F1 Russian Grand Prix Airs Live at 6:30 a.m. ET Sunday on NBCSN; Encore Presentation Sunday at Noon ET
Mercedes Can Clinch Second Consecutive Constructors’ Championship in Russia This Weekend
NBCSN Presents More Than 15 Hours of Mecum Auctions Coverage from Chicago Beginning Friday at Midnight ET
First Season of Mobsteel Reaches More Than 6.5 Million Viewers
NBC Sports Group Motorsports Analyst Townsend Bell Wins 2015 IMSA GTD Title
NBC Sports Presents Prime Time NASCAR Racing From Charlotte Motor Speedway
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 7, 2015 – Formula One returns to the site of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games this weekend, as NBCSN presents live coverage of the Russian Grand Prix from the streets of Sochi this Sunday at 6:30 a.m. ET.
This weekend’s motorsports action on NBCSN also includes more than 15 hours of coverage from Mecum Auctions in Chicago, beginning early Friday morning at 12 a.m. ET, as well as comprehensive coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series races from Charlotte. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will stream this week’s Formula One, Mecum Auctions and NASCAR coverage.
F1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 6:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN
Formula One returns to Sochi for its second race in Russia in as many years, following the first running of the Russian Grand Prix in a century last year. Mercedes enjoyed success at last year’s Russian GP, as Lewis Hamilton led Mercedes to a 1-2 finish and the team clinched its first-ever constructors’ championship. Mercedes is on the brink of winning its second straight constructors’ championship, and needs to outscore Ferrari by just three points this weekend in Sochi to secure the title.
Hamilton dominated the most recent race on the F1 calendar, the Japanese Grand Prix on Sept. 27, as he led all 53 laps to claim his eighth win of the 2015 campaign. Hamilton leads teammate Nico Rosberg by 48 points with just five races remaining in the season.
Live coverage from the Sochi Autodrom begins Friday morning with Practice 1 at 3 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra, followed by Practice 2 at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Live Extra will stream Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET, prior to live qualifying at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN.
Live Russian Grand Prix coverage begins Sunday at 6:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by F1 Extra at 9 a.m. ET. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the Russian Grand Prix at noon ET on Sunday.
Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Russian 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 Sochi Autodrom. Alex Jacques will call the GP2 race in Sochi airing Sunday at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
MECUM AUCTIONS: CHICAGO – BEGINS FRIDAY AT 12 A.M. ET ON NBCSN
An estimated 1,000 collector cars, headlines by American muscle cars, classics, Corvettes and much more, will cross the auction block in the Windy City this weekend, as NBCSN presents more than 15 hours of Mecum Auctions coverage from Chicago. Coverage begins at 12 a.m. ET early Friday morning, and continues Friday with presentations at noon ET and 10:30 p.m. ET. The fast-paced auction action rolls on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ET, followed by Sunday’s presentations at 10 a.m. ET and 7 p.m. ET.
This weekend’s main attractions include a 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster with a rich racing history, a 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Fastback, and four classic Pontiacs from the Scott Shaffer Collection. Click here for more information on this weekend vehicles up for auction.
Scott Hoke will host NBCSN’s Mecum Auctions coverage on-site at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill., alongside analysts John Kraman, Stephen Cox, and Bill Stephens. Mecum Auctions is led by Dana Mecum, Founder and President of Mecum Auctions for the past 27 years.
FIRST SEASON OF MOBSTEEL REACHES MORE THAN 6.5 MILLION VIEWERS
NBCSN’s first season of Mobsteel, the original automotive series following a Detroit-based custom-car shop by the same name, reached more than 6.5 million unique viewers across eight premiere episodes, as well as encore presentations. Nearly 1 million viewers (965,000) tuned into the series premiere on Aug. 16, making it the most-watched original series premiere to-date on NBCSN.
Mobsteel follows founder Adam Genei and his team of custom-car specialists, including his wife Pam Genei, as they restore some of the finest relics of the American automotive boom. Click here for more information on Mobsteel.
NBC SPORTS GROUP MOTORSPORTS ANALYST TOWNSEND BELL WINS 2015 IMSA GTD TITLE
NBC Sports Group motorsports analyst Townsend Bell added to his impressive 2015 resume this past weekend, as his Scuderia Corsa Ferrari team clinched the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship this past weekend in the GT Daytona class. Bell serves as a regular analyst for NBC Sports Group’s IndyCar and Red Bull Global RallyCross telecasts, and also raced in this year’s Indianapolis 500.
Click here for more information on Bell’s victory.
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS PRIME TIME NASCAR RACING FROM CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY
NBC Sports presents a full weekend of racing with over 20 hours of coverage from Charlotte Motor Speedway. The Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup race airs Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on NBC. The pivotal Sprint Cup race is the first race in the Round of 12. With four drivers eliminated last week, the remaining 12 will battle it out to advance to the next round of the NASCAR Playoffs. XFINITY Series Racing from Charlotte Presented by AutoZone runs Friday at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. With only five XFINITY races remaining, Charlotte is an important track for drivers to gain points and boost their Championship standings. A more detailed release regarding NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR coverage this weekend will be released later today.
Motorsports Coverage This Week on NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra (subject to change):
|Wed., October 7||NASCAR America||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Thur., October 8||Sprint Cup Series First Practice – Charlotte||1:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|XFINITY Series First Practice – Charlotte||3 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR K&N Series – Dover||4 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|XFINITY Series Final Practice – Charlotte||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Charlotte||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., October 9||Mecum Auctions – Chicago*||12 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 1||3 a.m.||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|F1 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 2||7 a.m.||NBCSN|
|/DRIVE on NBC Sports||8:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Chicago||12 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Whelen Series – Stafford||2:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Series Second Practice – Charlotte||3:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|XFINITY Series Qualifying – Charlotte||4:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Series Final Practice – Charlotte||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|XFINITY Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|XFINITY Series Race – Charlotte||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Chicago*||10:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., October 10||F1 Russian Grand Prix – Practice 3||5 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Russia Grand Prix – Qualifying||8 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Chicago*||10:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Chicago||12 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – Charlotte (Encore)||3:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Series Race – Charlotte||7 p.m.||NBC|
|Victory Lap||11:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., October 11||F1 Russian Grand Prix||6:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Extra||9 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Chicago*||10 a.m.||NBCSN|
|F1 Russia Grand Prix (Encore)||12 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Mecum Auctions – Chicago**||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|GP2 – Russia*||10:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
*denotes same-day delay
**denotes next-day delay
MOTORSPORTS ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will stream this week’s motorsports coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store, Roku Channel Store and Apple TV.
MOTORSPORTSTALK: MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) on NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on Formula One, the Verizon IndyCar Series, and other open-wheel and off-road racing from around the world. The site also serves as the destination for all news, analysis and video from NBC and NBCSN productions of IndyCar and F1, including contributions from on-air commentators.
MotorSportsTalk’s content is provided by top racing journalists and expert analysts, including:
- Luke Smith is creator and editor at Richland F1, which begins its second season this year. Smith works alongside Tony DiZinno in providing F1 content on MotorSportsTalk He’s on Twitter at @LukeSmithF1, primarily handling the F1 scene from Europe in great detail.
- Tony DiZinno has most recently served as web editor for RACER Magazine and provides open wheel coverage on MotorSportsTalk. DiZinno has more than seven years of experience in the industry. Follow him on Twitter at @TonyDiZinno.
SOCIAL: NBC Sports Group will continue to provide comprehensive motorsports social coverage across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. On Twitter, fans can follow @MotorsportsTalk for all-encompassing content across NBC Sports Group’s motorsports properties, and follow @F1onNBCSports for the latest F1 news.
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