Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama highlights motorsports coverage on NBCSN this week

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Live Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Coverage Begins Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NBCSN Presents Mecum Auctions from Kansas City This Week; Coverage BeginsThursday at 4:30 p.m. ET

NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series continues this week with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET, highlighting more than 15 hours of motorsports coverage this week, which includes Mecum Auctions coverage from Kansas City.

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

NBCSN’s presentation of the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama begins Sunday at 1 a.m. ET with qualifying. Live race coverage begins Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET, followed by Race 2 of the Legacy Indy Lights 100 at 5 p.m. ET.

Two weeks ago, Mike Conway (Ed Carpenter Racing) held off Will Power (Team Penske) in the final few laps to take the checkered flag at Long Beach. Power is a two-time winner of the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (2011, 2012), and currently leads the points standings through two races.

NBC Sports Group’s lead IndyCar and Formula One play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on-site at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., alongside former drivers Townsend Bell and Wally Dallenbach.

Reporters Jon BeekhuisKelli StavastKevin Lee and Robin Miller will report from the pits. Lee will be joined by Anders Krohn andJake Query to call the Legacy Indy Lights 100.

MECUM AUCTIONS

In addition, NBCSN will present live Mecum Auctions coverage from Kansas City this week. Cars up for auction this week in Kansas City include a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 428 Fastback, a 1931 Packard Deluxe Eight Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton, and a 1968 Shelby GT500KR Fastback. NBCSN’s live presentation of Mecum Auctions from Kansas City airs tomorrow and Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET, and continues on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.

Scott Hoke will host NBC Sports Group’s Mecum Auctions coverage on-site at Reliant Center in Houston, Texas, alongside analysts John KramanStephen 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 air coverage of the TORC Series from the Duel in the Desert race in Primm, Nev., on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. ETRobbie FloydGrant LangstonTony Bokhoven and Cristy Lee will have the call.

Motorsports Coverage This Week on NBCSN (subject to change):

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thu., April 24 Mecum Auctions – Kansas City 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., April 25 Pirelli World Challenge – Long Beach 1:30 a.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions – Kansas City 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., April 26 TORC – Las Vegas 1:30 a.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions – Kansas City 5 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., April 27 Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Qualifying 1 a.m. NBCSN
Indy Grand Prix of Alabama 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
Legacy Indy Lights 100 – Race 2 5:30 p.m. NBCSN

 

INDYCAR 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 Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and Mecum Auctions airing on NBCSN via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at 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.

Coverage 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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Marco Andretti confident that fewer tests won’t hurt Andretti Autosport

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A small point of debate around the 2018 aero kit has been the manufacturer test days that took place through the Fall of 2017 and into the beginning of 2018. Chiefly, the debate has centered around teams who hadn’t participated in those manufacturer test days and if they’re starting the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season at a disadvantage as a result.

Team Penske, Ed Carpenter Racing, and A.J. Foyt Racing completed test days for Chevrolet, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing doing so for Honda.

That left teams like Andretti Autosport out of the mix, with some voicing concerns as a result.

However, in a press conference during testing at ISM Raceway last weekend, Marco Andretti explained that he thinks Andretti Autosport should be able to catch up on development, citing the team’s resources – they’re the only IndyCar team with four full-time cars in their stable – and the fact that everyone is still adapting to the new kit.

“I feel like it’s early enough days that, yes, we can catch up,” Andretti said at ISM Raceway. “When there is anything new, a new car, new aero kit, at-track days are huge. We can sim all these things we want. To really get out there and confirm what we’re learning back at the shop is another thing.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay during testing at ISM Raceway. Photo: IndyCar

Andretti continued, “Yeah, I don’t think we should look at it like we’re behind the eight ball. With a four-car team, that’s where we can use it to our benefit. So far so good.”

Teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay, echoed Andretti’s sentiments, adding that while the situation is not perfect, they will need to adapt to it in order to remain competitive.

“Any time you have a new car, to put it into perspective, we’re on track three days on a road course before we get to (the season open in St. Petersburg). That’s a very short amount of time. It’s obviously not ideal, but we’re just going to lace up our boots and get on with it. That’s all you can do.”

Andretti Autosport will have one more team test, at Sebring International Raceway later on in February, before the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

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