter (10:00 PM to 11:00 PM)

FOX Sports Live (11:00 PM to 12:00 AM, LIVE)

 

Thursday, May 22

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (2:30 PM to 4:00 PM, LIVE)

NASCAR Nationwide Series practice (4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, LIVE)

NASCAR Live (5:00 PM to 5:30 PM, LIVE)

NASCAR Nationwide Series final practice (5:30 PM to 7:00 PM, LIVE)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying (7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, LIVE)

NASCAR Race Hub – Prime Time (8:30 PM to 9:30 PM, LIVE)

100,000 Cameras: The NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (9:30 PM to 10:00 PM, PREMIERE)

FOX Sports Live (11:00 PM to 12:00 AM, LIVE)

 

Friday, May 23

NASCAR Race Hub Special (10:30 AM to 11:30 AM)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying (11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, LIVE)

NASCAR Race Hub (4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Encore)

NASCAR Race Hub – Prime Time (7:00 PM to 8 PM, LIVE)

Empty Cup: Quest for the 1992 NASCAR Championship (8:00 PM to 8:30 PM, PREMIERE)

100,000 Cameras (8:30 PM to 9:00 PM, Encore)

The 600: History of NASCAR’s Toughest Race(9:00 PM to 10:00 PM, PREMIERE)

FOX Sports Live (11:00 PM to 12:00 AM, LIVE)

 

Saturday, May 24

NASCAR K&N Series East race – Iowa (8:30 AM to 9:30 AM, PREMIERE)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice (9:30 AM to 10:30 AM)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice (1:00 PM to 2:00 PM)

MLB Game: Texas at Detroit (3:30 PM to 7:00 PM)

UFC 173 Preliminaries (8:00 PM to 10:00 PM)

NASCAR Race Hub (10:00 PM to 11:00 PM, LIVE)

Sunday, May 25

NASCAR RaceDay (4:30 PM to 5:30 PM)

FOX NASCAR Sunday – Coca-Cola 600 Pre-Race Show (5:30 PM to 6:00 PM)

BIG 12 Baseball Championship (5:30 PM to 8:30 PM)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race – Coca-Cola 600 on FOX (6:00 PM to 10:30 PM)

NASCAR Victory Lane (12:00 AM to 12:30 AM)

Monday, May 26

B.R.C. 2014: Best Ranger (Prime time slot TBD)

Golden Boy Boxing from Ft. Bliss Army Base in El Paso, TX (Prime time slot TBD)

*Major live events in bold

FOX Sports Programming Highlights: MLB, NASCAR, Soccer & More

MLB ON FOX: LOGOFOX SPORTS HIGHLIGHTS – 3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

MLB ON FOX: Angels vs. Yankees / Pirates vs. Cardinals Saturday Doubleheader on FOX Sports 1

NASCAR:  Harvick Looks for Third Win This Season Saturday on FOX

SOCCER: UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League Final Four on FOX Sports 1

#ICYMI:

In Case You Missed It – FOX SPORTS LIVE: Parents are naming their kids FOX Sports 1: http://www.snappytv.com/snaps/fs1-onrait-about-fox-sports-live-on-fox-sports-1_9p

 

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MLB

ANGELS VS. YANKEES / PIRATES VS. CARDINALS SATURDAY ON FOX SPORTS 1 

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, April 26 (12:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Kevin Burkhardt introduces fans to Saturday’s baseball action from FOX Sports 1’s Los Angeles studio, analysts Gabe Kapler and Eric Karros.

o   Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim @ New York Yankees: Kenny Albert, Tom Verducci & Ken Rosenthal (reporter) (1:00 PM ET)

o   Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals: Justin Kutcher & C.J. Nitkowski (4:00 PM ET)

MLB WHIPAROUND CONTINUES ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1, Weekdays
  • Talent: 

o   Thursday, April 24 (10:00 PM ET) – Ryan Field, Gabe Kapler, C.J. Nitkowski

o   Friday, April 25 (10:00 PM ET) – Ryan Field, Gabe Kapler

o   Monday, April 28 (12:00 AM ET) – Chris Myers, C.J. Nitkowski, Gabe Kapler

o   Tuesday, April 29 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD

o   Wednesday, April 30 (12:00 AM ET) – TBD

  • This Week: This nightly program expands FOX Sports 1’s commitment to baseball coverage with quick-turnaround highlights of in-progress games, MLB news and analysis. The hour-long program originates from Los Angeles.

DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE PREMIERES ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, April 29 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Derek Jeter, Joe Torre
  • This Week: New York Yankees shortstop, The Captain, Derek Jeter has made a lasting impression as one of the most graceful, successful and iconic figures not just in baseball, but in all sports. DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE is a one-hour special narrated by Jeter’s longtime manager Joe Torre and features more than 30 current players sharing personal anecdotes and memories in the days following Jeter’s announcement that this season would be his last. Sneak Peek: http://atmlb.com/1hlCHpu

 

NASCAR

NASCAR ON FOX, FOX SPORTS 1 & FOX SPORTS 2 FROM RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY – It’s back to work for NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES teams this weekend at Richmond International Raceway after the season’s first off-weekend. In the series’ last outing two weeks ago at Darlington, Kevin Harvick became the season’s first multi-race winner with his dominating victory in the year’s eighth race, breaking the streak of seven different winners in as many races. Veteran drivers such as reigning champion Jimmie Johnson and current points’ leader Jeff Gordon remain winless in 2014.

EARNHARDT JR. OR KYLE BUSCH ARE THE NEXT MULTI-RACE WINNERS IN 2014, SAYS WALTRIP: “With five top-three finishes in eight races, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has had consistency,” says NASCAR on FOX analyst Darrell Waltrip. “He could have won Las Vegas if he hadn’t run out of gas.  He finished second at Darlington, so I look for him to get another win.  Kyle Busch could get it done this weekend at Richmond, too.”

KEVIN HARVICK’S TEAM IS TOPS IN THE GARAGE, SAYS MCREYNOLDS: “I view Harvick’s two wins as a bit of an artificial stat,” says NASCAR on FOX analyst Larry McReynolds. “While the box score is the box score, if you look at the way they were running at Las Vegas, Bristol and Texas before they had mechanical issues, he could have four or five wins to his credit. They still need to make sure mechanical issues don’t continue to haunt them, but the No. 4 team has a leg up on the competition at the moment.”

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACING FROM RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

  • Network/When: FOX, Saturday, April 26 (7:00 PM ET); FOX Deportes on Sunday, April 27 (2:00 AM ET; delayed), FOX Sports GO for participating video providers
  • Talent: Mike Joy leads the NASCAR on FOX booth with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and former crew chief Larry McReynolds. Chris Myers hosts alongside Michael Waltrip with pit reports from Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum.

FOX NASCAR SATURDAY RICHMOND PRE-RACE SHOW

  • Network/When: FOX, Saturday, April 26 (6:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda
  • Guests: Kevin Harvick, the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES’ only multiple-race winner so far this season.
  • This Week: The “art of the restart” at Richmond

NASCAR RACEDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, April 26 (5:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Hammond, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, Krista Voda and Rutledge Wood
  • Guests:  Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Marcos Ambrose and Clint Bowyer
  • This Week: McReynolds sits down with Matt Kenseth’s crew chief, Jason Ratcliff; Kaitlyn Vincie with a special “Mock Run” segment; rookie profile on driver Ryan Truex.

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Thursday, April 24 (12:00 PM ET), Monday, April 28 (4:00 PM ET), Tuesday, April 29 (12:00 PM ET); Wednesday, April 30 (12:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Co-hosts Steve Byrnes, Danielle Trotta and Adam Alexander; analysts Matt Clark; Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week: “Crunching the Numbers” for Richmond, “Let It Ride” Las Vegas odds segment and team grades through the first eight races on Thursday, April 24

SOCCER

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE SEMIFINALS KICK OFF

  • Network/When:

o   Benfica  vs. Juventus, FOX Sports 1, Thursday, April 24 (2:30 PM ET)

o   Sevilla vs. Valenica, FOX Sports 2, Thursday, April 24 (2:30 PM ET)

  • Talent: John Strong calls the Benfica-Juventus match alongside analyst Brian McBride. Rob Stone hosts, analysts McBride, Warren Barton, Janusz Michallik and FOX Sports soccer insider and Sports Illustrated senior columnist Grant Wahl.

THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS WRAP UP NEXT WEEK

  • Network/When:

o   Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid, FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, April 29 (2:00 PM ET);

o   Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea, FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 30 (2:00 PM ET)

  • Talent: Gus Johnson calls the Bayern Munich-Real Madrid match alongside analyst Eric Wynalda. Host Rob Stone, analysts Warren Barton, Brian McBride, 2008 UEFA Champions League winner Mikael Silvestre (Tuesday) and former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot (Wednesday), plus FOX Sports soccer insider and Sports Illustrated senior columnist Grant Wahl.

WORLD CUP FEVER CONTINUES WITH FINAL EPISODE IN RISE AS ONE SERIES

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, April 29 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Andrew Hamilton, Rudolf Zehmisch, Jay Winter, Lorraine Blackall, Una Barrie.
  • What: Budweiser and FOX Sports’ documentary series culminates with the sixth and final episode, “World War Truce,” which looks at Christmas Eve during World War I between the Germans and Brits and how it testified to the unifying power of soccer.

UFC

TEIXEIRA PRESENTS UNIQUE CHALLENGES FOR JONES AT UFC 172 TITLE FIGHT, SAYS ROGAN: This weekend the UFC heads to Baltimore, Md., for UFC 172, headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between champion Jon Jones and challenger Glover Teixeira. UFC analyst Joe Rogan believes Teixeira presents a lot of unique challenges for Jones: “Teixeira has been a mixed martial arts fighter for a long time. He’s been a longtime training partner of [former champion] Chuck Liddell, he’s trained all over the world and his results inside the Octagon have been nothing short of spectacular. He has vicious one-punch knockout power, he has a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and he’s a real threat to Jon Jones’ title. He’s got to figure out a way to get inside the long strikes of Jones, time them, close the distance quickly and land the devastating shots.” To watch his breakdown of the fight, click here: http://bit.ly/1gNNHg2

UFC TONIGHT INTERVIEWS JONES AND TEIXEIRA ABOUT UFC 172 TITLE BOUT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 23 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Chael Sonnen, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Hosts Florian and Sonnen interview UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira about their upcoming title match at UFC 172. Light heavyweight contender Phil Davis talks about his UFC 172 bout with Anthony Johnson. Insider Ariel Helwani and Karyn Bryant add reports.

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER – TOURNAMENT KICKS OFF WITH MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, April 23 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: BJ Penn, Frankie Edgar
  • This Week: Eight middleweights and eight light heavyweights move into the fighter house, ready to pursue their dreams of becoming The Ultimate Fighter. The tournament kicks off with a middleweight matchup between Irishman Cathal Pendred and the Mexican-born Hector Urbina. At weigh-ins, coaches BJ Penn and Frankie Edgar must pull their heated fighters apart. Later, the two middleweights enter the Octagon prepared for a vicious battle.

UFC 172 WEIGH-IN SHOW: CORMIER JOINS AS ANALYST

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Friday, April 25 (4:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Coverage of UFC 172: JONES VS. TEIXEIRA begins on FOX Sports 2 with the UFC 172 WEIGH-IN as the 22 fighters try to make weight for their fights. UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier and light heavyweight Chael Sonnen join as analysts.

UFC 172 PREFIGHT SHOW: JONES – TEIXEIRA TITLE FIGHT PREVIEW

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, April 26 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Host Jay Glazer and analysts Cormier, Sonnen and Stann preview the fights at UFC 172.

           

UFC 172 PRELIMS FEATURE KEY MATCHUP BETWEEN TOP-RANKED FLYWEIGHTS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, April 26 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan, Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: TheUFC 172 PRELIMS feature four exciting fights, including a flyweight bout between No. 2-ranked Joseph Benavidez (19-4) and No. 8-ranked Tim Elliott (10-4-1). Plus, Japanese legend Takanori Gomi (34-9, 1NC) faces Isaac Vallie-Flagg (14-4-1) in a lightweight bout.

UFC 172 POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, April 26 (1:00 AM ET)
  • Talent: Jay Glazer, Chael Sonnen, Daniel Cormier, Brian Stann, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: The UFC ON FOX studio crew recaps UFC 172 and analyzes the light heavyweight title fight between champion Jon Jones and challenger Glover Teixeira. The one-hour review also features exclusive interviews with the winners, plus UFC President Dana White.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER – FABER ON THE BRINK

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, April 27 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: UFC veteran Urijah Faber provides an exclusive first person account of his much anticipated fight week and bantamweight title tilt against Renan Barao. Plus, UFC stars reveal who their idols are, and how they inspire them to this day. Then, Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar contemplate a world in which the UFC never existed, and riff on the careers some of the sport’s most famed fighters would have pursued instead.

SUPERCROSS

 

VILLOPOTO POISED TO COLLECT FOURTH CONSECUTIVE TITLE THIS WEEKEND – SHEHEEN SAYS ROCZEN IS SEASON’S BIGGEST SURPRISE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 2, Saturday, April 26 (7:30 PM ET); FOX Sports 1 re-airs Sunday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m. ET
  • Talent: Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig, Ricky Carmichael, Jenny Taft, Danielle Trotta
  • This Week: Three-time defending 450SX Class champion Ryan Villopoto is a virtual lock for a fourth consecutive title when Monster Energy Supercross rolls into MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Saturday. As riders prepare for the season’s penultimate race, FOX Sports’ Ralph Sheheen offers insight into Supercross surprises and disappointments: “The biggest surprise might have been the rookie class. There were a lot of expectations coming into the year as to how Ken Roczen and Eli Tomac would do. Tomac struggled with injuries and still hasn’t really found the speed many thought he would have. Roczen, on the other hand, has been in the title chase all season, won a couple of rounds and even claimed the highly prestigious Anaheim season opener. I think the biggest disappointment has to be Ryan Dungey. Once again, he was a title contender and a pre-season favorite and, once again, he is going to come up short. He also had a handful of races he should have won that he came up short in. He rides well but just ends up a hair short.” To take a virtual run on the MetLife course, please visit: http://foxs.pt/1hiB4gQ. In addition, a premiere airing of the AMSOIL Arenacross race from Albuquerque debuts Sunday, April 27 (2:00 PM ET) on FOX Sports 1.

MOTOGP

MOTOGP HEADS TO ARGENTINA FOR THE FIRST TIME

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, April 27 (12:00-2:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Bob Varsha; analysts Gregory Haines and Nick Harris
  • This Week: MotoGP heads to Argentina for the first time ever this weekend at the newly upgraded Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo in Santiago del Estero, Argentina. The MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of Argentina marks the series’ first race in South America since the 2004 Rio De Janeiro Grand Prix in Brazil. MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez dominated all weekend long in the Grand Prix of the Americas two weeks ago in Austin, Texas, en route to netting his second win in as many races this season. He leads the point standings by 14 points over Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.  Two-time World Champion Jorge Lorenzo looks to jumpstart his season in the season’s third race after enduring a terrible start to the season that saw him crash out on the first lap in the season opener at Qatar and suffer a penalty at Austin en route to finishing 10th.

BOXING

GOLDEN BOY BOXING RETURNS TO PUERTO RICO WITH TWO BELTS ON THE LINE

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday, April 28 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Rich Marotta, Beto Duran and Jessica Rosales
  • This Week: Golden Boy Promotions returns to the boxing-rich island of Puerto Rico with a 10-round WBA Fedelatin Super Lightweight Title fight between Michael “The Artist” Perez (19-1-2, 10 KOs) from Newark, N.J. and 23-year-old Jorge “Koky” Romero (24-8, 21 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. The bout is Perez’ sixth in Puerto Rico and he will attempt to extend his five-fight unbeaten streak against Mexican warrior Romero, reigniting the storied Puerto Rico vs. Mexico boxing rivalry. In the co-main event, two of the top junior bantamweights in the world battle for a world title shot, as Puerto Rico’s own McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs) faces off against fellow unbeaten Ezequiel Aquino (15-0-1, 10 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in an IBF Junior Bantamweight title elimination bout.

RED BULL

RED BULL AIR RACE HEADS TO CROATIA FOR SECOND STOP

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday, April 28 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Host Nick Fellows, analyst Mike Mangold
  • This Week: On the Adriatic Sea amidst the breathtaking scenery of the historic town of Rovinj, Croatia, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship readies for the second leg of its eight-stop series. Britain’s Paul Bonhomme won the season opener in Abu Dhabi, and is holding a slim lead over Austria’s Hannes Arch and Canada’s Pete McLeod. In the Red Bull Air Race, pilots race against the clock as they try to navigate their race planes as fast as possible through a challenging low-altitude slalom course filled with Air Gate obstacles. The pilots endure forces of up to 10Gs in the tight air-course turns..

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – KAPLER ON WHY PUJOLS IS ONE OF BEST HITTERS OF OUR GENERATION

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Don Bell, Ryan Field, Charissa Thompson, Gary Payton, Jim Jackson, Gabe Kapler, Bill Reiter and Petros Papadakis
  • This Week: On Thursday, April 24, Detroit Pistons Point Guard and 2004 NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups joins in studio as a guest panelist.On Tuesday night’s edition of FOX SPORTS LIVE, Gabe Kapler broke down Albert Pujols’ power resurgence and how the Angels’ slugger hit career home runs Nos. 499 and 500 on the same night: “What we’re seeing this year is just an absolute resurgence in his pure pop. It’s not necessarily his line drives or his base hits, but his home runs are there. What’s happening here is we get to celebrate a man that has been arguably the greatest right-handed hitter of our generation, right up there with Miguel Cabrera.” Click here to watch the entire segment.

AMERICA’S PREGAME – 2004 NBA FINALS MVP BILLUPS ON THURSDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Mike Hill and Molly McGrath
  • This Week: This week, Mike and Molly are joined by FOX Sports analysts Royce Clayton, Scott Fujita, Kenny Florian, Chael Sonnen, Matt Iseman and Jim Jackson, while 2004 NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups is in studio on Thursday, April 24.

CROWD GOES WILD – 3X SUPERCROSS CHAMP RYAN VILLOPOTO ON THURSDAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (5:00 PM ET); airs at 8:00 PM ET on Friday, April 25
  • Talent:  Regis Philbin, Georgie Thompson, Jason Gay, Michael Kosta, Trevor Pryce and Katie Nolan. Guest panelist Cliff Floyd on Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25.
  • Guests: Bill Laimbeer (New York Liberty Head Coach & General Manager) and Ryan Villopoto (three-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion) on Thursday, April 24; Jim Norton (comedian & radio personality) and Nick Young (Los Angeles Lakers) on Friday, April 25; and Eric LeGrand (former Rutgers football player and host of “A Walk to Believe”) on Monday, April 28.
  • ICYMI: In case you missed it, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones stopped by CROWD GOES WILD this week and talked about his cat, Ronda Rousey vs. Floyd Mayweather, and why, despite having two brothers in the NFL, he didn’t play football. Click here to watch the full interview.

THE MIKE FRANCESA SHOW

  • Network: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (1:00-4:00 PM ET) and FOX Sports 2, weekdays (4:00-6:30 PM ET); airs from 1:00-6:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 2 Wednesday, April 23, Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30; preempted Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25
  • Talent:  Mike Francesa

NASCAR on FOX, FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports 2 from Las Vegas Motor Speedway

NASCAR_on_FOXFollowing a dominating win by Kevin Harvick at Phoenix International Raceway last week in only his second start for Stewart-Haas Racing, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the season’s third race, live on FOX on Sunday, March 9 (3:00 PM ET) with pre-race coverage beginning at 2:30 PM ET.  Mike Joy leads the NASCAR on FOX booth with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and former crew chief Larry McReynolds.  Chris Myers hosts with analysis from Michael Waltrip and pit reports from Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum.

FOX Sports 1’s NASCAR RACEDAY (1:30 PM ET) kicks off Sunday’s coverage, immediately followed by network pre-race coverage on FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (2:30 PM ET).  FOX Deportes telecasts the race live beginning at 3:00 PM ET, while FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, offers live streaming of the race, as well as all practice and qualifying sessions telecast on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2.   Customers of participating video providers may access the live streams of the race through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com.

FOX Sports 1 features live coverage of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES practice and qualifying sessions from Las Vegas on Friday, while FOX Sports 2 picks up on Saturday. Sunday’s NASCAR VICTORY LANE on FOX Sports 1 features complete post-race interviews and analysis of the day’s pivotal moments.

Below are quotes from NASCAR on FOX analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds on the week’s headlines:

DARRELL WALTRIP ON KURT BUSCH RUNNING THE INDY/CHARLOTTE DOUBLE:

“What I particularly like about Kurt is his willingness to step outside the box and take chances; do something different.  He had his own drag car, which he’d always wanted to do.  That was a great experience for him.  Indy cars are intriguing to all of us.  Even back in my driving days, there were drivers who did both Indy and NASCAR — the Allisons and Cale (Yarborough) — but it never appealed to me because the cars were dangerous and scared me a bit.  I like Kurt’s willingness to take chances.  That’s how he is on the track and how his whole life has been.  He’s willing to take chances and put it all on the line.  It’s a big risk, but it could be a big reward.”

LARRY MCREYNOLDS ON VARIETY OF TRACKS IN THE FIRST FIVE NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACES & WHEN TEAMS CAN TAKE STOCK OF THEIR PERFORMANCE: “Our first five races are run on five completely different types of tracks.  Normally after we’ve been to these first five races, regardless of the rules package, we have a pretty good measure of who is in trouble and who is in good shape in the garage.  The teams know this.  Teams and drivers can’t control some things, such as wrecks and engine failures, but as far as sheer performance is concerned, if teams perform well and leave Fontana with good performance across the board in the fifth race, they can assume they’re in pretty good shape moving ahead through the season.”

DARRELL WALTRIP ON STEWART-HAAS RACING’S 2014 START:

“It doesn’t surprise me Kevin Harvick and Rodney Childers have had success so fast. Rodney is smart and a racer; he has driven before, so he understands the car and what a driver needs.  He’s laidback where Kevin can be high strung at times.  Tony Stewart has a new crew chief and has been trying to compete injured, which is hard. I haven’t seen it visibly affect him yet, but having been hurt myself, it’s a huge distraction, although you can drive through it.  He’s not 100 percent yet.  I can’t assess Danica.  I hope we haven’t seen the best of her, but when drivers come in with high expectations and perceived potential but don’t live up to that immediately, sometimes they never do.  She’s had some bad luck but most of that is because of where she has been running.  She is off to a shaky start and needs something good to happen to boost her confidence.”

NASCAR ON FOX, FOX SPORTS 1 & FOX SPORTS 2 AT LAS VEGAS PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

*All times live unless otherwise indicated & subject to change

Friday, March 7

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES PRACTICE (2:00-3:30 PM ET) (FOX SPORTS 1)

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES PRACTICE (3:30-4:30 PM ET) (FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR LIVE (4:30-5:00 PM ET) (FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES FINAL PRACTICE (5:00-6:30 PM ET) (FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES QUALIFYING (6:30-8:00 PM ET) (FOX Sports 1)

Saturday, March 8

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES PRACTICE (11:30 AM-12:30 PM ET) (FOX Sports 2)

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES QUALIFYING (12:30-2:00 PM ET) (FOX Sports 2)

NASCAR LIVE (2:00-2:30 PM ET) (FOX Sports 2)

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES FINAL PRACTICE (2:30-3:30 PM ET) (FOX Sports 2)

Sunday, March 9

NASCAR RACEDAY (1:30-2:30 PM ET) (FOX Sports 1)

FOX NASCAR SUNDAY (2:30-3:00 PM ET) (FOX)

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACING FROM PHOENIX (3:00 PM ET) (FOX)

NASCAR VICTORY LANE (8:00-8:30 PM ET; delayed) (FOX Sports 1)

- FOX SPORTS -

FOX Sports Offers Multi-Platform, Flag-to-Flag Coverage from Iconic Rolex 24 at Daytona

fox-sports-logoField of Motor Sports All-Stars Competes

for First TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

FOX, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports GO

Combine to Cover Entire 24 Hours

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship make its debut in grand style, taking the green flag at the 52nd running of the iconic Rolex 24 of Daytona Jan. 25-26, with the FOX Sports family of networks delivering 15 hours of live coverage, beginning Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2:00 PM ET on FOX.

Bob Varsha once again leads a broadcast booth that includes Calvin Fish, Dorsey Schroeder, Brian Till, Tommy Kendall and Justin Bell. Chris Neville, Jamie Howe, Andrew Marriott and Matt Yocum report from the pits.

“There’s lots of reasons why the atmosphere in the garage at the Rolex 24 at Daytona is unlike any other race, and the stellar driver lineup is first among them,” Varsha said. “To be honest, we try hard on the television side to make sure the full-season drivers don’t feel they’re being ignored when Daytona becomes the racing version of a red carpet premiere. But we probably shouldn’t worry, because the series regulars naturally want to race against the best competition, and the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship has made it easier than ever to bring together that pool of driving talent from around the world. It’s fun to watch the drivers interact at the track, knowing that each has just one goal in mind, and that is winning a Rolex.”

Second-day coverage of the twice-around-the-clock event begins Sunday, Jan. 26 at 7 AM ET on FOX Sports 1 and runs through the conclusion at Daytona International Speedway.

Overnight coverage from the event is live-streamed on FOX Sports GO from Jan. 25 at 9 PM ET to Jan. 26 at 7 AM ET, with live on-board coverage from multiple vehicles streaming throughout the event on SPEED: the Motors on FOX Blog (www.speed.com).

Schroeder, whose decades-long racing résumé includes time behind the wheel in Trans Am, IMSA, IROC, ALMS and the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans, thinks the learning curve will be steep in this inaugural event under the new format.

“Keep an eye on the new breed of Pro-Sportscar racers and how they learn to deal with other cars that achieve lap times by being fast on different areas of the race track,” Schroeder said. “It will take time to adjust to new rules and enforcement … learning to race with one another, without hindering one another.”

Under the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship banner, the race features four different classes on track simultaneously:

·         The lead Prototype (P) class, combining the Rolex Series’ GRAND-AM’s Daytona Prototypes plus the ALMS’ P2 and DeltaWing cars

·         Prototype Challenge (PC), retained from the current ALMS class structure

·         GT Le Mans (GTLM), consisting of the ALMS’ current GT class

·         GT Daytona (GTD), consisting of the Rolex Series’ current GT and GX classes and the ALMS’ current GTC class

Broadcast schedule (All times Eastern and subject to change):

·         Saturday, Jan. 25 – FOX (2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, LIVE)

·         Saturday, Jan. 25 – FOX Sports 2 (4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, LIVE)

·         Saturday/Sunday, Jan. 25-26 – FOX Sports GO (9:00 PM to 7:00 AM)

·         Sunday, Jan. 26 – FOX Sports 1 (7:00 AM to 3:00 PM)

In addition to streaming on-board coverage, SPEED: the Motors on FOX Blog covers the event all week with hourly race blog updates, photo galleries, fast-turn video and active social media participation.

The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge also launches its 2014 campaign at Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Jan. 24. FOX Sports 2 will have same-day television coverage of the season opener at 6 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Group Adds Crew Chief Steve Letarte To NASCAR Broadcast Team

nbc-sports-groupMeteoric Career Includes Crew Chief Roles with Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and now NBC 

  Media Conference Scheduled for 8:30 AM ET Tomorrow at Daytona International Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.January 9, 2014 — NBC Sports Group’s upcoming NASCAR coverage continues to take shape as another prominent figure from the sanctioning body’s elite series joins NBC and NBCSN’s expanding broadcast team.  Current Hendrick Motorsports crew chief Steve Letarte, who once stood at the helm of Jeff Gordon’s famed No. 24 race team, and now leads the crew behind the ultra-popular No. 88 car driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr., has reached an agreement to join NBC’s multi-platform NASCAR coverage beginning in 2015.  The announcement was made today by Sam Flood, Executive Producer, NBC Sports and NBCSN, and will be discussed in further detail at a Media Conference scheduled for 8:30 AM ET tomorrow at Daytona International Speedway.

“I’ve always been impressed with Steve Letarte’s interviews, and feel smarter after hearing him break down the crucial elements of each race,” said Flood. “It wasn’t long into our first meeting about this potential role on our broadcast team when I realized that Steve is going to be ‘Must See TV.’”

Letarte will join fellow analyst Jeff Burton and race announcer Rick Allen across NBC Sports Group’s exclusive coverage of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series action on NBC and NBCSN, which includes races, pre- and post-race shows, qualifying, and studio programming. Click here for more information on Jeff Burton and Rick Allen.

“As soon as I met with Sam Flood and his team at NBC Sports it became obvious to me how excited they are to be covering NASCAR in 2015 and beyond.  Their excitement, along with my love for racing, solidified my decision to move away from the pit box and into the broadcast booth,” said Letarte.  “I want to thank Rick Hendrick and everyone at Hendrick Motorsports for the opportunities they have given me over the last 18 years, and I want to reaffirm my commitment to Dale Jr. and the entire 88 team to go win races and challenge for the championship in 2014.”

Letarte has worked for Hendrick Motorsports since he was just 16 years old.  In 1996, after graduating from high school early, Steve started traveling with the No. 24 race team, driven by Jeff Gordon, as a full-time mechanic and tire specialist.  His impressive work ethic moved him up the ranks quickly, assuming the role of car chief in 2002, and then crew chief for the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion in 2005 when Steve was 26.  After five successful seasons with the No. 24 team and Gordon, Letarte embarked on a new challenge and joined Hendrick’s No. 88 team driven by Dale Earnhardt Jr.  Letarte and the No. 88 team started the 2011 season strong by capturing the pole at the Daytona 500,  and went on to qualify for the Chase, the first time for Earnhardt since 2008.  In 2012, Letarte and Earnhardt combined for their first win together, on Father’s Day at Michigan International Speedway.  Throughout the 2013 season, the No. 88 team solidly remained in the Top 10 in points and made the Chase for the Sprint Cup yet again.  Steve and his wife, Tricia, live in North Carolina with their two children.

On July 23, 2013, NASCAR and NBC Sports Group reached a comprehensive agreement that grants NBCUniversal exclusive rights to the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series events, select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events and other live content beginning in 2015.

With this partnership, NBC’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race schedule includes a designation as the exclusive home to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, when the elite national series races through its final 10 events of the season.  The Chase culminates with the season-ending championship event, which returns to network television in 2015 for the first time since 2009. Of NBC Sports Group’s 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, seven will be carried on NBC annually, with 13 airing on NBCSN. Four of NBC Sports Group’s 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series races will air on NBC, with 15 airing on NBCSN.

In addition to NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races, NBC also obtained exclusive rights to practice and qualifying sessions for NBC’s national series events during their portion of the season, as well as rights to broadcast the NASCAR K&N Series, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series, the NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony and NASCAR’s season-ending banquets. Further, NBC is granted Spanish-language rights, certain video-on-demand rights and exclusive TV Everywhere rights for its NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series events.

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NBCSN To Present 13 IndyCar Races During 2014 Season

NBCSN_LogoRace Coverage Begins with Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 13 & Includes Houston and Toronto Doubleheaders, Season Finale at Fontana

STAMFORD, Conn. – December 3, 2013 – NBCSN will deliver comprehensive coverage of the 2014 IndyCar season, beginning with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 12-13. All 13 races, which include the final 11 races of the season, will also be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.

Following NBCSN’s coverage of the Grand Prix of Long Beach, the series shifts to Barber Motorsports Park for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. NBCSN will then present live coverage of the final 11 races on the IndyCar schedule, including the Firestone 600 from Texas Motor Speedway on June 7 in primetime, followed by the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader on June 28-29.

NBCSN’s remaining coverage features the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader on July 19-20, the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma from Sonoma Raceway on Aug. 24, and the season-finale MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships from Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. on Aug. 30 in primetime.

In addition, NBCSN will present coverage of Carb Day from the Indy 500 on Friday, May 23 starting at 11 a.m. ET.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream coverage of the 2014 IndyCar season via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the 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 airing on NBCSN 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.

Click here for the participating cable/satellite/telco companies offering NBC Sports Live Extra:

http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2013/08/16/nbc-sports-live-extra-providers/

2014 INDYCAR RACE COVERAGE

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sun,, April 13 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach NBCSN 4 p.m.
Sun., April 27 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama NBCSN 2:30 p.m.
Sat., June 7 Firestone 600 NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., June 28 Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston – Race 1 NBCSN 3 p.m.
Sun., June 29 Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston – Race 2 NBCSN 3 p.m.
Sun., July 6 Pocono IndyCar 500 NBCSN Noon
Sat, July 12 Iowa Corn Indy 300 NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., July 19 Honda Indy Toronto – Race 1 NBCSN 3 p.m.
Sun, July 20 Honda Indy Toronto – Race 2 NBCSN 3 p.m.
Sun., August 3 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio NBCSN 3 p.m.
Sun., August 17 ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 NBCSN 3 p.m.
Sun., August 24 GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma NBCSN 4 p.m.
Sat., August 30 MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships NBCSN 9 p.m.

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

NBC Sports Group Presents Final Formula One™ Grand Prix Of Season From Brazil Across NBC, NBCSN And CNBC This Weekend

NBC-sports-groupRace Coverage of Brazilian Grand Prix Begins Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on NBC

Four-Time World Champion Sebastian Vettel Aims to Tie Formula One Record with Ninth Consecutive Victory

Live Coverage Begins with Practice on Friday at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN; Qualifying Airs at Saturday at 11 a.m. ET on CNBC

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 21, 2013Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) aims to tie a Formula One™ record this week with his ninth consecutive victory, when NBC Sports Group’s 2013 F1 race coverage concludes with the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on NBC. Coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix will air across NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, beginning Friday with practice at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

Vettel recorded his eighth straight victory this past weekend at the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. A victory in Brazil would tie Alberto Ascari’s F1-record nine straight victories spanning the 1952-53 seasons. A win in Brazil would also give Vettel 13 victories this year, tying Michael Schumacher’s F1 record for most wins in one season.

Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix is the final race on the 2013 F1 schedule, and the fourth F1 race to air live on NBC this year. NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix begins Friday at 11 a.m. ET with practice on NBCSN. CNBC will carry live coverage of qualifying on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET, leading into Sunday’s race coverage on NBC at 11 a.m. ET.

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide live comprehensive streaming coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix, as well as practice and qualifying in the days preceding the race.

In addition to coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix, NBC will present coverage of the Red Bull Hare Scramble on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET.

 

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Fri., November 22 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice NBCSN 11 a.m.
Sat., November 23 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice (Encore) NBCSN 12 a.m.
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying CNBC 11 a.m.
Red Bull Signature Series – Hare Scramble NBC 2:30 p.m.
Sun., November 24 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) NBCSN 1 a.m.
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix   NBC 11 a.m.
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix (Encore) NBCSN 3 p.m.

COMMENTATORS: Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Brazilian Grand Prix, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Interlagos in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Todd Harris (play-by-play) and Tes Sewell (analyst) will provide live commentary of the Red Bull Hare Scramble in Erzberg, Austria.

FORMULA ONE™ 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 comprehensive streaming coverage of the Brazilian Grand Prix, as well as practice and qualifying in the days preceding the race . 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 airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN 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 IZOD IndyCar Series, Formula One, 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:

  • Keith Collantine (@KeithCollantine), editor and creator of the F1Fanatic blog;
  • Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1) creator of the F1 site RichlandF1.com;
  • Tony DiZinno (@TonyDiZinno), who has written for RACER Magazine and has covered IndyCar and NASCAR since 2006;
  • Writer Christopher Estrada (@estradawriting) who has written for the Boston Globe, FoxSports.com, created the Indy Racing Revolution blog and is a contributor to IndyCar’s IndyCar Nation blog.

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

SOCIAL: Follow @MotorsportsTalk, @F1onNBCSports and @NBCSN on Twitter and “like” Facebook.com/NBC Sports for the most up-to-date news, videos and commentary about Formula One on NBC Sports and NBCSN.

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

– NBC SPORTS GROUP

Formula One™ United States Grand Prix Notes & Quotes

NBC-sports-group“They are rockets on the ground, and their drivers are magnificent.” – NBC Sports Group F1 Commentator Leigh Diffey

“He is metronomically perfect.” – Analyst Steve Matchett on Sebastian Vettel

“We have run out of superlatives for this guy. He is just the best of his generation.” – F1 Insider Will Buxton on Vettel

STAMFORD, Conn. – November 17, 2013 – NBC Sports presented live coverage of the United States Grand Prix from Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Sunday. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) led wire-to-wire to win the U.S. Grand Prix, his F1 record eighth consecutive victory this season.

Coverage began with F1 Countdown, NBC’s 60-minute, on-site pre-race show, at 1 p.m. ET. NBC Sports Group’s lead F1 commentator Leigh Diffey opened the show live on-site at COTA, and was joined by David Hobbs (analyst), Steve Matchett (analyst) and Will Buxton (reporter).

Highlights from F1 Countdown included:

  • Leigh Diffey’s sit-down interview with 2013 F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who clinched his fourth straight F1 title three weeks earlier at the Indian Grand Prix.
  • NBC’s The Tonight Show host Jay Leno driving laps around COTA in a McLaren MP4-12C.
  • An essay from former driver and motorsports analyst Sam Posey, celebrating Sebastian Vettel’s historic ascension to the top of Formula One™.
  • Will Buxton’s live interviews from the grid with Bernie Ecclestone, President and CEO of Formula One™, and Niki Lauda, a three-time F1 champion and the subject of Universal Pictures’ recent biographical F1 drama Rush.
  • Live coverage of the national anthem sung by Danielle Bradbery, Season Four winner of NBC’s The Voice.
  • Rush director Ron Howard voiced the show open for NBC’s broadcast of the 2013 U.S. Grand Prix.

Immediately following Sebastian Vettel’s victory at the U.S. Grand Prix, his eighth consecutive win this season, NBC Sports carried a live radio transmission from Vettel to his Red Bull team.

Sebastian Vettel’s radio transmission to the Red Bull team: “Speechless. I’m speechless. We have to remember these days…we have to remember these days, because there’s no guarantee they will last forever….enjoy them as long as they last. I love you guys. We have an incredible team spirit –  incredible. I’m so proud of you. I love you.”

Following are notes and quotes from Sunday’s coverage:

PRE-RACE COVERAGE

Leigh Diffey on Circuit of the Americas: “Some drivers say, ‘I do like this track, I don’t like this track.’ Circuit of the Americas is universally loved by all 22 drivers.”

Jay Leno on Circuit of the Americas after driving laps around the track: “This is really a great track. It’s designed to be one of the best tracks in the world, and it is. It has just the right number of corners and turns. It’s exciting…I’m not used to going that fast without a cop behind me.”

Will Buxton on Sebastian Vettel: “We have run out of superlatives for this guy. He is just the best of his generation.”

Steve Matchett: “He is metronomically perfect. Lap after lap…in a way, Sebastian Vettel is a part of the machine – the Red Bull machine, and it’s a fantastic thing to behold.”

David Hobbs on possible team and driver changes heading into 2014: “If I were Sergio Perez, only told last week that I was out on my ear, I’d be pretty ticked off. Nico Hulkenberg, they don’t know where he’s going, and in my mind he’s one of the best drivers out there.”

Matchett on Pastor Maldonado: “We know that he’s very, very unhappy with his current team, Williams, to the point where he’s suggested that the team has actually tried to jeopardize his race. I don’t believe that for a second.”

RACE COVERAGE

Diffey as cars line up on grid: “They are rockets on the ground, and their pilots are simply magnificent.”

Hobbs on Vettel: “He is just extraordinary on restarts. Every time there’s a safety car and a restart, he catches them off-guard – every, single time.”

Hobbs on quick pit stops in F1: “It really is fabulous to watch. The car hardly comes to rest. If you were the average cop, and you saw that and thought it was a stop sign, you’d call it a rolling stop.”

Hobbs on Romain Grosjean: “Romain Grosjean has had a bit of a bad rap the couple of years, but he’s driving impeccably…if he can hang on to this second spot, it’s going to be a massive feather in his cap.”

Matchett on Vettel: “He wants everything. He’s a very calm guy out of the car, but in the car he’s a killer.”

POST-RACE COVERAGE

Hobbs on Vettel following victory at U.S. Grand Prix: “He really appreciated what he’s achieved, what he’s achieving and how he’s achieved it. He’s saying, ‘these things don’t last forever, these things don’t go on, so let’s take the opportunity while it’s here,”…you never know when things are going to change.”

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Diffey to Hobbs: “I just can’t help but think back to the words that we heard from Sebastian Vettel post-race when he was doing the donuts. Incredibly deep and profound, and he’s really realizing his place in the sport’s history, isn’t he?”

Hobbs: “Absolutely, and he’s also realizing his place in life. That things don’t always stay the same, and when you’re on a roll like he’s on, he’s just bound and determined to continue the winning, because you never know when it’s all going to come to an end.”

Matchett: “He struck me as being very mature as well. Emotional, controlled, but very mature…you’ve got to enjoy these days while they’re around…Red Bull are experiencing this wonderful period of domination for them, but we all know that in Formula One, these periods of domination don’t last forever.”

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Lewis Hamilton to Will Buxton on U.S. Grand Prix: “I still love the Silverstone (British) Grand Prix because it’s my home grand prix, but I have to say that the U.S. has taken over. The city is so vibrant during the weekend, and the atmosphere is incredible. I’ve never seen so many people…usually, Montreal is a really good event, but I think this has topped Montreal as well. The track is really nice to drive…it provides great racing.”

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–

Jeff Gordon Reveals Opportunity That Few People Knew About – Not Even Rick Hendrick – on NASCAR Race Hub

fox-sports-1GORDON ON WHAT RICK HENDRICK MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN: “…I HAD A POTENTIAL FORMULA ONE OFFER AT ONE TIME.”

Talks Candidly About Changing His Approach as He Grows Older

Charlotte, N.C. – Four-time Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon sat down with NASCAR RACE HUB host Danielle Trotta to talk about his career, and what big opportunity existed early on that car owner Rick Hendrick may not have known about.

Here is what Gordon had to say on Thursday’s (10/14) edition of the show.

Jeff Gordon on pursuing other forms of racing early in his career: “When I first started to come into the NASCAR Nationwide Series – I did both (sprint cars & stock cars) because I was still competing for championships in other series. Once I became more established in the Cup Series with (Rick) Hendrick, it really wasn’t something I thought about. I’ve always enjoyed all forms of racing, if I can get the opportunity and drive another car; have a new experience, like I did with the F1 car and the 24 Hours of Daytona. The one thing that went through my head that I don’t think Hendrick even knew about was that I had a potential Formula One offer at one time. But, it was going to race in lower series – maybe even IndyCar. I was established in Cup; very happy with where I was at, things were going extremely well and that was a whole career change for me, in a racing series I knew very little about from a driving stand point, I was always an oval track driver. But that conversation never happened with Hendrick, that was behind the scenes and I made the choice and the decision on my own. We were coming up on some contracts and I chose to stay with Hendrick and won the championship the next year. It was a good choice.”

Gordon’s response to former crew chief Ray Evernham’s claim that he may want a different feel (in the car) now: “I think that when he and I were together, I was so young and super aggressive. I knew so little about the cars; all I knew was whatever he said, ‘Yep. That’s right.’ Just go out there and drive the wheels off the car. It’s not that, all of a sudden, I’ve started to drive different – the competition is different. What edge we had over the competition is a lot different. I give Ray a lot of credit for that. Have I changed? Absolutely, I’m 42 years old now. I drive using my head a little bit more… a little bit too much at times. I think that’s what happens over time. When you are younger, you’re more aggressive. When your older, you think about when to be aggressive, when to be patient. And as you get older and older, you start to think about patience, and less about the aggressiveness.

On his children’s level of understanding: “For (daughter) Ella, she has a pretty good understanding being six. For (son) Leo, every day I come home and if I was testing, or if I had just went to the race shop, did you win? I love having them at the race track. That also brings a lot of pride, joy and motivation for me to go out there and represent my team, my family and be the best driver that I can be out there – and also try to go to victory lane more often.