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Here are your TV, stream times for Mexican Grand Prix on NBC networks

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This weekend will see the Formula 1 circuit return to Mexico for the first time in 23 years with the Mexican Grand Prix, which will air live on NBC Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Coverage will be spread across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NBC Sports Live Extra – the latter serving as home to live coverage of Friday’s free practice sessions.

Also worth noting – Daylight Savings Time takes place this weekend, so set your clocks back one hour prior to Sunday.

Here are the pertinent details from the NBC Sports Group Press Box release, with times. Note all times are subject to change:

F1 MEXICAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 2 P.M. ET ON NBC

Formula One returns to Mexico this weekend for the first time since 1992, as Force India driver Sergio Perez is set to become the first Mexican to race in his native grand prix since Pedro Rodriguez in 1970. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton clinched the F1 Drivers’ Championship last week at the U.S. Grand Prix, which is his second straight and third career title. American driver Alexander Rossi (Marussia) will appear in his fourth career F1 race, after he nearly scored points with a 12th place finish last week.

Live coverage begins Friday morning with Practice 1 at noon ET on NBC Sports Live Extra, followed by Live Extra’s coverage of Practice 2 at 4 p.m. ET. NBCSN will televise same-day delayed coverage of Practice 1 at 1 p.m. ET, and Practice 2 at 11:30 p.m. ET.Live Extra will stream Practice 3 on Saturday at noon ET, prior to live qualifying at 3 p.m. ET on CNBC.

Live pre-race coverage begins Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET with F1 Countdown on NBC, followed by the Mexican Grand Prix at 2 p.m. ET. F1 Extra will recap the race on NBC at 4 p.m. ET, and NBCSN will air an encore presentation of the race on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET.

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Mexican Grand Prix, 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 the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico.

F1/Motorsports Coverage This Week on NBCSN & NBC Sports Live Extra (subject to change):

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Fri., October 30 F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Practice 1 12 p.m. Live Extra
F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Practice 1* 1 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Practice 2 4 p.m. Live Extra
F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Practice 2* 11:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., October 31 F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Practice 3 12 p.m. Live Extra
F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Qualifying 3 p.m. CNBC
Sun., November 1 F1 Mexican Grand Prix – Qualifying* 1 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Countdown 1:30 p.m. NBC
F1 Mexican Grand Prix 2 p.m. NBC
F1 Extra 4 p.m. NBC
The Post Race Show 5 p.m. NBCSN
Victory Lap 6 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Mexican Grand Prix (Encore) 7 p.m. NBCSN

*denotes same-day delay

New schedule has Josef Newgarden seeing double (points) again in 2020

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Two-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden of Team Penske believes the latest revised schedule for 2020 will change his approach to the season.

The new schedule has the defending IndyCar champion looking at ways to double the possibilities for a second consecutive championship.

“When I look at the whole schedule they released now, I look at it as double-points as a whole in all of them,” Newgarden told NBCSports.com Monday. “Iowa is double points on a short oval. There are double points at the Indy GP because there are two races and a road course. Then double points at Laguna, which is a different road course than IMS. And there is double points in the Indianapolis 500.”

IndyCar announced to team owners two weeks ago that the season finale (once scheduled for Laguna Seca and now at St. Petersburg) will no longer be a double-points event. But Monday’s schedule revision essentially adds three double points-style races to the Indy 500’s double-points format, Newgarden said.

“Those are four events where you have to be quite strong,” Newgarden said. “They are all very different from each other. Each one is critical to get right. Iowa has a chance to be the most difficult. From a physical standpoint, it’s already a physical track for one race. To double it up on one weekend will be quite the toll for the drivers.

“It will be a very big test physically to see who will get that weekend right. You can bag a lot of points because of it.”

Just 12 days after the first schedule revision, IndyCar officials announced another revised schedule Monday because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The new schedule features doubleheader weekends at Iowa Speedway in July and Laguna Seca in September. There is an additional race on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course Oct. 3.

That race will be known as the IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix. It will be the second time in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history that an IndyCar race is held in the fall. The only other time was the Harvest Auto Racing Classic, a series of three races won by Johnny Aitken on Sept. 9, 1916.

The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix scheduled for May 30-31 will be dropped from the 2020 schedule. Michigan has a “Stay at Home” order that won’t be lifted in time to start construction of the Belle Isle street course.

Penske Entertainment CEO Mark Miles said the Detroit event will return in 2021.

The IMS road course essentially will have a doubleheader spaced out by nearly three months. The first race will be the GMR IndyCar Grand Prix on July 4, and the second will be Oct. 3 in the Harvest Grand Prix.

The extra doubleheaders combined with the loss of Detroit gives IndyCar a 15-race schedule for 2020. It started out as a 17-race campaign, but April’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, the Acura Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the AutoNation IndyCar Classic at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) have been canceled. The season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is being revived as the season finale on a TBA weekend in October.

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Newgarden also is excited about the chance to run at Indianapolis for three major races in one season. Of course, that all depends on how soon IndyCar can return to action because of the global pandemic.

“I’m continually excited about the thought of getting back to the race track,” Newgarden said. “We would love to be there now, but we can’t. With the current situation, everyone is trying to do the best they can to pitch in and do their part so we can get back to the track as quickly as possible.

“I’m excited to get back to racing at some point in the future. To see that is planned to start at Texas is still great. IndyCar has done a great job staying active and fluid with the ever-changing dynamics and current situation.

“We have three opportunities at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. There are a lot of chances to get it right at the Mecca of our sport.

“I have a lot of trust and faith in IndyCar and Roger, and they are doing their best to stay on top of the situation.”

The one downer to the revised schedule is the loss of the Detroit doubleheader, a very important weekend to Team Penske because Roger Penske also owns the Detroit race. It’s a chance to showcase the series in front of as “Motor City” crowd, which is also the home to the Penske Corp.

“It’s a shame that we miss any event this year,” Newgarden said. “As a racer, you look forward to each one of them. If any of them drop off, it’s a tough pill. Detroit is more so because it is such an important race for us at Team Penske. It’s in our backyard for Penske Corp. Also, our relationship with Chevrolet, how much they put I that event and try to get it right for everybody involved. It’s tough to not have a go at that this year.

“I think of the volunteers. The Detroit weekend is so well run and executed with such a positive momentum behind it for the last eight years that I’ve gone there. I’ve always enjoyed that weekend off the back of the Indy 500.

“It’s a shame we will miss that this year, but I look forward to getting back there in 2021 and getting it started again.”

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