Pirelli World Challenge schedule on NBCSN announced

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WC Vision has announced the television schedule for the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge Championships that will air on NBC Sports Network. All races will be broadcast in either 90-minute or two-hour programs airing Saturday or Sunday. Additionally, WC Vision and NBC Sports Network have signed a two-year broadcast agreement that is inclusive of 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Renowned motorsports announcers Greg Creamer and Calvin Fish will again provide play-by-play, color commentary and in-depth series analysis. Ashley van Dyke and Jeff Lepper will join Creamer and Fish for pit lane, and pre- and post-race segments. The broadcasts will include unique feature segments, series personalities and behind-the-scenes footage.

“As North America’s number one sprint road racing series it only makes sense for the Pirelli World Challenge Series to partner with one of North America’s leading motorsports media organizations, NBC Sports Network. We’re pleased to sign this multi-year deal and we look forward to another season of increased viewership,” said Scott Bove, WC Vision President and CEO.

2013 Pirelli World Challenge Championships television schedule on NBC Sports Network:

  • Streets of St. Petersburg: Sunday, April 7 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Streets of Long Beach: Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m.
  • Circuit of the Americas/Streets of Detroit: Sunday, June 16 at 5 p.m.
  • Lime Rock Park: Saturday, July 20 at 4 p.m.
  • Streets of Toronto/Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course: Saturday, August 17 at 1 p.m.
  • Sonoma Raceway: Sunday, September 8 at 3:30 p.m.
  • Streets of Houston: Sunday, October 20 at 4 p.m.

Schedule subject to change. All times listed are Eastern.

The 2013 Pirelli World Challenge season opener is scheduled for March 22-24 on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. For more on the series, go to www.world-challenge.com.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.