It’s a “Merry” Mecum Marathon this Christmas Day on NBCSN

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If you love your classic cars, NBCSN has a special holiday gift for you: An 18-hour Mecum Marathon on Christmas Day, featuring the best of its 2014 Mecum Auctions coverage.

The marathon will be highlighted by the premiere of Best of Mecum Dealmakers, taking a look at how Mecum Auctions President and Founder Dana Mecum and his son Frank Mecum made some of this year’s biggest deals happen.

Coverage begins Christmas morning at 9 a.m. ET on NBCSN with the best of Mecum’s Kissimmee Auction, followed at 11 a.m. ET by highlights from its Houston auction, which included the sale of a $7 million 1964 Ford GT Prototype.

The encores continue at 1:30 p.m. ET with highlights from Kansas City, followed by a look at some of the top muscle cars sold at this year’s auctions in Indianapolis and Seattle.

NBC Sports Group’s Mecum Auctions coverage is led by Scott Hoke, alongside analysts John Kraman, Stephen Cox, and reporter Bill Stephens.

Mecum Dealmakers: Anaheim airs at 8 p.m. ET, featuring Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf and his 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition, which sold for $375,000. The premiere of Best of Mecum Dealmakers follows at 9 p.m. ET, highlighting the biggest deals from this year’s auctions.

The marathon will then conclude with highlights from Mecum’s Monterey and Dallas auctions.

For more info and clips from Mecum Dealmakers, click here. Here’s your Christmas Day schedule for NBCSN’s 18-hour Mecum Marathon:

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.