Transcript of Indianapolis 500 on ABC Media Conference Call

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A media conference call was held today to discuss ABC’slive telecast of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25, beginning at 11 a.m. ET. Participants on the call were ESPN vice president, motorsports, production, Rich Feinberg, along with the three members of ESPN’s booth for the telecast: lap-by-lap announcer Allen Bestwick and analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever. This is the 50th consecutive year that the Indianapolis 500 will air on ABC. A transcript of the call follows:

 

RICH FEINBERG: 50 years on ABC.  For me, that starts with a ‘Wow.’  What a run.  My personal memories of the Indy 500 and ABC’s coverage of it date back to when I was a kid.  Memorial Day weekends with my family, appointment viewing.  Those days it was on a tape delay at night.  To see it come around now to the 50-year anniversary is just amazing.

Our team looks at it like it’s a privilege to produce the Indy 500.  It always has been.  It always will be.  It’s a cherished assignment that everybody embraces.  Our goal is quite simple, and that’s to uphold the tradition of excellence in coverage that’s been established by our ABC colleagues over the past 49 years.

That may sound a bit cliché, but it’s a fact.  We do that by focusing our coverage on the drivers and their stories, their team’s race strategy.  Perhaps the most intriguing thing for the casual fan, that’s the speed.  When you’re talking about cars doing over 230 miles an hour, that’s an off-the-charts number.

Through our coverage, we want to make sure our viewers feel like they’re not only enjoying the race but thirsting to be there.  I look forward to being a part of it as I do every year.

ALLEN BESTWICK:  The history for me, when I was a young kid, my dad had racecars at a racetrack in Seekonk, Massachusetts.  Didn’t get much racing on television then, except for the Indianapolis 500.  That was appointment television for us.  As a young boy, watching this race every year sparked my fascination with the broadcasting business, in particular as I continued to follow, watching Jim McKay, the role he played, the variety of sports he did, the excellence with which he did them, and how much you felt like even though you never met him, he was a friend through the television.

So for me all these years later to get a chance to sit in that seat on this occasion, it’s not just bucket list, it’s beyond bucket list.  It’s a little overwhelming to think about how fortunate I am and how honored I am to be part of this.

I can’t wait for Sunday.  It’s been a wonderful month so far and I really look forward to a great race.

SCOTT GOODYEAR:  I can certainly remember the very first time I went to Indianapolis in 1973 with my father.  It was a bit of a surprise visit because I was racing a go-kart and he surprised me on the Saturday night and said, We’re not racing tomorrow, we’re going to drive all night and go to the Indianapolis 500.  It has been a part of my life for a long time.

Then having a chance to go there as a rookie in 1990 as a driver was pretty cool.  Having some reasonable success there, and now having an opportunity as I have done for many years to be in the booth with ABC is truly a privilege.  When we get together for meetings, there’s a lot of passion and pride to being involved in this race.

For me, I view this race now from the television booth almost like a driver.  There are the super teams that you anticipate will do well, there are teams in the middle of the road that have a good shot at it, then there are teams there participating, if they’re in the top 10 at the end of the day they feel pretty lucky.

The split between group one and group two seems like it’s been shrinking for the past couple years.  This year, smaller teams winning some events, Long Beach and the Indy GP, that might be true this weekend.

Ed Carpenter, surprising everybody.  Neat to do qualifying, see the frustration on the big teams’ faces because they are missing some answers.

Indianapolis is all about the weather literally, the sense of what it can do to your racecar; emotions, what it can do to you as a driver.  That’s just qualifying.  The race is no different.

What I watched in practice yesterday from the group racing, last year practice shows it’s going to have the same thing for this coming Indy 500.  Excited about it.

Somebody asked me the other day, Pick a winner.  I don’t think I can.  I think there’s an honest 10, 12 people that can win this event.  Eddie and I were talking about it.  If you were betting in Vegas, it would be hard to put your money on somebody.  Looking forward to it.

EDDIE CHEEVER:  I dreamed about it as a child when I was living in Italy, I heard it on the radio.  I kept racing.  I was lucky to come here and race.  I was lucky enough to win it.  Now I’m going to be sitting in the booth with two friends calling the 50th anniversary of ABC calling the Indy 500.  I don’t know how it could be any better than that.

It’s going to be a very exciting race.  There’s too many stories to sit down and go through them one by one, so many different possibilities, that I really think it’s going to go down as one of the most exciting races we’ve ever had at Indy.  And when you consider how we ended last lap, the result would have probably changed if the race would have gone another 400 yards, and I expect we’ll see the same thing on Sunday.

Q.         Eddie and Scott, there’s two names that have returned this year that link back to some important moments in IndyCar recent history, with Villeneuve coming back, and Montoya being back.  What do you think about having both of those names back in the field?  Have you heard from fans?  Do you feel there’s a different vibe having them back? 

EDDIE CHEEVER:  They’re two totally different types of drivers.  They have been extremely successful in Formula One.  Villeneuve is a Formula One world champion, which in my books is as high as it gets in open-wheel racing.

I knew Villeneuve’s father very well when we were racing together in Formula One.  I remember driving back around in a car where I was doing the steering and — he was doing the steering and I was doing the throttle.  I was never pushing on the throttle strong enough.

I have a great interest in seeing him do very well.  I think he’ll approach the race differently.  He’s with a smaller team.  He already looks like he’s starting to think about how he will prepare himself for those last laps.

A lot of people have gravitated to him during the race.  As the race goes on, people will remember the great win he had not too long ago.

Montoya is racing for Penske.  He’s committed to the series for the whole season, whereas Villeneuve is committed for one race for the moment.

He’s had an exciting beginning, but not quite up to pace where everybody expected him to do well.  He all of a sudden laid down a very good lap on the day of qualifying.

I think you’ll really see a lot of aggressive moves from Montoya early on.  He’s going for a perfect record, having competed only twice.  I really think he has a good chance of winning.

There’s a lot of excitement whenever you mention the word ‘Montoya’ in the pits, even amongst the drivers.  Whereas Villeneuve, he’s going to have to build that back up, but there’s a lot of respect for what he has done.

SCOTT GOODYEAR:  I think everything Eddie said is spot on.  The interesting thing for me is I had an opportunity to spend half an hour with Jacques in the garage area a week ago.  Through all the questions I was asking him, catching up with him, I asked him, Why come back to something that you’ve won, have great memories with?  Why come back after a 19-year absence?

He said, Racing is my oxygen.  I need to race something.  I loved it.  It didn’t really interest me for quite a few years.  But I’ve been watching it for the last year, year and a half, and he said it’s something he would like to go back to.

He said he would like to come back to the series next year and run full-time, if it’s possible.  If this is an audition to get his feet wet and make sure that he can go out and let people know his interest, it may be.  I’m not sure that if everybody is running strong at the end of the day that he has enough experience in these new cars, which he says are different to drive, to be a contender.  I think finishing in the top 10 would be a success for him and the team.

With Montoya, I’ll add to what Eddie said, every driver you speak to in the paddock says that when he has enough time underneath his belt in these cars, from being in the tin tops for the last little while, they’re going to worry that he’s going to be dominating like he was before, from the factor that he’ll be one of those guys you’ll be battling with in the top 3-5.  As.

The drivers say, they have enough drivers they have to contend with.  A lot of respect for Montoya in the garage area.

Q.         Is it good generally for the series to have both of those drivers back? 

EDDIE CHEEVER:  I think it’s phenomenal, exceptional.  Montoya brings a lot of Formula One sense.  Montoya brings a lot of people back to watching open-wheel racing.

Villeneuve, I can’t repeat it enough, was a Formula One champion.  His father was, I would say, one of the top three drivers that ever drove for Ferrari.  The history, the whole amount of energy they bring is tremendous to anything they participate in.

Q.         This is the first time we have a youngster from Nazareth, Pennsylvania, not named Andretti.  I wanted Scott and Eddie’s take on the young Sage Karam, in high school still.  Your thoughts of his challenges, how he might add to the storyline on Sunday

SCOTT GOODYEAR:  When I met him earlier this month and spent some time with him, speaking with him in the garage, nice young man.  At 19 years of age, times have changed, because at 19, I was just finishing karting and about ready to take my first day of Formula Ford school.

We were talking about this on our conference call this morning.  They almost have harnessed him back a little bit because the team says he is very eager to get going and is trying to get so much accomplished in a short amount of time.

As a rookie here, you can be very fast.  But 500 miles is such a long, long time on the racetrack.  I always broke it up into five 100-mile races.  You have to get yourself through it and not rush.

This will be interesting for Villeneuve and Montoya.  It’s been a while since they’ve come here and run this race.  Everybody is anxious.  Seems like it happens between 250 and 300 miles.  Everybody seems like they want to get going.  I always did.

For him as a rookie, he’s going to have to be throttled back, have somebody good with him on the radio talking to him, his spotter is going to have to do well.  He has enthusiasm, good looks, an American, so he has a bright future ahead of him.

EDDIE CHEEVER:  Just to add to what Scott said, talent and youth and energy are wonderful things to have.  Don’t really fit in that well in how you approach the Indy 500.  Here you have to have an enormous amount of patience.  You have to be willing to listen to the pits.  You have to be able to pick yourself up from a bad stint with the tires not working or you have some sort of problem.

It will be a great testament to his ability if he can finish the 500.

We saw another youngster last year from Colombia called Munoz, Scott and I were betting which lap he was going to crash because he was almost in the grass, but he made it.

Those things that carry you forward in open-wheel racing on a street course don’t really come much into play around the Speedway.

Q.         Marco Andretti, your take on Marco?  Seems like he can’t get over the hump.  Very close, very much in contention for a good portion of the race last year.  It just didn’t happen for him.  Same thing happened a couple weeks later at Pocono where he had the dominant car all weekend.  Seems like he’s there every week. 

EDDIE CHEEVER:  He is always a threat to win.  It’s his family’s team.  He has been very quick.  His rookie year at Indy was unbelievable.  He lost by the smallest of margins.  He is unfortunate in that he has some incredibly talented teammates.

He’s really going to be judged not so much by the fact that he wins or doesn’t win, but how he compares with his teammates.  That’s a tall order.

SCOTT GOODYEAR:  I would be delighted to see Marco win from the standpoint that I understand what it’s like to come to win this event, but not, obviously in ’92 and ’97 being second, obviously ’95 across the line first and being disqualified.

Regardless, it’s a scenario that weighs on you every racetrack you go to.  It weighs on you when you come back here to the Indianapolis 500.  For him, I’m sure he thinks about it.  I talked to him about it.  He said, No, it’s behind me, I don’t think about it too much.

But you do.  I always looked at it like you’ll get another chance.  I’m sure he feels the same way.

When you get close to the end of your career, then when you retire, and you haven’t accomplished that goal, which is the reason your living, breathing and racing, and your last name is Andretti, and the pressure that’s on a third-generation driver, I would love to see him win.  It would be great for him, his family, and our sport to have Andretti win again.

Q.         Allen, from everything I understand, Kurt Busch is resonating well with the fans and other drivers at Indy.  Have you noticed anything different in his demeanor or mannerisms or attitude when he’s out there in an IndyCar than you’ve noticed when he’s maybe in the NASCAR garage. 

ALLEN BESTWICK:  I think anytime you go someplace and try something new and different for the first time, have a little bit of success at it, you’re going to have a little pep in your step.

Think about how much Kurt has hung himself out there by doing this.  I’ll borrow Eddie’s thought about this.  Here is a guy who is a NASCAR champion.  All the race wins he’s accumulated.  He was willing to put that reputation out there on the line for the world to step out and try and drive a type of racecar he’d never driven before.

I’ve seen nothing but good things from Kurt.  I see a guy who is determined to master it, has fit in very well with his teammates, has dug into the engineering, the aerodynamics, driving techniques, soaked it up like a sponge, acquitted himself very, very well in an IndyCar.  I’m not surprised by that.  We know Kurt is a heck of a racecar driver.

I’m not surprised he’s acquitted himself well.  He’s having fun.  He understands the challenge ahead of him.  He got a taste of the difficulty of that challenge yesterday.  You can say he’s gotten the full Indy experience now.

But I’ve seen nothing but smiles from Kurt.  Why not, right?  He had the guts to put himself out there and try this.  He’s doing well.  He has the opportunity to have a good, solid race experience on Sunday and do something he probably never thought he’d get the chance to do in his life.  I can relate to that.  It makes you smile.

Q.         Eddie, I’ve seen some of your comments in recent weeks.  What are your impressions of Kurt in an IndyCar? 

EDDIE CHEEVER:  I am totally impressed by everything he has done in the car.  Going out and turning into turn one when you’re up at speed, and engineers have told you, Don’t take your foot off the throttle, you’re talking to yourself telling yourself it’s going to be okay.  That’s a difficult moment even in a racecar driver that’s done it his whole life, to be committed to doing that.

He’s been incredibly fast.  Every hurdle he got to, other than yesterday, when he got very lucky and hit the wall at the right angle.  Other than that, I am just impressed.  When he had to go out and do his qualifying run, that’s 230, that is really moving the mail.  That’s fast.  Turning into turn one at 236 miles an hour, and everybody said that the cars were sliding at the end of their run because they were so much on the limit trying to trim them out.  He went and did it as if he’s been doing it his whole life.

He is talented and incredibly brave.  If he digests this last hit he had, it took me a long time to digest, if he can go through that, he’s in that leading group at the end of the race, I would consider him a possible top-three finisher, if he gets through all the problems during the race.  But he’s been incredible.  I’m very impressed.

Q.         Rich, 92 cameras planned.  Why the increase this year?  Are any of those specialty cameras? 

RICH FEINBERG:  The 92 is actually in concert pretty close to what we did last year.  36 of those cameras are on racecars.  We will have this year a complement of 12 different teams, including Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Ed Carpenter, all carrying on-camera systems.  All 36 are on track, if you would.

The remaining cameras include some specialty things.  We will have a helicopter cam for the entire race.  We have several ultraslow motion cameras that we have strategically placed around the track.  We have wall cams.  We have grass cams.  We have hand-held cams.  We have robotic cams.  I think we got the place pretty well wired up.

The unique thing about this race, racing in general, is the size of the playing field is gigantic, so it takes more.  We’re always watching multiple things.  A lot of our camera systems allow us to focus on multiple battles on the track to make sure we can document as much of the action as we can for the fans.

It is a very large production, one of the largest that we do every year.  Tremendous credit to our technical and engineering staff to put together this system and ultimately I think our fans are the benefactors of it.

Q.         Are there any other production enhancements planned? 

RICH FEINBERG:  Well, we’ve made some changes since we were at the track last.  I’d start with probably the most noticeable one for our fans will be welcoming Allen Bestwick to the family.  Allen and I have worked together for many, many years.  I know not only he’s excited about doing the project, but I’m just as excited to have him along.  He’s one of the best in the business, and I think our fans will really enjoy his call.

We have some new graphic elements we’re using.  We have some good feature stories we’ll tell before we get going with the race.  As I said earlier, our ultimate job is to tell the stories of the drivers, and to the best of our ability, through the pictures and through the sounds, create that thirst for our viewers to want to be there and enjoy this very special sporting event.

Q.         Allen, you’ve had a very long career in calling NASCAR races.  How does it feel to be in the open-wheel world now? 

ALLEN BESTWICK:  It feels pretty good.  It’s been a great experience so far.  It’s funny because for as long as I’ve been around racing, I’ve spent my whole career in the month of May in Charlotte basically and watched the 500 from afar.

I’ve been at the Speedway, around the NASCAR race there since 1994, so when I walked in the gate this month, it wasn’t a new experience for me to be at the Speedway.  I knew where the gate was to get in and I knew where the TV compound was, where the booth was.  I knew where to find things.  It’s not a completely new experience at the Speedway.

Then I’ve had great support from Rich and my bosses to do the research that I needed to do.  I spent time in Indianapolis in February just after the Daytona 500.  Some of the race teams were more than gracious in welcoming me in.  I went through IndyCars from top to bottom at team shops.  Had dinners and lunches with drivers and team managers.  I’ve had plenty of time to acclimate myself – short way to say it – the same thing done differently.

It’s still an auto race.  The object is still to get the distance covered from start to finish in the least amount of time possible.  Terminology, styles, strategies are a little different.

I look forward to the race.  Obviously it’s the premiere auto race in the United States, maybe the world, every year.  To have the opportunity to call it is a fascinating thing.  I’m more excited than anything because it’s been a great experience so far.  I can’t wait to see what race day is like in person.

Q.         For Scott and Eddie, obviously you have a lot of experience on both sides.  There’s so many changes in TV in 50 years.  Probably what hasn’t changed much is the raw talent that open-wheel drivers share.  What special traits do you think open-wheel drivers have to be able to perform so well in what is basically a road rocket before enormous crowds on prime ABC TV? 

SCOTT GOODYEAR:  I think for me, now that I’ve stepped away from it, I honestly believe that you can be trained to be a very good, proficient driver that can compete at IndyCar level.  But I think the ones that are winning and are just a little bit faster have something different.  I think it might be something that you’re just born with.

There’s been that question for years and years, especially when we talk about different generations of drivers.  When you stand at a road course, you watch a guy like Will Power drive around, even his fellow competitors say that they expect him to be on pole everywhere they go to on a road course.

You go to ovals and see the smoothness of guys like Scott Dixon, and honestly a very impressive Ed Carpenter.  Ed obviously trained hard, not through the road courses, because he’s not that great on a road course, but he spent so many years doing the midgets and the dirt cars.

I think it’s training and then I think you have to have a little bit of a gift.

With that I think I am more impressed now than I was when I was doing it.  When you’re doing it, you eat, breathe and sleep it.  You expect to be good.  You expect to be competitive.  You don’t feel that you’re doing anything different than anybody else ’cause you’re getting up, going and doing your job every day.

It’s only when you step away from it like I have, and maybe Eddie feels this way, you truly understand how different your occupation was when you’re sitting in a racecar.

Our racecar happened to weigh 1500 pounds and have in our day 900 horsepower, now they’re about 725.  And, oh, yeah, as Eddie mentioned earlier, we go into turn one at 230, 240 miles an hour and don’t take our foot off the gas.

The last comment I’ll make on all that is when you’re doing it back then, it seems like it’s in slow motion.  It seems like the straightaways are long, and I guess that’s what I guess they call being in the zone in other sports.

When you’re getting ready to retire, you notice that life is going by a little quicker in the racecar than it did before.  That’s probably the first indication it’s time to go find something else to do.

I know how difficult it is, I know how brave you are when you’re doing it.  That’s the neat thing I think when I watch the cars go around today.

EDDIE CHEEVER:  Having raced for a decade in Formula One, Monaco, Spa, everywhere else, then coming to Indy, I don’t say this trying to make a joke of it, I think you have to be a little bit crazy when you’re racing on the limit at the Indianapolis 500.

It is, I would say by far and away, the most dangerous and most intoxicating race that I have ever been a part of.  When you have to throw a car into a corner at 235 miles an hour, two feet behind a car that’s doing the same speed, another car that’s trying to pass you, do all this and stay away from that horribly hard wall, you have to be a little bit different.

The more time I had spent with A.J. Foyt, Unser, Andretti, there’s a common thread:  they’re all capable of dealing with the danger very well and yet perform at such a high level.

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Indianapolis 500 Airing on ABC for 50th Consecutive Year

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ESPN3 to Offer Second Screen Experience with Onboard Camera Views

Continuing a Memorial Day weekend TV tradition that began in 1965, ABC will air the Indianapolis 500 for the 50th consecutive year on Sunday, May 25. The telecast of the 98th running of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing begins with a one-hour pre-race show at 11 a.m. ET with the green flag waving at 12:12 p.m.

What began as highlights in black-and-white on ABC’s Wide World of Sports in 1965 has evolved into ESPN’s massive production of the modern telecast for ABC, one of the largest and most complex that ESPN does each year. The production will utilize 92 cameras to televise the premier event of the Verizon IndyCar Series, including three onboard cameras per car in 12 of the 33 cars competing in the race.

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 ABC has aired the Little League World Series since 1963.

“The stewardship of ABC’s storied history at the Indianapolis 500 is something we take very seriously,” said Jed Drake, ESPN senior vice president and executive producer. “The heritage of this event, and the pure excitement and spectacle of it, are what we look forward to bringing to our viewers every year.”

During the past 49 telecasts of the race, some of the most familiar names in sports television history have been part of ABC’s coverage, led by the legendary Jim McKay, who called the race for 18 years and served as telecast host for two others. Chris Schenkel, Bill Flemming, Keith Jackson, Al Michaels, Jim Lampley and Brent Musburger have all served in various roles on the telecast.

The “Dean of Motorsports Journalists,” Chris Economaki, originated the role of pit reporter and was part of many Indianapolis 500 telecasts on ABC, while former Indy 500 winner Rodger Ward originated the driver-analyst position that was later filled by Jackie Stewart, Sam Posey, Bobby Unser, Rusty Wallace, Tom Sneva, Arie Luyendyk and others. Paul Page anchored the telecast 14 times and before his late night career, David Letterman was a pit reporter on the 1971 telecast.

Allen Bestwick will become the 10th person to call the race on ABC when he makes his debut this year.

“One of the things that sparked my fascination with broadcasting was that appointment viewing of the broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 with Jim McKay behind the microphone,” said Bestwick. “It’s one of those things that attracted me and inspired me to get into the business and to think that I’m going to have the opportunity to sit in that chair – THAT chair – is mind-blowing.”

Joining Bestwick in the broadcast booth will be 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 Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch and Vince Welch.

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

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 and on Indycar.com. ESPN3 is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku.  The network is currently available to more than 92 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.

Among the features that will air during the pre-race show or in ESPN SportsCenter’s Indianapolis 500 coverage:

  • ESPN’s Chris Connelly tells the story of Tony Kanaan’s lucky charm, a medallion given to him by his mother, shared by him to a girl facing life-saving brain surgery, and returned to him, days before he won the most important race of his life.
  • ESPN The Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee interviewed some 30 current and former ABC announcers and behind-the-scenes production personnel in search of unique and interesting memories of some of the greatest and memorable Indy 500 telecast moments over the past 50 years.
  • Helio Castroneves was the first driver to climb the fence to celebrate his wins, a tradition so loved by fans that he is forever begged by fans to climb in their seat section. And so enjoyed by the racing community that even Tony Stewart couldn’t resist copying ‘Spiderman’. Now he’d like a 4th climb at the Indy 500.
  • A Memorial Day feature: the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier honors those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. And so the sentinels stand guard. Their uniforms meticulous, their movements precise and their commitment unflagging, Every hour, every day, year after year.
  • Former NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Kurt Busch, competing in the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte in the same day, will be interviewed prior to the race.

In addition to television in the United States on ABC and Watch ABC, ESPN also distributes Verizon IndyCar Series race telecasts through a combination of ESPN networks and syndication to more than 198 countries and 101 million homes. Also, 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.

Timeline – 50 Years of Indy 500 on ABC

  • Charlie Brockman, an Indianapolis media personality who had called the closed-circuit broadcasts of the Indy 500 in previous years, is play-by-play announcer for the first telecast in 1965 on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.
  • ABC veteran Chris Schenkel calls the 1966 race telecast.
  • In 1967, the race appears in color for the first time and Jim McKay calls the first of his 18 Indy 500 telecasts.
  • Former race winner Rodger Ward joins McKay in the 1967 telecast in the new role of driver-analyst.
  • In 1971, for the first time, ABC’s coverage of the Indianapolis 500 airs as a same-day, stand-alone, tape-delayed telecast in prime time rather than as part of the Wide World of Sports program.
  • In 1975, Keith Jackson handles anchor duties for ABC as Jim McKay misses the race for the only time between 1967 and his final race in 1987.
  • In 1983, Al Unserand Rick Mearscarry onboard cameras, the first used in Indy 500 coverage.
  • In 1986, after many years of tape-delayed telecasts, the race is televised live for the first time.
  • In 1987, Jim McKay, who serves as host, works his 20th and final Indianapolis 500 for ABC (18 years in play-by-play role, two years as host).
  • In 2004, several rain delays take the telecast to 8 l/2 hours, making for one of the longest single-event telecasts ever.
  • Also in 2004, Jamie Little makes her debut as a pit reporter, the first woman ever in that role at the Indy 500.
  • In 2006, ABC introduces the “side-by-side” format, allowing viewers to continue watching the action during national commercial breaks.
  • In 2007, the race is televised in High Definition for the first time. Also, for the first time, two women work as pit reporters in coverage as Brienne Pedigo joins Jamie Little in the pits.
  • In 2011, ESPN and Indianapolis Motor Speedway announce a new six-year agreement to begin in 2013 to keep the Indianapolis 500 on ABC through 2018, including the 100th running in 2016, and make ABC the exclusive broadcast network partner of the IndyCar Series.
  • The 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 airs on ABC in 2011, the 47th consecutive year the network has televised the event.
  • In 2012, ESPN introduces a second-screen experience to the Indianapolis 500 telecast with streaming onboard cameras available for viewing on ESPN3 during the race telecast.
  • In 2013, ESPN SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak becomes the first woman to host ABC’s Indianapolis 500 telecast.

Indianapolis 500 lap-by-lap announcers on ABC

(1965-2014)

1965 – Charlie Brockman

1966 – Chris Schenkel

1967-1974 – Jim McKay

1975 – Keith Jackson

1976-1985 – Jim McKay

1986-1987 – Jim Lampley

1988-1998 – Paul Page

1999-2001 – Bob Jenkins

2002-2004 – Paul Page

2005 – Todd Harris

2006 – 2013 – Marty Reid

2014 – Allen Bestwick

Summary:

Jim McKay – 18 years (two additional years as host)

Paul Page – 14 years

Marty Reid – 8 years

Bob Jenkins – 3 years

Jim Lampley – 2 years

Charlie Brockman, Todd Harris, Keith Jackson, Chris Schenkel – 1 year

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

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NASCAR: SPRINT ALL-STAR Race Live Saturday on FOX Sports 1

SOCCER: Arsenal Faces Hull City in David vs. Goliath Battle for England’s FA Cup Championship Saturday on FOX

MLB ON FOX: Yankees Face Pirates in Exciting Interleague Game Saturday on FOX Sports 1

#ICYMI: FOX SPORTS LIVE’s Gary Payton Looks at Clippers’ Mindset:  http://foxs.pt/1v62Q60

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 NASCAR ON FOX SPORTS 1 FROM CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

With 11 NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES races in the books for 2014, drivers and teams shift gears a bit this weekend for the annual non-points “dash for the cash” NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE, live on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, May 17 (7:00 PM ET) as part of FOX Sports 1 – 10 Days of Thunder programming from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Mike Joy leads the NASCAR on FOX booth for the 30th running of the star-studded event from Charlotte with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and former crew chief Larry McReynolds. Chris Myers hosts from the famed Hollywood Hotel with analysis from Michael Waltrip and Jeff Hammond, and Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum reporting from the pits. Darrell Waltrip and Hammond teamed to win the inaugural NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE in 1985, following it up the next day with a win in the Coca-Cola 600 and the season championship a few months later. NASCAR RACEDAY kicks off Saturday’s coverage at 2:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1 and features an interview with car owner Richard Childress.

The SPRINT SHOWDOWN, the last-chance transfer race for the All-Star Race, moves to a new night this year, airing live on FOX Sports 1 on Friday, May 16 (7:00 PM ET). The two top finishing drivers advance to Saturday’s NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE, along with the winner of the Sprint Fan Vote.

Immediately following the SPRINT SHOWDOWN, the NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES returns to action for the fourth race of its 22-race season at Charlotte, live on FOX Sports 1 on Friday (8:30 PM ET) with pre-race coverage beginning at 8:00 PM ET with NCWTS SETUP hosted by Krista Voda. After three races, Matt Crafton leads Timothy Peters in the point standings, followed by four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr., German Quiroga Jr. and Johnny Sauter. This week’s NCWTS SETUP features a look at driver Jimmy Weller, who in 2004 suffered a violent crash at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a USAC Sprint Car race. Weller remained in a coma for two weeks and underwent numerous surgical procedures to correct back and neck fractures sustained in the accident.

FOX Sports GO, the app that provides live streaming video of FOX Sports content, offers live streaming of the race, as well as all practice and qualifying sessions and shoulder programming telecast on FOX Sports 1. Customers of participating video providers may access the live streams of the race through the FOX Sports GO app for iOS devices, as well as on desktops through FOXSportsGO.com.

 

NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE FROM CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO on Saturday, May 17 (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Joy leads the NASCAR on FOX booth with analysis from NASCAR Hall of Famer Darrell Waltrip and former crew chief Larry McReynolds. Chris Myers hosts alongside Michael Waltrip with pit reports from Steve Byrnes, Jeff Hammond, Krista Voda and Matt Yocum.

DARRELL WALTRIP RANKS HIS ’85 ALL-STAR WIN IN TOP FIVE OR SIX OF CAREER:  “I’d put the 1985 All-Star win in the top five or six wins of my entire career because it was the first one ever held. There can only be one first-time winner. You always want to win a new event and do something nobody else has done before. That alone makes it pretty special.”

JEFF HAMMOND SAYS THE EFFORT THAT WENT INTO WINNING THE ’85 ALL-STAR RACE WAS ASTOUNDING: “The effort we put into winning that first race will always stick in my mind because we never worked that hard on another car except for the Daytona 500.  To come back and win the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday made that whole weekend unbelievable.  It always will be not just a page, but a chapter in my history book because of what went into it.”

WALTRIP SAYS WINNING THE ’85 ALL-STAR RACE & COKE 600 IN SAME WEEKEND HAD HUGE CHAMPIONSHIP IMPLICATIONS FOR HIM THAT YEAR:  “Winning the All-Star Race was a big steppingstone for us in winning the championship that year because Bill (Elliott) had such a huge points lead on us, but from that race on, we knew we could beat him if we just worked harder. That weekend pole-vaulted us and got us the momentum and motivation we needed to fight Bill and wrestle the championship away from him. If we hadn’t been so good and won at Charlotte like we did, I don’t know where things would have ended up that year.”

LARRY MCREYNOLDS SAYS IT’S HARD TO PREDICT WHO THE TWO TRANSFER DRIVERS WILL BE FROM THE SPRINT SHOWDOWN INTO THE ALL-STAR RACE: “That’s a very tough one this year. Kyle Larson, Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard, Aric Almirola and Marcos Ambrose all could be right up there. But if I had to choose based on their mile-and-a-half track performances this year, I’d go with Larson and Almirola.”

MCREYNOLDS WILL BE WATCHING SEVERAL STORYLINES ON SATURDAY: “Given the new no ride-height rule, new aerodynamics package and other things teams have dealt with this year, those that seemingly had their arms around the intermediate track package last year still are searching this year, and vice versa. We know for a fact the cars will be very fast, considering the speeds we’ve seen this year. I’ll also be watching for pit stops and pit strategy to be critical this weekend. Teams will be setting themselves up to have the best average finish at the end of segment four because that’s how they’ll enter pit road and perform their pit stops. That pit stop will be huge. And finally, is this when Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus finally get back to Victory Lane? They’ve won the last two All-Star Races and traditionally are in a league of their own at Charlotte. If they don’t at least run well, then that’s a whole other conversation.”

SPRINT SHOWDOWN (transfer race for NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE)

  • Network/When: FOX & FOX Sports GO, Friday, May 16  (7:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds, Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum

NASCAR RACEDAY ALL-STAR

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, May 17 (2:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Chris Myers, Mike Joy, Larry McReynolds, Michael Waltrip, Jeff Hammond, Steve Byrnes, Krista Voda, Matt Yocum and Rutledge Wood
  • This Week:Car owner Richard Childress and driver Joey Logano

NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES RACE FROM CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports GO on Friday, May 16 (8:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Michael Waltrip, Bob Dillner, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler

NCWTS SETUP

  • Network/When:  FOX Sports 1, Friday, May 16 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Krista Voda, Bob Dillner, Ray Dunlap and Hermie Sadler
  • This Week:A feature on driver Jimmy Weller, who in 2004 suffered a violent crash at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in a USAC Sprint Car race. Weller remained in a coma for two weeks and underwent numerous surgical procedures to correct back and neck fractures sustained in the accident.

NASCAR RACE HUB

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Monday through Thursday (5:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Co-hosts Steve Byrnes, Danielle Trotta and Adam Alexander; analysts Matt Clark, Bob Dillner, Jeff Hammond and Larry McReynolds
  • This Week:  NASCAR Camping World Truck Series reigning champion and current points leader Matt Crafton on Thursday, May 15
  • Next Week:  Casey Mears on Monday, May 19; live coverage of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Vote Day on Wednesday, May 21

SOCCER

ARSENAL AND HULL CITY FACE OFF IN DAVID VS. GOLIATH BATTLE IN ENGLAND’S FA CUP FINAL THIS SATURDAY ON FOX

  • Network/When: FOX, FOX Sports GO, Saturday, May 17 (11:30 AM ET)
  • Talent: Gus Johnson and Eric Wynalda call the final live from Wembley Stadium in London. Rob Stone hosts studio coverage with analysts Warren Barton, Brian McBride, Dr. Joe Machnik and guest analysts Stuart Holden and FA Cup legend Vinnie Jones.
  • This Week: For just the second time ever, the FA Cup Final airs on U.S. broadcast television, when FOX features the match between Barclays Premier League sides Arsenal and Hull City to determine the champion of the world’s oldest soccer competition and England’s main domestic cup tournament. Arsenal, with 10 FA Cup titles to its name, reaches the final after beating last year’s champion Wigan Athletic on penalty kicks, while Hull City makes its first-ever FA Cup Final appearance in the team’s 110-year history.

MLB

MLB GAME OF THE WEEK COMES TO FOX SPORTS 1 THURSDAY WITH PADRES VS. REDS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Thursday, May 15 (12:30 PM ET).
  • Talent: Thom Brennaman, Eric Karros

PIRATES FACE YANKEES SATURDAY ON FOX SPORTS 1

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Saturday, May 17 (4:00 PM ET).
  • Talent:  Matt Vasgersian, Tom Verducci

COLLEGE SPORTS

K-STATE HOSTS TEXAS IN BIG 12 BASEBALL SHOWDOWN

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, May 18 (4:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Play-by-play announcer Dave Barnett and analyst Pat Combs
  • This Week: No. 19 Texas heads to K-State for the final conference game before the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship in Oklahoma City next weekend. FOX Sports 1 has the Big 12 Championship final on Sunday, May 25 (5:30 PM ET), following the BIG EAST baseball championship final from Brooklyn, NY, earlier that day (1:00 PM ET).

UFC

UFC TONIGHT REPORTS FROM TEAM ALPHA MALE WITH DILLASHAW, MENDES, DAVIS AND LUDWIG INTERVIEWS

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, May 14 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Kenny Florian, Chael Sonnen, Karyn Bryant, Ariel Helwani
  • This Week: Karyn Bryant is on location in Sacramento and provides reports from Team Alpha Male including interviews with UFC 173 bantamweight title challenger TJ Dillashaw, UFC 175 women’s bantamweight title challenger Alexis Davis, UFC 176 featherweight title challenger Chad Mendes, and outgoing coach Duane Ludwig. Insider Ariel Helwani provides additional reports.

 THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER – BOXER CLARK FACES WRESTLER ANDERSON IN A CLASSIC MATCHUP

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Wednesday, May 14 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: BJ Penn, Frankie Edgar
  • This Week:On the heels of Tim Williams’ surprising loss, coach BJ Penn gives his team a lecture on the risks of overtraining. Team Edgar heads to the mountains for a scenic practice session. Former boxer Josh Clark tries to get momentum back in Team Penn’s favor, as he faces skilled wrestler Corey Anderson of Team Edgar.

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER – DILLASHAW INTERVIEW, MUNOZ’S INSIGHTS, TEIXEIRA RECOUNTS UFC 172

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, May 18 (7:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jon Anik
  • This Week: Bantamweight title challenger TJ Dillashaw joins host Jon Anik in studio to discuss his quest to become the first fighter from Team Alpha Male to hoist UFC gold. Mark Munoz, one of MMA’s most inspiring and intellectual competitors, provides insight into his love of mixed martial arts. Then, watch Glover Teixeira’s unforgettable first-person account of his UFC 172 fight week as he puts his nine-year unbeaten streak on the line against Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title.

UFC COUNTDOWN – UFC 173: BARAO VS. DILLASHAW PREVIEWED

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, May 18 (8:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Renan Barao, TJ Dillashaw
  • This Week:UFC Countdown goes inside the training camps of six dangerous, determined fighters set to take the stage at UFC 173 on May 24. Undisputed bantamweight champion Renan Barao puts his massive unbeaten streak on the line against aggressive Team Alpha Male prospect TJ Dillashaw. Welterweight gunslingers Jake Ellenberger and Robbie Lawler battle for a spot at the top of the division.

BOXING

VETERAN HONORIO COULD HAND OROZCO HIS FIRST DEFEAT AT GOLDEN BOY BOXING, SAYS MALIGNAGGI

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1 / FOX Deportes, Thursday, May 15 (10:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Beto Duran, Paulie Malignaggi, ringside reporter Jessica Rosales.
  • This Week:San Diego’s rising star Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (19-0, 15 KOs) faces Mexican veteran Martin Honorio (32-8-1, 16 KOs) in the main event of the special Thursday edition of Golden Boy Live! on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. Winning three of his last five fights, Honorio wants to stop Orozco’s rise by any means necessary. “Antonio Orozco is a rising star with a big upside in the junior welterweight division, but Martin Honorio is no joke,” says FOX Sports boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi. “He’s a veteran who knows all the tricks, and he’s handed guys like Steve Luevano and John Molina Jr. their first losses, so Orozco will have to be focused and on top of his game to win.” The previously announced main event fight between Manuel “Tino” Avila (14-0, 5 KOs) and David “Morita” De La Mora (25-5, 18 KOs) is the 10-round junior featherweight co-main event. Opening the telecast is a six-round bantamweight bout between Paramount’s Manuel “Suavecito” Roman (16-2-3, 6 KOs) and Merida’s Jose “Cacho” Silveira (15-10, 6 KOs).

ARCA RACING SERIES

10-TIME ARCA CHAMPION KIMMEL LOOKS FOR 1OTH TOLEDO VICTORY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, May 18 (2:00 PM ET)
  • Talent: Rick Allen, Phil Parsons, Ray Dunlap, Jim Tretow
  • This Week: The ARCA Racing Series heads to Ohio this weekend, where 10-time series champion Frank Kimmel looks to find his way back to Victory Lane in Toledo for the first time since 2005. With a record 80 series wins, Kimmel’s last Toledo win came in 2005; his first in 1994. Grant Enfinger maintains the series points lead with three wins in the first four races of the 2014 season, followed by Mason Mitchell and Kimmel. Justin Allison, grandson of NASCAR legend Donnie Allison and great nephew of Daytona 500 champion Bobby Allison (members of the original Alabama Gang), makes his ARCA short track debut this weekend.

MOTOGP

VARSHA SAYS THERE’S NO TELLING WHAT MARQUEZ CAN DO THIS YEAR ON MOTOGP TOUR

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Sunday, May 18 (7:00 AM ET)
  • Talent:  Host Bob Varsha; analysts Gregory Haines and Nick Harris
  • This Week:MotoGP returns from a weekend off for Sunday’s MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix of France with World Champion Marc Marquez riding a perfect streak in 2014. The 21-year-old Spaniard became just the first rider since 1992 to win the first four races of the season two weeks ago, winning his 36th Grand Prix in just his 100th race and extending his world championship lead over second-place Dani Pedrosa by 28 points heading into Le Mans. “I think even more significant than all the winning Marc Marquez has done this year is how he has done it,” says Bob Varsha. “Coming back from injury to win the season-opener, and more recently moving from seventh to second at Argentina, then sitting calmly behind another world champion in Jorge Lorenzo before passing him with ease. Fans can disagree about whether the Marquez riding style is as big a revelation as, say, Kenny Roberts’ was back in 1978, but there’s no doubt that we’re watching a great rider in complete harmony with a great bike, and there’s no telling what they might do this year. Even better, despite dominating, Marquez is still exciting to watch.” In addition, the MotoGP Moto2 Grand Prix of France premieres Sunday, May 18 on FOX Sports 2 (9:00 PM ET), and the Moto3 Grand Prix of France precedes it on FOX Sports 2 (8:00 PM ET).

ORIGINALS

PECOS LEAGUE’S TRINIDAD TRIGGERS PREPARE FOR GRUELING SEASON

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, Tuesday, May 20 (9:30 PM ET)
  • Talent: Jacob Fabry, Andrew Azzopardi
  • This Week:Far removed from the glamorous life of Major League Baseball, Pecos League players are given a jersey, a hat and $50 a week to keep their big league dreams alive. This week, the Triggers settle in with their host families, team captain Jacob Fabry battles an early slump and catcher Andrew Azzopardi battles anything he can scream at.

STUDIO SHOWS

FOX SPORTS LIVE – PAYTON LOOKS AT A PLAYERS’ MINDSET AS CLIPPERS’ SERIES CONTINUES WITH OKLAHOMA CITY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, nightly (11:00 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Jay Onrait, Dan O’Toole, Charissa Thompson, Ryan Field, Cole Wright, Gabe Kapler, Jim Jackson, Gary Payton, Bill Reiter, Petros Papadakis
  • This Week: FOX SPORTS LIVE expands its hockey coverage with noted hockey bloggers Dave Lozo (Bleacher Report) and Harrison Mooney (Yahoo!/Puck Daddy). Plus, basketball insiders Bill Reiter and Reid Forgrave report live from the NBA Combine in Chicago Wednesday through Friday. On Thursday, the crew is joined in studio by actor David Boreanaz, star of the hit FOX series BONES. With the story still dominating headlines, basketball Hall of Famer Gary Payton weighed in this week on what mindset the Los Angeles Clippers’ players must have during the playoffs. “Right now, [Sterling] is not running the team; it’s Doc Rivers, and you want to play for Doc Rivers. The NBA has done a great job of putting somebody else in place, and you’re going to have to deal with that. So, you have to think about it and say, ‘We’re not really working for him, we’re working for ourselves to become champions and we’re working for our coach, Doc Rivers.’” Watch the clip here: http://foxs.pt/1v62Q60

AMERICA’S PREGAME – FORMER NBA ALL-STAR AND LOS ANGELES CLIPPER MARQUES JOHNSON SAY STERLING HAS TO GO BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY

  • Network/When: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (6:00 PM ET), preempted Friday, May 16
  • Talent:  Mike Hill and Molly McGrath
  • This Week: Mike and Molly are joined by FOX Sports 1 analysts Rob Becker, Raja Bell, Royce Clayton, Jim Jackson, Joel Klatt, Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal. Five-time NBA All-Star and former Los Angeles Clippers forward Marques Johnson came by the studio on Tuesday and shared a disturbing personal tale from his dealings with embattled owner Donald Sterling. “It’s to the point now that if you’re Adam Silver, you’ve got to get this thing away from this guy by any means necessary. I don’t care how much it costs, you’ve got to get him to sell this basketball team.” Watch the clip here: http://youtu.be/SeDtWhlEhqY

MLB WHIPAROUND CONTINUES ON FOX SPORTS 1

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

o   Thursday, May 15 (9:00 PM ET) – Ryan Field, C.J. Nitkowski, Gabe Kapler

o   Friday, May 16 (12:00 AM ET) – Ryan Field, Gabe Kapler

o   Monday, May 19 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD

o   Tuesday, May 20 (10:00 PM ET) – TBD

o   Wednesday, May 21 (12:00 AM ET) – TBD

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

THE MIKE FRANCESA SHOW

  • Network: FOX Sports 1, weekdays (1:00-5:00 PM ET) and FOX Sports 2, weekdays (5:00-6:30 PM ET)
  • Talent:  Mike Francesa

FOX Sports Covers THE NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE with 100,000 CAMERAS

NASCAR_on_FOXWHAT IF 100,000 CAMERAS & THOUSANDS OF FANS TOLD THE STORY OF THE NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE?

Crowd-Sourcing & Fan- & Driver-Generated Content the Nucleus of

FOX Sports 1’s 100,000 CAMERAS:  THE NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE on Thursday, May 22

                                                               Two Additional FOX Sports 1 Originals Premiere May 23 as Part of

FOX Sports 1 – 10 Days of Thunder Programming

It is impossible to walk down the street nowadays without encountering someone snapping a photo or video, digitally chronicling and instantaneously sharing their experiences worldwide.

Such is the inspiration as FOX Sports 1 and NASCAR Productions present 100,000 CAMERAS:  THE NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE, a groundbreaking concept that incorporates fan- and driver-generated video to showcase the race from fans’ points of view, regardless of location. Debuting Thursday, May 22 (9:30 PM ET), this special delivers an unprecedented portrayal of race day from all perspectives, from early morning until the team haulers head home.

100,000 CAMERAS:  THE NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE premieres immediately following seven hours of live FOX Sports 1 programming from Charlotte Motor Speedway and is the first of three new FOX Sports 1 and NASCAR Productions originals airing the week of the COCA-COLA 600 (live on FOX on Sunday, May 25 at 5:30 PM ET).  EMPTY CUP: QUEST FOR THE 1992 NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP premieres Friday, May 23 at 8:00 PM ET and THE 600: HISTORY OF NASCAR’S TOUGHEST RACE on Friday, May 23 at 9:00 PM ET.

Fans everywhere are invited to tell their own NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE story by using their cameras and smart/mobile devices to capture the event and the hours preceding and following it, whether from the grandstands, on a road trip to the track, while tailgating, watching from home or from a neighborhood bar.  Using the hashtag #100KCams and #SprintAllStar, fans simply upload videos to their social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter, Vine, Facebook or the Banjo app) immediately following the race.

“NASCAR fans know how fun a race day is regardless of where they watch the race, and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race is one of the biggest spectacles of the year,” said Steve Craddock, FOX Sports 1 SVP Production, NASCAR.  “We want to see their unique perspectives and share their pictures throughout the day and into the night.  If you have a camera or a camera phone, your All-Star experience could become part of the program.”

The 30-minute, high-energy special also features additional and specialty camera angles and content not seen in FOX Sports 1’s live telecast of the NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE (Saturday, May 17 at 7:00 PM ET), as well as driver wires and team radio scanner sounds.  Fans shooting video using a cell phone are encouraged to shoot horizontally for best results.  For more tips and information on how to take and submit video for 100 CAMERAS:  THE NASCAR SPRINT ALL-STAR RACE, please visit www.foxsports.com/100KCams

EMPTY CUP:  QUEST FOR THE 1992 NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP focuses on Davey Allison’s 1992 season.  During this season, the Robert Yates Racing team experienced significant highs and lows with major victories and disabling setbacks, yet still led the point standings throughout much of the year.  Heading into the season finale at Atlanta, the No. 28 was one of three teams in the hunt for the championship but came up short in losing to Alan Kulwicki.  EMPTY CUP is a continuing, 30-minute documentary series that reflects on specific NASCAR seasons in which a driver and team lost their championship bid in the season’s final moments.

THE 600: HISTORY OF NASCAR’S TOUGHEST RACE is a 60-minute documentary about the people and events that define Charlotte Motor Speedway’s marquee event held every Memorial Day weekend. NASCAR legends Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon reflect on the race’s unorthodox history and the thrill of winning NASCAR’s longest race.

May 22 also marks the first of three NASCAR RACE HUB prime time specials on FOX Sports 1 — Thursday, May 22 (8:30 PM ET), Friday, May 23 (7:00 PM ET) and Saturday, May 24 (10:00 PM ET).  Additionally, FOX Sports 1 is LIVE from the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, May 21 (4:00 PM ET) for the announcement of the sport’s five newest inductees and offers live cut-ins from Coca-Cola Speed Street in uptown Charlotte, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, during the week.

For a complete FOX Sports 1 – 10 Days of Thunder programming schedule, click http://foxs.pt/1mwsvDm

–FOX SPORTS–

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AUCTIONS AMERICA AUBURN

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

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

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

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

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

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

FORMULA ONE™/AUCTIONS AMERICA ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide live streaming coverage of this week’s F1 Spanish Grand Prix and Auctions America Auburn auction airing on NBCSN via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Coverage will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

MOTORSPORTSTALK: MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) on NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on the Formula One, Verizon IndyCar Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and all other motorsports racing from around the world. The site also serves as the destination for all news, analysis and video from NBC and NBCSN productions of IndyCar and F1, including contributions from on-air commentators.

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

NASCAR_on_FOXFOX SPORTS POWERS BACK-TO-BACK NASCAR

RACE WEEKENDS WITH FOX SPORTS 1 – 10 DAYS OF THUNDER

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

Expanded Block of Multi-Sport Programming

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

Best Army Ranger Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday, May 16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday, May 17

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

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

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

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

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

 

Sunday, May 18

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

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

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

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

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

 

Monday, May 19

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

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

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

 

Tuesday, May 20

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

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

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

 

Wednesday, May 21

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

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

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

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

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

 

Thursday, May 22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Friday, May 23

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Saturday, May 24

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sunday, May 25

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, May 26

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

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

*Major live events in bold

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

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

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

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

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

#ICYMI:

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

 

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MLB

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

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

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

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

MLB WHIPAROUND CONTINUES ON FOX SPORTS 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DEREK JETER: A TRIBUTE PREMIERES ON FOX SPORTS 1

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

 

NASCAR

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

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

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

NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES RACING FROM RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY

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

FOX NASCAR SATURDAY RICHMOND PRE-RACE SHOW

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

NASCAR RACEDAY

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

NASCAR RACE HUB

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

SOCCER

UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE SEMIFINALS KICK OFF

  • Network/When:

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

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

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

THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS WRAP UP NEXT WEEK

  • Network/When:

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

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

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

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

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

UFC

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

UFC TONIGHT INTERVIEWS JONES AND TEIXEIRA ABOUT UFC 172 TITLE BOUT

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

THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER – TOURNAMENT KICKS OFF WITH MIDDLEWEIGHT BOUT

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

UFC 172 WEIGH-IN SHOW: CORMIER JOINS AS ANALYST

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

UFC 172 PREFIGHT SHOW: JONES – TEIXEIRA TITLE FIGHT PREVIEW

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

           

UFC 172 PRELIMS FEATURE KEY MATCHUP BETWEEN TOP-RANKED FLYWEIGHTS

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

UFC 172 POSTFIGHT SHOW RECAPS LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT

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

UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER – FABER ON THE BRINK

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

SUPERCROSS

 

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

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

MOTOGP

MOTOGP HEADS TO ARGENTINA FOR THE FIRST TIME

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

BOXING

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

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

RED BULL

RED BULL AIR RACE HEADS TO CROATIA FOR SECOND STOP

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

STUDIO SHOWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE MIKE FRANCESA SHOW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*All times live unless otherwise indicated & subject to change

Friday, March 7

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, March 8

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

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

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

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

Sunday, March 9

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

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

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

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

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

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

for First TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

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

Combine to Cover Entire 24 Hours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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