High banks and high speeds part of Texas’ challenge (VIDEO)

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There’s an added sense of excitement that goes with racing under the lights. Throw in 24 degrees of high banks and speeds well over 200 miles per hour, and you’ve got IndyCar at Texas Motor Speedway, a combination that produces some of the most electrifying – and sometimes terrifying – action you’ll see anywhere.

And more often than not, the endings pay off. In 24 previous IZOD IndyCar Series events at Texas, 16 of them finished with a margin of victory of less than one second; eight of them have been decided by less than one-tenth of a second. The Indianapolis 500 may be their crown jewel, but one could argue that the wheel-to-wheel action and close finishes at TMS has been sort of a calling card for the series over the years.

The Firestone 550 at Texas (Sat., 8:30 p.m. ET, check local listings) poses a tough challenge that the drivers must endure. Navigating those high banks at such high speeds subjects them to intense G-forces. In addition, lower downforce levels on the cars’ aerodynamic packages at Texas means that they’ll have a harder time handling their machines around the entire 1.5-mile oval.

A new tire compound and left-side construction from Firestone should help in terms of added grip, but that won’t decrease the level of difficulty. Expect to see more than a few white-knuckle moments in this one.

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

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NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.