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Red Bull GRC’s 2017 TV schedule on NBC, NBCSN released

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On the heels of its schedule release last week, here’s the TV schedule for Red Bull Global Rallycross in 2017, for both the Supercars and GRC Lites divisions.

The release with full details is linked below:

For the fourth consecutive year, NBC Sports will provide comprehensive Red Bull Global Rallycross coverage on NBC, NBCSN,, and the NBC Sports app.

NBC and NBCSN will combine to produce more than 20 telecasts of the Red Bull GRC Supercar and GRC Lites series, and all events will be live streamed on and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs.

“This year’s Red Bull GRC telecast schedule on NBC and NBCSN will feature more racing action and original content than ever before, with over 24 hours of coverage between Supercar and GRC Lites action,” said Red Bull GRC CEO, Colin Dyne. “NBC Sports remains one of our most valued partners, and we look forward to working together again to deliver another great year of racing in 2017.”

“Red Bull Global Rallycross offers a unique brand of racing that viewers connect with,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “The pace of GRC races combined with the skill of these drivers makes for riveting competition every time the cars hit the track.”

Expanded heat coverage will enable fans to follow their favorite drivers from the preliminary rounds all the way to the final through in-depth storylines and additional content on NBCSN companion shows and re-airs of each event.

The 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross television schedule is as follows:


Round Location Event Air Date Time (ET) Network
1 Memphis, Tenn. Qualifying April 29 12 a.m. NBCSN
Finals April 30 1 p.m. NBC
2 Louisville, Ky. Finals May 21 1 p.m. NBC
3 Thompson, Conn. Finals June 3 5 p.m. NBC
4 Finals June 4 5 p.m. NBC
5 Canada Finals June 17 10 p.m. NBCSN
6 Finals June 18 4 p.m. NBC
7 Indianapolis, Ind. Qualifying July 8 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
Finals July 9 8 p.m. NBCSN
8 Atlantic City, N.J. Finals August 12 5 p.m. NBC
9 Finals August 13 4:30 p.m. NBC
10 Seattle, Wash. Finals September 9 4:30 p.m. NBC
11 Finals September 10 4:30 p.m. NBC
12 Los Angeles, Calif. Qualifying October 13 3 p.m. NBCSN
Finals October 14 4:30 p.m. NBC


Round Location Event Air Date Time (ET) Network
1 Memphis, Tenn. Finals May 2 5 p.m. NBCSN
2 Louisville, Ky. Finals May 24 5 p.m. NBCSN
3/4 Thompson, Conn. Finals June 7 5 p.m. NBCSN
5/6 Canada Finals June 21 5 p.m. NBCSN
7 Indianapolis, Ind. Finals July 12 5 p.m. NBCSN
8/9 Atlantic City, N.J. Finals August 23 5 p.m. NBCSN
10/11 Seattle, Wash. Finals September 13 5 p.m. NBCSN
12 Los Angeles, Calif. Finals October 18 5 p.m. NBCSN

Further announcements about the 2017 Red Bull GRC season will be shared at the official series website,, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @GRCseries.

F1 Preview: 2018 Australian Grand Prix

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Save for two occasions, in 2006, and 2010, the Australian Grand Prix has served as the season-opening event for the FIA Formula 1 World Championship since 1996, and this weekend’s event will be the 21st time that the city of Melbourne has kicked off the Formula 1 campaign.

The 2018 season is the fifth one of the current hybrid power unit era, the second season of the current aero regulations, and the second under Liberty Media’s guidance.

Last year saw titans Mercedes AMG Petronas and Scuderia Ferrari duel for supremacy for most of the season before Mercedes distanced Ferrari late in the season to take the constructor’s title and the driver’s title, with Lewis Hamilton, who is now tied with Sebastian Vettel on four world championships apiece.

Four drivers on the grid have Formula 1 world championships to their name: Hamilton, Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, and Fernando Alonso. Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley also has a world championship to his name as a two-time titlist in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

So, what can viewers expect from the 2018 curtain-raiser in Australia? A handful of things to watch are below?

2018 Australian Grand Prix – Talking Points

Does Anyone Have Anything for Mercedes?

Only on one day during pre-season testing did a Mercedes driver lead the way – Lewis Hamilton was fastest on the final day of Week 1 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

However, all indications were that was by design, with the team focusing the majority of the second week, if not the entire second week, on long runs with their W09 EQ Power+ chassis.

Such a decision is an ominous one, in that it indicates the team is very comfortable with the amount of speed in the car and did not see a need, or desire, to show their hand during testing.

With that in mind, the Mercedes duo of Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas may yet again have the best and fastest cars, and the team looks poised to potentially make it five constructor’s and driver’s championships in a row.

Ferrari and Red Bull Look to End Mercedes Reign

The biggest threats to Mercedes are undoubtedly Ferrari and Red Bull, the only other teams to win in 2017.

And both teams displayed a lot of pace during testing, particularly in the “one-lap speed” category. Ricciardo set a lap record around the Catalunya circuit during the second week, only for Vettel to supplant that mark later in the week. Teammate Kimi Raikkonen led the way during the final day of testing.

It is unknown how that pace will translate over the course of a race distance. Mercedes appeared to have an edge on both Ferrari and Red Bull over long runs and race simulations, but there is also a theory that neither Ferrari nor Red Bull had their true long-run form on display.

Still, if a team is going to knock off Mercedes, it will likely be either Ferrari or Red Bull.

McLaren on the Rebound?

Put simply, the previous three seasons for McLaren F1 Team were a bit of a disaster. Their partnership with Honda yielded point totals of 27 (2015), 76 (2016), and 30 (2017) in a three-year venture that was defined by poor reliability and underwhelming power.

The relationship hit a boiling point last year and both entities parted ways ahead of the 2018 season, with McLaren signing a new power unit deal with Renault.

Testing went better than in previous years, though the team continued to battle reliability problems. However, all issues appeared to be minor, needling issues rather than more significant, foundational problems, as the other Renault teams (Red Bull and Renault Sport F1 Team) had solid runs with few reliability issues.

The car does appear to have speed in it, so if the reliability problems are behind them, McLaren could be in for a rebound season.

Stuck in the Midfield Again

Formula 1’s battle amongst the midfield is set to be as fierce as ever as a host of a several teams have a chance at being “best of the rest.”

Sahara Force India has been the frontrunner from the the midfield teams each of the last two years, finishing fourth in the constructor’s title in both 2016 and 2017, though if the steady conflict between drivers Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez continues through 2018, it could hamper their efforts significantly.

Renault Sport F1 Team and Haas F1 Team look to improve on their 2017 form, while Toro Rosso is in a new partnership with Honda power units…and has experienced a surprisingly smooth pre-season as Honda’s 2018 platform looks significantly better, with the team enjoying a solid run of testing with few, if any, reliability problems.

Williams Martini Racing and Alfa Romeo Sauber appear to be at the back of the pack entering the season, but both could battle for points finishes if those ahead of them falter.