Road America site to Rolex, ALMS, Continental tripleheader

0 Comments

For the first and only time before they come together as United SportsCar Racing in 2014, the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and American Le Mans Series will run at the same track on the same weekend.

Elkhart Lake’s Road America is the locale for a pair of two hour, 45-minute races. GRAND-AM’s runs Saturday (5 p.m. ET, check local listings) and ALMS is Sunday (3 p.m. ET, check local listings). The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge is also on the docket with a two-and-a-half hour race Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

In GRAND-AM, the top five driver combinations are separated by 25 points for the DP standings lead with Ryan Dalziel and Alex Popow currently on top by 10 points over Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney. That same gap of 25 points covers the top five in GT; Andy Lally and John Potter currently lead Robin Liddell and John Edwards by just 4.

Of the five classes in ALMS, the GTC points lead is tied at 77 (Jeroen Bleekemolen/Cooper MacNeil and Spencer Pumpelly/Nelson Canache Jr.), the P2 lead is just three by Marino Franchitti over Level 5 team boss Scott Tucker, and the GT lead is five by Dirk Mueller (BMW) over Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin (Corvette).

There’s a handful of IndyCar drivers expected to race in the two events. Sebastien Bourdais (8Star) and Justin Wilson (Shank) will race in DPs in the Rolex race, while Simon Pagenaud will make a last-minute cameo replacing the injured Ryan Briscoe at Level 5, per a Thursday report from SPEED’s John Dagys.

Eight drivers are pulling at least double duty: Bill Auberlen, John Edwards, Spencer Pumpelly, Leh Keen, Patrick Long, Andy Lally, Maxime Martin and Tristan Nunez.  The first three, Auberlen, Edwards and Pumpelly, are running all three races and will have almost no down time. While the other seven are bouncing between GT cars, 17-year-old Nunez will alternate between a PC prototype in ALMS and a GX class Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D diesel in Rolex.

More announcements regarding the 2014 USCR championship are possible for the weekend. The latest detail to emerge there was Continental Tire’s role as exclusive supplier for three of the four 2014 classes.

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

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
Feld Entertainment, Inc.
0 Comments

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.