IndyCar: Pagenaud on top in wet GP of Indy third practice

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After threatening to break through as fastest driver on Thursday, Simon Pagenaud of Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports was able to complete the task in a damp, mixed condition third practice for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis Friday morning. Despite morning showers, the Verizon IndyCar Series and Friday schedule kicked off without delay.

The driver of the No. 77 Charter Communications/Oculus Honda clocked in at 1:23.1597, some 13 seconds slower than Thursday’s times in the dry.

Fellow Charter-sponsored driver Jack Hawksworth, in the No. 98 BHA/BBM with Curb-Agajanian that is also sporting another new sponsor this weekend, was second at 1:23.1732.

James Hinchcliffe, Will Power and Carlos Munoz completed the top five.

Power had an eventful session with a pair of spins, neither of which damaged the car. Meanwhile Mikhail Aleshin, one of Thursday’s practice stars, had a spin to end the session and another on-track moment around Sebastien Bourdais, his Barber nemesis, at exit to Turn 7 earlier in the session. Both went off course and recovered, with Bourdais coming out of Turn 14 ahead of the Russian rookie.

Ryan Briscoe also had a moment in Turn 4, and his off caused the first red flag of the 45-minute session.

Firestone Fast Six qualifying commences at 2 p.m. EDT.

Here’s your practice three times.

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

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
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.