NGT withdraws No. 30 entry from Petit Le Mans in tribute to Sean Edwards

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We’d written our Petit Le Mans GT and GTC class previews in advance earlier this week, so that failed to take into account the tragic events in Australia that claimed the life of British rising star Sean Edwards.

Edwards’ GTC team in the American Le Mans Series, NGT Motorsport, announced Wednesday it will pay tribute to its fallen driver with the news it has withdrawn its No. 30 MOMO Porsche GT3 Cup car from Petit. Henrique Cisneros, Jakub “Kuba” Giermaziak and Mario Farnbacher were scheduled to drive, and were the defending race winners in the GTC class.

“Obviously we had very sad and shocking news,” team owner/manager Ramez Wahab said in a statement. “We still can’t believe it. Our buddy Sean passed away.

“We thought it was the most appropriate thing to do, to withdraw the car in Sean’s honor. We just don’t feel it would be right to enter the car, with the many memories of Sean, and because we miss him already.”

The team’s second car, No. 31, will race as scheduled with drivers Angel Andres Benitez Jr., Nicolas Armindo and Christina Nielsen.

Coupled with earlier withdrawals of Starworks Motorsport’s PC car and TRG’s second GTC car, the Petit field is now at 34 cars, with eight of them in the GTC class.  All cars will run with a helmet decal paying tribute to Edwards, as designed by renowned motorsports livery artist Andy Blackmore.

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.