IndyCar on NBC Sports schedule, TV times

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A week after Formula One coverage begins, NBC Sports Network will start the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series on Sunday, March 24 in St. Petersburg, Fla. This year, the network will air a record 13 races live, the most in the channel’s four-year history as the cable home of IndyCar (up from nine in 2012). The increase is largely due to the innovative addition of two doubleheaders — in Toronto and Houston — which provide two races over two days from one location.

COMMENTATORS: NBC Sports Network’s coverage will feature a new look this year. Lead race announcer Leigh Diffey, in his first year covering the IndyCar Series, will be joined by returning race analyst and former NASCAR driver Wally Dallenbach, Jr. (analyst), and newcomer to the booth, IndyCar driver Townsend Bell.

Jon Beekhuis, an analyst who has also served at the network since 2009, will now report from pit road. A former CART driver (1989-92) and 1988 Indy Lights Champion, Beekhuis will be inside the race action, reporting minute-to-minute on what happens on the track.

Veterans Marty Snider and Kevin Lee will return this season as pit reporters, and will be joined by Robin Miller, the network’s IndyCar reporter.

RACES: NBC Sports Network’s schedule includes 13 races in three different countries (U.S., Canada, and Brazil), the first and last races of the year, as well as the popular Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The season begins March 24 at Noon ET with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from St. Petersburg, Fla. Other race locations include: Barber, Ala., Long Beach, Calif., Sao Paulo, Brazil, Milwaukee, Wis., Mid-Ohio, Ohio, Sonoma, Calif., and Baltimore, Md.

QUALIFYING: NBC Sports Network will air 12 hours of Indianapolis 500 qualifying coverage. Also, on May 24 at 11 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Network will air five hours of live coverage of Carb Day, which includes the final practice for the Indy 500, the Indy Lights Freedom 100 and the Pit Stop Challenge.

The network will also air one-hour of qualifying coverage the day before each of its races. It will also replay race coverage the following day.

INDYCAR 36: NBC Sports Network will continue its all-access series IndyCar 36 in 2013. The first half-hour episode will feature Chip Ganassi driver Charlie Kimball on Saturday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. ET. The original series is produced by IMS Productions and gives viewers an all-access pass into the life of a world-class driver in the middle of race season.

The cameras follow a driver for 36 hours during a race weekend providing a behind-the-scenes look at the on- and off-track activities of the stars of the IndyCar Series. The all-access 36 series includes NHL 36Fight Night 36, F1 36, and MLS 36.

FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS: NBC Sports Network will air 12 one-hour telecasts of Firestone Indy Lights beginning with the 1.8-mile street course St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 24 at 11 a.m. ET, on NBC Sports Network. Additionally, there will be two new venues added to the series; the 2.5-milie Pocono Raceway oval, and the 1.7-mile, 10-turn temporary street course at Reliant Park in Houston. All Indy Lights races will be featured on event weekends to run in conjunction with and complement the IZOD IndyCar Series.

Firestone Indy Lights is the premier ladder series for drivers and teams striving to compete in the IZOD IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500. Primarily run in conjunction with the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Firestone Indy Lights schedule features races on road courses/street circuits and ovals, including the famed 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

NBC SPORTS NETWORK’S SEASON OPENER COVERAGE FROM ST. PETERSBURG (subject to change, times ET):

Date Coverage Time
Sat., March 23 IndyCar Qualifying 2:30 p.m.
Sun., March 24 Indy Lights 11 a.m.
Sun., March 24 Honda Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Noon

NBC SPORTS NETWORK’S 2013 IZOD INDYCAR SERIES SCHEDULE (subject to change, times ET):

Date Race Location Time
Sun., Mar. 24 Honda Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Fla. Noon
Sun., April 7 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Birmingham, Ala. 3 p.m.
Sun., April 21 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Long Beach, Ca. 4 p.m.
Sun., May 5 Sao Paulo Indy 300 Sao Paulo, Brazil 11 a.m.
Sat., June 15 Milwaukee IndyFest West Allis, Wis. 4 p.m.
Sat., July 13 Honda Indy Toronto-Race 1 Toronto, Canada 3 p.m.
Sun., July 14 Honda Indy Toronto-Race 2 Toronto, Canada 3 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 4 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Lexington, Ohio 3 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 25 GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Sonoma, Ca. 4 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 1 Grand Prix of Baltimore Baltimore, Md. 2 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 5 Grand Prix of Houston-Race 1 Houston, Texas 3 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 6 Grand Prix of Houston-Race 2 Houston, Texas 1 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 19 MAVTV 500 Fontana, Ca. 8 p.m.

NBC SPORTS NETWORK’S 2013 FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS SCHEDULE (subject to change, times ET):

Date Race Location Time
Sun., March 24 Streets St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, Fla. 11 a.m.
Sun., April 7 Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Ala. 2 p.m.
Sun., April 21 Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, Ca. 3 p.m.
Fri., May 24 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis, Ind. 12 p.m.
Sat., June 15 The Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wis. 3 p.m.
Fri., June 28 Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa 11 p.m.
Fri., July 12 Pocono International Raceway Long Pond, Pa. 7 p.m.
Sun., July 14 Streets of Toronto Toronto, Ontario 11 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 4 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio 2 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 1 Streets of Baltimore Baltimore, Md. 1 p.m.
Sun., Oct. 6 Reliant Park Houston, Texas 12 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 19 Auto Club Speedway Fontana, Calif. 7 p.m.

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
Extreme E
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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.