Hinchcliffe: ‘Honestly pretty disappointing’ to end P9 in St. Pete

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – James Hinchcliffe won his first career Verizon IndyCar Series race on the streets of St. Petersburg in 2013. He was on the way to winning his fifth race, and first in the No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, Sunday in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Unfortunately the Lap 26 caution that involved his teammate, Mikhail Aleshin, who’d collided with Tony Kanaan put pause to those hopes.

Hinchcliffe led 21 laps from the Lap 6 restart after the first caution of the race and looked set to control the day until that caution came out, and the top seven drivers including the race leader were unable to maintain their track position because they needed a pit stop.

The Canadian fell to 10th after the stop and was only able to get one spot higher the rest of the day, ending ninth.

“Honestly a pretty disappointing result,” “The Mayor of Hinchtown” said in his post-race release. “We started on the inside of Row 2, got a good start and slipped into second. Did well on the restart and led pretty much the entire first stint. We had a bit of a tire advantage – we started on the sticker Firestone reds, other guys were on used tires – but from there everything kind of unraveled. The yellow caught us off guard; a bunch of the guys behind us had already pitted, so that kind of put us behind the eight ball.

“As the race went on, the track wasn’t coming to us as it normally does, so unfortunately it all kind of went wrong for us after the start. A lot to be happy for, a lot of positives though like the pace of the Arrow Electronics Honda. There’s not a whole lot you can do about the way the yellow flags fall – that was a tough break. I think we would have had a solid top five if it wasn’t for that, and that’s something we can build off of heading into Long Beach.”

Aleshin and Kanaan ended 14th and 12th, respectively, their days also having been compromised by the contact.

It was a tough end for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, who showed improved pace all weekend with Hinchcliffe qualifying third and poised for a strong result. The team also hosted a nice season launch party on Saturday evening, key for their partners among others.

As noted, he’ll look to improve at Long Beach, which is April 9 on NBCSN.

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

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NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.