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Catch Rally America’s season-opening Sno*Drift Rally Saturday on NBCSN


While many of us have endured enough snow this winter to last a lifetime, car racing in snow is a whole different experience.

It’s fun, fast and watching cars drift through – well, real snow drifts – there’s just no comparison.

The NBC Sports Network on Saturday kicks off its coverage of the 2014 Rally America National Championship season with it’s telecast of the Sno*Drift Rally, which took place in Atlanta.

Snow drifts in Atlanta? Yep, but not the one in Georgia, the one in Michigan. (Look it up on a map, it’s there, about 225 miles north of Detroit)

With drivers reaching 100 mph cutting through the white stuff, the Sno*Drift Rally is the only dedicated snow and ice event on the Rally America schedule, and kicked off the eight-race season.

Check out an example of what you’ll see in the video below.

The RANC is the premier rally racing series in the U.S., comprised of eight events that traverse the country on surfaces from dirt to gravel to snow, and from Portland, Ore. To Newry, Me.

Be sure to catch the Sno*Drift Rally on Saturday, right after Formula One qualifying, at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

For the entire RANC TV schedule on NBCSN, click here.

And for more information about Rally America, click here.

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IndyCar 2015 Driver Review: Ryan Briscoe

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MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

  • 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
  • 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish

For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.

Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.

The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.

Race Recap: Hamilton closes on third title at Russia (VIDEO)

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Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.

View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.