NBC Sports Network Begins Coverage of 2013 Izod Indycar Series This Sunday at Noon ET

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March 20th, 2013

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via press release:

NBC SPORTS NETWORK BEGINS COVERAGE OF 2013 IZOD INDYCAR SERIES THIS SUNDAY AT NOON ET

 

 

NBC Sports Network Presents 19 Hours of IndyCar’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg & Formula One’s Malaysia Grand Prix

 

Firestone Indy Lights Returns

 

 

NEW YORK – March 20, 2013 – NBC Sports Network presents 19 hours of motorsports coverage this weekend featuring the 2013 IZOD IndyCar series debut and Formula One’s second race of the season. This weekend’s coverage is highlighted by live qualifying and race coverage of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, plus the return of Firestone Indy Lights. Formula One coverage continues with the Malaysia Grand Prix which includes qualifying and practice and NBC Sports Network’s post-race show, F1 Extra.

 

NBC Sports Network’s Motorsports Coverage This Weekend (subject to change, all times ET):

 

Thurs., March 21

IndyCar: Ryan Hunter-Reay: An American Champion

7 p.m.

 

Fri., March 22

F1: Practice

2 a.m.

 

Fri., March 22

F1: Practice Re-Air

Midnight

 

Sat., March 23

F1: Qualifying

4 a.m.

 

Sat., March 23

F1: Qualifying Re-Air

1 p.m.

 

Sat., March 23

IndyCar: Qualifying

2:30 p.m.

 

Sun., March 24

F1: Malaysia Grand Prix

3:30 a.m.

 

Sun., March 24

F1 Extra

6 a.m.

 

Sun., March 24

Indy Lights: Streets St. Petersburg

11 a.m.

 

Sun., March 24

Honda Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

12 p.m.

 

Sun., March 24

F1: Race Re-Air

3 p.m.

 

Tues., March 26

IndyCar: Race Re-Air

12 a.m.

 

 

 

 

2013 IZOD INDYCAR SERIES: NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the 2013 IZOD IndyCar series starts its engines this weekend with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 24 at noon ET, live from St. Petersburg, Fla. The race will be preceded by the return of Firestone Indy Lights on the streets of St. Petersburg at 11 a.m. ET. IndyCar qualifying airs live at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 23.

 

Coverage begins on Thursday with the special feature Ryan Hunter Reay: An American Champion at 7 p.m. ET.

 

NBC Sports Network’s IZOD IndyCar Coverage from St. Petersburg (subject to change, all times ET):

 

Thurs., March 21

Ryan Hunter-Reay: An American Champion

7 p.m.

 

Sat., March 23

IndyCar Qualifying

2:30 p.m.

 

Sun., March 24

Indy Lights: Streets St. Petersburg

11 a.m.

 

Sun., March 24

Honda Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Noon

 

Tues., March 26

Honda Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Re-Air

Midnight

 

 

 

 

INDYCAR COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Network’s new-look IndyCar booth makes its debut with Leigh Diffey as lead voice in his first year covering the IndyCar Series. He will be joined by returning race analyst and former NASCAR driver Wally Dallenbach, Jr., and newcomer to the booth, IndyCar driver Townsend Bell.

 

Jon Beekhuis, an analyst who has also served at the network since 2009, will now report from pit road. Veterans Kevin Lee and Brian Till will manage the pit, and will be joined by Robin Miller, the network’s IndyCar reporter.

 

FORMULA ONE: NBC Sports Network continues its live coverage of Formula One this weekend with the Malaysia Grand Prix airing at 3:30 a.m. ET on Sunday morning, March 24, followed by F1 Extra at 6 a.m. ET. Extensive coverage of the Malaysia Grand Prix includes live practice on Friday, March 22 at 2 a.m. ET that will be re-aired at 11:30 p.m. ET, and live qualifying on Saturday, March 23 at 4 a.m. ET that will be re-aired at 1 p.m. ET.

 

F1 COMMENTATORS: Bob Varsha will fill in for Diffey, who is calling the IndyCar debut, and serve as lead announcer for this week’s Formula One race. Sharing the booth with Varsha will be former racecar driver David Hobbs and analyst Steve Matchett, a former race mechanic for the Benneton F1 team, including two years with seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher. Diffey will return for the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, April 14. Will Buxton, F1 insider and former journalist, will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Malaysia.

 

NBC Sports Network’s Formula One Malaysia Grand Prix Coverage (subject to change, all times ET):

 

Fri., March 22

Practice

2 a.m.

 

Fri., March 22

Practice Re-Air

Midnight

 

Sat., March 23

Qualifying

4 a.m.

 

Sat., March 23

Qualifying Re-Air

1 p.m.

 

Sun., March 24

Malaysia Grand Prix

3:30 a.m.

 

Sun., March 24

F1 Extra

6 a.m.

 

Sun., March 24

Race Re-Air

3 p.m.

 

 

 

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