NBCSN presents 14-hour ‘MECUM MARATHON’ on Thanksgiving Day

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— Highlighted by premiere of ‘Mecum Dealmakers: Monterey on Thursday at 9 pm ET

— Mecum Dealmakers: Monterey Includes 1975 Pontiac Grand Safari Owned by John Wayne & 1961 Ferrari 250 Series II Cabriolet

— Houston Auction Kicks Off Marathon at Noon ET, Highlighted by $7 Million 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype

— Mecum Marathon Features Best of 2014 Auctions From Houston, Kansas City and Monterey
NBCSN will present a 14-hour “Mecum Marathon” on Thanksgiving Day, airing the best of this year’s Mecum Auctions from Houston, Kansas City and Monterey, and highlighted by the premiere of Mecum Dealmakers: Monterey at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday night.

Mecum Dealmakers, which dovetails off of the Mecum Auctions series on NBCSN, tells the story of President and Founder Dana Mecum and his son Frank Mecum, as the father-son tandem works 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.

Thursday night’s premiere of Mecum Dealmakers: Monterey on NBCSN will highlight the most unique and intriguing cars and stories from this year’s Monterey auction, including: a 1972 McLaren M20 Can-Am raced by NBC Sports Group Formula One analyst David Hobbs; a 1975 Pontiac Grand Safari owned by Hollywood legend John Wayne; and a 1961 Ferrari 250 Series II Cabriolet, one of only 200 built.

Coverage begins at noon ET on Thanksgiving Day with highlights from Mecum’s 2014 Houston auction, which includes the 1964 Ford GT40 Prototype that was purchased by Utah Jazz CEO Greg Miller for more than $7 million, followed by Mecum Dealmakers: Houston at 2:30 p.m. ET. Mecum Auctions: Kansas City will air at 3:30 p.m. ET, followed by an encore of Mecum Dealmakers: Kansas City at 5:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN will present highlights of Mecum’s Monterey auction at 6:30 p.m. ET, leading into the premiere of Mecum Dealmakers: Monterey at 9 p.m. ET.

Following is NBCSN’s “Mecum Marathon” Thanksgiving Day telecast schedule:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thurs., November 27 Mecum Auctions: Houston (Encore) Noon NBCSN
Mecum Dealmakers: Houston (Encore) 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Kansas City (Encore) 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Dealmakers: Kansas City (Encore) 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Monterey (Encore) 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Dealmakers: Monterey 9 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Monterey (Encore) 10 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., November 28 Mecum Dealmakers: Monterey (Encore) 12 a.m. NBCSN
Mecum Dealmakers: Indianapolis (Encore) 1 a.m. NBCSN

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


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