Here are your Brazilian GP times on NBCSN, CNBC, Live Extra

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The Formula 1 circus heads to Brazil, its first and only stop in South America, this weekend for the Brazilian Grand Prix at the venerable Autodromo Carlos Pace at Interlagos.

LIVE race coverage returns to NBCSN after a pair of races (United States Grand Prix, Mexican Grand Prix) on NBC, with practice on NBCSN, qualifying on CNBC and all sessions streamed via NBC Sports Live Extra.

Off the Grid from Austin also premieres this week, with the first airing on Thursday night and further repeats on Friday and Sunday.

Full details are below:

F1 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 10:30 A.M. ET ON NBCSN

Formula One heads to Brazil this weekend for the annual Brazilian Grand Prix, a mainstay on the F1 schedule for more than 40 years. After both American driver Alexander Rossi (Marussia) and Mexican driver Sergio Perez (Force India) raced in front of their home fans at the U.S. and Mexican Grands Prix, two Brazilians, Felipe Massa and Felipe Nasr, will drive on native soil at Interlagos this weekend.

Massa (Williams) has won the Brazilian Grand Prix twice in his career (2006 & 2008), and finished on the podium last year at Interlagos with a third place showing. Nasr (Sauber), who is in his rookie season of F1, will be driving at Interlagos for the first time.

Live F1 action begins Friday morning with Practice 1 at 7 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Live Extra, followed by NBCSN’s live coverage of Practice 2 at 11 a.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 8 a.m. ET, prior to live qualifying at 11 a.m. ET on CNBC.

Live coverage of the F1 Brazilian Grand Prix begins Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. ET, followed by post-race coverage on F1 Extra at 1 p.m. ET, and an encore presentation of the race on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET.

Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Brazilian 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 Jose Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

NBC SPORTS GROUP’S F1 COVERAGE AVERAGING 535,000 VIEWERS, UP 14% WITH RECORD 2014 VIEWERSHIP

With just two races remaining in the F1 season, NBC Sports Group’s 2015 F1 race coverage has averaged 535,000 viewers, up 14% vs. the same point in the 2014 season (471,000). Following this week’s race in Brazil, NBCSN closes out its coverage of the 2015 F1 campaign with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, Nov. 29. This season, five races on NBCSN have eclipsed 500,000 viewers, more than the 2013 and 2014 seasons combined.

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

Date Program Time (ET) Network
Thu., November 12 Off The Grid – Austin 11 p.m. NBCSN
Red Bull Global RallyCross – Las Vegas*** 11:30 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., November 13 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 1 8 a.m. Live Extra
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 2 11 a.m. NBCSN
Off The Grid – Austin (Encore) 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., November 14 F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Practice 3 8 a.m. Live Extra
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying 11 a.m. CNBC
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying* 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., November 15 Off The Grid – Austin (Encore) 8:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore) 9 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix 10:30 a.m. NBCSN
F1 Extra 1 p.m. NBCSN
F1 Brazilian Grand Prix (Encore) 9:30 p.m. NBCSN

*denotes same-day delay
**denotes next-day delay
***taped last week

Rahal determined to regain winning touch in 2019 IndyCar season

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AUSTIN, Texas – Graham Rahal entered the room with a smile on his face and a chip on his shoulder.

It was IndyCar “Media Day” and Rahal wasn’t happy with the way last season went at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. He was less happy with the fact some aren’t considering him a serious threat in 2019. He playfully chided with one media outlet for failing to mention his team as one to watch in 2019.

“We use that as motivation to show everybody how we are viewed,” Rahal said. “We are here to win.”

Rahal just turned 30 in January but is entering his 13thseason in big-time Indy car racing. He entered the 2007 Champ Car Series season when he was just 17. He missed his high school prom because he was racing at Houston.

“That was the luckiest day of my life,” Rahal said. “I didn’t have to go to the prom. It doesn’t get any better than that.

“Plus, I got my second career podium that weekend.”

Rahal drove to victory in his very first race in the combined IndyCar Series in the 2008 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. He was hailed as the “Poster Boy of Unification” and a future star. What followed was a seven-year drought before he captured his second-career win in a thrilling race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.

He won two races in 2015, one in 2016 and two in 2017. He was expected to contend for victories and possibly the championship last year but struggled through a disappointing season and finished eighth in the standings.

“I’m looking forward for chance this year,” Rahal said. “Last year was a tough one for me and for the team. I’m looking forward to what my new engineer, Allen McDonald, has done so far. He is an accomplished engineer and brings a different mindset to our program this year from what we had last year. He and (fellow engineer) Eddie Jones are very close friends and that will help us from the standpoint they are on the same page.

“We needed a bit of life brought back to the team.”

Rahal believes his challenges are to get everything in order before the season starts. The team has defined the areas where it was lacking in 2019. The team needed to improve in research and development after starting behind last season.

“I’m excited for what I see, and I know in the end it will all pay off,” Rahal said. “It’s just a matter of when.

“There is a lot to be excited about for us. We are in a great position as a team. We have great sponsorship and that will allow us to push forward and do the things we need to do.”

Rahal believes at 30, he has a long time ahead of him to win races and championships and maybe even the Indianapolis 500. In order to reach those goals, however, Rahal’s team needs to regain the competitive level he displayed prior to last year.

“We’ve been fortunate to win six times,” Rahal said. “A lot of people come into this sport and never win. I fully recognize there is no reason we can’t win a lot. I don’t care what anybody writes, what anybody thinks – I really feel that when it comes to race day, we perform better than 99 percent of the other people out there.

“As a team and for myself, we have to qualify better. If we can qualify better, we’ll be a thorn in everybody’s side. We know the rear of our cars just aren’t good enough. When we need to find that extra tenth or two, it’s just not there but absolutely, we want to win.

“I don’t come here year after year to just drive around. Our sponsors don’t invest in us year after year to not see us win. We feel that. But our cars aren’t good enough and we know that.”

Rahal believes the team has identified the problems with the setup of its car. It has a deep engineering staff but hasn’t had a chance to develop the damper program and other important areas that provide a competition setup.

Takuma Sato, the winner of the 101stIndianapolis 500 when he was with Andretti Autosport, scored the team’s only victory in 2018 with a win in the Portland Grand Prix. The two are back this year and have built a respect for each other.

“He’s a good guy,” Rahal said of Sato. “Other than Helio Castroneves, Takuma is probably the happiest man on the planet. He’s a great guy and fits in well with our organization. We pride ourselves on being a family and he fits in extremely well to that.

“We need to do a better job for him as a team. He won a race last year, but we can both do better to win with both cars.

“The Andretti cars are the best right now and the Penske cars will be good. We have a lot of space to close up on those two teams but hopefully, we can do it.”