NBC Sports Announces 30 Hours of MOTORSPORTS Coverage
NBC Sports Group presents more than 30 hours of motorsports coverage this weekend across NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra, highlighted by the IndyCar ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the famed Milwaukee Mile on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
NBC Sports Group will also feature coverage of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championships from the Indiana National on Saturday, Mecum Auctions from Monterey beginning on Thursday, and new episodes of Mecum Dealmakers: Indianapolis and /DRIVE on NBC Sports on Thursday night.
All IndyCar, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and Mecum Auctions' coverage will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group's live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.
INDYCAR ABC SUPPLY WISCONSIN 250 - SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN's coverage of the IndyCar ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 at the Milwaukee Mile begins Saturday evening with qualifying at 8 p.m. ET. Live race coverage begins on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, followed by coverage of the Indy Lights Milwaukee race at 6 p.m. ET.
Two weeks ago, Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) earned his first win of the season with a victory at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, his fifth career victory at Mid-Ohio, making his way to the front after starting in 22nd position. Will Power (Team Penske) finished sixth to pass teammate Helio Castroneves for the Verizon IndyCar Series championships point lead.
The series shifts this week to the Milwaukee Mile, which holds the distinction as the oldest operating motor speedway in the world, hosting at least one auto race each year since 1903, except for the years during the U.S. involvement in World War II. Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport) has won the last two IndyCar races at the Milwaukee Mile.
NBC Sports Group's lead motorsports voice Leigh Diffey will call the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 from West Allis, Wisc., alongside former driver Townsend Bell and veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs.
Reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Kevin Lee and Robin Miller will report from the pits. Lee will be joined by Anders Krohn and Jake Query to call the Indy Lights Milwaukee race.
LUCAS OIL PRO Motocross INDIANA NATIONAL - SATURDAY
NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will combine to present six hours of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Indiana National coverage from Crawfordsville, Ind., on Saturday. Coverage starts on Live Extra at 10:30 a.m. ET with practice, followed by the pre-race show at 12:15 p.m. ET. Race coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on Live Extra with Moto 1s, followed by live coverage of the 250 Class of 2nd Motos at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN. An encore presentation will air on NBCSN at 1 a.m. ET on Sunday.
Last weekend Ryan Dungey took the 450 Class at Unadilla National for his fourth win this year, and Christopher Pourcel earned his first victory of the season by winning the 250 Class.
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 Indiana National in Crawfordsville, Ind.
MECUM AUCTIONS: MONTEREY - THURSDAY-SATURDAY ON NBCSN
NBCSN's Mecum Auctions coverage continues this week from their Monterey auction beginning Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET. Coverage continues Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET and Saturday at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
This week's Monterey auction features numerous cars that are expected to eclipse the $1 million mark on the auction block, including a 1961 Ferrari 250 Series II Cabriolet, a 1976 Porsche 934/935 IMSA El Salvador that competed at Le Mans in 1976 and 1977, a 1995 Porsche 962 K8 Spyder that finished first overall at The 24 Hours of Daytona in 1995, and a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Spider.
Scott Hoke will host NBCSN's Mecum Auctions coverage on-site at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel in Monterey, Calif., 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.
MECUM DEALMAKERS: INDIANAPOLIS AND /DRIVE ON NBC SPORTS - THURSDAY AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
NBCSN presents a new episode of the new reality series, Mecum Dealmakers, with highlights from their Indianapolis auction on Thursday night at 10 p.m. ET. The series provides car enthusiasts with a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the high-intensity world of Mecum Auctions, President and Founder Dana Mecum and his son Frank Mecum work together to manage the high pressure of the auction floor, where buyers and sellers hope to make the deal of a lifetime, often with hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line.
This week's episode features the Mecum Team in Indianapolis at the site of Dana Mecum's first car auction. Emotions run high as the family celebrates the sale of a pristine 1968 Pontiac Ram Air II Firebird, another auction three decades in the making.
NBCSN will air an encore presentation of Mecum Dealmakers: Kansas City on Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET, leading into the premiere of Mecum Dealmakers: Indianapolis.
In addition, NBCSN will also present a new episode of /DRIVE on NBC Sports on Thursday at 11 p.m. ET, following Mecum Dealmakers: Indianapolis. This week's episode features host Chris Harris as he leaves the world of supercars to stop traffic in a 1957 Citroen, and Mike Musto's adventure in Hollywood, Calif., where he tests the power of a car built by hand from junkyard parts.
Motorsports Coverage This Week on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra (subject to change):
Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thurs., August 14 NASCAR America 5 p.m. NBCSN Mecum Auctions: Monterey 6:30 p.m. NBCSN Mecum Dealmakers: Kansas City (Encore) 9 p.m. NBCSN Mecum Dealmakers: Indianapolis 10 p.m. NBCSN /DRIVE on NBC Sports 11 p.m. NBCSN /DRIVE on NBC Sports (Encore) 11:30 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., August 15 Motocross Highlight Series 12 a.m. NBCSN /DRIVE on NBC Sports (Encore) 1 a.m. NBCSN Mecum Auctions: Monterey 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., August 16 Pirelli World Challenge - Toronto & Mid-Ohio 12 a.m. NBCSN Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Indiana - Practice 10:30 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Indiana - Pre-Show 12:15 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Indiana - Moto 1s 1 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra Red Bull Series "Mavericks Invitational" 2:30 p.m. NBC Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Indiana - 250 Class 5 p.m. NBCSN IndyCar ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 - Qualifying 8 p.m. NBCSN Mecum Auctions: Monterey 9 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., August 17 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Indiana (Encore) 12 a.m. NBCSN IndyCar ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 3 p.m. NBCSN Indy Lights Milwaukee 6 p.m. NBCSN
MOTORSPORTS 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 IndyCar ABC Supply Wisconsin 250, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Indiana National, and Mecum Auctions from Monterey. The majority of coverage will be provided via "TV Everywhere," the media industry's effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at http://www.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.
Races airing on:
· NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
· NBCSN 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.
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