Karam, Daly out before first lap complete after separate problems in Indy 500

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INDIANAPOLIS – Sage Karam and Ryan Briscoe crashed on the first lap of the 99th Indianapolis 500, which got off to a choppy start after an inauspicious month marked by wrecks.

The incident began when Takuma Sato attempted to complete an optimistic pass off the first turn on the outside of Karam. Briscoe got collected in the wreck.

“I knew going into Turn 1 he had a run, but I didn’t think he was dumb enough to go on the outside,” Karam said of Sato, to ABC’s Jon Beekhuis. “You can two-wide, race each other clean. Sato is a veteran he should be better than that. Three-wide, he ruined a lot of guys races. He needs to clean up his act.”

Meanwhile, Karam’s dad Jody Karam chimed in on Sato, on Twitter:

Sage did not too long afterwards, himself.

The crash made for a rough start to the 2015 Indianapolis Motor Speedway experience for Briscoe, who was substituting for injured James Hinchcliffe. Briscoe had made his first laps at the track Thursday after Hinchcliffe sustained critical injuries when he was speared by a suspension part in a Monday wreck.

Hinchcliffe’s wreck was the last of four significant wrecks in which cars got airborne to varying degrees during the 10 days leading up to the race, prompting series officials to make rules changes to temper speeds.

Prior to that two drivers had issues. Alex Tagliani’s car failed to start off the grid but was engaged via a push start, and Conor Daly’s race ended even before it began. The young American’s Honda suffered an apparent exhaust failure – it got too hot, per ABC – and he ground to a halt in Turn 3 before the race even started.

Adding to the glitch-filled start even before the green flag, there were a few botched handoffs during the prerace ceremonies (including the failure of a transmission from the International Space Station introducing the national anthem).

Under the yellow flag, the restart was waved off after apparent contact between Simona de Silvestro and Juan Pablo Montoya, which left Montoya’s car with a broken and flapping rear wheel guard.

None of the drivers in the first-lap crash Sunday appeared injured. Karam was seen and release from the track’s medical center.

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.