Preview ‘APEX: The Story of the Hypercar’, premieres 3/17 at 11pm ET

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As part of the lead-up to this weekend’s season-opening Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix (Sunday 3/20, NBCSN 12am ET), NBCSN will be premiering APEX: The Story of the Hypercar tonight at 11pm ET.

APEX: The Story of the Hypercar showcases some of the most dynamic machines in the high-end car culture.

The film, which was shot entirely in 4K, includes access to motorsport legends like Porsche, Ferrari, Bugatti and McLaren, as well as newcomers like Koenigsigg and Pagani, and spotlights a new class of exotic sports cars designed to blast from zero to 200 miles per hour in seconds.

Rocket science meets the auto industry as APEX follows a thread that starts in the design studios and R&D labs where these “fighter jets of the street” are created, and leads to a perilous racetrack in Germany where drivers can reach new heights of speed and performance – if they dare.

Equal parts human drama and speed, APEX follows Swedish entrepreneur Christian von Koenigsegg, a lifelong sports car enthusiast, on a personal quest to build a “mega” car whose golden ratio defies all expectations for a hypercar’s velocity and power, while competing against the biggest names in motorsports for space on the world stage.

With insights from top engineers and designers, APEX pulls back the curtain on the top-secret development facilities at Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren and Pagani, where awe-inspiring hypercars are imagined and built.

APEX puts you inches from the action, as top drivers shake down the latest hypercars flat-out on some of the world’s greatest racetracks.

You can watch a preview above.

APEX: The Story of the Hypercar premieres at 11pm ET on NBCSN tonight.

IndyCar race weekend doubleheader schedule at IMS road course

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The NTT IndyCar Series will return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third time this season but with a weekend schedule that will put the action in front of fans for the first time in 2020.

The track’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course will play host to IndyCar and sports cars series over four days. The action will begin Thursday with practice and concluding with an eight-hour race Sunday featuring the Intercontinental GT Challenge and GT World Challenge America.

The NTT IndyCar Series will hold a Friday-Saturday race doubleheader called the Harvest GP presented by GMR.

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The name is a nod to the Harvest Classic, which was held Sept. 9, 1916 to help the track stay solvent during World War I. The event had three races of 20, 50 and 100 miles (all won by Johnny Aitken) that was the only racing held outside May at IMS from 1911-93.

A limited crowd of 10,000 will be allowed each day this weekend, and those fans will be the first to experience new video boards, concession stands, restrooms and 5G wireless connectivity.

Here’s the IndyCar weekend schedule for Indianapolis Motor Speedway Harvest GP:

(All times are Eastern)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Thursday, Oct. 1

Noon — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America test session
2:25 p.m. — IndyCar practice (NBC Sports Gold)
6:20 p.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 1 (NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Friday, Oct. 2

10:20 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
1:40 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America practice
3:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 1 (USA Network, NBC Sports Gold)

IndyCar weekend schedule: Saturday, Oct. 3

10:20 a.m. — IndyCar qualifying for Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC Sports Gold)
12:10 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America qualifying
2:30 p.m. — IndyCar Harvest GP, Race 2 (NBC, NBC Sports Gold)
5:30 p.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America pole shootout

IndyCar weekend schedule: Sunday, Oct. 4

10 a.m. — Indianapolis 8 Hour/GT World Challenge America race