F1 Spanish Grand Prix, Auburn auction highlight 25-plus hours of motorsports coverage this week on NBCSN

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* Spanish Grand Prix Airs Live Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN; Coverage BeginsFriday at 8 a.m. ET with Practice 2, Qualifying Saturday at 8 a.m. ET

* 10 Hours of Auctions America Coverage Starts Thursday at 2 p.m. ET

* NBC Sports Live Extra to Stream All TV Coverage, Plus Practices 1 & 3 of Spanish Grand Prix

NBCSN presents more than 25 hours of motorsports coverage this weekend, including the live presentation of the Formula One™ Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET, and 10 hours of Auctions America coverage from Auburn, Ind.

NBCSN’s Spanish Grand Prix coverage begins Friday at 8 a.m. ET with Practice 2, followed by live qualifying on Saturday morning at 8 a.m. ET. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of qualifying at 6 a.m. ET on Sunday, leading into the Spanish Grand Prix at 7:30 a.m. ET.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will live stream the Spanish Grand Prix, including exclusive coverage of Practices 1 and 3. Live Extra will stream Practice 1 on Friday morning at 4 a.m. ET, and Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET.

Mercedes looks to continue its dominant start to the 2014 F1 season, as Mercedes drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton have combined to win the first four races of the schedule, including three straight victories by Hamilton heading into the Spanish Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) sits third in the points standings, and is a two-time winner of the Spanish Grand Prix (2006, 2013).

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Spanish Grand Prix, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalyuna in Barcelona, Spain.

In addition, NBCSN will air live episodes of F1 Countdown on Friday at 5 p.m. ET, and F1 Extra on Saturday 9:30 a.m. ET, following qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix. Diffey will host both programs alongside Hobbs, with Buxton reporting from Barcelona.



In addition, NBCSN will present 10 hours of Auctions America coverage from the historic Auburn Auction Park in Auburn, Ind. this week, starting Thursday at 2 p.m. ET.  NBCSN’s presentation continues at 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday, followed by live coverage from Auburn on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET. The Auburn Spring telecast represents the first telecast in Auctions America’s new multi-year agreement with NBCSN, and features Auctions America’s largest Auburn Spring event to date.

Auction highlights include a 1939 Packard Twelve Touring Cabriolet by Brunn, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 Roadster, a 1955 Ford “Glass Wonder” Show Car Roadster, and a 2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Vol.9 Edition Coupe.

During three full days of auction action, approximately 900 collector cars are expected to cross the block, joined by a diverse selection of memorabilia. In keeping with the Auctions America’s commitment to cater for both veteran hobbyists and entry-level collectors, the auction offering spans the spectrum of the market, presenting something for all automotive tastes and budgets.

Veteran broadcaster Bill Patrick will host NBCSN’s Auctions America coverage this week, alongside NBCSN F1 analyst and former race mechanic for the Benneton F1 team Steve Matchett, and reporter Carolyn Manno.


Motorsports Coverage This Week on NBCSN (subject to change, all times ET):

Date Program Network Time
Thu., May 8 Auctions America – Auburn NBCSN 2 p.m.
NASCAR America NBCSN 5 p.m.
Fri., May 9 Auctions America – Auburn (Encore) NBCSN 1 a.m.
Spanish Grand Prix – Practice 1 NBC Sports Live Extra 4 a.m.
Road To Ferrari NBCSN 7 a.m.
Spanish Grand Prix – Practice 2 NBCSN 8 a.m.
F1 Countdown NBCSN 5 p.m.
Auctions America – Auburn NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sat., May 10 Spanish Grand Prix – Practice 3 NBC Sports Live Extra 5 a.m.
Los Angeles Auto Show NBCSN 6 a.m.
Detroit Auto Show NBCSN 7 a.m.
Spanish Grand Prix – Qualifying NBCSN 8 a.m.
F1 Extra NBCSN 9:30 a.m.
Auctions America – Auburn NBCSN 10 a.m.
Sun., May 11 Spanish Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) NBCSN 6 a.m.
Spanish Grand Prix NBCSN 7:30 a.m.


FORMULA ONE™/AUCTIONS AMERICA 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 F1 Spanish Grand Prix and Auctions America Auburn auction 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.

Zach Veach confirmed with Belardi to start 2016 Indy Lights season

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Two-year Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series veteran Zach Veach will return to the series in 2016 following a year’s hiatus. At the moment, it’s for the start of the season only but with the intended plan of making it a full-season effort.

The young American joins the Belardi Auto Racing team, which he narrowly lost out to in his last full-time campaign in 2014 when he finished third in the points.

Veach, who turns 21 next month, is Brian Belardi’s first confirmed driver for the 2016 season. Perhaps one of the single most experienced drivers in the Mazda Road to Indy, Veach has been on all three rungs (Indy Lights, Pro Mazda, USF2000) since 2010 and spent 2015 as a color commentator for the IndyCar Radio Network.

He tested for the team last month at Sebring, and will have several other tests before the St. Petersburg season opening weekend March 11-13.

“I’m very thankful for this opportunity that Brian Belardi has given me,” Veach said. “After racing against his team for so many years, I’ve always had a ton of respect for him, his crew, and of course, his cars. Belardi Auto Racing competes to win championships and I would love to give them their second Indy Lights title.

“Right now, we only have a partial program in place, but with a great amount of effort on both sides. We will be doing everything possible to try to get funding together for an entire season, so we can put a championship fight in place. I look towards winter testing, and 2016, with a lot of hope and excitement.”

“We’re really happy to have Zach confirmed with us for next year, and we’ll work closely with him to make sure that we can get the funding we need to run him all season,” Belardi added.

“He’s a supreme talent both in and out of the car, and his initial test outings in the car were just as we expected.  Zach was on-pace very early in Sebring after familiarizing himself with the new Indy Lights car, and I know that we’ll challenge for race wins and the championship next year.”

ARCA releases 2016 schedule; Mobile out, Madison (Wisc.) returns

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The ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards will have only minor changes to the 2016 season, the sanctioning body said Wednesday after revealing next season’s schedule.

The biggest change is Mobile, Alabama is off the schedule, to be replaced by a return to Madison, Wisconsin.

As ARCA enters its 64th consecutive year of racing, the schedule will once again feature 20 races for the third consecutive year, starting at Daytona International Speedway on February 13 and ending on Oct. 14 at Kansas Speedway.

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All told, there will be nine races on short tracks, eight on superspeedways, two on dirt and one on a road course.

“We are pleased to announce our full and complete schedule,” ARCA President Ron Drager said. “We feel we have once again put together a schedule that highlights the diversity of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. We are excited for the start of the new season.”

Other changes include:

* The annual Chicagoland Speedway race will be moved to Thursday night, Sept. 15, kicking off the opening weekend of NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup.

* The road course race at New Jersey will be moved to Saturday, May 28, rather than its previous Sunday afternoon date.

* The annual dirt race at DuQuoin State Fairgrounds in Illinois will shift from an afternoon to an evening race.

* The series will mark milestone events with the 75th series event at Toledo Speedway and the 99th and 100th races at southern Indiana’s Salem Speedway.

* The series will have companion races with all three of NASCAR’s pro touring series, as well as one weekend as the undercard for the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway in July.

* As for the return to Madison, Drager said, “It was important for us to schedule a race in the Menards market. Last year, we did not have a race in either Minnesota or Wisconsin and this year, we decided to go back. We are definitely looking forward to racing again at Madison and the upper Midwest.”

* The annual awards banquet takes place Dec. 12 in Indianapolis.

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Ecclestone has ‘no doubts’ Monza will remain on F1 calendar

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MILAN (AP) Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is confident the Italian Grand Prix in Monza can find the needed cash to stay on the calendar.

Ecclestone tells the Gazzetta dello Sport, “We will find the right solution – I no longer have doubts – to provide a future for the Italian GP.”

No circuit has hosted more F1 racing than Monza, but officials at the track outside Milan have had trouble producing the estimated 25 million euros ($26.6 million) per year that Ecclestone seeks to keep the race in place after the current contract expires next year.

Ecclstone says, “Things have been cleared up and there is only one go between, (Angelo) Sticchi Damiani, the president of the Italian Automobile Club.”

The Italian GP next year is scheduled for Sept. 4.

Alternative engine solution rejected by F1 Commission

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Plans to introduce a new alternative, cheaper engine into Formula 1 for 2017 – hypothetically a 2.2-liter V6 similar to what is seen in IndyCar – will at least temporarily go on the backburner.

The F1 Commission has rejected the so called “alternative engine solution,” where several companies submitted proposals to be that alternative supplier.

“The F1 Commission voted not to pursue this option at this stage — however, it may be reassessed after the Power Unit manufacturers have presented their proposal to the Strategy Group,” the FIA said on Wednesday.

“The parties involved have agreed on a course to address several key areas relating to Power Unit supply in Formula One,” the statement added.

Meanwhile the statement outlined four things the current manufacturers – Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault and Honda – would be tasked with improving on the current 1.6-liter formula:

Those are:

  • a guarantee of supply to teams
  • the need to reduce the engines’ cost
  • simplification of the specification
  • “improved noise”

Further meetings between the manufacturers and the governing body are scheduled, including one this weekend at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix season finale.

As F1 heads into the final weekend of the season, political/paddock items such as Red Bull and Toro Rosso’s respective power unit futures, whether Renault’s takeover of Lotus will finally become official and what will happen with Manor’s team leadership stake – this marks Graeme Lowdon and John Booth’s final weekends although ex-McLaren man Dave Ryan has been hired as the team’s new racing director – are among the talking points.