Here are this week’s Australian GP TV and stream times, on NBCSN and Live Extra

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This week kicks off the 2015 Formula 1 season, and NBC Sports Group is set for a wealth of coverage from Albert Park in Melbourne for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

This week’s coverage of the F1 Australian Grand Prix begins Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET with Practice 1 on Live Extra, and will continue on Live Extra and NBCSN on Friday and Saturday (see grid below for full practice and qualifying air times). F1 Countdown kicks off race coverage Sunday at 12 a.m. ET, leading into the Australian Grand Prix at 12:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN. An encore presentation of the race will air Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NBC Sports Group’s Formula One full announce booth returns for a third season, with lead race announcer Leigh Diffey providing live play-by-play commentary. Diffey is joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst Steve Matchett, a former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team. Rounding out the broadcast team is F1 insider Will Buxton, who will provide live reports on-site for all 20 races this season.

Note for FP1, it will air live on Live Extra at 9:30 p.m. ET on Thursday night with the same-day delay occurring at 12:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN Friday morning, leading into live coverage of FP2 at 1:30 a.m. ET.

The stream link is here: http://f1stream.nbcsports.com.

Following is the Australian GP schedule. NASCAR AMERICA will also run at 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Thursday this week. All times are ET:

Date Coverage Time Network
Mon.-Thurs. NASCAR AMERICA 5 p.m. NBCSN
Thurs., March 12 F1 Australian Grand Prix – Practice 1 9:30 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Fri., March 13 F1 Australian Grand Prix – Practice 1 12:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Australian Grand Prix – Practice 2 1:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Australian Grand Prix – Practice 3 11 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Sat., March 14 F1 Australian Grand Prix – Practice 3 12:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Australian Grand Prix – Qualifying 2 a.m. NBCSN
Mercedes: Race to Repeat (Encore) 11 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., March 15 F1 Countdown 12 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Australian Grand Prix 12:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra 3 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Australian Grand Prix (Encore) 6 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Australian Grand Prix (Encore) 4 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra (Encore) 6:30 p.m. NBCSN

Tickets on sale for 2019 IndyCar race at Circuit of the Americas

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Tickets are now on sale for the upcoming IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas March 22-24, 2019 and in grand Texas fashion, the series and track kicked off the sale with appearances by Simon Pagenaud and Colton Herta in San Antonio and Austin respectively.

The CoTA race will be the second race of the 2019 season.

Simon Pagenaud visited the Alamo as part of IndyCar’s announcement of ticket sales for next year’s IndyCar Classic at the Circuit of the Americas (Alison Narro – COTA)

The highly anticipated debut of IndyCar at CoTA adds another marquee event to the track’s schedule along with Formula 1, World Rallycross and the Pirelli World Challenge.

Pagenaud was joined by retired San Antonio Sours player Brent Barry and local businessman Red McCombs as they visited the Alamo and world famous McNay Art Museum.

This will be IndyCar’s first trip to the track, but Pagenaud came within one position of winning at Texas Motor Speedway in 2018. Driving for Team Penske, he started and second behind his teammate Josef Newgarden and finished a season-best second to Scott Dixon.

Pagenaud hopes to add to his current 11 victories after going winless in 2018.

Colton Herta, who will compete for Rookie of the Year honors in IndyCar in 2019, made his presence known in the Gen-X capital of Austin, Texas (Alison Narro – COTA)

After visting San Antonio, focus shifted to Austin where Herta was joined by Jay Frye, President of Competition and Operations at IndyCar and Bobby Epstein, Chairman of Circuit of the Americas.

Herta took to the streets of Austin and visited the Texas State Capitol building as part of his tour.

Herta, who will turn 19-years-old the week after IndyCar visits CoTA, will campaign for Rookie of the Year honors in 2019. He has one previous start in the series at Sonoma this September. He qualified 19th and completed all 85 laps before finishing 20th in the 25-car field.

In 33 starts in Indy Lights competition, Herta has six wins, 20 podium finishes and nine poles.