F1’s British GP, IndyCar at Pocono highlights weekend on NBC/NBCSN/CNBC

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Formula One travels to Silverstone Circuit for the Santander British Grand Prix, while IndyCar visits “the Tricky Triangle” for the Pocono IndyCar 500 at Pocono Raceway, highlighting more than 30 hours of motorsports coverage across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra this week.

Live race coverage of the British Grand Prix begins at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNBC, followed by the Pocono IndyCar 500 on NBCSN at noon ET.

NBC Sports Group’s live motorsports coverage is rounded out by the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross RedBud National on Saturday across NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra.

F1 BRITISH GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 7:30 A.M. ET ON CNBC

NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the British Grand Prix from Silverstone Circuit begins with Practice 1 on NBC Sports Live Extra on Friday at 5 a.m. ET, followed by live coverage of Practice 2 on NBCSN at 9 a.m. ET.

Live Extra will exclusively stream Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET, followed by live qualifying at 8 a.m. ET on CNBC, due to NBCSN’s Tour de France coverage. Live coverage of the British Grand Prix begins at 7:30 a.m. ET on CNBC, followed by F1 Extra at 10 a.m. ET.

NBCSN will air an encore presentation of qualifying on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET, and an encore of the British Grand Prix on Sunday at 5 p.m. ET. NBCSN will air the GP2 race from Silverstone Circuit Sunday at 11 p.m. ET.

Lead F1 voice Leigh Diffey will call the British 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 Silverstone Circuit in Silverstone, England, and will also call the GP2 race.

POCONO INDYCAR 500 – SUNDAY AT NOON ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN’s coverage of the Pocono IndyCar 500 from Pocono Raceway begins Saturday at 7 p.m. ET with qualifying, followed by live race coverage at Noon ET on Sunday.

Bob Varsha will call the Pocono IndyCar 500 on-site, alongside former IndyCar driver Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell, who raced in this year’s Indy 500. Reporters Jon Beekhuis, Kelli Stavast, Kevin Lee and Robin Miller will report from the pits.

NBCSN will also present coverage of the Indy Lights race from Pocono Raceway on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET. Lee will handle play-by-play alongside analysts Anders Krohn and Jake Query.

LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS REDBUD NATIONAL – SATURDAY

NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will combine to present five hours of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross RedBud National coverage from Buchanan, Mich. on Saturday.

Coverage starts on Live Extra at 10:30 a.m. ET with practice, followed by the pre-race show at 12:15 p.m. ET. Race coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on Live Extra with 1st Motos, followed by NBC’s live presentation of the 450 Class of Moto 2 at 3 p.m. ET. Coverage shifts to NBCSN at 4 p.m. ET with the 250 Class of Moto 2.

Veteran play-by-play voice Jason Weigandt, analyst and two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston, and pit reporter Georgia Lindsay will call the action from RedBud National in Buchanan, Mich.

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Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”