This week marks the conclusion of the 2016 Formula 1 season and along with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix comes the latest edition of the NBC Sports Group original series, Off the Grid.
Second free practice from Abu Dhabi airs at 8 a.m. ET on NBCSN, and will lead straight into the premiere of Off the Grid: Japan at 9:30 a.m. ET.
Prior to the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, NBCSN’s Will Buxton and Jason Swales went into Tokyo for a McLaren Honda-themed episode.
Among the highlights:
A real life Mario Kart experience through the streets of Tokyo with Maricar, where Will & Jason dressed up as Yoshi and Mario.
Going to a Robot Restaurant in Tokyo with McLaren reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne.
Visiting the Honda Collection Hall in Motegi, which features an array of Honda-powered race cars.
Riding to Suzuka with Fernando Alonso & Jenson Button.
Again, Off the Grid: Japan premieres on NBCSN at 9:30 am ET on Friday, November 25, following FP2 for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. A re-air is scheduled for Sunday, November 27, at 2:30 a.m. ET. Both shows are on NBCSN.
Check out a full preview of the episode in the above video.
This Saturday, the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will debut a new exhibit honoring one of the most successful teams in American motorsports.
Titled “Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute,” the exhibit will display several significant cars, trophies, and other artifacts from CGR’s storied racing history. Ganassi will formally be honored April 15, 2020 at the Petersen’s Annual Racers Night before the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Vehicles displayed in the exhibit will include the 1983 Patrick Wildcat MK9B raced by Chip Ganassi to his best finish in the Indianapolis 500, the Lexus-powered Riley MK X1 raced by Scott Dixon in the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona, the Dallara IR-05 driven to victory by Dario Franchitti in the 2010 Indianapolis 500, the Ford GT that finished first in the LM GTE category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Kurt Busch in the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series.
“Chip Ganassi is an influential member of the automotive community, and his team’s penchant for success is a reflection of his raw skill and passion for the sport,” said Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Complemented by a visually dynamic and compelling 180-degree video, ‘Chip Ganassi Racing’will celebrate the team’s victories and tell its story while taking visitors on a trip down memory lane.”
“Chip Ganassi Racing: Fast Tracks to Success | 30th Anniversary Tribute” will run through January 31, 2021. The museum will host a ticketed opening reception on December 13. More information on the Petersen Museum can be found at www.petersen.org.