Team Penske IndyCar drivers attending Super Bowl, meet NFL star J.J. Watt (PHOTO)

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The Verizon IndyCar Series will be represented tonight during Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona.

The quartet of Team Penske’s IndyCar drivers – series champion Will Power, three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, 2000 Indy winner Juan Pablo Montoya, and team newcomer Simon Pagenaud – plus their boss, Roger Penske, are all watching the Big Game in person as guests of Verizon, which is also a major sponsor of the NFL.

In an IndyCar release earlier this week, Pagenaud said: “I’ve been to a football game before, but this is certainly a great experience. With Verizon being our team partner and the series’ main partner, and a partner with the NFL, it will be a quite a spectacle. I’m looking forward to it.”

With Verizon hosting them, you’d think the Penske posse will be enjoying some serious perks tonight. Indeed, they’ve already had one in the lead-up to kickoff: Meeting Houston Texans star and NFL defensive player of the year J.J. Watt.

Fox Sports’ main NFL announcer, Joe Buck, is also in the picture too. But with all due respect to Buck, he didn’t rack up 20.5 sacks and became the first NFL player ever with multiple 20-sack seasons this year.

Pagenaud has also met up with several other NFL talents during his time in Arizona, including former standout running back LaDainian Tomlinson (pictured below with Pagenaud) and top Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman:

The four drivers may have some interesting tweets tonight from the game, so be sure to give their respective Twitter accounts a follow: @12WillPower, @h3lio, @jpmontoya, and @simonpagenaud.

Super Bowl XLIX pregame coverage continues RIGHT NOW on NBC and NBC Sports Live Extra.

Saturday’s Supercross Round 5 in Houston: How to watch, start times, streaming info

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The championship race has tightened up as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, for Round 5 of the 2023 season.

With his 450 victory in the Anaheim Triple Crown, Chase Sexton has moved within four points of two-time and defending series champion Eli Tomac.

Jason Anderson is coming off a second place in Anaheim after crashing out of the first two rounds while racing in the top five. Ken Roczen earned his first podium last week since the 2022 season opener and the first for Suzuki since Chad Reed at Detroit in 2019.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 5 of the 2023 Supercross schedule at NRG Stadium in Houston on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023:


(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 5 will begin Saturday at 8 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock and will re-air Monday, Feb. 6 at 1 a.m. on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 2:30 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race.

ENTRY LISTS: 450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET):

Here are the start times for Saturday, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

2:05-2:15 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 1
2:20-2:30 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
2:35-2:45 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
2:50-3 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
3:05-3:15 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
3:20-3:30 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 1
4:20-4:30 p.m.: 250SX Group C Qualifying 2
4:35-4:45 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
4:50-5 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:05-5:15 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
5:20-5:30 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
5:35-5:45 p.m.: 450SX Group C Qualifying 2
8:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
8:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
8:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
8:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
9:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:33 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
9:53 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
10:27 p.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUT:

Click here to view the track map

HOW TO WATCH SUPERMOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON IN 2023Full NBC Sports, Peacock schedule

FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


2023 SEASON RECAPS

ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Oakland postponed by storms

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown


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