NASCAR and FOX Sports Extend And Expand Multi-Platform Rights Agreement

nascarfoxFOX Sports Adds Two Years to Agreement Announced In October,

Three More NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Races and 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series Events

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 1, 2013) – FOX Sports and NASCAR solidified their future together last October when they announced a multi-platform, multi-series media rights agreement through 2022. Today, less than 10 months later, the two organizations announced they have extended that agreement, which begins in 2015 and runs through 2024. In addition, FOX Sports has added exclusive rights to three additional NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events and the first 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series events of each season. FOX Sports secured exclusive rights to the entire NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season through 2022 last fall and that part of the agreement also has been extended through 2024.

Financial terms of the extended agreement were not disclosed.

NASCAR’s media rights package for 2015 and beyond is now complete with FOX Sports holding rights to the first 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, first 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series races and entire NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. NBC, which last broadcast NASCAR events in 2006, will televise the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series races and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events beginning in 2015.

In total, NASCAR will have the same number of NASCAR Sprint Cup races on network television – 16 – as it does in the current television package. FOX Sports will broadcast nine races and NBC will show seven.

“FOX Sports has been an outstanding partner for NASCAR and we could not be more pleased with the additional commitment they are making to our sport and the fans,” said NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. “FOX Sports has delivered for our fans a number of innovations that have changed how our sport is presented, and our entire industry has now come to expect excellence from NASCAR on FOX. We believe this new agreement underscores our shared commitment to the fans over the next decade.”

FOX Sports began broadcasting live NASCAR races in 2001 and will launch its new all-sports network, FOX Sports 1, on Aug. 17 with a live broadcast of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race from Michigan International Speedway as the network’s first-ever live event. NASCAR will be an anchor property for FOX Sports 1 and has been a large part of the promotional efforts to launch the new network. This new agreement marks the return of the NASCAR Nationwide Series to FOX Sports, a series it broadcast as part of its original package beginning in 2001.

“FOX Sports is now the exclusive home of NASCAR, the most popular racing series in America, for the first five months of every season through 2024,” said FOX Sports Co-Presidents and COOs Randy Freer and Eric Shanks. “The NASCAR Nationwide Series is second only to NASCAR Sprint Cup as the most-watched form of auto racing in the country. FOX Sports now owns the sport every weekend from Speedweeks and the Daytona 500 through June, and we expect these events to provide significant viewership for FOX Sports 1. The addition of Nationwide to the 1,100 hours of original motorsports programming already scheduled clearly puts FOX Sports at the front of the race to serve motorsports fans in the U.S.”

“We obviously are excited to extend our relationship with FOX Sports with a good balance of racing on the FOX Network,” said NASCAR VP of Broadcasting and Productions Steve Herbst. “NASCAR on FOX has been very popular with NASCAR fans everywhere and we believe its expanded schedule will strengthen its relationship with the fans and provide the sport with many opportunities to cross-promote and grow our combined audiences.”

Summary of FOX Sports’ Exclusive Rights (2015-2024):

·         First 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points races of each season, including the Daytona 500

o    Nine on FOX Sports and seven on FOX Sports 1

·         First 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series points races of each season

o    Fourteen races on FOX Sports 1

·         NASCAR Sprint Unlimited, Budweiser Duel and NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race

·         All NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series, three international series and GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, both known for competition on road courses. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information, visit www.nascar.com and follow NASCAR at www.facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

About FOX Sports

FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX’s wide array of multi-platform U.S.-based sports assets. Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FOX Sports 1; FOX’s 22 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2Go; FUEL TV; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports. In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes FOXSports.com on MSN, FOX Sports GO, Whatifsports.com, Scout.com and Yardbarker.com. Also included in the Group are FOX’s interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network, BTN 2Go and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network and FOX Sports Skybox restaurants.

NBC Sports Group To Air 19 Hours Of Motorsports Coverage This Weekend Across NBC, NBC Sports Network And NBC Sports Live Extra

NBC-sports-groupCoverage Highlighted by Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix Live on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 25, 2013 – NBC Sports Group will air 19 hours of motorsports coverage this weekend across NBC, NBC Sports Network and NBC Sports Live Extra. Coverage is highlighted by the Formula One™ Hungarian Grand Prix live at 7:30 a.m. ET this Sunday on NBC Sports Network, followed immediately by F1 Extra, a half-hour post-race show.

NBC Sports Network’s F1 coverage begins on Friday at 8 a.m. ET with practice, followed by live qualifying on Saturday at 8 a.m. ET. NBC Sports Network will also air GP2, F1’s developmental series, on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET.

Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull), who leads the F1 driver standings with 157 points, aims for his fifth victory of the season and third in four Grand Prixes after winning in his native Germany earlier this month. No. 4-ranked Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) took the checkered flag in last year’s Hungarian Grand Prix, and looks for his first win of the 2013 season.

In addition to F1, AMA Motocross will air live on NBC on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET and continue on NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. ET. NBC will also air Octane Academy at 5 p.m.

NBC Sports Live Extra will also provide comprehensive, live streaming coverage of motorsports this weekend, including off-broadcast coverage of AMA Motocross at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday. A vast majority of coverage will be streamed 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.

Date Coverage Network Time   (ET)
Fri., July 26 Practice NBCSN 8 a.m.
Sat., July 27 Practice Encore NBCSN 12 a.m.
Qualifying NBCSN 8 a.m.
AMA Motocross NBC Sports Live Extra 10:30 a.m.
AMA Motocross NBC Sports Live Extra 1 p.m.
AMA Motocross NBC 3 p.m.
AMA Motocross NBCSN 4 p.m.
Octane Academy NBC 5 p.m.
Qualifying Encore NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sun., July 28 Hungarian Grand Prix NBCSN 7:30 a.m.
F1 Extra NBCSN 10 a.m.
Hungarian Grand Prix Encore NBCSN 1 p.m.
F1 Extra Encore NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
GP2 NBCSN 4 p.m.

COMMENTATORS: Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Hungarian 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 Hungaroring Circuit in Budapest, Hungary, and will also call the GP2 race.

Jeff Weigandt, Jeff Emig and Kelli Stavast will host AMA Motocross coverage from Spring Creek National in Millville, Minn.

NBC SPORTS DIGITAL & SOCIAL COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices and tablets – will live stream NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, as well as qualifying on Saturday and practice on Friday. In addition, NBC Sports Live Extra will stream NBC & NBC Sports Network’s AMA Motocross coverage as well as off-broadcast coverage. A vast majority of coverage will be streamed 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:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBC Sports Network 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 Formula One™, IZOD 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 NBC Sports Network productions of F1 and IndyCar, 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 NBC Sports Network.

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ESPN’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Coverage Rolls Out at Indianapolis

espn-nascarESPN begins its coverage of the final 17 races of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule with a live, flag-to-flag telecast of the Brickyard 400 at historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 28.  ESPN’s multimedia platforms will surround the race telecast on television, radio and online.

The telecast from Indianapolis is presented by Golden Corral and begins with the NASCAR Countdown pre-race show at noon ET from the Speedway’s iconic Pagoda. The program will set up the race with interviews and features before the race’s green flag flies at 1:19 p.m.

In addition to the race, ESPN will televise NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying on Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m. and ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup practice Saturday at 9 a.m.

Also from Indianapolis, ESPN will televise the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, with NASCAR Countdown at 4 p.m. and the green flag at 4:50 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jimmie Johnson will visit the ESPN telecast booth for part of the race.

ESPN will use 72 high definition cameras at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including four Ultra Hi Motion cameras for replays and unique action shots. One will be mounted on pit wall near the “Yard of Bricks” that make up the start/finish line at the Speedway while another robotic Ultra Hi Motion camera will be mounted to provide a low shot in the first turn. Two others will be in the second and fourth turns.

Eight cars competing in the race will carry onboard cameras and ESPN also will have a helicopter camera for overhead shots in the Brickyard 400 and for all 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup race telecasts.

Four former NASCAR Sprint Cup champions, including two NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers, will be an integral part of ESPN’s coverage team for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, including lead analyst Dale Jarrett, the 1999 driving champion and newly elected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, who will work with two-time champion crew chief Andy Petree and lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick in the booth. Marty Reid will be the lap-by-lap announcer for the remainder of ESPN’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race telecasts this season beginning with Indianapolis.

NASCAR Countdown will feature analysis by 1989 champion driver and NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace and three-time champion crew chief Ray Evernham, with host Nicole Briscoe and NASCAR team owner Brad Daugherty. The Countdown team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race. Pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.

Beginning Sept. 15 at Chicagoland Speedway, the final 10 races will comprise the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s playoffs, culminating Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway with the crowning of the series champion.

For the 10 races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, ESPN will again utilize NASCAR NonStop, a split-screen commercial format that brings more racing action to viewers. The format, which ESPN used for the first time in 2011, shows the advertisement on the left side of the screen and a continuation of racing action on the right side. ESPN’s scoring ticker continues to move across the top of the screen, allowing NASCAR fans to follow the running order of the race during the breaks. NASCAR NonStop takes effect at or near the halfway point of the race, with the first half of the race presented in the traditional commercial break format.

Among the features that will be presented during ESPN’s coverage from Indianapolis:

Going Home with Juan Pablo Montoya

Juan Pablo Montoya shows viewers around his home country of Colombia. The tour includes returning to the track where he grew up racing, spending time with family and his Formula Smiles philanthropy project that is changing lives of young Colombian boys and girls.

The Drive For 5

A look at the number 5: its importance in sports, its symbolism in society and the numerology behind the number 5. Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon discuss their four wins at the Brickyard and what it would mean to be the first racer in history to win five times of the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Danica inspires and finds inspiration despite a lifetime of criticism

Danica Patrick has faced criticism her entire career. Despite breaking gender boundaries and setting records, (first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500, first woman to start on the pole for the Daytona 500) her career continues to be scrutinized. The intense criticism she has always faced is examined as is the way she motivates herself and has inspired a young generation of racers who look up to her.

Tony Stewart at The Brickyard

Our roots as humans stem from home. For Tony Stewart home is Indiana. He grew up racing sprint cars at Indianapolis Raceway Park and other short tracks and dreamed of one day racing the Indianapolis 500. As his career turned to NASCAR, his dream of winning the Indy 500 took a backseat. His career blossomed with many race wins and multiple championships. He continued to hang onto his sprint car roots; racing in the series when his NASCAR schedule allowed. One month ago, he lost his good friend and former roommate Jason Leffler. In a conversation with ESPN’s Marty Smith at the Brickyard, Stewart will look at his roots as a racer and how losing a friend has changed his life.

ESPN’s Multimedia Platforms Surround NASCAR

 

WatchESPN

All NASCAR programming on ESPN and ESPN2 is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox and Apple TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliate provider including Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV, Midcontinent Communications, Cablevision, Cox, Charter Communications and AT&T U-verse (coming soon to NRTC members’ customers).

 

ESPN.com

ESPN.com will provide surround coverage from the Brickyard. Award-winning motorsports journalists Terry Blount, David Newton and John Oreovicz and ESPN.com motorsports editor K. Lee Davis will lead the reporting team, with additional contributions from NASCAR Insider Marty Smith. Blount, Newton, Oreovicz and other ESPN reporters and personalities maintain and regularly update blogs with their insights, perspectives and more. ESPN.com, along with Jayski.com, will feature extensive video, audio and editorial coverage of the 2013 NASCAR season. This week, a special five-part series on NASCAR’s France Family written by senior motorsports writer Ed Hinton is featured leading to the Brickyard.

 

espnw.com

espnW’s mission is to connect female fans with the sports they love and follow, and with Danica Patrick in her first full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, espnW.com continues its full-season coverage. In addition, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Johanna Long will be blogging for espnW all season. espnW.com provides an engaging environment where women are an integral part of the sports conversation, share their perspective on men’s and women’s sports and find the motivation and support for their athletic goals and interests.

 

 

ESPN Radio

The Raceday program airs from 6 – 7 a.m. on Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, Programs will originate from Indianapolis with host Pat Patterson and include news, interviews and reports. In addition, ESPN Radio will have daily reports and interviews during other programming in the week leading up to the race. RaceDay airs 52 weeks a year and will originate from the site of every NASCAR Sprint Cup race this season.

 

ESPN The Magazine

The ESPN The Magazine “Body Issue,” on newsstands now, contains a column by senior writer Ryan McGee on the evolution of safety in NASCAR and the sanctioning body’s use of SAFER barriers at racetracks.

ESPN Deportes

ESPN’s Spanish-language television, radio and Internet in the U.S. will televise the NASCAR Nationwide Series race from Indianapolis on a tape-delayed basis at 4 a.m. on Sunday, July 28, and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Brickyard 400 on Monday, July 29, at 4 a.m. ESPN Deportes’ NASCAR commentator team will feature Andrés Agulla (play-by-play) and Alex Pombo (analysis). In addition to the telecast of the race, ESPN Deportes will have segments for its edition of SportsCenter.

 

ESPN International

ESPN International is one of the world’s leading syndicators of sports programming and its relationship with NASCAR is helping maximize coverage of NASCAR and providing a solid base of distribution. Through a combination of sales and network programming, the 38 NASCAR Sprint Cup races (including the Bud Shootout and Sprint All-Star Race) and 33 NASCAR Nationwide Series races are available to 112 countries and territories around the world. In addition, U.S. troops and their families serving around the world and Navy vessels at sea can watch the season through American Forces Network.

ESPN Classic

ESPN Classic will count down to the 20th running of the Brickyard 400 with airings of multiple past editions of the race as well as classic NASCAR-themed SportsCentury programs on Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Jr. The race airings begin Thursday, July 25, at midnight with the 2011 race.

Visit www.espnmediazone.com for ESPN’s latest releases, schedules and other news, plus photos, video and audio clips and more.

About NASCAR on ESPN:

ESPN produces comprehensive, multi-platform coverage featuring telecasts of the final 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup races, including the 10-race Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Additionally, ESPN is the television home of the NASCAR Nationwide Series. ESPN’s NASCAR coverage extends to ESPN.com, SportsCenter, ESPN the Magazine, WatchESPN, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN on Xbox LIVE, ESPN Radio and ESPN International, among other ESPN platforms. ESPN aired 262 NASCAR Cup Races over a 20-year period starting in 1981 and returned to NASCAR coverage in 2007. The network’s award-winning, live flag-to-flag coverage on ESPN has been honored with 19 Sports Emmy Awards, as well as many industry honors. It is widely credited for helping to popularize the sport nationwide.

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NASCAR and NBC Sports Group Reach Landmark Media Rights Agreement

NBC-sports-groupTen-Year Agreement Returns NASCAR to NBC Family of Networks Beginning in 2015, Further Underscores Strength of NASCAR’s Live Racing Product

And Positions Industry for Continued Growth

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. and NEW YORK (July 23, 2013) – NASCAR and NBC Sports Group announced today they have 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. Financial terms of the agreement, which runs through the 2024 season, were not disclosed.

With this partnership, NBC’s 20 Sprint Cup race schedule includes becoming the exclusive home to the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR’s final 10 races of the season, including its season-ending championship event which will return 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 NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). Four of NBC Sports Group’s 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series races will air on NBC, with 15 airing on NBCSN.

“NBC is known for being an exceptional partner and delivering outstanding production quality and presentation of live sports, as well as its broad portfolio of broadcast and digital properties so we are thrilled with the commitment they have made to NASCAR and its future,” said NASCAR Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Brian France. “We know this partnership will yield great value to our entire industry, provide a premium experience to our most important stakeholders, the fans, and help us achieve a number of strategic growth objectives. Our new partnership with NBC and the recent extension by FOX validate the strength of our fan base and the many bold steps we have taken the last several years to provide fans with better, more accessible racing.”

In addition to rights to NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series races, NBC has 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 has been 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.

“Acquiring the rights and bringing NASCAR back to NBC comes at an important point in time for NBC Sports Network, NBC, and all of our distributors and affiliates,” said NBC Sports Group Chairman, Mark Lazarus. “We look forward to working with Brian and his management team, who have brought a renewed focus to NASCAR’s intersection of sports and technology.”

“We are excited about the cross-promotional opportunities NBC provides, especially in the timeframes right before NBC’s NASCAR schedule and during the Chase,” said NASCAR VP of Broadcasting and Productions, Steve Herbst. “We’re confident NBC will utilize its powerful Championship Season lineup, including the NHL Playoffs, Premier League, the French Open, the Kentucky Derby and other events, to build interest and excitement for NASCAR. Those opportunities, combined with the opportunity to lead into the number one show on television – NBC’s Sunday Night Football – for select Chase races, were both very attractive prospects when considering this partnership.”

Summary of key NBC Sports Group Exclusive Rights – 2015-2024:

  • Final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races (7 on NBC, 13 on NBCSN)
  • Final 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series races (4 on NBC, 15 on NBCSN)
  • NASCAR K&N Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events
  • NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series events
  • NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony and season-ending banquets
  • ‘TV Everywhere’ live-streaming rights for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series
  • Spanish-language broadcast rights on Telemundo and Mun2 for national series events and NASCAR Toyota (Mexico) Series

About NASCAR

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series), four regional series, one local grassroots series, three international series and GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, both known for competition on road courses. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information, visit www.nascar.com and follow NASCAR at www.facebook.com/NASCAR and Twitter: @NASCAR.

About NBC Sports Group

When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January 2011, the sports assets of the two companies combined to form NBC Sports Group, which serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of a unique array of broadcast television, cable television, radio and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBC Sports Network, Golf Channel, 11 NBC Sports Regional Networks, two regional news networks, NBC Sports Radio and all of their respective digital properties. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, Churchill Downs, Premier League, MLS, Tour de France, French Open, Formula One, IndyCar and many more.

TNT’s 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coverage Continues with the New Hampshire 300

NASCAR-on-TNT 

Network Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Martin Truex Jr. and his No. 56 Team

TNT will culminate its six-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series schedule with the New Hampshire 300 from New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 14, at 12 p.m. ET.  Coverage will begin with the Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book pre-race show at 11 a.m. Adam Alexander will call the race and host the pre-race show with analysts Kyle Petty, Wally Dallenbach and Larry McReynolds. In addition, veteran reporters Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum and Chris Neville will patrol pit road to bring viewers comprehensive coverage and access prior to and during each race.

Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book will go behind-the-scenes with Martin Truex Jr. this week.  TNT cameras will be embedded with his team over the course of the week preceding the New Hampshire 300 as they travel and prepare for the upcoming race.

Additionally, during the pre-race coverage, TNT will televise a special feature with Matt Kenseth and his wife Katie in their hometown of Cambridge, Wisconsin. The couple will sit down with TNT reporter Marty Snider to discuss Matt’s decision late last season to leave Roush Racing after 14 years together, as well as his success since joining Joe Gibbs Racing. TNT will also go behind-the-scenes with Matt as he visits hometown fans and races with his son Ross.

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NBC Sports Network To Present Honda Indy Toronto Doubleheader This Weekend

nbc-sports-networkHonda Indy Toronto Race 1 Saturday at 3 p.m. ET

Honday Indy Toronto Race 2 Sunday at 3 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – July 10, 2013 – NBC Sports Network will present more than nine hours of 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series coverage this weekend highlighted by a Honda Indy Toronto race doubleheader. NBC Sports Network will air Race 1 live on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, and Race 2 live on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET.

Race coverage will be preceded by qualifying on Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET, plus Indy Lights on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET. In addition, NBC Sports Network will air last week’s Indy Lights from Pocono on Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves of Team Penske leads this season in points and aims to extend it against Penske teammate and two-time Honda Indy Toronto winner Will Power. 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series champion and Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay looks to win his second consecutive Honda Indy Toronto.

Date Event Network Time (ET)
Fri., July 12 Indy Lights: Pocono NBCSN 4:30 p.m.
IndyCar: Toronto Qualifying NBCSN 5:30 p.m.
Sat., July 13 Indy Lights: Toronto NBCSN 2 p.m.
Honda Indy Toronto-Race 1 NBCSN 3 p.m.
Sun., July 14 Honda Indy Toronto-Race 2 NBCSN 3 p.m.

COMMENTATORS: For qualifying and race coverage, NBC Sports Group’s Formula One analyst and former race mechanic Steve Matchett will join the network’s IndyCar team in Toronto. Play-by-play announcer Leigh Diffey will call qualifying and race action and will be joined by Matchett and former IndyCar driver Townsend Bell (analyst), who won the 2001 Indy Lights in Toronto. Reporters Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee, and Brian Till will manage the pits at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario.

MATCHETT ON INDYCAR: “I’m very excited to be joining NBC Sports Network’s IndyCar team this weekend. I’ve never visited Toronto before, and to do so at the same time as the IndyCar series comes to town made this an unmissable opportunity. I’m really looking forward to being reunited in the booth with Townsend Bell. He always brings a wealth of firsthand racing knowledge to the broadcasts, and I’m keen to learn all I can from him. The racing strategies used in IndyCar, the different technologies and the equipment made available to the teams are all new to me. I can’t wait to touch these cars and to see how everything works.”

Indy Lights coverage will be hosted by Mike King, Davey Hamilton and Jake Query.

FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS: NBC Sports Network will air a total of 12 one-hour telecasts of Firestone Indy Lights continuing on the streets of Exhibition Place in Toronto.

Firestone Indy Lights is the premier ladder series for drivers and teams striving to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. Primarily run in conjunction with the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Firestone Indy Lights schedule features races on road courses/street circuits and ovals, including the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

INDYCAR ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will live stream the Honda Indy races on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. Coverage will be streamed 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 NBC Sports Network 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/2013/06/06/nbc-sports-live-extra-providers/

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 NBC Sports Network productions of IndyCar and F1, including contributions from on-air commentators.

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 –

TNT’s 2013 NASCAR Summer Series Coverage Continues with Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola

NASCAR-on-TNTTNT’s 2013 NASCAR Summer Series Coverage Continues with the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola on Saturday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET

TNT Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Carl Edwards and his No. 99 Team

TNT continues its exclusive coverage of the 2013 NASCAR Summer Series with the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Powered by Coca-Cola from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 6, at 7:30 p.m. ET.  The network will present the final 30 laps of the prime-time race without commercial interruption courtesy of sponsors Coke Zero and Sprint.  TNT’s coverage will begin with the pre-race Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book at 6:30 p.m.

Adam Alexander will call the race and host the pre-race show with analysts Kyle Petty, Wally Dallenbach and Larry McReynolds. In addition, veteran reporters Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum and Chris Neville will patrol pit road to bring viewers comprehensive coverage and access prior to and during the race.

TNT’s Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book will continue to showcase weekly features highlighting different drivers and their lives on-and-off the racetrack, while also previewing the week’s race. This week’s coverage will follow Carl Edwards and his No. 99 team. TNT cameras are embedded with Edwards and his team over the course of the week as they travel to Daytona and prepare for the race.

The pre-race show will also include an interview with Danica Patrick. Additionally, nine-time Grammy® Award winner Sheryl Crow will perform prior to the race with a select portion of the appearance shown during TNT’s Countdown to Green.

TNT’s coverage of the 2013 NASCAR Summer Series will culminate with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire on Sunday, July 14, at 1 p.m. with the pre-race show beginning at noon.

 

Visit the Turner Sports online pressroom for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR.

 

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TNT’s 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coverage Goes Prime Time on Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET

NASCAR-on-TNT TNT’s 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coverage Goes Prime Time with

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Kentucky presented by KFC on Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET

Network Goes Behind-the-Scenes with Kurt Busch

Turner Sports continues its 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series coverage with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Kentucky presented by KFC from Kentucky Speedway on Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET.  TNT’s NASCAR Summer Series coverage will begin with the pre-race Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book at 6:30 p.m.

Adam Alexander will call the race and host the pre-race show with analysts Kyle PettyWally Dallenbach and Larry McReynolds. In addition, veteran reporters Ralph SheheenMarty SniderMatt Yocum and Chris Neville will patrol pit road to bring viewers comprehensive coverage and access prior to and during the race.

TNT’s Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book continues to showcase weekly features highlighting different drivers and their lives on-and-off the racetrack, while also previewing the week’s race. This week’s coverage will follow 24-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner Kurt Busch. TNT cameras are embedded with Busch and his team over the course of the week as they travel from the west coast to Kentucky and prepare for this week’s race in the bluegrass state.

Additionally, TNT’s Matt Yocum will visit with Kevin Harvick, 17-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race winner. The two will discuss Harvick’s fitness training regimen including his use of a heart rate monitor during races.

 

TNT’s 2013 NASCAR Summer Series Schedule:

(All Times Eastern)

                              

Saturday, June 29  
6:30 p.m. ET Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book
7:30 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Kentucky presented by KFC (Kentucky Speedway)
 
Saturday, July 6  
6:30 p.m. Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book
7:30 p.m. Coke Zero 400 at Daytona powered by Coca-Cola (Daytona International Speedway)
   
Sunday, July 14  
Noon Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book
1 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from New Hampshire (New Hampshire Motor Speedway)

Visit the Turner Sports online pressroom for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR.

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Notes from TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series – Sunday, June 23, 2013

NASCAR-on-TNTNotes from TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series – Sunday, June 23, 2013

Toyota/Save Mart 350 from Sonoma Raceway

TNT will continue its NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series coverage on Saturday, June 29, at 7:30 p.m. ET with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Kentucky presented by KFC at Kentucky Speedway.

TNT’s Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book will precede race coverage at 6:30 p.m.

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Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book
Adam Alexander (host), Kyle Petty (analyst), Wally Dallenbach (analyst) and Larry McReynolds (analyst)
Dallenbach on the importance of starting near the front at Sonoma: “Track position is really important. It’s a premium to have a good qualifying position today.”

Sheheen interviewed No. 16 Greg Biffle on his season: “We have a good opportunity to get into the [NASCAR Sprint Cup Series] Chase.”

McReynolds on which driver is on the move: “There is no question my guy is moving up – [No. 29] Kevin Harvick.”

Dallenbach on what it might take to win: “You’ve just got to stay on the race track today. If you can stay on the race track and minimize your mistakes, you’ve got a pretty good chance of winning the race.”

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TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing: Toyota/Save Mart 350
Adam Alexander (host), Wally Dallenbach (analyst), Kyle Petty (analyst), pit reporters Chris Neville, Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum

Petty on No. 56 Martin Truex, Jr: “He’s been a solid road racer since he’s come to the [NASCAR Sprint Cup] Series.”

Petty on Turn 11 at Sonoma: “Turn 11 is the best place to be offensive and make a pass.”

Dallenbach on Turn 11 at Sonoma: “That [Turn 11] is your best passing opportunity.”

Petty on No. 42 Juan Pablo Montoya: “You know when he gets close [to a competitor], he’s going to make something happen.”

McReynolds on the strategy used halfway through the race at Sonoma: “I like the guys on a two-stop strategy – Jimmie Johnson and [Juan Pablo] Montoya.”

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TNT NASCAR Summer Series – Post-Race Remarks

TNT’s Sheheen interviewed the winner of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 – No. 56 Martin Truex, Jr.

Truex, Jr: “I can’t even put it into words. We’ve been close a lot and it feels [darn] good to get the win.”

TNT’s Snider interviewed runner-up Jeff Gordon

Gordon: “This is one of those crazy types of races. We were on the three-stop strategy. Finally, we had a race car that was fantastic.”

TNT’s Yocum interviewed fourth place finisher Kurt Busch and discussed the pit road speeding penalties:

Busch: “We were fast…even in pit road. I was speeding both times. We just had to battle.”

TNT’s Neville interviewed Juan Pablo Montoya

Montoya: “It’s a heartbreak today.”

TNT’s Yocum interviewed Carl Edwards

Edwards: “Strategy changed a lot today. It was a pretty smooth day. I love this place.”

TNT’s Neville interviewed Marcos Ambrose

Ambrose: “We fought hard all day. It certainly wasn’t the day we were looking for.”

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Notes from TNT’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series Coverage – Sunday, June 16, 2013

NASCAR-on-TNTNotes from TNT’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series Coverage – Sunday, June 16, 2013

Quicken Loans 400 from Michigan International Speedway

TNT will continue its NASCAR Sprint Cup Summer Series coverage on June 23 at 3 p.m. ET

with the Toyota/Save Mart 350 from Sonoma Raceway

TNT’s Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book will precede race coverage at 2 p.m.

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Countdown to Green presented by Kelley Blue Book

Adam Alexander (host), Kyle Petty (analyst), Wally Dallenbach (analyst) and Larry McReynolds (analyst)

TNT pit reporter Chris Neville interviewed No. 48 Jimmie Johnson on being winless in his career at Michigan: “The incentive is always there. We’ve knocked on the door a few times. I think we’ve got a top two or three car.”

Dallenbach on Michigan International Speedway: “This is a race track…where you go where the race car tells you to go.”

McReynolds on Michigan International Speedway: “If you can run high that means you can keep that momentum coming off the corner and carry that speed down those long straightaways.”

Petty on Michigan International Speedway: “You go where the car wants to go.”

No. 55 Mark Martin on driving today at Michigan International Speedway: “It will be tough in the beginning. It’s going to be really challenging the first third or half of the race.”

Dallenbach on what driver is making forward progress each week: “Greg Biffle is definitely on the move.”

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TNT NASCAR Sprint Cup Racing: Quicken Loans 400

Adam Alexander (host), Wally Dallenbach (analyst), Kyle Petty (analyst), pit reporters Chris Neville, Ralph Sheheen, Marty Snider, Matt Yocum

Dallenbach on No. 5 car Kasey Kahne before he crashed: “Kahne’s car doesn’t start out great but he does get better.”

Petty on No. 5 car Kasey Kahne before he crashed: “That No. 5 car is going to be a factor today.”

McReynolds on whether the teams should change two or four tires: “Four new tires almost slows you down. There is no wear on these tires.”

No. 5 Kasey Kahne was interviewed after crashing out of the race: “I had no indication [the car had a problem]…I knew it was going to be a battle today. I felt really good today.”

Petty on No. 48 Jimmie Johnson today: “What Jimmie is doing out there is impressive. It is amazing to watch the No. 48.”

No. 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. interviewed after a faulty engine forced him out of the race: “That car was flying at the end. I hate to have engine troubles. We’ll get them next week.”

Sheheen on No. 16 Greg Biffle: “Greg Biffle, in the lead, would sure like to bring home Ford’s 1,000th win in NASCAR competition.”

Petty on No. 20 Matt Kenseth dropping from third position to 13th position after a restart during the last 25 laps: “When you lose that track position in the last portion of the race, you just can’t make it up.”

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TNT NASCAR Summer Series – Post-race Remarks

TNT’s Matt Yocum interviewed the winner of the Quicken Loans 400 – Greg Biffle

 

Biffle: “We knew the No. 48 [Jimmie Johnson] was really fast. I was really worried about the 48 but once this thing got into clean air, it was all over.”

TNT’s Marty Snider interviewed Kevin Harvick

Harvick: “I didn’t really wake up this morning even thinking we would run in the top 10. Everybody did a good job today.”

TNT’s Sheheen interviewed Tony Stewart

Stewart: “We haven’t had much luck. We had some breaks go our way [today to finish fifth].”

TNT’s Chris Neville interviewed Jimmie Johnson

Johnson: “We had a great race car. We struggled with maintaining track position.”

TNT’s Snider interviewed Kyle Busch

Busch: “We made a lot of big swings at it today.”

TNT’s Sheheen interviewed Martin Truex, Jr.

Truex: “The longer we ran, the better we got. Once you get behind it’s harder to make passes.”

TNT’s Neville interviewed Brad Keselowski

Keselowski: “We came up about a half lap short. [We had a] decent run today.”

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