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.