Inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana kicks off NBCSN’s IndyCar coverage for 2015 (VIDEO)

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The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to NBCSN this week with the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Here’s the breakdown of coverage and times for IndyCar:

INDYCAR GRAND PRIX OF LOUISIANA – SUNDAY AT 2:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN

NBCSN begins its coverage of the 2015 IndyCar season this Sunday in New Orleans at the debut of the Grand Prix of Louisiana. Two weekends ago at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Juan Pablo Montoya (Penske) held off reigning IndyCar champion and Penske teammate Will Power to win the first race of the 2015 campaign. NBCSN’s coverage begins Saturday at 5 p.m. ET with live coverage of qualifying, prior to Sunday’s race coverage at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Brian Till will provide play-by-play commentary from NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, La.  Former IndyCar, Cart and Champ Car driver Paul Tracy returns for his second season as race analyst. IndyCar driver Townsend Bell, who has raced eight times at the Indianapolis 500 and won the GT Daytona class at last year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, is back for his third season in the booth. Robin Miller, Marty Snider, Kevin Lee and Kelli Stavast will handle pit reporting duties.

In addition, NBCSN will air the first of five episodes this season of INDYCAR Chronicles on Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET, featuring Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe. The episode follows the Toronto native as he goes karting with some Schmidt Peterson Motorsports crew members, and goes in-depth with Hinchcliffe during the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Click here for a preview of this week’s episode.

NBC SPORTS LAUNCHES INDYCAR-FOCUSED TWITTER ACCOUNT @INDYCARONNBCSN

In preparation for the start of the 2015 IndyCar season, NBC Sports has launched an IndyCar-focused twitter account, @IndyCaronNBCSN. The account provides up-to-the-minute IndyCar news and highlights, including video and articles from MotorSportsTalk on NBCSports.com.

TV TIMES: INDYCAR, FORMULA 1, MECUM AUCTIONS

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thur., April 9 Mecum Auctions: Houston 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Chinese Grand Prix – Practice 1 10 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
NASCAR K&N Series: Greenville Pickens 11 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., April 10 Mecum Auctions: Houston 12 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Chinese Grand Prix – Practice 2 2 a.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Houston 1 p.m. NBCSN
INDYCAR Chronicles: James Hinchcliffe 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., April 11 F1 Chinese Grand Prix – Practice 3 12 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Chinese Grand Prix – Qualifying 3 a.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Houston 2 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisiana – Qualifying 5 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., April 12 F1 Chinese Grand Prix 1:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra 4 a.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Grand Prix of Louisiana 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Houston 7 p.m. NBCSN