Leigh Diffey – the voice of Formula One and the IndyCar Series for the NBC Sports Group – will be part of NBC’s talent team for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, which begin Thurs., Feb. 6, 2014 with prime-time coverage.
Diffey will be making his Olympic broadcasting debut and fittingly, there will be plenty of speed to go with it as he’ll be serving as play-by-play announcer for the bobsled, luge and skeleton competitions.
All of those will take place at the Sanki Sliding Center, which lies 60 miles northeast of Sochi, Russia in the Games’ “Mountain Cluster” of venues.
Coverage of the events from Sanki will be augmented by reporter Lewis Johnson, in what will be his eighth Olympics for NBC, and analysts John Morgan and Duncan Kennedy.
Morgan is a former member of the U.S. bobsled team, while Kennedy competed for the U.S. in luge during three Olympics.
The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.
Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.
Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.
Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.
The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.