Andretti notes: Miami updates on IndyCar, Indy Lights, FE, GRC programs

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MIAMI – Michael Andretti (shown right with son Marco at the previous FE race in Argentina) might be the busiest individual in motorsports at the moment, certainly over the rest of the month of March.

This weekend sees his Andretti Sports Marketing company promote the Miami ePrix, the first U.S. race for the FIA Formula E Championship.

Miami joins its current Verizon IndyCar Series races, Milwaukee and New Orleans, the Red Bull Global Rallycross event in Washington, D.C., and the past street course race in Baltimore as Andretti-promoted events.

This one presents what would, in theory, be a major logistical challenge. But even despite the tight timeframe of a one-day event, it’s not an impossible task for the Andretti Sports Marketing staff.

“It’s really the same amount of politics; the logistics here is just amazing,” Andretti told MotorSportsTalk. “Every city has its own challenge. I guess the other thing is, our people did amazing to get to this point. Everything is running really smooth.”

Series CEO Alejandro Agag confirmed during his Friday press conference that it took a full 163 permits to make this race happen.

As for the Andretti Autosport team side, here are some nuggets of note, across several series:

  • Andretti Autosport’s fourth car in the IndyCar remains one of the hottest seats in motorsports. Simona de Silvestro is confirmed for St. Petersburg only. Justin Wilson, Conor Daly and Zach Veach are known to be in play for further races, and Jean-Eric Vergne, one of Andretti’s Formula E drivers, told MotorSportsTalk Friday he and the team “have had some discussions” about an IndyCar opportunity. Watch this space.
  • The Andretti IndyCar team is currently at Sebring on Friday, with a further test expected at New Orleans before IndyCar’s spring training session at Barber Motorsports Park next Monday and Tuesday.
  • Andretti is also close to finalizing a second car for the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires championship. He said he expects to have two cars at the season-opening St. Petersburg race. Right now, only Shelby Blackstock is confirmed to that lineup.
  • Scott Speed, who makes his FIA Formula E race debut this weekend, is only confirmed for this race at the moment. “I’m an Andretti guy; I go where I can help,” Speed told MotorSportsTalk. The Andretti FE lineup has had at least one driver change for each of the five ePrixs to date. Speed will test for the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team in the months to come before its season opens in Tampa/St. Petersburg on May 31.

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

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NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.