Team Penske drivers ultra-competitive, even racing radio control cars — with masks on

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No matter what race series they take part in, whenever Team Penske’s drivers get together, fierce competition is likely soon to follow.

Plain and simple, these guys don’t like to lose, even if the prize simply is bragging rights.

“Oh my gosh, it doesn’t matter, you get those drivers together, they’ll want to beat each other in everything,” defending Verizon IndyCar Series champ Josef Newgarden told MotorSportsTalk.

In the most recent edition of The Penske Games, Team Penske’s NASCAR, IndyCar and IMSA drivers take things to a whole new level by “driving” radio control cars.

But there’s a big caveat to the racing action.

Drivers were paired off in two-man teams, and here’s where the big catch comes into play: the driver holding the radio controller wears a mask so he can’t see where his “car” is going, while his teammate is a “spotter,” essentially telling the driver where to go and how to handle the controller.

The action gets pretty dicey, if not full-on comedic.

“Oh yeah, it was a lot of fun,” Newgarden said.

But then Newgarden put things in more of a perspective because like any other driver, he just doesn’t like to lose: “This one probably wasn’t as fun as some of the other things we’ve done because we didn’t win!

“There was a lot of competition there with the guys, as you can imagine. Some did well, others didn’t. I didn’t do very well in that one, but it was challenging.”

Check out the following video to see all that happened, as well as the surprising winners:

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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.