Race winner Brad Keselowski in Victory Lane: “I went into that corner high, just ready for something to happen and opportunity struck.”

Steve Letarte: “What I love about the XFINITY Series is how these up and coming talents challenge the Cup regulars.” 

Austin Dillon on his eventful weekend in Daytona: “So many crazy things happen there. There’s always a story line at Daytona.”

Ty Dillon on watching his brother’s crash: “That was probably the most scared I’ve ever been in my life. I grabbed [my wife] and just held her… I was shaking in bed for a long time.”

SPARTA, Ky. – July 10, 2015 – NBCSN presents two NASCAR races in primetime this weekend from Kentucky Speedway. Friday night’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from Kentucky, Presented by K&N, began with the Countdown to Green pre-race show hosted by Krista Voda, who worked alongside former driver Kyle Petty and championship crew chief Ray Evernham.  When the engines fired and the green flag came out, coverage shifted to the booth where 21-time Sprint Cup winning driver Jeff Burton and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte joined race announcer Rick Allen to call the action.

The following are highlights from tonight’s XFINITY pre-race and race coverage on NBCSN.

Countdown to Green host Krista Voda introduced a preview of an in-depth segment that will air during tomorrow’s Sprint Cup pre-race show surrounding last week’s XFINITY race winner Austin Dillon, who heroically walked away from a terrifying last-lap crash on Monday morning: “By now you’ve likely seen the video from Daytona.  We’re talking about the Sprint Cup race, and we’re not going to sugar coat it, Austin Dillon is lucky to be alive.  He won the XFINITY Series race last week, he is not in the race here tonight, but he was on track during the Sprint Cup Series practice sessions today.  What a tale of two different nights for Austin Dillon last week in Daytona.”

Dillon:  “Those were emotional highs and lows. You have to be able to drive the peaks and valleys I guess… That was probably the best face that I’ve ever seen on my grandfather (Richard Childress) with his smile on Saturday night, and then on Sunday, walking into the infield care center and seeing him teary eyed and worried… So many crazy things happen there.  There’s always a story line at Daytona.”

After the preview, Ray Evernham offered his reaction: “I actually heard Austin say that getting back in the car today made him feel good… I think it’s actually going to be harder on his family to watch him race tomorrow than it will be on him.”

Petty added: “We’ve talked to Richard Childress and we’ve heard the emotion in his voice.  Something like that… when you turn off the lights at 10:30 or 11 o’clock at night, you see those images over and over again. You see your grandson… you see your son.  That’s a very tough thing to live with, believe me. I can empathize with Richard, and with Austin, having gone through that in my own life.”

Austin’s younger brother, Ty Dillon, behind the wheel of the No. 3 car Friday night in the XFINITY race at Kentucky, caught up with reporter Rutledge Wood to discuss the experience of watching his brother’s epic crash at Daytona: “I was home… and woke my wife up to watch the last couple of laps of the race. I saw the crash. Then I saw his car sitting there. That was probably the most scared I’ve ever been in my life. I grabbed [my wife] and just held her.  Once I saw the guys go out there and give the thumbs up… I still hadn’t gotten over it.  I was still in shock.  I was shaking in bed for a long time, until I heard his voice and was able to talk to him later that night.  It was just really emotional.  You never want to see anything like that, especially if it’s your brother.”

Driver Brian Scott connected with reporter Mike Massaro to discuss last week’s disappointing encounter with the wall at Daytona that cost him a chance to earn his first XFINITY Series victory.  Scott: “I’m looking forward to getting that last race off my mind. It has made me sick all week. Obviously, a terrible outcome because of a mistake that I made. We had such a dominant car, I wish like anything that I could go back there and re-do it.”

Burton on racing at Kentucky Speedway: “This is probably the roughest track that the XFINITY Series runs on… the front straightaway is exceptionally rough. Turn three is the hardest part in my opinion because you get in the corner, but there’s no banking. It takes forever for the banking to start.  So the entrance to that corner is very important. If you overdrive the entry, you’re going to be too loose and you’ll never get to the middle like you need to.”

Letarte adds: “We have a great field of young, up and coming XFINITY drivers, but we’ve also got four Sprint Cup stars in the mix tonight (Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch and Paul Menard).  These four Cup drivers have 128 XFINITY wins combined between the four of them. I think with the limited practice time and the tough race track, it’s going to be a tall task for one of the XFINITY regulars to try and compete with these four greats… But that’s what I love about the XFINITY Series, these up and coming talents challenge the Cup regulars at every track we go to.”

With less than 40 laps to go, Burton remarks on Chris Buescher’s decision to pit due to a worsening vibration: “That is such a hard decision for a driver.  It happens so many times when you’re behind the wheel of a race car.  You feel a big vibration and bring the car into the pits, but then the pit crew says that there’s nothing wrong.  You feel terrible because you pitted for no reason, but you just know that there is something wrong.”

Burton on Brad Keselowski’s pass of Erik Jones with 7 laps to go: “You see them driving into turn three, [Jones’] No. 20 takes the bottom.  That was the wrong choice, as [David Starr] also chose the bottom, which slows him down. Here comes the No. 22 of Keselowski who makes a big move, takes it three-wide and clears the 20 for the lead.”

Race winner Brad Keselowski met with reporter Dave Burns in Victory Lane: “That was a hell of a finish, wasn’t it Dave? I’m really happy and proud of my guys here… I just caught a little break, to be honest. One of the lapped cars (David Starr) blocked in Erik.  He had done a heck of a job and sometimes things don’t go your way. I went into that corner high, just ready for something to happen and opportunity struck.”

Runner-up Erik Jones with reporter Marty Snider: “Well, I wish I would have known that the lapped car was going to the bottom, and then we would have gone to the top… It was a bummer that it didn’t work out, but it was nice to be running up front with Kyle and Brad.”

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Race Winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. reacting to last-lap crash that hurled Austin Dillon’s car into the front stretch catch fence: “I’m more thankful that everyone’s okay than I am to be here in Victory Lane.”

Burton on the risks at Daytona “You look at the odds— there’s a good chance that you’re going to be in a wreck, so you have to know that when you put your helmet on.”

Jeff Gordon on his final race at Daytona: “I love Daytona, this place has been amazing for me. I can’t believe that this is my final race here, but after going through that [last lap crash], I’m glad I only have one more restrictor plate race left.”

Coke Zero 400 to Replay Monday at 2:30 P.M. ET on NBCSN


DAYTONA, Fla. – July 6, 2015 – NBC Sports Group continued its opening weekend of NASCAR with live coverage of the Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola on NBC. The start of the race was delayed for more than three hours due to rain.

Race announcer Rick Allen, 21-time NASCAR Sprint Cup winning driver Jeff Burton and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte called the race. Krista Voda worked alongside Kyle Petty and Hall of Fame driver Dale Jarrett for pre-race coverage during the rain delay, which featured 23 driver interviews.

Following are notes and quotes from tonight’s race coverage:


Kurt Busch on relationship with his brother Kyle: “I don’t know what it’s like to be out of the car for an injury, but then to go through rehab and have that mental approach to work your way through all that, and to get back in the car as soon as he did, and to be competitive at a hard breaking track with his left foot, it meant so much to me to watch him win that race.”

Q: Marty Snider to Jimmie Johnson: “You’re at 74 wins, the next win is 75, one away from Dale Earnhardt. Have you allowed yourself to process that, that you could tie Dale Earnhardt for wins?”

A: Jimmie Johnson: “The thing I’ve tried to convey is that I have a great deal of respect for Dale and what he’s done for our sport. And if I’m able to get to that point, it would be a massive moment in my career – a huge milestone. I hope that I can do that. You never know how things can play out, but it would be a big day if it happens.”

Austin Dillon, on his celebration slide through the grass after winning Saturday’s Subway Firecracker 250: “Last night we had some water on the grass, so it had a pretty good slide. I was a yard dart the first time I did it when I slid into the paint. I learned not to slide on the paint. Slide on the regular grass, and you’ll be alright.”

Burton on pre-race nerves at Daytona: “I’m not afraid to say it, I was more nervous at Daytona and Talladega than anywhere else that I went.  I wasn’t that nervous when I went to other racetracks, but I was when I got strapped in here.  You look at the odds— there’s a good chance that you’re going to be in a wreck, so you have to know that when you put your helmet on.”


Burton on Austin Dillon’s blocking tactic early in the race: “That’s what you have to do in plate racing.  If you’re not willing to block, you’re not going to keep this lead and you will not win this race tonight.”

Letarte remarks on the new bumper camera view after Kyle Larson’s move past Edwards: “That perspective got me. I might have closed my eyes. I knew it was coming and it still scared me as close as he got to that car in front of him.”

Letarte on Kyle Busch’s damaged car after a hard brush against the wall: “Listen, it takes a lot of time to build these race cars.  They are built in very fine-tuned areas, they are built on fixtures and measured to a thousandth of an inch.  When you bounce one off the wall, things bend… and in a three-minute caution lap, you can only repair so much.”

Letarte on the importance of track position at Daytona:  “Those guys up front are not only continually battling for track position, but also learning.  Every block they throw, every time something doesn’t work, every time they get passed, that’s one more chip for the memory bank.  At the end of this race, all of those lessons could add up to being in the right place at the right time.”

Burton on Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s frequent use of his rearview mirror: “The willingness and the ability to assess what is going on all around you is what makes a good race car driver and a good restrictor plate driver.  It’s not what’s outside the front windshield, that’s just a portion of it. It’s what’s going on behind you and beside you.  Am I three-wide?  Am I two-wide?  All of those things go into the decisions that dictate the moves that you make.”

Letarte on the even playing field at restrictor plate tracks: “You know what I love about Daytona, you look up here and you have Hendrick cars, you have Stewart Haas cars and Landon Cassill, 6th.. It’s what we have been talking about all night. A smaller team competing with all the big heavily funded teams in the restricted plate tracks.”

With 30 laps to go, Letarte on the importance of saving fuel: “You see Earnhardt Jr. working his switches really hard in order to save gas. The best time to save gas is under yellow. You see his left hand is on the ignition switch. You hear the engine fire up. He has got to get it to run a little bit, then he’ll shut it off. The car is silent, burning no fuel.”

Letarte on Earnhardt Jr.’s win strategy: “They can’t allow Earnhardt Jr. to command the top of the race track and get this group single file. He did it in Talladega. They have seen this play before. They have to continue to force the second line or the laps are going to be gone. If you are from 5th on back you won’t have a chance.”

Jeff Burton describing Austin Dillon’s last-lap crash that hurled his car into the front stretch catch fence after Dale Earnhardt Jr. crossed the finish line:  “An unbelievable impact for Austin Dillon.  When he gets into that catch fence, the car comes to a complete stop. I’ve never seen a car stop that quickly.”

Q: In Victory Lane, Marty Snider interviews the race winner, Dale Earnhardt Jr.: I know your fist reaction wasn’t ‘Hey, we won.’ You were worried about Austin Dillon and everyone else.”

A: Dale Earnhardt Jr.: “Yeah, that scared the hell out of me, I’ll be honest with you. I saw the whole thing happen, looking in the mirror… that was terrifying to watch. You know that a wreck like that has got such a high potential for someone to get injured. You saw the car get high and get into the fence, and you’re just worried about everyone else in the grandstands… it was touch and go there for several moments.  I’m more thankful that everyone’s okay than I am to be here in Victory Lane.”

Jeff Gordon on his final race at Daytona: “I love Daytona, this place has been amazing for me. I can’t believe that this is my final race here, but after going through that [last lap crash], I’m glad I only have one more restrictor plate race left.”



Jeff Burton on Brian Scott’s late race crash: “It is a game of inches, you have got to try and slow that momentum down. It is the move he needed to make. It was just that the timing of it was wrong.”

Race winner Austin Dillon: “I’m just happy for my grandfather (Richard Childress). He told me one day when we were standing here in victory lane with Dale Earnhardt that I would have the opportunity one day to make it. It means so much to be here.”

DAYTONA, Fla. – July 4, 2015 – NBC Sports Group hit the ignition switch on its 10-year partnership with NASCAR earlier today with live coverage of the Subway Firecracker 250 XFINITY Series race on NBCSN.

Following are notes and quotes from tonight’s race coverage:

Analyst Jeff Burton during a replay of the hood blowing up and over the wind shield of Scott Lagasse Jr.’s No. 15 Car: “Hey, let me tell you something. That makes a big noise. You’re running along, going 190 miles an hour, then that hood blows up. That is quite an event.”

With 17 laps to go, Jeff Burton interviews race leader Brian Scott during a caution:

Burton: “I wanted to let you know you have done a great job with your track position. What are you going to do to keep it?”

Scott: “Hey Jeff and NBC. Welcome back. Our No. 2 Chevrolet has been really fast. The guys have done a great job. The No. 2 car has been out front, it has been a rocket ship. I hope the rest of the field is taking notice. Like they say in the south, I think this race is fixing to get exciting.”

Burton: “It is going to get exciting. Which line do you think you are going to take on the restart?”

Scott: “It has been hard to get the top groove to work, so I think I’m going to take the bottom, and hope we get a good push from the No. 1 car… hopefully it will be the right choice and we will get out front.

Analyst Steve Letarte moments before a multi-car crash with 10 laps to go: “We have talked about this all week long, and that is how narrow Daytona is. This is a perfect example, they are three wide and there is just nowhere to go. If you don’t have track position it is going to be very hard to find it.”

Jeff Burton sets the stage prior to the restart with six laps to go: “You see all these teams repairing their cars, but they don’t necessarily have to repair these as if there are 100 laps to go, they just have to get going.”

Steve Letarte discussing Brian Scott’s late race crash: “It’s easy to stand up here and tell Brian Scott that he was way too late to move over and make that block, be he has led this whole race, he has to try it. It was a little ill timed, but a half a second earlier and that is the perfect move. That is what this sport has come down to at these speed races.”

Jeff Burton adds: “It is a game of inches, you have got to try and slow that momentum down. It is the move he needed to make. It was just that the timing of it was wrong.”

Pit road reporter Marty Snider interviews Austin Dillon in victory lane:

Snider: “Have you ever celebrated more for a win that that one?”

Dillon: “No man, this is Daytona. There are so many family memories here. I got to go to a lot of victory lanes with RCR and a lot of crazy events happened here. I’m just happy for my grandfather. He told me one day when we were standing here in victory lane with Dale Earnhardt that I would have the opportunity one day to make it. It means so much to be here.”




“I used to think that racing here was just a crap shoot. Then you start to realize that it’s the same guys that finish up front all the time.” – Joey Logano on restrictor plate racing at Daytona International Speedway

“It is always going to be a dangerous sport, and if you are going to choose to be a NASCAR driver, you have to choose to accept that.” — Brendan Gaughan on Daytona’s safety

“I was sitting in the pit watching the entire thing happen, and wasn’t able to run over and check on him and see if he was okay. It’s a scary feeling.” – Krissie Newman, wife of Ryan Newman, on watching her husband crash at Daytona

DAYTONA, Fla. – July 4, 2015 – NBC Sports Group hit the ignition switch on its 10-year partnership with NASCAR earlier today with live coverage of the Subway Firecracker 250 XFINITY Series race on NBCSN.

Following are notes and quotes from tonight’s pre-race coverage:

Kyle Busch joined the XFINITY pre-race set to discuss his recent return to racing after being injured in a crash at Daytona in February: “No matter how hard you work and how much time you have for the fans in this business, obviously they are what drives our sport, and what we appreciate the most, along with my many partners and sponsors. Those people have not only supported me through the years, but especially this year. Through all the tragedy that I had here in Daytona earlier this year, it’s definitely meant a lot to have the relationships with those people behind me.

NBCSN’s XFINITY pre-race show presented a feature on the intense emotions that the wives, fiancés and girlfriends of NASCAR drivers experience while watching races each week.

Lorra Bowyer, wife of Clint Bowyer: “I’ll never forget, it was at Dover, and [Clint] was going for the lead. And all of a sudden, he wrecked and was flipping right towards the pit box. And so to see your husband in the air, flipping towards you… it was probably the most scared I’ve ever been at a race track.”

Krissie Newman, wife of Ryan Newman: “The flip in Daytona, I think was probably one of the hardest wrecks to watch, just because I was sitting in the pit watching the entire thing happen, and wasn’t able to run over and check on him and see if he was okay. It’s a scary feeling.”

Amy Reimann, fiancé of Dale Earnhardt, Jr.: “I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I had watched one NASCAR race. I had been to the 500, the February before I had started to date [Dale]. It has been quite a learning experience, to say the very least. And I’m still learning.”

Back at the pre-race set, Kyle Petty reacts: “That was a piece on wives and girlfriends. How about Dale’s Mom? How about my grandmother, my mom? Watching your husband, and your son and your grandson? Those are the ones that I always used to think about and say, ‘What am I putting these people through?’”

Joey Logano on racing at Daytona: “I used to think that racing here was just a crap shoot. Then you start to realize that it’s the same guys that finish up front all the time. So you say, ‘it’s not a crapshoot anymore.’ There’s a lot of strategy and a lot of discipline on how to be a good speedway racer.”

Brian Scott, on the rain delay: “Right now I’m just looking forward to this rain getting out of here. I want to put on a good show for the fans, everyone that is sticking around here on the 4th of July. Kick this deal off for NBC the right way.”

Elliott Sadler on racing on the 4th of July: “Happy July 4th to everybody and thanks to all the men and women who have protected our country on this birthday that gives us a reason to be here tonight.”

Daniel Suarez on pole position: “I’m really proud of everyone in Joe Gibbs racing. They have built an amazing car…they showed we have the speed, now I have to do my part and keep it in the front.”

Brendan Gaughan on Daytona’s safety: “It is always going to be a dangerous sport, and if we are going to choose to be NASCAR drivers, we have to choose to accept that…you can’t wrap us in bubble wrap.”



Jeff Gordon Joins FOX NASCAR Coverage in 2016



One of Sport’s All-Time Greats Joins Darrell Waltrip and Mike Joy in the Booth for


Jeff Gordon, the four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion credited with helping take the sport mainstream, joins FOX NASCAR fulltime in 2016 as race analyst for its 16th year of NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES coverage, teaming with three-time champion Darrell Waltrip to offer seven championships’ worth of expertise.

Gordon, currently competing in his 23rd and final fulltime Sprint Cup Series season, served as race analyst for FOX Sports’ coverage of three NASCAR XFINITY SERIES races this year (for video of Gordon calling the Talladega NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race, click He has agreed to a multi-year contract that begins this season with in-race reporting from the No. 24 Chevrolet during select Cup Series races, and segues to an analyst role that commences with Daytona Speedweeks in February 2016.

“NASCAR has provided me so many incredible memories, experiences and opportunities throughout my 23 years as a driver, and I can’t wait to start a new chapter in racing with this new relationship with FOX and to be in the booth with Mike (Joy) and Darrell,” said Gordon. “I feel so lucky to be a part of a sport that I’m very passionate about, and now I get the opportunity to share that passion to millions of race fans from a whole new perspective.”

Gordon will call all NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races, practice and qualifying sessions for FOX Sports alongside play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and NASCAR Hall of Famer and analyst Darrell Waltrip. Chris Myers hosts the network’s coverage alongside analysts Larry McReynolds and Michael Waltrip.

“Jeff is not only a champion but an icon of a racing generation,” said Eric Shanks, FOX Sports President, COO & Executive Producer.  “We are thrilled he has chosen to become a part of the FOX Sports family and pair his experience with Darrell. Each is credited with helping elevate NASCAR to the popularity it attained in his respective era, and alongside Mike Joy, this duo will treat fans to unmatched insights each and every week.”

Gordon’s move to the FOX booth furthers a career in which his affability and crossover appeal have provided him numerous high-profile television and movie opportunities that include:  becoming the only auto racing driver ever to host Saturday Night Live; co-hosting Live! With Regis and Kelly more than 10 times; appearances as himself on The Simpsons, Spin City and The Drew Carey Show; movie appearances in Taxi, Herbie:  Fully Loaded and Looney Tunes: Back in Action; TV appearances on Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Sesame Street; and participation on television’s Celebrity Poker Showdown and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Sports Edition, among others. Gordon also voiced the character “Jeff Gorvette” in the animated film Cars 2.

The California native, one of the most versatile drivers of his era, has driven for Hendrick Motorsports since November 1992, winning four NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES championships (1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001), 92 races and 80 pole positions.  With his first Cup Series championship in 1995, Gordon became the youngest champion (24) in NASCAR’s modern era in only his third full season. He sits third behind only NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105) in all-time victories, is a three-time DAYTONA 500 champion and record five-time BRICKYARD 400 winner.  He holds the record for most consecutive seasons with a pole (23), among numerous other accolades.  Furthermore, Gordon is NASCAR’s winningest road-course driver with nine wins, and is the all-time leader with 12 restrictor-plate track victories.

Off the track, Gordon, named one of “NASCAR’s 50 Greatest Drivers” in 1998, established the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation, which supports pediatric cancer research, treatment and patient support programs. He traveled to Rwanda with the Foundation in 2011, and also visited the Democratic Republic of Congo in conjunction with the Clinton Global Initiative.  Gordon was honored with the National Motorsports Press Association (NMPA) Myers Brothers Award in 2012, recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of stock racing.  That same year, he received the Heisman Humanitarian Award, established to recognize those in sports who give significantly to communities and improve the lives of others.

FOX Sports, which began its FOX NASCAR coverage in 2001, currently is in the first of a 10-year media rights agreement with NASCAR.  In 2013, FOX Sports extended its agreement with NASCAR, ensuring the FOX family of networks’ broadcast of the first 16 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races each season beginning in 2015, as well as the first 14 NASCAR XFINITY SERIES races of the season and all NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES events, through 2024.

New Biotelemetry Technology Will Get “Inside” Drivers During ABC’s Indianapolis 500 Telecast

Auto racing has long been known to be physically stressful for drivers, especially a race of such major intensity as the Indianapolis 500. Now, television viewers will have data to show just how physically intense it is.

ABC’s telecast of Sunday’s 99th Indianapolis 500 will introduce the use of biotelemetry, a high-tech sensing system that will, in real time, give viewers the heart and respiration rate as well as calorie burn rate of two drivers competing in the race.

Drivers James Jakes and Sage Karam will each wear a special sensor on the left side of their chest, near the base of the heart, during the race. Readings from the sensor will be sent out as part of the race car’s telemetry and ESPN’s television production will capture the data for use during the telecast.

“For years, we’ve been able to take viewers inside the car during a race, and now we will be able to take them ‘inside’ the driver,” said ESPN’s Dr. Jerry Punch, who will present findings from the technology as part of his role as a pit reporter during the race telecast.

“We’ll be able to show the viewers how a driver’s baseline heart rate can fluctuate under stress and anxiety levels during the race, under G force in the corners and how it changes when the driver is about to experience a pit stop,” said Dr. Punch. “And as the race evolves and the intensity goes up in the final 20 laps, viewers will see how that’s reflected in heart rate and respiration.”

ESPN is working with Dr. Terry Lyles, an internationally recognized expert in human performance, stress management and life coaching, who developed the biotelemetry system that will be used in a live television broadcast for the first time. A racing insider, Dr. Lyles is often trackside coaching top drivers and teams competing in IndyCar, NASCAR and sports car racing.

“Unless you are belted into the car, there is no better way to experience motorsports,” said Dr. Lyles. “The most important part of any race car is its driver. From the first green flag to the final checkered flag, these super athletes are pushed to their physical and mental limits. Biotelemetry offers an entirely new dimension to race coverage and will enhance the fan experience.”

The Indianapolis 500 is airing on ABC for the 51st consecutive year. The telecast begins at 11 a.m. ET with the race’s green flag at 12:17 p.m.

“We’re always looking for ways to better serve fans, and this is an opportunity to bring the viewers something they’ve never seen before,” said Rich Feinberg, ESPN vice president, production. “We greatly appreciate the cooperation of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing in making this happen.”


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Indianapolis 500 Gets Green Flag Sunday on ABC

The world’s largest single-day sporting event returns to its traditional television home on Sunday, May 24, as the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race airs on ABC for the 51st consecutive year.

Continuing a Memorial Day weekend TV tradition that began in 1965, ABC’s telecast of the 99th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing begins with a one-hour pre-race show at 11 a.m. ET with polesitter Scott Dixon leading the field of 33 to the green flag at 12:17 p.m. The race telecast of the premier event of the Verizon IndyCar Series is presented by Firestone.

ESPN’s production of the Indianapolis 500 telecast for ABC is again one of the largest and most complex that ESPN does each year. The production will utilize 85 cameras, including three onboard cameras per car in 12 of the 33 cars competing in the race. Four of the 12 will be equipped with dual-path technology, allowing shots from two of the cameras on a car to be used at the same time.

Indianapolis, IN - May 25, 2014 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Helio Castroneves (3) competing in the 98th Indianapolis 500 (Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Indianapolis, IN – May 25, 2014 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Helio Castroneves (3) competing in the 98th Indianapolis 500
(Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images)

Expanded this year will be usage of five Ultra Hi Motion cameras to enhance views and replays, with the cameras now capable of shots around the entire 2.5-mile track as well as all of pit road. The cameras are capable of producing images up to 20 times slower than live action, allowing viewers to see detail not visible at regular speed.

Viewers of the ABC telecast will have the option of a second screen experience through a choice of live streaming video from the onboard cameras on ESPN3, ESPN’s multi-screen live sports network. ESPN3 will carry the feeds exclusively through WatchESPN, on and the Verizon INDYCAR 15 app.

Allen Bestwick will call the race along with analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever, both former Indy 500 competitors. ESPN SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak will host the telecast from the Speedway’s iconic Pagoda while pit reporters will be Jon Beekhuis, Rick DeBruhl and Dr. Jerry Punch.

ABC’s Indianapolis 500 telecast will be produced under the oversight of ESPN vice president, production, Rich Feinberg. Shawn Murphy will produce the race telecast and Bruce Watson will direct, while Kate Jackson will produce the pre-race show with Chip Dean directing.

The telecast’s opening tease, “Speed, Risk and Danger,” is an anticipatory look at why drivers are willing to risk everything for Indianapolis 500 glory. Among the features that will air during the pre-race show or in ESPN SportsCenter’s Indianapolis 500 coverage:

  • ESPN’s Marty Smith has a roundtable discussion with the four Team Penske drivers: Helio Castroneves, Will Power, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud.
  • Looking back at the last four laps of the 2014 race and the thrilling finish between Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves through the eyes of the participants and those close to them.
  • The son of ’86 Indy winner Bobby Rahal, Graham Rahal is marrying into another famous racing family, the Force Family of drag racing. In a fun take on popular TV commercials, Graham and his bride-to-be, NHRA star Courtney Force, are on “”
  • ESPN Sport Science goes inside what it takes to be an IndyCar driver and what the driver’s body goes through during a race.
  • Marco Andretti: a Perfect “10” – coming from a famous family of racers, Marco Andretti has come close to winning the Indy 500 twice. Could his 10th attempt finally mean victory?
  • A Memorial Day feature: The story of Aaronn Fields and the process by which he was returned from the theater of operations and transferred home to Brazil, Ind., as told by his mother, Jackie Pilkin, and Major Jessie Carlton.
  • The Pursuit of Speed walks viewers through all of the major milestones in Indy 500 history, starting with the WASP (winner of the inaugural race) and ending with the 2015 car.
  • What Indianapolis means to a driver, told from the viewpoint of three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti.

The relationship between ABC and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is one of the longest-running between a network and a sporting event. Weekend coverage of the Masters has aired on CBS since 1956, and golf’s Open Championship has appeared on ABC every year since 1962. In addition, ABC has aired the Little League World Series since 1963.


The Indianapolis 500 on other ESPN Platforms

In addition to the live telecast on ABC, the Indianapolis 500 will receive ESPN multiplatform coverage on the following outlets:

SportsCenter, ESPN’s flagship news and information program, will include reports from Indianapolis Motor Speedway before and after the running of the Indianapolis 500. On race morning, several Indy 500 drivers will appear on SportsCenter from Indianapolis Motor Speedway prior to the start of ABC’s live telecast at 11 a.m. ET. SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak, who is hosting the telecast of the race on ABC, will have an exclusive interview with the race winner that will run Sunday night as the SportsCenter Sunday Conversation. will provide surround coverage of the Indy 500 with motorsports writer John Oreovicz joined at IMS by ESPN The Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee. The site has already been previewing and preparing for the event with news, features and blogs from the Speedway since the track opened for Month of May activities. The staff will cap off the coverage on race day with Racing Live! Indianapolis 500 as the writers, editors and fans interact on every aspect of the race. – On Wednesday before the Indy 500, will publish a feature on Simona De Silvestro, one of two women competing in this year’s race. Writer Tony Fabrizio examines her chances in the race and how a good showing at Indy could firmly establish De Silvestro as the top woman in open wheel racing… and could just land her a full-time ride, too. On Thursday, espnW will have a Q&A with Beth Paretta, the principal behind the all-women’s team that will field an entry in the 100th Indy 500 next year with driver Katherine Legge. Last week prior to qualifying, espnW featured team owner and former driver Sarah Fisher.

ESPN3 – Race fans will have the option of a second-screen experience during the Indy 500 telecast with a selection of streaming video from onboard cameras on ESPN3, ESPN’s multi-screen live sports network. ESPN3 is accessible online at, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  The network is currently available to more than 99 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.

ESPN International — In addition to television in the United States on ABC, ESPN also distributes Verizon IndyCar Series race telecasts through a combination of ESPN networks and syndication to more than 200 countries and territories and more than 103 million homes. In addition, U.S. troops serving overseas and on Navy vessels around the world can watch live via a broadcast agreement between ESPN and the American Forces Network.

ESPN PLAYER — This year, ESPN Player is bringing fans across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (excluding the UK, France, Italy and South Africa) live and on-demand coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series season as a channel on the digital subscription service. ESPN Player is available on Mac, PC, iPad, LG and Samsung Smart TVs, with high quality streaming on all devices. Information is available at

ESPN Classic started helping fans ready for the Indy 500 with airings of classic Indy 500 races throughout the week of the race. The airings began Monday, May 18, and will continue through Friday, May 22.

ESPN on Demand — Available in approximately 45 million television households, ESPN On Demand is offering exclusive Indianapolis 500 content during May. Viewers can dive into the Indy 500 archive On Demand to view highlights from Al Unser Jr.’s wins in ’87 and ’92, Dario Franchitti’s wins in ’10 and ’12, and highlights from Ryan Hunter-Reay’s win in 2014.

ABC Television – ABC-TV’s weekday program The Chew will air a segment on the Indianapolis 500 on Friday, May 22.


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Budweiser & FOX Sports Highlight Top Athletes’ Untold Stories in UNCOMPROMISING

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May 14 on FOX Sports 1

Los Angeles – Following last year’s groundbreaking documentary series RISE AS ONE showcasing six of the most unique soccer stories from around the globe, Budweiser and FOX Sports have partnered again this year for an exciting new, four-episode documentary series titled UNCOMPROMISING, premiering on FOX Sports 1 on Thursday, May 14 (9:00 PM ET).

Highlighting the untold stories of athletes who are living their dreams by staying true to themselves, UNCOMPROMISING puts the spotlight on four top athletes who’s paths were unconventional, but led them to the pinnacle of their sports. NASCAR Champion Kevin Harvick, UFC Champion Ronda Rousey, 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving and U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard each take center stage in one of the four 30-minute episodes. View the trailer here:

“We joined FOX Sports to identify and celebrate athletes who have not compromised to get where they are,” said Brian Perkins, vice president, Budweiser. “The four athletes Budweiser selected are unconventional and uncompromising. These are character traits we value and associate with Budweiser as well.”

“We’re excited to bring these athlete’s stories to light in unique ways,” says Melissa Forman, SVP of Development, FOX Sports. “We’ve brought in a group of exceptional production partners to enhance these four shows and are eager to roll them out over the next several months. Fans will get insights and revelations about these athletes that they’ve never gotten before.”

Below are brief descriptions of the four episodes:

Kevin Harvick: In February 2001, on the final lap of the Daytona 500, racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. crashed and later died. No one could replace Earnhardt, but brash young racer Kevin Harvick was asked to try. It didn’t take long for him to honor Earnhardt, as Harvick won his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race just three weeks later. Harvick built a successful career on and off the race track, venturing into team ownership and athlete management, but it ultimately was the birth of his son, Keelan, that proved to be a turning point, as he and wife, DeLana, moved to simplify their lives, selling the race team and making the move to Stewart-Haas Racing. With the addition of crew chief Rodney Childers, Harvick won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in 2014.

Kyrie Irving: A basketball prodigy with a unique path, Kyrie Irving was born in Australia and lost his mother when he was four. He experienced a devastating knee injury his freshman year, and only played 11 games at Duke before being selected with the first draft pick and ultimately became the NBA Rookie of the Year. The episode wraps with life in the NBA, LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, and what’s next for the young player. Premieres on FOX Sports 1 on Tuesday, May 26 (8:30 PM ET)*.

Ronda Rousey: After finishing her Olympic judo career, Ronda Rousey refused to work 9 to 5 and instead broke down gender barriers to become the female face of the UFC, becoming the first and only woman bantamweight world champion with a still undefeated record. Premieres on FOX Sports 1 on Monday, July 20 (10:30 PM ET)*.

Tim Howard: Tim Howard is one of the best American goalkeepers of all time and currently plays for English Premier League club Everton. He has represented the U.S. Men’s National Team at three World Cups and holds the record for most saves in a World Cup match with 15. But he had to overcome huge obstacles to reach the pinnacle of the sport. Tim developed symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome when he was 10, and not long after that was told he suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Neither of these derailed his career though, as he displayed resilience and didn’t let his illness take away from the quality of his life and success on the field. Premieres on FOX Sports 1 on Monday, August 31 (10:30 PM ET)*.

The FOX SPORTS ORIGINALS department teamed with several award winning production companies including Five Films (Kevin Harvick), Mandalay Productions (Kyrie Irvine), Turn Left Productions (Ronda Rousey) and Electric City (Tim Howard) to produce and direct the UNCOMPROMISING series.

*Tentative, subject to change. Check local listings.


Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs, Steve Matchett, Will Buxton and Motorsports Producer Rich O’Connor

Monaco Grand Prix Airs Live Sunday, May 24 at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBC

Dial 719-325-2393 to Participate

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 18, 2015 – NBC Sports Group’s Formula One broadcast team of play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey, analysts David Hobbs and Steve Matchett, and insider and pit reporter Will Buxton, as well as motorsports producer Rich O’Connor, will preview the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix — kicking off the “Biggest Day in Motorsports” — on a media conference call Wednesday, May 20 at 10 a.m. ET. Media interested in participating should call 719-325-2393; Passcode: 7517287. Diffey, Hobbs, Matchett, Buxton and O’Connor will be on-site in Monaco on Wednesday to conduct the call.

Sunday, May 24 features iconic races across three of the most popular racing series in the world – Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix, IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500, and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600. For the third straight year, the “Biggest Day in Motorsports” begins on NBC at 7:30 a.m. ET with live coverage of the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, with Diffey, Hobbs, Matchett and Buxton on-site from the streets of Monte Carlo in Monaco. The other two races air on different networks.

NBC Sports Group is the television home of motorsports in the U.S. In addition to exclusive F1 broadcast rights, NBC Sports Group holds IndyCar cable rights on NBCSN, and has entered into a 10-year partnership with NASCAR to present the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and 19 Nationwide Series events of each season.

  • WHAT: “Biggest Day in Motorsports” Conference Call
  • WHO: Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs, Steve Matchett, Will Buxton and motorsports producer Rich O’Connor
  • WHEN: Wednesday, May 20 at 10 a.m. ET
  • NUMBER: 719-325-2393
  • PASSCODE: 7517287




FOX Sports 1 Home to 30th Anniversary NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE



10 DAYS OF THUNDER Loaded with Racing, Special Programs, Social Interaction

Highly Anticipated 100,000 CAMERAS: TALLADEGA Premieres May 14

FOX Sports 1 opens its annual 10 DAYS OF THUNDER Presented by Polaris programming block with a full calendar of racing from 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway and a selection of special original programs, including the anxiously awaited 100,000 CAMERAS: TALLADEGA.

Highlighting the opening weekend on track, NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE action gets started under the lights with the NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR SHOWDOWN on Friday, May 15 (7:00 PM ET), the last-chance qualifier for Saturday’s high-powered All-Star race, with winners of each segment advancing to the All-Star Race.

NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE QUALIFYING airs live on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, May 16 (7:00 PM ET), followed by the one-of-a-kind, surprise-filled driver and crew introductions at 8:30 PM ET and green-flag racing at 9:00 PM ET.

The popular FOX NASCAR broadcast team, headlined by inaugural NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE winner Darrell Waltrip (1985), includes two-time All-Star race-winning crew chief Larry McReynolds and host Mike Joy in the booth, Chris Myers and Michael Waltrip in the Hollywood Hotel and Jamie Little, Chris Neville and Matt Yocum reporting from the pits.

10 DAYS OF THUNDER opens Thursday, May 14 on FOX Sports 1 with NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES PRACTICE live at 3:00 PM ET and FINAL PRACTICE beginning at 7:00 PM ET.

An evening of special programming follows, with UNCOMPROMISING: KEVIN HARVICK premiering at 9:00 PM ET, leading in to the highly anticipated NASCAR Productions crowd-sourcing special, 100,000 CAMERAS: TALLADEGA, at 9:30 PM ET and a replay of the popular NASCAR MASTERS OF THE CLOCK: THE LEGEND OF MARTINSVILLE at 10:00 PM ET. For more information on 100,000 CAMERAS: TALLADEGA –

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES racing takes center stage on Friday, May 15 on FOX Sports 1, with NCWTS SETUP live from Charlotte at 8:00 PM ET, followed by green-flag racing at 8:30 PM ET. Adam Alexander handles play-by-play with analysis from Phil Parsons and Michael Waltrip. Hermie Sadler and Vince Welch report from the pits,

On Sunday, May 17, FOX Sports 1 delivers live coverage of the NASCAR XFINITY SERIES race from Iowa Speedway, beginning with NASCAR RACEDAY – XFINITY at 1:30 PM ET and racing at 2:00 PM ET. The team of Alexander, Parsons and Michael Waltrip handles the race call, with Sadler and Welch in the pits.

Week two programming heats up Thursday, May 21, with NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES and NASCAR XFINITY SERIES cars on track, along with the premiere of ONE HOT NIGHT: THE 1992 NASCAR ALL-STAR RACE at 8:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.

The Memorial Day weekend airing of the 56th running of the COCA-COLA 600 on FOX on Sunday, May 24 (5:30 PM ET) puts the exclamation point on 10 DAYS OF THUNDER, with Darrell Waltrip, McReynolds and Joy again calling the race. Myers and Michael Waltrip work from the Hollywood Hotel and Little, Neville and Yocum report from the pits.

First run in 1960, the Coca-Cola 600 is the longest race on the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES circuit. Six-time champion Jimmie Johnson is the defending race winner.

NASCAR RACE HUB offers special weekend editions during 10 DAYS OF THUNDER, with hosts Danielle Trotta and Alexander, analysts McReynolds, Jeff Hammond and Wally Dallenbach, as well as reporters Alan Cavanna, Andrew Doud and Kaitlyn Vincie.

FOX NASCAR received an Emmy Award last week, its 18th in 14 years, for Outstanding Live Sports Series as the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented its 36th Annual Sports Emmy Awards in New York.

FOX Sports’ award-winning digital, video and social teams are set to engage throughout the 10 DAYS OF THUNDER. All available resources are trained on Charlotte Motor Speedway, where teams are set up to create and share content, and engage with race fans. Follow @NASCARonFOX on Twitter (467,500+ Followers) and like “NASCAR on FOX” on Facebook (1.4M+ Likes) for breaking news updates and exclusive behind-the-scenes access from the garage.

NASCAR @TheBuzzer delivers micro-news and entertainment to Facebook walls and Twitter feeds. NASCAR @TheBuzzer content has produced more than 15 million video views via social networking platforms so far in 2015 and will be a presence throughout the NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE with FOX Sports’ Daryl Motte, Alexander, Hammond and AJ Allmendinger. Visit

FOX Sports GO, the critically acclaimed app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content at home or on the go, now is available in 70 million households and offers live streaming of all 10 DAYS OF THUNDER programming. Customers of participating video providers may access the live stream of the race through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS, Android, Fire Tablets and Fire Phones, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, select Windows devices, and on desktops through  Fans can download the mobile app for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store.



(All times ET and subject to change)


Thursday, May 14

NCWTS Practice (3:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR Race Hub (6:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NCWTS Final Practice (7:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

Uncompromising: Kevin Harvick (9:00 PM, Premiere on FOX Sports 1)

100,000 Cameras: Talladega (9:30 PM, Premiere on FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR Masters of the Clock: The Legend of Martinsville, (10:00 PM Encore on FOX Sports 1)


Friday, May 15

NASCAR Final Practice: Showdown (12:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR Final Practice: All-Star (1:45 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition: All-Star (3:30 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying: Showdown (4:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NCWTS Qualifying (5:30 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR Sprint All-Star Showdown (7:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NCWTS Setup (8:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NCWTS Race from Charlotte (8:30 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)


Saturday, May 16

NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying: All-Star (7:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR RaceDay (8:30 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

30th Anniversary NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race (9:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)


Sunday, May 17

NASCAR RaceDay: XFINITY (1:30 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR XFINITY Series Race from Iowa (2:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)


Monday, May 18

NASCAR Race Hub (6:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)


Tuesday, May 19

NASCAR Race Hub (6:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)


Wednesday, May 20

NASCAR Race Hub (6:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)


Thursday, May 21

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice (2:30 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR XFINITY Series Practice (4:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR Race Hub (5:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR XFINITY Series Final Practice (5:30 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying (7:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

One Hot Night: The 1992 NASCAR All-Star Race (8:30 PM, Premiere on FOX Sports 1)


Friday, May 22

NASCAR Race Hub (6:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)


Saturday, May 23

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Practice (10:00 AM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR XFINITY Series Qualifying (11:00 AM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition (12:30 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice (1:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports 1)

NASCAR XFINITY Series from Charlotte (2:00 PM, LIVE on FOX)


Sunday, May 24

NASCAR RaceDay (4:00 PM, LIVE on FOX Sports1)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 (5:30 PM, LIVE on FOX)



About FOX Sports

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