Krista Voda to become host for NASCAR on NBC coverage next year

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NBC Sports Group has announced that longtime NASCAR host and reporter Krista Voda has signed a multi-year agreement to serve as host of NBC Sports’ upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series pre- and post-race coverage, beginning in 2015.

In addition, she will make regular appearances as host of NASCAR AMERICA on NBCSN, and take on a range of assignments across NBC Sports and NBC Olympics.

“Krista is a talented host that has established a strong connection with NASCAR viewers over the course of an already impressive career,” said NBC Sports/NBCSN executive producer Sam Flood in a statement.

“Her passion for the sport and comprehensive grasp of its stars, personalities and history will provide for an engaging and informative race day experience for the fans.”

Voda is currently a host for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series coverage on Fox Sports and recently completed her eighth year as a pit reporter for Fox’s Sprint Cup coverage. She is the first female to ever host NASCAR’s Daytona Duels and All-Star Race, and has also hosted or co-hosted every NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony as well as many NASCAR awards banquets.

In addition to her extensive NASCAR work, Voda has made on-air contributions to coverage of many other sports including the National Football League, Major League Baseball’s post-season, the Bowl Championship Series, the Kentucky Derby, multiple NCAA men’s basketball tournaments, and the PGA Championship.

When she joins NBC Sports in 2015, it will mark Voda’s 14th consecutive season of covering NASCAR on network television.

“This role is a dream opportunity for me and I’m honored to be a part of NBC’s return to NASCAR,” said Voda. “We say it often, but it’s true: NASCAR is more than a sport, it’s a community. I’ve been blessed, for many years, to stand alongside colleagues who I also consider dear friends. I’m looking forward to this new chapter and the chance to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for storytelling.”

Starting next summer, NBCUniversal will begin a 10-year deal to broadcast annually the final 20 Sprint Cup races, final 19 XFINITY races, select NASCAR regional/touring series events, and other live content. Seven of the 20 Cup races and four of the 19 XFINITY races will air on NBC, while 13 Cup races and 15 XFINITY races will air on NBCSN.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.