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NBC Sports to air 70-plus hours of 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

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** NBC & NBCSN to Televise All 12 Races of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Season

** Qualifiers, Moto 1s and Moto 2s Available Live, On-Demand and Commercial-Free with “Pro Motocross Pass” on NBC Sports Gold

** Race Coverage Begins Saturday, May 19, at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with Presentation of the Hangtown Classic

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 2, 2018 – NBC Sports and NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product – will combine to showcase more than 70 hours of 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship programming, including all 12 races, beginning Saturday, May 19, with the Hangtown Motocross Classic from Sacramento, Calif. Race coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

NBC and NBCSN will combine to present every Moto 2 from all 12 races of the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season. NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports App will live stream all television coverage. In addition, NBC Sports Gold’s “Pro Motocross Pass” will superserve the passionate Motocross fanbase with more than 50 additional hours of programming, including live, commercial-free coverage of every qualifier, Moto 1 and Moto 2 from every race, and full event replays from the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Live coverage of the opening 450 Class and 250 Class Motos from all 12 rounds of the season will also be featured on MAVTV.

Jason Weigandt will serve as the play-by-play announcer for all telecasts on NBCSN. Weigandt will be joined by analyst and two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Grant Langston, while Will Christien will serve as the pit reporter for all telecasts.

In the U.S., NBC Sports Gold is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku and online at NBCSportsGold.com. Fans in the U.S. and in 13 international territories (UK, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg and Japan) can purchase “Pro Motocross Pass” for $54.99. Click here for more information.

NBC Sports Gold is powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s technology service which provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.

LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP TELECAST SCHEDULE

Date Event Time Network
Sat., May 19 Hangtown Classic* – 2nd Motos 8:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., May 26 Glen Helen National – 2nd Motos 6 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., June 2 Thunder Valley National – 2nd Motos 4 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., June 16 High Point National – 2nd Motos 3 p.m. NBC
High Point National – 2nd Motos 4 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., June 23 Tennessee National – 2nd Motos 3 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., June 30 Southwick National* – 2nd Motos 8 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., July 7 RedBud National – 2nd Motos 3:30 p.m. NBC
Sun., July 8 RedBud National** – 2nd Motos 5 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., July 21 Spring Creek National* – 2nd Motos 12 a.m. NBCSN
Sat., July 28 Washougal National* – 2nd Motos 11 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 11 Unadilla National – 2nd Motos 3 p.m. NBC
Unadilla National*– 2nd Motos 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 18 Budds Creek National – 2nd Motos 3 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., Aug. 26 Ironman National** – 2nd Motos 3 p.m. NBCSN

*Same-Day Delay
**Next-Day Delay

NBC SPORTS GOLD SCHEDULE

Date Event Time
Sat., May 19 Hangtown Classic Qualifiers 1:10 p.m.
Hangtown Classic Moto 1 (250) 4 p.m.
Hangtown Classic Moto 1 (450) 5 p.m.
Hangtown Classic Moto 2 (250) 6 p.m.
Hangtown Classic Moto 2 (450) 7 p.m.
Sat., May 26 Glen Helen National Qualifiers 1:10 p.m.
Glen Helen National Moto 1 (250) 4 p.m.
Glen Helen National Moto 1 (450) 5 p.m.
Glen Helen National Moto 2 (250) 6 p.m.
Glen Helen National Moto 2 (450) 7 p.m.
Sat., June 2 Thunder Valley National Qualifiers 11:40 a.m.
Thunder Valley National Moto 1 (250) 2 p.m.
Thunder Valley National Moto 1 (450) 3 p.m.
Thunder Valley National Moto 2 (250) 4 p.m.
Thunder Valley National Moto 2 (450) 5 p.m.
Sat., June 16 High Point National Qualifiers 10:10 a.m.
High Point National Moto 1 (450) 1 p.m.
High Point National Moto 1 (250) 2 p.m.
High Point National Moto 2 (450) 3 p.m.
High Point National Moto 2 (250) 4 p.m.
Sat., June 23 Tennessee National Qualifiers 10:10 a.m.
Tennessee National Moto 1 (250) 1 p.m.
Tennessee National Moto 1 (450) 2 p.m.
Tennessee National Moto 2 (250) 3 p.m.
Tennessee National Moto 2 (450) 4 p.m.
Sat., June 30 Southwick National Qualifiers 10:10 a.m.
Southwick National Moto 1 (250) 1 p.m.
Southwick National Moto 1 (450) 2 p.m.
Southwick National Moto 2 (250) 3 p.m.
Southwick National Moto 2 (450) 4 p.m.
Sat., July 7 Red Bud National Qualifiers 10:10 a.m.
Red Bud National Moto 1 (450) 1 p.m.
Red Bud National Moto 1 (250) 2 p.m.
Red Bud National Moto 2 (450) 3:30p.m.
Red Bud National Moto 2 (250) 4:30p.m.
Sat., July 21 Spring Creek National Qualifiers 11:10 a.m.
Spring Creek National Moto 1 (250) 2 p.m.
Spring Creek National Moto 1 (450) 3 p.m.
Spring Creek National Moto 2 (250) 4 p.m.
Spring Creek National Moto 2 (450) 5 p.m.
Sat., July 28 Washougal National Qualifiers 1:10p.m.
Washougal National Moto 1 (250) 4 p.m.
Washougal National Moto 1 (450) 5 p.m.
Washougal National Moto 2 (250) 6 p.m.
Washougal National Moto 2 (450) 7 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 11 Unadilla National Qualifiers 10:10 a.m.
Unadilla National Moto 1 (450) 1 p.m.
Unadilla National Moto 1 (250) 2 p.m.
Unadilla National Moto 2 (450) 3 p.m.
Unadilla National Moto 2 (250) 4 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 18 Budds Creek National Qualifiers 10:10 a.m.
Budds Creek National Moto 1 (250) 1 p.m.
Budds Creek National Moto 1 (450) 2 p.m.
Budds Creek National Moto 2 (250) 3 p.m.
Budds Creek National Moto 2 (450) 4 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 25 Ironman Qualifiers 10:10 a.m.
Ironman National Moto 1 (250) 1 p.m.
Ironman National Moto 1 (450) 2 p.m.
Ironman National Moto 2 (250) 3 p.m.
Ironman National Moto 2 (450) 4 p.m.

 

LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world’s fastest outdoor motocross racers, racing aboard the best bikes each factory offers, on the roughest, toughest tracks in the world. The 12-rounds series begins at Hangtown in May and ends at Indiana’s Ironman Raceway in August. It includes stops at the premier motocross racing facilities in America, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. The pro riders race on Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is managed by MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road power sports event production. The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Sports Gold Series partners include Lucas Oil (series title sponsor), Red Bull, GoPro, WPS, Fly Racing, GEICO Motorcycle, MotoSport.com, Garmin, 100%, KTM, FMF, Deltran Battery Tender, Pirelli, Suzuki, Husqvarna, Pivot Works, Vertex, Alpinestars, KMC Wheels, MotionPro, VP Racing Fuels, Acerbis and Racer X.  More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS GROUP

NBC Sports Group serves sports fans 24/7 with premier live events, insightful studio shows, and compelling original programming. The sports media company consists of NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio and NBC Sports Digital, which includes NBCSports.comNBCOlympics.comGolfChannel.com, the digital assets of the NBC Sports Regional Networks, Rotoworld, the NBC Sports Talk franchise, multiple apps, and two transactional sports businesses, GolfNow and SportsEngine. NBC Sports Group possesses an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the International Olympic Committee and United States Olympic Committee, the NFL, NHL, NASCAR, PGA TOUR, The R&A, PGA of America, Churchill Downs, Premier League, Tour de France, French Open, IndyCar and many more. In 2018, NBC Sports Group will take part in presenting three of the biggest sporting events in the world: Super Bowl LII, The Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, and the FIFA World Cup on the networks of Telemundo.

ABOUT NBC SPORTS GOLD

NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product —launched in 2016 with a “Cycling Pass,” which included the 2016 Tour de France, Vuelta a España, Monument Classics such as the Paris Roubaix, and more. In addition to its “Cycling Pass,” which this season includes more than 25 races, NBC Sports Gold includes “Track and Field Pass,” offering access to more than 25 major events; “Rugby Pass,” including every Aviva Premiership Rugby match, select Women’s Rugby World Cup matches, the entire NatWest 6 Nations Championship and the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens, and Champions Cup; “Pro Motocross Pass,” featuring the entire 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season, which is available in the U.S. as well as 13 international territories; “Premier League Pass” giving fans in the U.S. exclusive access to 130 live Premier League matches plus the most robust offering of Premier League shoulder programming ever available in the U.S.; “Blazers Pass” live streaming of select Portland Trail Blazers matchups throughout the season; and an international “Notre Dame Football Season Pass,” giving fans in 13 international countries access to every home game during the 2017 season. NBC Sports Gold is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and online at NBCSportsGold.com. NBC Sports Gold is powered by Playmaker Media. Click here for more information.

Newgarden, Rossi ready for a red-white-and-blue INDYCAR finale

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MONTEREY, California – In an international series that personifies diversity from all over the globe, the two main combatants in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series championship are from the United States.

Josef Newgarden of Tennessee takes a 41-point lead over Alexander Rossi of Northern California into Sunday’s double-points season finale at WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca. This year’s Indianapolis 500 winner, Simon Pagenaud of France, is just 42 points out of the lead.

It’s been quite a while since the two drivers entering the final race of the season were both Americans. Four of the top 10 drivers in the series are from the United States. Last year, five of the top 10 were from the USA.

All but one race in the 17-race NTT IndyCar Series schedule is contested in the United States.

Patriotism still matters in IndyCar.

“I think so,” said Andretti Autosport driver Rossi, who is the last American driver to win the Indianapolis 500 in 2016. “I know I’ve read a lot of things from other drivers saying, ‘It doesn’t matter, it’s not important, no one cares.’

“I can’t really get onboard with that.

“I think me as an American, growing up, being a fan of the Olympics and everything, like you cheer for Americans, right? That’s what you do as a patriotic person. Canadians cheer for James. We see the Swedish contingent that comes to the races for Marcus Ericsson and Felix Rosenqvist.

Getty Images“I think Americans will cheer for Americans. I would love to see an American to win the championship. I think it’s important for the young kids watching hoping to be IndyCar drivers one day, that they see someone who grew up in Tennessee or California or wherever. It’s like, there’s a lot of relate-ability to that for a young kid with aspirations of being a racecar driver.”

Since Sam Hornish, Jr. won the final of his three IndyCar Series championships in 2006, just two American drivers have won the title – Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2012 and Newgarden in 2017. During that span, Scott Dixon of New Zealand won four of his five NTT IndyCar Series championships and Dario Franchitti of Scotland won all four of his IndyCar titles.

The last time two Americans had a chance to win the championship in the final race of the season came in 2001 when Hornish won the championship over Colorado’s Buddy Lazier. Connecticut’s Scott Sharp was third and Arizona’s Billy Boat was fourth in the final standings that year.

That was a much different time and place for IndyCar. At that time, many of the top drivers were in CART while the old Indy Racing League featured a predominantly American lineup. Once unification brought the two sides together in 2008, the championships have been fought on American soil, but international drivers were victorious.

The last time two American drivers finished 1-2 in CART was 1996 when Jimmy Vasser of California defeated Pennsylvania’s Michael Andretti for the crown. In 1992, Bobby Rahal of Illinois defeated Andretti and Al Unser, Jr. of New Mexico for the CART title.

Prior to that, the IndyCar “National Championship” was dominated by drivers from the United States.

 

While Rossi openly choose to wrap himself in the American flag, it’s not as important to Newgarden.

“For me, it’s never been something I put a lot of emphasis on,” said the Team Penske driver. “I’m proud to have grown up in such a wonderful country as the United States, but what I’ve always loved about the IndyCar Series is that they bring the best of the best from around the world. That’s always been important to me.

“It means more I think when you have the best from all over the place coming to compete at the Indianapolis 500, during the whole championship. You really feel like you have that in the IndyCar Series. You get the best drivers from around the world.

“To pair with that, I think we need strong Americans running, as well. So for sure, having guys like Alex and Graham Rahal, some young guys coming up like Colton Herta, myself, it’s really great to have young American competition representing as well and running so strongly.

“What I’ve always loved is the great mix of talent from around the world. To me that’s just so important. If it was all Americans running in the championship, I don’t think it would mean as much. I like that we have that great diversity and that great mix from around the world.”

Although these two drivers are both from the USA, they are fierce rivals. They have mutual respect for each other, but they sure aren’t considered close friends.

“Josef and I honestly aren’t that close,” Rossi admitted. “He never lived in Indy when I moved here, or he was just moving. I actually never really hung out with Josef.

“We obviously have a lot of respect for each other. We raced together for a short period of time in Europe. We have a lot of mutual friends.

“Josef and I don’t talk or socialize really. So, it doesn’t have any impact.”

Newgarden agrees that these two men choose to embrace the rivalry.

“I think it’s just really business,” Newgarden said. “He lives in Indianapolis. I live in Nashville. I don’t see him too often outside of the racetrack. We go and we compete. He’s a great competitor. He’s definitely a tremendous talent, has done a great job in his career.

“It’s been a good, competitive relationship I would say.”

With the return of American drivers capable of winning races, championships and Indianapolis 500s, it has sparked a rejuvenation in IndyCar racing. With drivers from all over the world fighting it out for glory, this series that was born and bred in the United States can take pride in featuring some of the best racing in the world as the series continues to grow in popularity.

“I think we just need to continue a focus on our product,” Rossi said. “I think we have the best race product on the planet in terms of entertainment, the variance of winners that we have throughout a season, how many guys are capable, teams are capable of winning races.

“But that’s an ever-moving target. I think IndyCar has done a good job of placing the priority on that. I just think we need to continue doing that and everything will be moving in the right direction.”