Here’s your 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix NBCSN, NBC Sports Live Extra times

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This week’s Bahrain Grand Prix marks the second race in Formula 1’s first back-to-back sequence of the season. Here is the NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra TV times and breakdown for this weekend’s coverage:

F1 BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 10:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

The F1 season rolls on this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN with live coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix. Last weekend, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) earned his second win of the 2015 campaign, and fourth Chinese Grand Prix title of his career, with a victory at Shanghai International Circuit ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel earned his third podium in three races with a third-place finish, and currently sits 13 points behind Hamilton (68). Vettel is a two-time winner of the Bahrain Grand Prix, while Hamilton earned his first Bahrain GP victory last season.

Coverage begins Friday morning at 7 a.m. ET with exclusive coverage of Practice 1 on NBC Sports Live Extra, followed by live Practice 2 coverage at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN. CNBC will provide live coverage of qualifying on Saturday morning at 11 a.m. ET, prior to race coverage on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call this weekend’s action, and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain.

SEASON PREMIERES OF /DRIVE ON NBC SPORTS AND OFF THE GRID THIS WEEKEND

NBCSN presents the season premieres of the original series /DRIVE on NBC Sports and Off the Grid this weekend, beginning tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. ET with the Middle East episode of /DRIVE on NBC Sports, immediately following Bahrain GP practice. In this week’s season premiere, /DRIVE hosts Chris Harris, Matt Farah and Mike Spinelli explore the unique car culture of the Arabian peninsula, home to two exciting Formula 1 races — the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. An epic road trip in three of the world’s fastest supercars culminates along one of the greatest driving roads on earth — the dramatic “road to nowhere” that winds up Jabal Al Jais, the UAE’s tallest mountain.

NBCSN will present the season premiere of Off the Grid with its Melbourne episode this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET, immediately following the Bahrain Grand Prix. Off the Grid host Will Buxton takes viewers behind the scenes of the Australian Grand Prix. From discovering how a city park turns into a race track to interviewing some of Australia’s most famous racing drivers (Mark Webber, Daniel Ricciardo and Jamie Whincup), Off the Grid: Melbourne is a racing fan’s guide.

Click here for a preview of Off the Grid: Melbourne.

TV TIMES: F1, INDYCAR AND MORE

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Fri., April 17 NASCAR K&N Series – Irwindale 12:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 1 8 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 2 11 a.m. NBCSN
/DRIVE on NBC Sports: Middle East 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Countdown 5 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., April 18 NASCAR Whelen Series: Thompson 12:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Practice 3 8 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying 11 a.m. CNBC
IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach – Qualifying 6 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Bahrain Grand Prix – Qualifying 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
/DRIVE on NBC Sports: Middle East (Encore) 9 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., April 19 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix 10:30 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra 1 p.m. NBCSN
Off the Grid: Melbourne 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
Indy Lights Series: Long Beach 3 p.m. NBCSN
IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach 7 p.m. NBCSN

AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”