Petit Le Mans: Rebellion leads at halfway; Muscle Milk out (UPDATED)

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UPDATED (4:50 p.m. ET): The No. 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c has officially retired from the Petit Le Mans due to an overheating issue on the car that developed just before the race’s halfway point, opening the door for Rebellion Racing to successfully defend its 2012 Petit title.

“First of all, I have to say a very, very big thank you to all the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing crew – I mean, out of 10 races, you win eight, I think that’s pretty impressive, and a lot of it goes down to these guys in the pits, ” Muscle Milk co-driver Lucas Luhr told Fox Sports after the retirement.

“Today, unfortunately, we had an overheating problem and we had to stop, but we were in good shape. It’s not in our hands – sometimes, racing can be tough. But nevertheless, I thought we put up a good fight and a good show. It’s a shame the season ends like this, but sometimes, in racing you win and sometimes you lose. As a team today, we lose altogether.”

Romain Dumas was driving the No. 6 machine but at Lap 201 of the scheduled 394 laps, he pulled into pit road, where the Pickett Racing crew promptly took off the car’s engine cover to assess the situation. Eventually, the car was taken back behind the wall.

Prior to that point, Muscle Milk had maintained a slim one-lap lead on the Rebellion No. 12 Lola-Toyota, currently driven by Nick Heidfeld.

Extreme Speed Motorsports’ Scott Sharp (No. 01 HPD ARX-03b) led the P2 category at halfway, but suffered a setback in his bid to win the P2 driver’s championship after his team’s sister car, the No. 02 of Rob Bell, sustained suspension damage and went behind the wall.

Sharp’s rival in the P2 category, Level 5 Motorsports’ Scott Tucker, needs to finish first or second to lock up the title and held a six-point lead going into today’s race; Tucker is currently third in P2 with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 551 machine, who shortly before the five-hour mark was called for avoidable contact with the No. 91 Viper of Ryan Dalziel and was hit with a stop and hold plus 60-second penalty.

Respective class leaders at halfway also included:

GT – No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Nick Tandy)

Prototype Challenge – No. 25 8Star Motorsports ORECA FLM09 (Sean Rayhall)

GTC – No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Nelson Canache)

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

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
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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.