ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250 additional pre-race news, notes, quotes

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MILWAUKEE – Here are a few additional news, notes and quotes ahead of today’s ABC Supply Co. Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest presented by the Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealers:

  • While happy with pole position and leading each of the first three on-track sessions thus far, Josef Newgarden expects the race to be a tougher challenge. He said the tire dropoff is better than last year and expects the race to be less over a stint.
  • Ryan Briscoe said Schmidt Peterson has had much better qualifying cars than what he’s delivered, before today. “I didn’t do a good job of qualifying Texas or Fontana. I wouldn’t put that down to the team; it was me not doing the best job,” Briscoe told MotorSportsTalk.
  • Briscoe’s best start prior to today had been 16th in Fontana and teammate James Jakes hadn’t bettered 10th (Detroit race one) either.
  • Sage Karam’s start of third is a career best; it had been 10th on two occasions prior to today.
  • Sebastien Bourdais said bottoming out was a problem. “Truthfully we’re hitting the ground so hard we have no idea what the car is capable of or should have done. When wheels don’t touch when we’re bottoming, everything bottoms out. It’s the worst that can happen to you. It’s weird. I’ve no idea what’s going on. Picked up 20 degrees from this morning. 80 and now it’s 110. It doesn’t take a lot to take a little bit and have the car turn into a piece of evil crap,” he told MotorSportsTalk.
  • Not only is this Scott Dixon’s 250th career start, but it’s also the 50-year anniversary of A.J. Foyt’s incredible pole-winning run for the Tony Bettenhausen 200 in August 1965! He turned the pole speed of 107.881 mph in the Sheraton-Thompson Meskowski/Offy, i.e. an upright dirt car against a field of low-slung rear-engine cars! The next closest upright car started in row 10—Bobby Unser in Gordon Van Liew’s Vita Fresh Orange Juice No. 88.
  • Temperatures increased quite a bit from the morning to the afternoon. The morning began with ambient temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit and 90 on track, but by qualifying temps were 81 and 115, respectively, per Firestone.
  • Crowds have been decent through the morning hours, perhaps better than anticipated for the primarily one-day event. The late start time of 4:30 p.m. CT, however, may not be the best for out-of-state attendees. It’s the last year of two in a two-year contract for race title sponsor ABC Supply Co., so the crowd is going to be important to watch.

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

Peacock Supercross Motocross 2023
Feld Entertainment, Inc.
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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.