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.

Cadillac confirms WEC driver lineup with Chip Ganassi Racing that will race Le Mans in 2023

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Cadillac and Chip Ganassi Racing announced their driver lineup for a 2023 entry in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the sports car series that includes the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Cadillac V-LMDh entry will be driven by Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn, who were teamed on the No. 02 Cadillac that competed in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi class this season and won the Twelve Hours of Sebring. The third driver will be Richard Westbrook, who will return to Ganassi after helping the team to a GT class win at Le Mans in 2018.

The team also will compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the rebranded Grand Touring Prototype premier category, which is designed for crossover between the top prototypes in IMSA and WEC. Ganassi will field a second entry at Daytona with its No. 01 Cadillac that will compete full time in IMSA with Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande.

Next year will mark the return of Cadillac to Le Mans for the first time since 2002.

Before joining Ganassi last year, Lynn made 28 WEC starts since 2016, winning the LMGTE Pro class at Le Mans in 2020.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to continue with Cadillac and Chip Ganassi Racing,” Lynn said in a release. “It’s a huge honor to drive for Chip in any capacity but certainly on a full factory sports car program, it’s seriously cool. Cadillac has so much heritage as a luxury North American sports car brand, so to be able to represent them is a huge privilege. I’ve had a lot of fun in my first year doing it and to continue that onto the World Endurance Championship stage is fantastic.

“For me, returning to WEC is sort of what I’ve always known and it’s a bit like going into my wheelhouse. This year in IMSA was a bit different with getting to know all-new circuits and a new style of racing so 2023 will be filled with a bit more of what I’m used to with more of a European focus. I think what’s significant about WEC is without a doubt Le Mans. As a sports car race, Le Mans is the crown jewel and everything that we want to win. To be able to take Chip Ganassi Racing and Cadillac back to Le Mans to fight for overall honors is a huge honor and that’s something that I’m going to work tirelessly to make sure we achieve.”

Bamber won the Le Mans overall in 2015 and ’17 with Porsche teams and also was a 2019 GTLM champion in IMSA.

“I am really happy to continue at Chip Ganassi Racing and Cadillac,” Bamber said in a release. “I’ve loved my first season in DPi and now to continue over into the LMDh era and WEC is super exciting. Looking forward to fighting for a world championship and another Le Mans victory.

“The World Endurance Championships gives us the opportunity to race at the world’s biggest race, which is Le Mans, the crown jewel of sports car racing. I’ve been lucky enough to win it before and it’s obviously a huge goal for Cadillac and everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing. To have that goal in sight is really exciting. It’s been great to have Alex as a teammate in 2022. We’ve been able to learn and grow together in the DPi, and we have a really good partnership going into WEC. We know each other really well and believe adding Richard will be a seamless transition.”

Said Westbrook: “After four really good years at Chip Ganassi Racing, I’ve got so many friends there and I’ve always dreamt to come back one day. It just worked so well between 2016 and 2019, and I’m delighted we found a route to come together again. I can’t wait, it’s an exciting era in sports car racing right now.

“I feel like I know Alex and Earl really well. I did Le Mans with Alex in 2020 and I’ve known him for years. It feels like I’m going back with an ex-teammate and exactly the same with Earl. Although I’ve never shared a car with Earl, we’ve always done the same sort of racing be it in WEC or in IMSA. We’ve had lots of battles, including this year in our dueling Cadillacs. We’ve always gotten along quite well, and I can say we’re going to have a great year together.”

The seven-race WEC season, which also includes a stop at Spa, will begin March 17 with the 1,000 Miles of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.