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Kevin Magnussen still hopeful of racing alongside his father at Le Mans

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Haas Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen still hopes to partner his father, Jan, and race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but remains focused on his current grand prix duties for the time being.

Following Fernando Alonso’s Indianapolis 500 announcement on Wednesday, the F1 paddock has been awash with talk about drivers entering other races besides their current commitments.

Magnussen Sr. made 25 F1 appearances between 1995 and 1998 before going on to enjoy a successful career in sportscars, racing at Le Mans with Corvette every year since 2004 and with the American marque in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Magnussen Jr. pursued a seat with Corvette for Le Mans back in 2015 when he was benched for a year by McLaren, and also tested for Porsche’s LMP1 team ahead of his F1 return last year.

Speaking in Bahrain on Thursday, Magnussen said that while he is not looking to follow Alonso’s lead and divert away from his F1 duties anytime soon, he is keen to team up with his father at Le Mans someday.

“I think for me, I want to be in Formula 1 and focus on that, but my dad is still racing and he’s in a competitive team in his series and also racing at Le Mans,” Magnussen said.

“I think it would be a shame not to try and do a race together, me growing up with him racing all the time, it would be a really special experience to do a race with him.

“I imagine winning a race like Le Mans with him would be fantastic, so it’s weighing up those two things.

“Formula 1 is my main priority and what I want to focus on, but there is the desire to do something like that with my dad as well, so we’ll see what happens.”

Get your motor running: American Flat Track’s new season premieres Sunday on NBCSN

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If you like racing two-wheel style, make sure you catch the debut of a new multi-year TV broadcast deal featuring the American Flat Track motorcycle racing series on NBCSN.

The 18-round series debuts this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the season-opening race that was held at Daytona International Speedway on March 15.

Going forward, all 18 rounds of the series will be televised on NBCSN in highly-coveted weekend afternoon programming slots without two weeks of each event.

Last season, AFT drew nearly two million viewers on NBCSN with regular primetime coverage on Thursday nights.

This season, the one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts will be part of NBCSN’s regular weekend programing, following or preceding coverage of NASCAR, INDYCAR and Pro Motocross.

AFT is now in its 65th season, with two distinct classes: powerful, twin-cylinder rides in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines division, and the competition in the 450cc AFT Singles division.

“We are very excited to kick-off our second season of AFT on NBCSN,” NBC Sports Group Senior Director of Programming Jeff Macaluso. “The 2017 season provided us with some incredible racing and showed us how passionate the riders and fans are of this historic sport.

“The move to weekends this year, around other marquis motorsports properties, is sure to raise the level even higher.”

Here’s the 2018 AFT schedule on NBCSN:

Round Track, Location Track Type Premiere Time (ET) Time (PT)
1 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL TT Sun, 3/25 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
2 Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA Short Track Sat, 4/14 5:30 PM 2:30 PM
3 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX Half-Mile Sun, 5/06 4:00 PM 1:00 PM
4 Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Half-Mile Sun, 5/20 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
5 Turf Paradise, Phoenix, AZ Mile Sat, 5/26 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
6 Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA Mile Sun, 6/03 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
7 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 6/09 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
8 Red Mile, Lexington, KY Mile Sat, 6/16 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
9 Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK Mile Sat, 6/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
10 Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH Half-Mile Sat, 7/07 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
11 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY Short Track Sun, 7/15 6:00 PM 3:00 PM
12 Buffalo Chip Campgrounds, Sturgis, SD TT Sat, 8/11 12:30 PM 9:30 AM
13 Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD Half-Mile Sat, 8/18 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
14 Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL TT Sat, 9/01 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
15 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 9/22 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
16 Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Half-Mile Sun, 9/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
17 Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN Mile Sun, 10/14 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
18 Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ Mile Sun, 10/21 2:00 PM 11:00 AM


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