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Zach Veach wins Race 1 of Indy Lights weekend at Barber

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Starting from the pole position, Andretti Autosport’s Zach Veach led all 30 laps in today’s Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires event at Barber Motorsports Park and won by a margin of 3.8 seconds over GP2 veteran Luiz Razia of Brazil.

Gabby Chaves, who won the most recent Lights race two weeks ago at Long Beach, started alongside Veach on the front row but instead made contact with Belardi Auto Racing teammate Alex Baron in Turn 1 and sent the latter off track.

Both cars kept going after the incident but Chaves was never the same as he ultimately slipped to a sixth-place finish. Meanwhile, Baron shook off his first-lap run-in and charged all the way to fifth at the checkered flag.

Meanwhile up front, Veach was able to slowly build a gap over Razia that proved too large to overcome as the American claimed his second Lights win after taking the season opener in St. Petersburg.

“We were very happy to use our pole to an advantage, as we didn’t get that opportunity in Long Beach,” Veach said to the IMS Radio Network. “But it was a great car to drive.

“I really didn’t know what was going on [in Turn 1]. I saw a lot of things moving around in my mirrors and I just kind of prayed that I didn’t get swept up into it. But this car was easy to drive, it was really consistent, and I’m excited to [run another race] tomorrow.”

As for Razia, he was able to secure his first Lights podium after finishing fifth in the season’s first two events. Following Long Beach, he taped pictures of that race’s group of podium finishers – Chaves, Veach, and Andretti’s Matthew Brabham – on a mirror for motivation.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports was able to get two of their men on the podium, with Razia’s runner-up and Jack Harvey’s third-place finish (he was five seconds off of Veach’s pace). Brabham was fourth, 9.5 seconds behind Veach.

Veach now holds a 26-point lead in the Lights championship over Chaves going into tomorrow’s second race at Barber. That race will start at 1 p.m. ET and will be shown on NBCSN at 5:30 p.m. ET following coverage of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

NBC Sports presents IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama Sunday live at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

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From NBC Sports Group PR:

* Sunday’s Pre-Race Coverage Begins with IndyCar Live Presented by Verizon at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN

* Pre-Race Coverage Includes Robin Miller Feature on Rookie Zach Veach, Following Career-Best Fourth-Place Finish at Long Beach

* CNBC Presents Live Qualifying Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, Airs on NBCSN at 6:30 p.m. ET

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 19, 2018 – NBC Sports continues its coverage of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend from Barber Motorsports Park with live coverage of the Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Pre-race coverage begins with IndyCar Live presented by Verizon at 3 p.m. ET.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of the Grand Prix of Alabama.

Alexander Rossi (Andretti Autosport) delivered a dominant performance at the Grand Prix of Long Beach last weekend, winning the pole and leading wire-to-wire for his third career victory, and third consecutive podium finish to start the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series campaign. Rossi currently leads Josef Newgarden (Penske) in the driver standings by 24 points. Newgarden won last year’s Grand Prix of Alabama, his second career win at Barber, while Rossi finished fifth.

This weekend’s live coverage from Barber Motorsports Park begins Saturday at 4 p.m. ET with qualifying on CNBC. NBCSN will air qualifying on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET. Sunday’s pre-race coverage begins at 4 p.m. ET with IndyCar Live presented by Verizon and will take place from the grid in the lead up to the command, bringing viewers even closer to the action prior to the race.

Pre-race coverage will include a feature by IndyCar on NBC pit reporter Robin Miller on rookie driver Zach Veach, who’s coming off a career-best fourth place finish at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Lead IndyCar play-by-play commentator Leigh Diffey will call this weekend’s Grand Prix of Alabama, analysts Paul Tracy and Townsend BellMarty Snider, Robin Miller, Kevin Lee, and Katie Hargitt will report from the pits.

NBCSN will also present coverage of the Indy Lights race from Alabama late night on Monday, April 23, at 1:30 a.m. ET. Current IndyCar driver Conor Daly will join the NBCSN booth for the race broadcast, alongside Kevin Lee and Anders Krohn, with Katie Hargitt reporting from the pits.

Following is this weekend’s IndyCar schedule on NBCSN and CNBC:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sat., April 21 Grand Prix of Alabama – Qualifying LIVE CNBC 4 p.m.
Grand Prix of Alabama – Qualifying (Encore) NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
Sun., April 22 IndyCar Live presented by Verizon NBCSN 3 p.m.
Grand Prix of Alabama NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
IndyCar Post-Race NBCSN 5:30 p.m.
Mon., April 23 Grand Prix of Alabama (Encore) NBCSN 12 p.m.
Indy Lights – Alabama NBCSN 1:30 a.m.

NBC SPORTS GROUP AND INDYCAR PARTNER ON COMPREHENSIVE, MULTI-YEAR MEDIA RIGHTS AGREEMENT

On March 21, NBC Sports Group and INDYCAR announced a new, multi-year media rights agreement in which NBC Sports acquired the rights to present all INDYCAR races, qualifying, practices, and Indy Lights races across its platforms beginning in 2019.

The Indianapolis 500 and seven additional Verizon IndyCar Series races will be broadcast annually on NBC, with all remaining races televised on NBCSN. All races will be live streamed to authenticated subscribers on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Details of NBC Sports’ 2019 INDYCAR schedule will be announced at a later date.

NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports Group’s direct-to-consumer product – will offer a package to INDYCAR fans that features all qualifying and practices not televised live, all Indy Lights races, and full-event replays. Additional details, including the cost of the Gold offering, will be announced at a later date. Click here for more information.


VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

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