Singapore GP, Red Bull GRC highlight weekend’s NBC motorsports coverage

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NBC Sports Group continues its presentation of the 2014 Formula One season “under the lights” this weekend, with comprehensive coverage of the Singapore Grand Prix across NBCSN, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra. Live race coverage begins Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN, and is followed by F1 Extra, NBC Sports Group’s F1 post-race show, at 10 a.m. ET.

This weekend’s motorsports coverage also features a doubleheader in the Red Bull Global RallyCross series from Los Angeles on NBC this Saturday and SundayNBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will stream both the Singapore Grand Prix and Red Bull Global RallyCross events.

F1 SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 7:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the F1 Singapore Grand Prix begins Friday at 6 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra with Practice 1, followed by Practice 2 at 9:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. Live Extra will carry Practice 3 on Saturday at 5 a.m. ET, followed by live qualifying coverage at 9 a.m. ET on CNBC.

Live Singapore Grand Prix coverage begins Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET, followed by F1 Extra at 10 a.m. ET. NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the Singapore Grand Prix on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.

The Singapore Grand Prix was the first F1 race to be run at night in 2008, and is one of three races this year that are taking place under the lights (Bahrain, Abu Dhabi).  Two weeks ago, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) capitalized on an error from teammate Nico Rosberg in the first chicane, and held onto the lead for his sixth victory of the 2014 campaign. Hamilton now boasts 216 points in the championship standings, and ranks second behind Rosberg (238 points) with six races remaining in the season. Last year,Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) led wire-to-wire to win at Singapore.

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Singapore Grand Prix, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

RED BULL GLOBAL RALLYCROSS: LOS ANGELES – SATURDAY AND SUNDAY AT 5 P.M. ET ON NBC

NBC will present coverage of the Red Bull Global RallyCross series from Los Angeles this Saturday and Sunday at 5 p.m. ET. Rhys Millen (Hyundai/Rhys Millen Racing) took the checkered flag at Daytona on Aug. 23, holding off Ken Block (Hoonigan Racing Division) for his first victory of the year. Block currently sits second in the driver standings with 205 points behind Nelson Piquet Jr. (245 points), who boasts a season-high four podiums this year.

Veteran motorsports play-by-play announcer Tes Sewell will call the action on this weekend from the Port of Los Angeles, joined by former driver and analyst Tommy Kendall and reporter Kristen Kenney.

2014 F1 ITALIAN GRAND PRIX ON NBCSN IS MOST-WATCHED ITALIAN GP SINCE 2006; F1 ON NBCSN VIEWERSHIP UP 98% VS. 2013

NBCSN’s coverage of the 2014 Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, Sept. 7 (7:30-9:35 a.m. ET), averaged 410,000 viewers, making it the most-watched Italian Grand Prix since 2006 (422,000 viewers, SPEED).

Through eight races on NBCSN, the 2014 F1 season has averaged 388,000 viewers, up 98% from the average viewership through eight races in 2013 on NBCSN, with four races remaining on the network (Singapore, Japan, Russia, Abu Dhabi).

Motorsports Coverage This Week on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra (subject to change):

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thurs., September 18 NASCAR AMERICA 5 p.m. NBCSN
Off The Grid – Budapest (Encore) 8:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Dealmakers: Kansas City (Encore) 9 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Dealmakers: Indianapolis (Encore) 10 p.m. NBCSN
/DRIVE on NBC Sports 11 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., September 19 Motocross Highlight Series 12 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Practice 1 6 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Practice 2 9:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Countdown 5 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., September 20 F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Practice 2 (Encore) 12:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Practice 3 5 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Qualifying 9 a.m. CNBC
F1 Singapore Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
Red Bull Global RallyCross: Los Angeles 1 5 p.m. NBC
Sun., September 21 F1 Singapore Grand Prix 7:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra 10 a.m. NBCSN
Red Bull Global RallyCross: Los Angeles 2 5 p.m. NBC
Mon., September 22 NASCAR AMERICA (60 minutes) 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Singapore Grand Prix (Encore) 7 p.m. NBCSN
Off The Grid: Budapest (Encore) 10:30 a.m. NBCSN
GP2 – Italy 2 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Italian Grand Prix (Encore) 3 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra (Encore) 5:30 p.m. NBCSN

 

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.