Here are your United States Grand Prix times on NBC, NBCSN

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This week, Formula 1 heads to the United States for the fifth United States Grand Prix to be held at Circuit of The Americas in Austin.

It seems hard to believe this is the fifth running here already, but it is. The championship battle rages between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, with the Mercedes AMG Petronas duo separated by 33 points, with Rosberg ahead.

Here are the full times and details for this weekend’s coverage, with race coverage starting Sunday, at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Lights out is at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT and local time, from Austin.

We should also note Off the Grid: Austria premieres at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, following coverage of Practice 1 on Friday.

Mercedes teammates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continue their championship battle, and the American Haas F1 Team makes its debut in the United States, as NBC Sports Group presents the Formula One United States Grand Prix this Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC from Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Coverage begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC with F1 Countdown.

NBC and NBCSN will combine to present comprehensive live coverage of all practice, qualifying and race coverage this weekend, beginning on Friday at 11 a.m. ET on NBCSN.

NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of practice, qualifying, and the U.S. Grand Prix.

NBC Sports Group’s lead F1 commentary team of play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey, veteran analyst and former race car driver David Hobbs, analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett, and F1 insider Will Buxton will call the race on-site from Circuit of the Americas.

F1 U.S. GRAND PRIX – SUNDAY AT 3 P.M. ET ON NBC

Rosberg currently holds a 33-point lead over Hamilton with just four races remaining in the 2016 season heading into this weekend’s race at Circuit of the Americas, following his ninth win of the season in Japan on Oct. 9. Hamilton will look for a strong showing this weekend at COTA, where he has won three of the four races since 2012, and where he clinched the drivers’ championship last season.

This also marks the first race on U.S. soil for the American Haas F1 Team, which made its debut into Formula One this season. Haas F1 has secured 28 points this season, led by driver Romain Grosjean, who has secured four top-10 finishes for the team this season.

Live coverage begins on NBCSN Friday at 11 a.m. ET with Practice 1, followed by Practice 2 at 3 p.m. ET. NBCSN will present live coverage of Practice 3 and Qualifying on Saturday, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Pre-race coverage on Sunday begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC with F1 Countdown, and F1 Extra will recap the U.S. Grand Prix with post-race coverage at 5 p.m. ET. NBCSN will also air an encore presentation of the race on Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, and Monday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Following are quotes from Diffey and Hobbs previewing the U.S. Grand Prix:

Diffey on the Haas F1 Team competing stateside for the first time: “For so many years, we’ve waited for an American team – and now the wait is over. The fact that the team has scored 28 points, and got both drivers into the top 10 in qualifying at the last race – they can be so proud.”

Hobbs on Rosberg and Hamilton: “The battle for the front will be between Rosberg and Hamilton, but Hamilton has had some terrible problems starting the car. It’s no good being quicker than everybody else if you’re half a lap behind after lap one.”

Diffey on whether Rosberg can hold off Hamilton to win the championship: “For the longest part of this season, I didn’t think so…but it’s so difficult to imagine that Nico isn’t going to do it at this point. This weekend could be a do-or-die weekend for Hamilton. He cannot get another bad start and cannot afford another poor finish…this weekend is going to be a defining moment in this championship.”

NASCAR AMERICA AND NASCAR ON NBC PODCAST TO FEATURE HAAS F1 DRIVERS ROMAIN GROSJEAN AND ESTEBAN GUTIERREZ

Haas F1 Team drivers Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez join Kyle Petty at the NASCAR Hall of Fame during Thursday’s NASCAR America for a discussion about the evolution of stock car racing. From the creation of the first window net, to historic race cars Grosjean and Gutierrez immerse themselves in the history of NASCAR and even try their hand at changing tires. In addition, Grosjean and Gutierrez will appear on Thursday’s edition of the NASCAR on NBC podcast with Nate Ryan. The pair discusses this weekend’s race in Austin, Texas, which will mark Grosjean’s 100th career Grand Prix start. Available on NASCAR Talk, iTunes, AudioBoom, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher and podcasting apps, the NASCAR on NBC podcast discusses the latest NASCAR news each week with major stars and personalities.

Following is this week’s NBC Sports Group F1 coverage schedule:

DATE COVERAGE NETWORK TIME (ET)
Fri., October 21 F1 United States Grand Prix – Practice 1 NBCSN 11 a.m.
Off the Grid: Austria NBCSN 12:30 p.m.
F1 United States Grand Prix – Practice 2 NBCSN 3 p.m.
Sat., October 22 F1 United States Grand Prix – Practice 3 Streaming 11 a.m.
F1 United States Grand Prix – Practice 3 & Qualifying NBCSN 12:30 p.m.
Sun., October 23 F1 Countdown NBC 2:30 p.m.
F1 United States Grand Prix NBC 3 p.m.
F1 Extra NBC 5 p.m.
F1 United States Grand Prix (Encore) NBCSN 7 p.m.
Mon., Oct. 24 F1 United States Grand Prix (Encore) NBCSN 3:30 p.m.

Supercross points leader Eli Tomac finds silver linings in interruption

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Though his Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship charge was put on hold, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic had a silver lining for Eli Tomac.

Off the road while the season was postponed for nearly three months, the points leader was able to be present as his girlfriend, Jessica, gave birth to their daughter, Lev, on April 26

“A huge blessing for us there,” Tomac told host Mike Tirico during a “Lunch Talk Live” interview (click on the video above) in which he also joked about becoming a pro at busting off diaper changes. “That was one good blessing for us as we had our daughter on a Sunday, that would have been on a travel day coming back from the race in Las Vegas.

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“That was probably the only positive out of all this mess was being able to be there for the birth.”

But there also could be more good fortune for Tomac as the series resumes Sunday at Salt Lake City, Utah (3-4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, 4-6 p.m. on NBC).

The final seven events will be held over 22 days in Rice-Eccles Stadium, which sits at just over 4,000 feet.

The elevation could favor Tomac, who was born and lives in Colorado and is accustomed to riding and training at altitude, which is a departure for many Supercross riders (many of whom hail from California and Florida).

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“That’s going to be the test for us,” said the Kawasaki rider, who five of the first 10 races this season. “We’re at elevation in Salt Lake, so when you’re on a motorcycle, you have a little bit of a loss of power. That’s just what happens when you come up in elevation. And a lot of guys train at sea level, and we’re at 4,000 to 5,000 feet, so cardio-wise, we’ll be pushed to the limit.

“Most of our races are Saturday nights and back to back weeks, but this go around it’s Sunday and Wednesday, so recovery is going to be key.”

Supercross will race Sunday and Wednesday for the next three weeks, capping the season with the June 21 finale, which also will be shown on NBCSN from 3-4:30 p.m. ET and NBC from 4:30-6 p.m. ET.

Tomac, who holds a three-point lead over Ken Roczen (who also recently visited “Lunch Talk Live”), told Tirico he had been riding for 90 minutes Thursday morning on a track outside Salt Lake City.

“Most of us we can rely on our past riding pretty well,” Tomac said. “The question is if you can go the distance. That’s what a lot of guys have to train on is going the distance. We go 20 minutes plus a lap. That’s what you’ve got to keep sharp is your general muscles. Within two to three days, your brain starts warming up more if you take a few weeks off the motorcycle.”

Here is the schedule and TV information for the rest of the season:

  • Sunday, May 31 (3-4 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4-6 p.m. ET, NBC);
  • Wednesday, June 3 ( 10:00 pm – 1:00 am ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 7 (5-8:00 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Wednesday, June 10 (7–10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 14 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Wednesday, June 17 (7-10 p.m. ET, NBCSN);
  • Sunday, June 21 (3-4:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN; 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. ET, NBC).
Eli Tomac rides his No. 3 Kawasaki in the Feb. 29 race at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia (Charles Mitchell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images).