Motocross, Mecum Dealmakers lead this weekend’s racing coverage on NBC Sports

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The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Unadilla National and a new episode of NBCSN’s new reality series, Mecum Dealmakers, featuring highlights of their Kansas City auction, headline NBC Sports Group’s motorsports coverage this weekend.

All coverage of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Unadilla National and Mecum Dealmakers: Kansas City will stream live via NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.

LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS UNADILLA NATIONAL – SATURDAY

NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra will combine to present five hours of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Unadilla National coverage from New Berlin, N.Y. on Saturday.

Coverage starts on Live Extra at 10:30 a.m. ET with practice, followed by the pre-race show at 12:15 p.m. ET. Race coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on Live Extra with 1st Motos, followed by live coverage of the 450 class of 2nd Motos at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. NBCSN will present coverage of the 250 Class of 2nd Motos at 4 p.m. ET.

Two weekends ago, Ryan Dungey swept the 450 Class for his second win in three weeks, while Marvin Musquin swept the 250 Class for his first win of the season.

Veteran play-by-play voice Jason Weigandt, analyst and two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston, and pit reporter Georgia Lindsay will call the action from Unadilla National in New Berlin, N.Y.

MECUM DEALMAKERS: KANSAS CITYTHURSDAY AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN presents a new episode of the new reality series, Mecum Dealmakers, with highlights from Kansas City auction on Thursday night at 10 p.m. ET.

The series provides car enthusiasts with a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the high-intensity world of Mecum Auctions, President and Founder Dana Mecum and his son Frank Mecum work together to manage the high pressure of the auction floor, where buyers and sellers hope to make the deal of a lifetime, often with hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line.

This week’s episode features the sale of a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss, as well as the first wedding proposal in Mecum Auctions history, and a trip to a local Kansas City BBQ hangout for a little karaoke from the Mecum team.

NBCSN will air previous editions of Mecum Dealmakers from Kissimmee and Houston on Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET, leading into the premiere of Mecum Dealmakers: Kansas City.

In addition, NBCSN will also present a new episode of /DRIVE on NBC Sports on Thursday at 11 p.m. ET, following Mecum Dealmakers: Kansas City.

This week’s episode features host Matt Farah’s ride in a 1,200-horsepower Hennessey Venom GT, and Mike Musto’s trek to Johnson Valley, Calif. for the King of the Hammers, one of the toughest one-day off-road races in the U.S.

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Three-time W Series champ Jamie Chadwick joining Andretti in Indy NXT Series for 2023

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Jamie Chadwick, the three-time W Series champion, will drive for Andretti Autosport in the Indy NXT Series next season.

Chadwick will make her debut in an American racing series in March, driving the No. 28 for Andretti Autosport with sponsorship from DHL. The 24-year-old will become the first female driver in 13 years to compete full time in the Indy NXT championship.

Chadwick joined the female free-to-enter W Series in its inaugural 2019 season, winning two races and the first of three consecutive championships. She has been a reserve driver for the Williams Formula One team and will continue in that role in 2023. She also has driven in the Extreme E Series.

Despite her success, Chadwick hasn’t landed a bigger ride in F3 or F2, and her break didn’t come until Michael Andretti contacted her and offered a test in an Indy NXT car.

The final three races of this year’s W Series schedule were canceled when funding fell through, but Chadwick still believes the all-female series was the right path for her.

“W Series has always been and will continue to be an opportunity to be racing for every female driver, so for my side, I looked at it while perhaps I would have liked to step up maybe earlier, at the same time being able to have that chance to race, get that experience, have that development, seat time… I was constantly learning,” Chadwick told The Associated Press.

“In that sense, I wasn’t frustrated at all. But on the flip side of it, now I’ve had that experience testing in the United States in Indy NXT and this is something I’m really excited about.”

Chadwick also is expected to have an enhanced role as a development driver next season with Williams, which chose American driver Logan Sargeant to fill its open seat on next year’s F1 grid.

“Andretti Autosport is proud to be supporting Jamie alongside DHL,” said Michael Andretti. “Jamie’s successful career speaks for itself, but Indy NXT gives Jamie the opportunity to continue her development in a new type of racing.

“We’ve turned out five Indy NXT champions over the years and look forward to continuing our role in developing new talent.”

Indy NXT is the new name of the rebranded Indy Lights Series, the final step on the ladder system before IndyCar.

Andretti will field two drivers next season in IndyCar that were developed in Indy NXT: Kyle Kirkwood, the 2021 champion, will return to Andretti after one season in IndyCar driving for A.J. Foyt Racing, and Devlin DeFrancesco is back for a second season.

Chadwick will be teammates in Indy NXT with Hunter McElrea and Louis Foster. She becomes Andretti’s second full-time female driver alongside Catie Munnings, who competes for Andretti United in the Extreme E Series.