NBC Sports Group ready for ‘Biggest Day In Motorsports’ — part of 35 hours of coverage this weekend

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Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix Airs Live on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET on NBC – Leigh Diffey, David Hobbs, Steve Matchett & Will Buxton On-Site in Monaco

— “This is the crown jewel in the Formula One crown.” – Matchett

— “Like the Indy 500 or the Daytona 500 – this is the one they all really want to win.”  Hobbs


— Live Coverage of Indianapolis 500 Carb Day Starts Friday at 11 a.m. ET

— Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship – Glen Helen Raceway – Saturday at7 p.m. ET on NBCSN

— NBC Sports Live Extra to Stream All Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 Carb Day & Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Coverage

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 20, 2015 – NBC Sports Group will present more than 35 hours of motorsports coverage this week leading into the “Biggest Day in Motorsports,” highlighted by NBC’s live presentation of the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET. NBC Sports Group’s F1 team of play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey, analysts David Hobbs and Steve Matchett, and F1 insider and pit reporter Will Buxton will call the action on-site in Monte Carlo.

NBC Sports Group’s extensive motorsports coverage this week includes coverage spanning Formula One, IndyCar, NASCAR, and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, culminating with NBC’s live coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix, kicking off the “Biggest Day in Motorsports” on Sunday morning with one of world’s most iconic racing events.

NBC Sports Group is the home of motorsports in 2015, providing exclusive Formula One coverage, exclusive cable coverage of the Verizon IndyCar Series on NBCSN, and the first of 10 consecutive seasons featuring the final 20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races and 19 Nationwide Series events.



Diffey, Hobbs, Matchett and motorsports producer Rich O’Connor previewed the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix on a media conference call on Wednesday morning. Following are excerpts from Wednesday’s call.

Hobbs on Monaco GP: “This is a massive party weekend as well as a very important race weekend… the big question on everyone’s lips is can Nico Rosberg be one of the drivers to win this race three times in a row? A bit like the Indy 500 or the Daytona 500, this is the one they all really want to win.”

Matchett on unique aspect of Monaco: “The cars are largely built for this one-off event.  They all feature new aerodynamic packages on the front wing and rear wing to give as many possible downforce to the car.  Also one of the special features on the Monaco track is the very tight Lowes hairpin, which is certainly the tightest hairpin on the Formula One calendar… it is so tight, winding and tortuous around here, there is no room for error.”

Diffey on Ferrari’s resurgence: “We won’t call it overwhelming success just yet, but they have won a Grand Prix this year which is very impressive. (Sebastian Vettel’s) definitely got the magic…last year was one of the most tumultuous years in the team’s history in Formula One.  They’ve come out of that this year very well.  They continue to be one of our big storylines.”



NBC Sports Group will kick off live coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix tomorrow morning at 4 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra with Practice 1, followed by NBCSN’s presentation of Practice 2 tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. ET. Live extra will stream Practice 3 on Saturday morning at 5 a.m. ET, leading into live qualifying coverage on NBCSN at 8 a.m. ET. Diffey, Hobbs, Matchett and Buxton will be on-site for practice, qualifying, and Grand Prix coverage, which begins Sunday at 7 a.m. ET on NBCSN with F1 Countdown, prior to NBC’s presentation of the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET.

Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) is looking to win his third consecutive Monaco Grand Prix this year, after earning his second straight wire-to-wire win in Monte Carlo last year. Rosberg (91 points) currently sits second in the driver standings behind teammate Lewis Hamilton (111), who has finished in the top two of all five races in 2015. Mercedes and Ferrari drivers occupy the top four spots, with Sebastian Vettel (80) and Kimi Raikkonen (52) in third and fourth positions, respectively.

Through five races on NBCSN to-date, Formula 1 racing has drawn 406,000 average viewers, up 9% from the same point in the 2014 season (371,000).

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thu., May 21 F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 1 4 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 2 8 a.m. NBCSN
Sat., May 23 F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 3 5 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying 8 a.m. NBCSN
Sun., May 24 GP2 Monaco 1:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Countdown 7 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Monaco Grand Prix 7:30 a.m. NBC
F1 Monaco Grand Prix (Encore) 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
GP2 Monaco 5:30 p.m. NBCSN
/DRIVE on NBC Sports – Monaco (Encore) 6:30 p.m. NBCSN



NBCSN, the cable home of IndyCar, will provide six hours of Indianapolis 500 Carb Day coverage, beginning Friday at 11 a.m. ET. In addition, NBCSN will air a live presentation of the Indy Lights Freedom 100 race at noon ET on Friday. Indy 500 coverage concludes on Saturday with the Indy 500 Festival Parade at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Kevin Lee will lead NBCSN’s Carb Day coverage, filling in for Diffey who will be in Monaco, alongside analysts Townsend Bell, who is driving in Sunday’s Indianapolis 500, and Paul Tracy. Jon Beekhuis, Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast and Robin Miller will handle the pits.

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Fri., May 23 Indy 500 Carb Day 11 a.m. NBCSN
Indy Lights – Freedom 100 Noon NBCSN
Indy 500 Carb Day 1 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., May 24 Indy 500 Festival Parade 5 p.m. NBCSN



NBC Sports Group continues its coverage of the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season with this week’s event at Glen Helen Raceway on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Last week, Eli Tomac earned his second career win with a 1-1 moto sweep in the 450 Class. In the 250 Class, reigning champion Jeremy Martin won to claim his second straight win at Hangtown.

Jason Weigandt will handle play-by-play duties, alongside two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston and reporter Georgia Lindsay.

This week’s motorsports coverage begins tonight at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a special edition of NASCAR AMERICA, providing analysis of the NASCAR Hall of Fame announcement of the 2016 class. NBCSN will also present a special two-hour NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET, hosted by Mike Massaro and Kyle Petty. NBCSN’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special will break down this year’s F1 Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, and feature interviews with analysts and drivers previewing the “Biggest Day in Motorsports.”

NBCSN will also air coverage of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Store 150 from Iowa Speedway on Thursday at 11:30 p.m. ET, the first of two annual combination races between the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West.

Ralph Sheheen, Frank Stoddard and Parker Kligerman call the action from Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.


Date Program Time (ET) Network
Wed., May 20 NASCAR AMERICA 6 p.m. NBCSN
Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis (Encore) 11:30 p.m. NBCSN
Thu., May 21 F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 1 4 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 2 8 a.m. NBCSN
NASCAR America 5 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR K&N Pro Series – Iowa 11:30 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., May 22 Indy 500 Carb Day 11 a.m. NBCSN
Indy Lights – Freedom 100 Noon NBCSN
Indy 500 Carb Day 1 p.m. NBCSN
NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special 3:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., May 23 F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Practice 3 5 a.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying 8 a.m. NBCSN
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross – Glen Helen Practice 2:30 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
IndyCar Chronicles 4 p.m. NBCSN
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross – Glen Helen Practice 4 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Indy 500 Festival Parade 5 p.m. NBCSN
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross – Glen Helen Moto 2s 7 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Documentary – “1” 9 p.m. NBCSN
/DRIVE on NBC Sports: Monaco (Encore) 11:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., May 24 F1 Monaco Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) 12 a.m. NBCSN
GP2 Monaco 1:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Countdown 7 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Monaco Grand Prix 7:30 a.m. NBC
F1 Monaco Grand Prix (Encore) 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra (Encore) 4:30 p.m. NBCSN
GP2 Monaco (Encore) 5:30 p.m. NBCSN

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide live streaming coverage of this week’s F1 Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 Carb Day, and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship events via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.

MOTORSPORTSTALK: MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) on NBCSports.com brings racing fans up-to-the-minute news, video and information on Formula One, the Verizon IndyCar Series, and other open-wheel and off-road racing from around the world. The site also serves as the destination for all news, analysis and video from NBC and NBCSN productions of IndyCar and F1, including contributions from on-air commentators.

MotorSportsTalk’s F1 content is provided by top racing journalists and expert analysts, including:

  • Luke Smith is creator and editor at Richland F1, which begins its second season this year. Smith works alongside Tony DiZinno in providing F1 content on MotorSportsTalk He’s on Twitter at @LukeSmithF1, primarily handling the F1 scene from Europe in great detail.
  • Tony DiZinno has most recently served as web editor for RACER Magazine and provides open wheel coverage on MotorSportsTalk. DiZinno has more than seven years of experience in the industry. Follow him on Twitter at @TonyDiZinno.

To explore the site, please visit MotorSportsTalk.com.nbcsports.com or www.NBCSports.com.

SOCIAL: NBC Sports Group will continue to provide comprehensive motorsports social coverage across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. On Twitter, fans can follow @MotorsportsTalk for all-encompassing content across NBC Sports Group’s motorsports properties, and follow@F1onNBCSports for the latest F1 news.

World of Outlaws release 2023 Sprint Car Series schedule

2023 Outlaws Sprint schedule
World of Outlaws

The 2023 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule features 87 races, almost identical to the last year’s number, to be contested at 36 venues across 19 states. With cancelations for mostly weather, they closed out this year’s calendar on November 5 with 69 events in the books. Carson Macedo won a series high 11 races.

In 2022, David Gravel chased Brad Sweet into the three-race finale on the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in one of the most hotly contested championships in Outlaws history. Sweet emerged victorious for the fourth straight year.

For the 19th consecutive season, the Outlaws Sprints will begin their season at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals from Feb. 9-11 and will return March 5-6 for another two-day show before hitting the road with a three-track swing into Pennsylvania to take on the Posse.

MORE: 2023 World of Outlaws Late Model Schedule

“Every year we continue to build the best schedule we can for drivers and fans across the country,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter is a series release. “I’m excited for the journey we’ve put together, which includes the biggest races in Sprint Car racing, our new Spring Swing through Pennsylvania, the thrill of combining the World of Outlaws and ‘Bike Week’ and so much more.”

Some tracks returning from hiatus and one brand new course include 81 Speedway in Park City, Kans. in April and again in October, Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon City, Ill. in April, Ogilvie (Minn.) Raceway in June and BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Penn.

BAPS hosts its first race in more than 30 years when the track was known as Susquehanna Speedway. This midweek show will give the local Pennsylvania Posse 14 attempts to beat the traveling Outlaws.

Ogilvie Speedway is completely new to the series and makes it the 224th different venue they will have challenged.

MORE: Brad Sweet protects his place in history

Notably missing from the calendar are Vado (N.M.) Speedway Park, Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway and the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track.

In addition to the new spring Pennsylvania Swing, the second date at Volusia Speedway will coincide with Daytona Beach’s Bike Week and bring new eyes to the sport.

Knoxville Raceway adds another multi-night show to the calendar in April, giving this track eight sanctioned events in 2023.

And of course, there are plenty of mainstays and high dollar events, such as the Memorial Day Spectacular at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, the 35th running of the Brad Doty Classic in July and the Labor Day Spectacular at Gray’s Harbor in Elma, Wash.

Several big paydays are on the line in 2023 including the 40th annual Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio paying $175,000 to the winner, the Huset’s High Bank Nationals’ $250,000-to-win finale and the grandaddy of them all, the 62nd Knoxville Nationals with a total purse exceeding $1 million.

2023 Outlaws Sprint Schedule

Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11 – Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL)

Sunday-Monday, March 5-6 – Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL)
Friday-Saturday, March 10-11 – Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Friday, March 17 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday, March 18 – Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA)
Friday, March 24 – Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, AL)
Saturday, March 25 – Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS)
Friday, March 31-Saturday, April 1 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX)

Friday, April 7 – US-36 Raceway (Osborn, MO)
Saturday, April 8 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
Friday-Saturday, April 14-15 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Friday-Saturday, April 21-22 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Friday, April 28 – Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
Saturday, April 29 – Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

Friday-Saturday, May 5-6 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Wednesday, May 10 – Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA)
Friday-Saturday, May 12-13 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Friday, May 19 – Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH)
Saturday, May 20 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH)
Friday-Saturday, May 26-27 – Atomic Speedway (Chillicothe, OH)
Monday, May 29 – Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Friday, June 2 – River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND)
Saturday, June 3 – Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, MN)
Friday-Saturday, June 9-10 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Friday-Saturday, June 16-17 – Beaver Dam Raceway (Beaver Dam, WI)
Wednesday-Saturday, June 21-24 – Huset’s Speedway (Brandon, SD)
Friday, June 30-Saturday, July 1 – Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, WI)

Friday, July 7 – 34 Raceway (West Burlington, IA)
Saturday, July 8 – Wilmot Raceway (Wilmot, WI)
Tuesday, July 11 – Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH)
Friday-Saturday, July 14-15 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Wednesday, July 19 – BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Friday-Saturday, July 21-22 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday-Sunday, July 29-30 – Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY)

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 4-5 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 9-12 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 17-19 – Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, MN)
Friday, Aug. 25 – River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND)
Saturday, Aug. 26 – Red River Valley Speedway (West Fargo, ND)
Thursday, Aug. 31-Saturday, September 2 – Skagit Speedway (Alger, WA)

Monday, Sept. 4 – Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, WA)
Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 7-9 – Silver Dollar Speedway (Chico, CA)
Friday, Sept. 15 – Keller Auto Speedway (Hanford, CA)
Saturday, Sept. 16 – Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)
Friday, Sept. 22 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Saturday, Sept. 23 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH)
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7 – Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Friday, Oct. 13 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
Saturday, Oct. 14 – Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 20-21 – TBA

Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 1-4 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, NC)