NBCSN Presents More Than 40 Hours of Motorsports Coverage This Weekend, Including 14 Consecutive Hours Spanning Five Auto Racing Series on Saturday
IndyCar Qualifying Airs Saturday at 6:45 p.m. ET Following NASCAR XFINITY Series Racing from New Hampshire
Pre-Race IndyCar Coverage Includes Segment with Analyst Paul Tracy and Milwaukee Winner and Former Rival Sebastien Bourdais
NBCSN Posts Most-Watched IndyCar Telecast in 4 Years from Milwaukee Mile
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra Present Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Spring Creek National
NBCSN’s NASCAR Coverage Continues This Weekend with Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series Races from New Hampshire
STAMFORD, Conn. – July 15, 2015 – NBCSN continues its presentation of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series this Saturday night with live coverage of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 in primetime at 8 p.m. ET, part of more than 40 hours of motorsports coverage on NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra this weekend. Coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. ET with qualifying, immediately following NASCAR XFINITY Series race coverage from New Hampshire, leading into live IndyCar action from Iowa Speedway.
Saturday night’s live primetime IndyCar coverage is part of 14 consecutive hours of motorsports coverage on Saturday spanning five auto racing series (NASCAR Sprint Cup, XFINITY and K&N Pro Series, Verizon IndyCar Series, and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship).
Last week, Sebastien Bourdais (KVSH Racing) earned his second win of the season and second win of his career at the Milwaukee Mile in the IndyCar ABC Supply Wisconsin 250. Bourdais’ victory at Milwaukee marked the 34th win of his North American open-wheel career, tying Al Unser Jr. for seventh all-time. Juan Pablo Montoya (Penske) still leads the driver standings with 439 points, ahead of Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing; 385 points) and Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing; 370 points), whose back-to-back podium finishes have propelled the American into third.
Andretti Autosport drivers have won the last five IndyCar races at Iowa, including Marco Andretti, who sits in seventh in the standings (332 points). He is the only driver this season to complete every lap of all 12 races, and has notched four top five finishes in the last six races.
Saturday night’s pre-race coverage will feature a segment with NBCSN IndyCar analyst Paul Tracy and former rival and last week’s winner Sebastien Bourdais. The two will cruise the country back roads of Iowa in a custom Chevy Corvette, discuss how they’ve formed a unique friendship and relive some memories from their bitter rivalry on and off the track from a decade ago.
In addition to race coverage in primetime on Saturday night at 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the Iowa Corn Indy 300 on Monday, July 20 at 6 p.m. ET, and will air coverage of the Indy Lights series from Iowa on Monday at 11 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports Group lead IndyCar play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the Iowa Corn Indy 300, alongside analysts Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell. Robin Miller, Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee and Katie Hargitt will handle pit reporting duties. Kevin Lee, (play-by-play), Anders Krohn (analyst) and Katie Hargitt (reporter) will handle coverage of the Indy Lights race.
NBCSN POSTS MOST-WATCHED INDYCAR TELECAST IN 4 YEARS FROM MILWAUKEE MILE
NBCSN’s Sunday afternoon Verizon IndyCar Series telecast from Milwaukee averaged 532,000 viewers, making it the network’s most-watched IndyCar race since Sept. 4, 2011 (591,000, Baltimore). It was also up 66% vs. last year’s Milwaukee race (320,000 viewers). This was the second consecutive telecast in which NBCSN posted its best IndyCar viewership since the 2011 Baltimore race (Fontana, June 27, 512,000 viewers).
LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SPRING CREEK NATIONAL – SATURDAY AT 11 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will present six hours of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship coverage this weekend from Spring Creek National in Maryland, in the eighth round of the 12-race championship series. Justin Barcia earned his second consecutive win of the season in the 450 Class two weeks ago at RedBud National, while Jeremy Martin swept both motos in the 250 Class to re-take the lead in points standings.
Coverage begins on NBC Sports Live Extra with practice at 11:30 a.m. ET, followed by pre-race coverage on Live Extra at 1 p.m. ET. Moto 1 coverage begins on MAVTV at 2 p.m. ET, followed by Moto 2 coverage on NBC Sports Live Extra at 4 p.m. ET. NBCSN will present Moto 2 coverage at 11 p.m. ET, following live coverage of the Iowa Corn Indy 300.
Veteran play-by-play voice Jason Weigandt, analyst and two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston, and pit reporter Georgia Lindsay will call the action from Spring Creek Motocross Park in Millville, Minn.
NBCSN’S NASCAR COVERAGE CONTINUES THIS WEEK WITH SPRINT CUP AND XFINITY SERIES RACES FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE
As released earlier today, NBCSN continues its coverage of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series this weekend from New Hampshire Motor Speedway, with live coverage of Saturday’s XFINITY Series Racing from New Hampshire Presented by Castrol GTX Magnatec at 4 p.m. ET, followed by Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Racing from New Hampshire Presented by Pixels at 1:30 p.m. ET. Click here for more information about this week’s NASCAR coverage on NBCSN.
Following is this week’s Motorsports schedule on NBCSN:
|Thurs., July 16||NASCAR America||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – Stateline**||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – Stateline** (Encore)||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Fri., July 17||Sprint Cup Series Practice – New Hampshire||11:30 a.m.||NBCSN|
|XFINITY Series Practice – New Hampshire||1 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR K&N Pro Series West – Stateline** (Encore)||2 p.m.||NBCSN|
|XFINITY Series Final Practice – New Hampshire||3 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Series Qualifying – New Hampshire||4:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sat., July 18||Sprint Cup Series Practice – New Hampshire||10 a.m.||CNBC|
|XFINITY Series Qualifying – New Hampshire||11:15 a.m.||NBCSN|
|Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Spring Creek – Practice||11:30 a.m.||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|Sprint Cup Series Practice – New Hampshire||12:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Spring Creek – Pre-Show||1 p.m.||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Spring Creek – Moto 1s||2 p.m.||MAVTV|
|XFINITY Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show||3:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|XFINITY Series Race – New Hampshire||4 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Spring Creek – Moto 2s||4 p.m.||NBC Sports Live Extra|
|IndyCar Iowa Indy Corn 300 – Qualifying*||6:45 p.m.||NBCSN|
|IndyCar Iowa Indy Corn 300||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Spring Creek – Moto 2s*||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sun., July 19||NASCAR America Sunday||Noon||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Countdown to Green Pre-Race Show||1 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Series Race – New Hampshire||1:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Sprint Cup Series Post-Race – New Hampshire||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Chasing 43 – Richard Petty (Encore)||5:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR Victory Lap||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Mon., July 20||NASCAR 120 – New Hampshire||3 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NASCAR America||5 p.m.||NBCSN|
|IndyCar Iowa Indy Corn 300 (Encore)||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Indy Lights – Iowa||11 p.m.||NBCSN|
*denotes same-day delay
**NASCAR K&N Series Race from Stateline took place on July 11th
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