Here are your Japanese Grand Prix air times on NBCSN, Live Extra

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After last week’s Singapore Grand Prix, the Formula 1 circus has a back-to-back this weekend with the Japanese Grand Prix.

Here’s the TV and NBC Sports Live Extra times:

NBCSN’s F1 coverage heads to Japan this weekend for the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday morning at 12:30 a.m. ET. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel looks to ride the momentum of his Singapore Grand Prix win last weekend, which was his fourth career victory on the streets of Singapore. Vettel (203 points) now sits just 49 points behind leader Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who was unable to finish the Singapore GP due to a loss of power late in the race.

Pre-race coverage will discuss if Vettel can continue a late charge against Mercedes for the World Championship. It will also include how Manor, the late Jules Bianchi’s former team, will handle its return to the track for the first time since Bianchi’s tragic crash last year.

Coverage begins Thursday night on NBC Sports Live Extra at 9 p.m. ET with Practice 1, followed by Practice 2 on Friday morning at 1 a.m. ET (Thursday, 10 p.m. PT) on NBCSN. Live Extra airs exclusive coverage of Practice 3 on Friday night at 11 p.m. ET, and NBCSN will present qualifying on Saturday morning at 2 a.m. ET (Friday, 11 p.m. PT). NBCSN’s live coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix begins Sunday at 12:30 a.m. ET (Saturday; 9:30 p.m. PT), followed by F1 Extra post-race coverage at 3 a.m. ET (Midnight PT).

Lead F1 commentator 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 Japan.


Last Sunday’s presentation of the Singapore Grand Prix (7:3010:15 a.m. ET) on NBCSN averaged 510,000 viewers to become the most-watched Singapore Grand Prix on record. Viewership was up 26% vs. 2014 (406,000), and the race produced a 0.33 HH rating.

The Singapore GP marked the fifth race in 2015 on NBCSN to eclipse 500,000 viewers. Only one race during the 2013 and 2014 seasons surpassed 500,000 viewers (2014 Bahrain GP; 594,000). Through nine races, the 2015 Formula One season on NBCSN has averaged 450,000 viewers, up 15% vs. 2014 (390,000).

F1 and other open-wheel times this weekend:

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thur., September 24 F1 Japanese Grand Prix – Practice 1 9 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
/DRIVE on NBC Sports – Japan 10 p.m. NBCSN
Indy Lights – Laguna Seca 10:30 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., September 25 F1 Japanese Grand Prix – Practice 2 1 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Japanese Grand Prix – Practice 3 11 p.m. NBC Sports Live Extra
Sat., September 26 F1 Japanese Grand Prix – Qualifying 2 a.m. NBCSN
Sun., September 27 F1 Japanese Grand Prix 12:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra 3 a.m. NBCSN

Meyer Shank Racing wins Petit Le Mans to take final DPi championship in dramatic finale


Meyer Shank Racing outdueled Wayne Taylor Racing to win the Petit Le Mans and clinch the championship in a thrilling final race for the DPi division.

Tom Blomqvist, who started from the pole position, drove the No. 60 Acura ARX-05 to a 4.369-second victory over Pipo Derani in the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac.

“That was incredible,” Blomqvist told NBC Sports’ Matt Yocum. “I’ve never dug so deep in my life. The adrenaline. I did that for the guys. I was so motivated to win this thing this weekend. But I’ve got to thank everyone on the whole team.”

With co-drivers Oliver Jarvis and Helio Castroneves, Blomqvist helped MSR bookend its season-opening victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona by winning Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season finale at Michelin Road Atlanta.

In between those two victories, the No. 60 earned five runner-up finishes to stay in the thick of the championship hunt and trail WTR’s No. 10 Acura by 14 points entering Saturday’s race.

WTR’s Filipe Albuquerque had a lead of more than 10 seconds over Blomqvist with less than 50 minutes remaining in the 10-hour race.

But a Turn 1 crash between the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillacs brought out a yellow that sent both Acuras into the pits from the top two positions.

Though he entered in second, Blomqvist barely beat Albuquerque out of the pits, and he held the lead for the final 45 minutes.

Blomqvist said he gained the lead because of a shorter fuel fill after he had worked on being efficient in the second-to-last stint.

“The team asked a big job of me with the fuel; I had a big fuel number to hit,” Blomqvist said. “We knew that was probably our only chance. The yellow came at the right time and obviously we had a bit less fuel to fill up, so I was able to jump him and then it was just a matter of going gung-ho and not leaving anything on the line. And obviously, the opposition had to try too hard to make it work. I’m so thankful.”

Albuquerque closed within a few car lengths of Blomqvist with 14 minutes remaining, but he damaged his suspension because of contact with a GT car in Turn 1.

It’s the first prototype championship for Meyer Shank Racing, which also won the 2021 Indy 500 with Castroneves.

“We’ve had in the last four years, three championships for Acura, the Indy 500 win and the Rolex 24, it doesn’t get any better,” team co-owner Mike Shank told NBC Sports’ Kevin Lee.

It’s the third consecutive runner-up finish in the points standings for Wayne Taylor Racing, which won the first Daytona Prototype international championship in 2017. The premier category will be rebranded as the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class with the LMDh cars that will establish a bridge to racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Kamui Kobayashi finished third in the No. 48 Cadillac of Action Express that also includes Jimmie Johnson and Mike Rockenfeller.

The podium showing marked Johnson’s last scheduled race in IMSA’s top prototype division. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion has raced in the No. 48 Ally Cadillac lineup as the Action Express entry has run the Endurance Cup races.

Johnson said a lack of inventory will preclude him having a 2023 ride in the top category. But he still is hopeful of racing the Garage 56 Next Gen Camaro in next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and possibly running in a lower class for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“I’d love to be at Le Mans next year,” Johnson told NBC Sports’ Dillon Welch after his final stint Saturday. “I’d love to be at the Rolex 24. The series is going through a shake-up with the reconfiguration of the rules and classes, so I don’t have anything locked down yet, but I’m so thankful for this experience with Action. The support Ally has given us, Mr. Hendrick, Chad Knaus, all of Hendrick Motorsports. It’s been a fun two years, and I certainly hope I’m on the grid again next year.”