IndyCar at Long Beach highlights this weekend’s racing coverage on NBCSN

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NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series begins this week with the IndyCar Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET, highlighting more than 15 hours of motorsports coverage this week.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream coverage of the Grand Prix of Long Beach via “TV Everywhere.”

NBCSN’s presentation of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series from Long Beach begins Saturday at 6 p.m. ET with qualifying. Coverage continues on Sunday afternoon on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. ET with the Indy Lights Streets of Long Beach race, leading into live coverage of the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

NBC Sports Group’s lead IndyCar and Formula One play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the Grand Prix of Long Beach on-site, alongside former drivers Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy.

Tracy joins NBC Sports Group’s IndyCar telecasts for select races this season, and is a four-time winner at Long Beach, including the first of his 31 career victories in 1993.

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 Streets of Long Beach race.

In addition, NBCSN and Esquire Network will combine to present more than 15 hours of Mecum Auctions live coverage from Houston this week. Coverage begins on Esquire Network tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. ET, and continues on NBCSN at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Esquire Network’s live presentation continues Friday at 12:30 p.m. ET, and shifts to NBCSN at 4 p.m. ET, with the final installment of Mecum Auctions from Houston airing Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

To find Esquire Network, please visit: http://esquiretv.com/channelfinder

Scott Hoke will host NBC Sports Group’s Mecum Auctions coverage on-site at Reliant Center in Houston, Texas, 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.

NBCSN will also present coverage of the GP2 Series, Formula One’s developmental series, with the GP2 Bahrain race this Friday at 1:30 a.m. ET. NBC Sports Group’s F1 insider Will Buxton will have the call from Sakhir International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain.

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Alonso would be ‘very happy’ to finish F1 career with McLaren

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Fernando Alonso says he would be “very happy” to see out his Formula 1 career with McLaren after signing a new multi-year contract with the British team, announced on Thursday.

Alonso, 36, ended speculation about his future by agreeing a new deal with McLaren, hopeful of returning to the front of the field next year when the team swaps Honda power for Renault engines.

Alonso admitted to considering options outside of F1 before agreeing to stay at McLaren, and was thought to only be chasing a one-year extension in order to be in a position to snap up a more attractive seat in the volatile 2019 market.

However, Alonso confirmed in an interview with the official F1 website that the deal with McLaren stretched beyond the end of next year, adding he would be content to see out his time in the sport with the team.

“I never talk about contracts, but one thing I can say is it is a long-term partnership,” Alonso said.

“I am very happy to finish my career at McLaren. So I don’t think it is going to be only one year.”

Alonso also revealed he had options with teams high up the field in F1 for 2018 just a couple of months ago, but was always leaning to staying at McLaren despite not scoring a podium with the team in almost three years.

“There were some other options in F1. In the summer there were still some options at the top teams, but my desire was to stay with McLaren,” Alonso said.

“But at that time they were in conversation with different engine suppliers, so I had to give them time to sort out their situation.

“Then McLaren opted for a Renault engine which delayed my decision, because I had to understand what Renault’s plans were for next years.

“But when I had everything on the table, everything was pretty clear.”