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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Verizon IndyCar Series’ Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama is this weekend, the fourth round of the 2016 season, and will feature LIVE practice and qualifying to go along with the live race on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

The full release, times and breakdown are below:

NBCSN’s coverage of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series rolls on this weekend with comprehensive live coverage of the Grand Prix of Alabama, as the green flag drops at Barber Motorsports Park this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET. Coverage from Alabama begins tomorrow on NBCSN at noon ET with practice, followed by live qualifying on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET.

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will provide streaming coverage of practice, qualifying and the Grand Prix of Alabama via “TV Everywhere.”

Simon Pagenaud (Penske) enters this weekend’s race as the hottest driver on the circuit, following his first-ever Grand Prix of Long Beach victory last weekend. Pagenaud began his season with a pair of second-place finishes at St. Petersburg and Phoenix before winning at Long Beach last week.

Last year’s IndyCar champion Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi) finished second at Long Beach, following his win at Phoenix on April 2. Josef Newgarden (Ed Carpenter Racing) earned his first-ever IndyCar win at Barber last year, and has two Top 10s in three races this season.

This weekend’s coverage on NBCSN will include a feature on Pagenaud and his strong start to 2016 after a difficult first season with Penske last year, as well as a feature with pit reporter Katie Hargitt and drivers Conor Daly and Alexander Rossi as they attend Space Camp in nearby Huntsville, Ala.

Rick Allen, who serves as NBC Sports Group’s lead NASCAR play-by-play announcer, will handle the play-by-play duties for this week’s Grand Prix of Long Beach, filling in for lead IndyCar and F1 announcer Leigh Diffey.

Allen will be joined by 2003 CART champion and analyst Paul Tracy, as well as driver and analyst Townsend Bell, who recently announced he will be driving in this year’s 100th Indianapolis 500 with Andretti Autosport. Marty SniderRobin Miller, Kevin Lee, and Katie Hargitt will handle coverage in the pits in Long Beach.

In addition, NBCSN will showcase the Indy Lights developmental series with a presentation of the Legacy Indy Lights 100 race from Alabama on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, leading into race coverage. Kevin Lee, Anders Krohn, and Katie Hargitt will have the call.


Last Sunday’s Grand Prix of Long Beach on NBCSN (4:416:38 p.m. ET) averaged 402,000 viewers to rank as the most-watched IndyCar Grand Prix of Long Beach since 2012. Viewership of this year’s race was up 17% vs. 2015 (344,000). Through two races on NBCSN to-date (Phoenix and Long Beach), IndyCar has averaged 382,000 viewers, up 11% vs. 2015 (343,000).

NBCSN is coming off its most-watched IndyCar season ever, averaging more than 500,000 viewers across 11 races in 2015, up 34% vs. 2014 viewership. The season finale at Sonoma averaged 841,000 viewers to become the most-watched IndyCar race on NBCSN since rights were acquired in 2009, and the most-watched IndyCar race on cable in seven years.

Click here for more information on NBCSN’s record IndyCar viewership in 2015.

Following is this week’s motorsports coverage schedule on NBCSN:

Date Program Network Time (ET)
Fri., April 22 IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama – Practice NBCSN 12 p.m.
Sat., April 23 IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama – Qualifying NBCSN 4 p.m.
Sun., April 24 Legacy Indy Lights 100 NBCSN 2 p.m.
IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama – Pre-Race NBCSN 3 p.m.
IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama NBCSN 3:30 p.m.
IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama – Post-Race NBCSN 5:30 p.m.
IndyCar Chronicles – Tony Kanaan NBCSN 6 p.m.

Toyota No. 8 car wins the 24 Hours of Le Mans for third consecutive year

24 Hours of Le Mans

LE MANS, France — Toyota Gazoo’s No. 8 car comfortably won the 24 Hours of Le Mans by five laps Sunday to secure a third straight victory in the prestigious endurance race.

It was also a third consecutive win for Swiss driver Sebastien Buemi and Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima driving. Brendon Hartley was the other driver, having replaced two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso.

Buemi and Hartley sat on the side of the car as Nakajima drove toward the podium. Hartley won for a second time after tasting success with the Porsche LMP Team in 2017 before an unhappy season in Formula One.

The Swiss team’s Rebellion No. 1 featured American driver Gustavo Menezes and Brazilian Bruno Senna – the nephew of late F1 great Ayrton Senna.

It finished one lap ahead of Toyota Gazoo’s No. 7, with Rebellion’s No. 3 finishing in fourth place.

For much of the race it looked like Toyota’s No. 7 would win after leading comfortably from pole position. But late into the night the car encountered an engine problem and the 30-minute stop in the stands proved costly.

The race was first held in 1923. A total of 252,500 spectators attended in 2019, but there were none this year when the race started three months late because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“We miss the fans,” New Zealander Hartley said. “I look forward to seeing all the fans again.”

In other divisions:

United Autosports won the LMP2 division with the entry of Filipe Albuquerque, Paul Di Resta and Phil Hanson.

–In LMGTE Pro, the victory was claimed by Aston Martin Vantage AMR of Maxime Martin, Alex Lynn and Harry Tincknell (who drives for Mazda in the DPi division of IMSA).

–TF Sport won the LMGTE Am class.

The Toyota No. 7 took pole after former F1 driver Kamui Kobayashi narrowly edged out the Rebellion No. 1 team in qualifying.

In damp and humid conditions Mike Conway got away cleanly from the start, while Senna held off Buemi.

After nearly seven hours, Toyota’s No. 8 fell back after a 10-minute stop in the stands to fix a brake-cooling problem on Kazuki Nakajima’s car. Rebellion’s No. 1, driven by Frenchman Norman Nato, took advantage to move into second place behind Toyota’s No. 7.

Then came the decisive moment at 2:40 a.m. as the No. 7 – also featuring Argentine Jose Maria Lopez – encountered a turbo problem. When the car came back out it was back in fourth.

“We had a few problems early in the race,” Nakajima said. “Later they had a bigger issue than us.”

Rebellion’s No. 1 encountered a problem on the hood at around 9 a.m. and the change took six minutes, allowing the Rebellion No. 3 (Nathanael Berthon-Louis Deletraz-Romain Dumas) to close the gap.

It was becoming a tight battle between the two Rebellion cars behind Toyota’s No. 8.

At 12 p.m. Rebellion No. 3 with Dumas behind the wheel was only one second ahead of No. 1 driven by Menezes. Then both cars came in for a driver change with Deletraz swapping for Dumas on a lengthy stop, and Nato for Menezes as Rebellion No. 1 suddenly moved ahead of its team rival.

Dumas, a winner in 2016 with Porsche, appeared unhappy at the strategy decision to bring his car in first and the length of the stop. There were tense explanations in the team garage.

Colombian Tatiana Calderon, an F1 test driver with Alfa Romeo, was in the Richard Mille Racing Team in the LMP2 category. She was joined by German Sophia Florsch – an F3 driver – and Dutchwoman Beitske Visser. They placed ninth out of 24 in their category.