Off The Grid: Shanghai preview (premieres 6/10 on NBCSN)

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With the new Formula 1 campaign now in full swing, it’s time for another season of NBC Sports’ original series “Off The Grid”.

Off The Grid hosts Will Buxton and Jason Swales are back, going behind-the-scenes in F1 and giving you a taste of the cities that the sport ventures to.

In the first episode of the year, we head to one of the biggest cities in the world: Shanghai.

The Chinese Grand Prix has become a firm fixture on the F1 calendar since it was first held in 2004, taking the sport to the world’s most populous country.

In this episode, Will and Jason catch up with championship leader Nico Rosberg and new Haas driver Romain Grosjean, as well as getting to grips with the tech behind an F1 steering wheel.

We also take a look inside the stunning Shanghai auto museum and get a tour of the world’s tallest media centre at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Off The Grid: Shanghai premieres on Friday June 10 at 3:30pm ET on NBCSN, following practice for the Canadian Grand Prix. You can also catch the re-air after qualifying from Montreal at 2:30pm ET on Saturday June 11.

Check out a full preview of the episode in the above video.

March 29 in Motorsports History: Scott Dixon wins first race after reunification

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Reunited and it felt so good.

That’s what drivers likely thought before the 2008 IndyCar opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

For the first time since 1995, major-league open-wheel racing in the United States was under the banner of a sole sanctioning body as Champ Car and the Indy Racing Leauge had reunified just a month prior.

Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the 2008 IndyCar opener at Homestead. Photo: Jim Hines/IndyCar.

The first race after reunification also saw a reversal of fortunes for Scott Dixon, who won the race after losing the 2007 IRL championship in crushing fashion.

In the 2007 season finale at Chicagoland Speedway, Dixon ran out of fuel while leading on the final lap of the race. The race victory – and championship – went to Dixon’s future teammate, Dario Franchitti.

But the tides turned for Dixon nearly seven months later, and the Kiwi was able to win with the help of another driver’s misfortune.

Tony Kanaan was leading with seven laps remaining when E.J. Viso spun and made contact with Kanaan’s car. Kanaan remained on track through the caution period despite suffering obvious damage to his right front suspension.

On the final restart with three laps remaining, Dixon and others cars easily passed Kanaan’s wounded car on the outside. Dixon then maintained his lead through the checkered flag to win at Homestead for the second time in his career.

“I think Marco (Andretti) and T.K. probably had a little bit better cars today, but we came through with the win, and that’s what counts,” Dixon told ESPN after his 12th career victory.

Following his victory at Homestead, Dixon continued to redeem himself through the course of the 2008 season. In May, he won the Indianapolis 500 for the first (and so far only) time. Following Indy, he went on to win four more times in 2008 and won his second series championship.

Also on this date:

1998: Mika Hakkinen won the Grand Prix of Brazil, the first of eight victories in his first championship season.

2010: Will Power won the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, which was held on a Monday morning because of rain postponing the race on Sunday.

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