What to watch for: IndyCar at Texas

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– Tire conservation could be key again. With a further tweak to the low-downforce aero package for Texas – drivers will have about 200 less pounds of downforce on their cars compared to last year’s race – they’ll need to keep looking after their Firestone Firehawks over the course of green-flag runs. Tonight’s race (8:30 pm ET, check local listings) will see new compounds from Firestone that are designed to add some grip and durability, but with this aero package, expect to see competitors going up and down the scoring pylon as their rubber gets more and more worn out.

– Anybody can win from anywhere. Justin Wilson won in Fort Worth last year from 17th starting position, which was the worst out of any IndyCar winner at the 1.5-mile oval. Texas also hasn’t had a dominant driver as of late, with seven different winners in the last seven races. And considering the stout level of competition from top-to-bottom in the series right now, it wouldn’t be surprising to see somebody else break out of the pack and put their own name in the TMS record books.

– Can small teams continue to shine? It’s been an enjoyably quirky season so far, as smaller outfits such as A.J. Foyt Racing and Dale Coyne Racing have brought home first-place trophies while juggernauts Team Penske and Target Chip Ganassi Racing have not. Will we see another of these squads step up and take it to the big guys tonight? Word of advice: Keep an eye on Ed Carpenter, who starts ninth for the single-car outfit he also owns; as we said following his Indy 500 pole, he’s always a threat on the speedways.

– Revenge for “Team Target”? Last year’s race at Texas did not go very well for the TCGR duo of Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti. Dixon crashed out despite having the best car, and Franchitti was never a factor as his own Honda was afflicted with severe handling issues. With a year to think about it, expect the two to have more of a say in the outcome of tonight’s race.

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

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Feld Entertainment, Inc.
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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.