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/DRIVE returns for fifth season on NBCSN starting this Sunday

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Automotive Journalists Chris Harris, Mike Spinelli, Alex Roy, Kristen Lee and Zack Klapman Host Six-Episode Series

STAMFORD, Conn. – October 16, 2018 – /DRIVE, NBC Sports’ dynamic motorsports show for car-enthusiasts, returns for a fifth season this Sunday, October 21 at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN, immediately following the debut of NBC Sports Groups’ new motorsports program Proving Grounds.

The six-episode series goes beyond the boundaries of traditional car shows and investigates the cultural crossroads in automotive history. Topics include an overland drive through the historic Oregon Trail in three different off-road vehicles, an examination of the French car renaissance, and an exploration of grassroots racing which features the famous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

This season of /DRIVE also includes a special investigative episode that looks into the car culture of Los Angeles. Through interviews with the LAPD and street racers, /DRIVE examines how social media has led to a rise in underground racing and sideshows.

“This season we’ve pushed ourselves to go beyond the typical car show,” said /DRIVE Executive Producer J.F. Musial. “Not only are our hosts driving fast cars and going on adventures, as you’d expect, but they’re also experiencing and reporting on the culture of cars in a way others have been afraid to in the past.”

/DRIVE is hosted by automotive journalists Chris Harris, Mike Spinelli, Alex Roy, and newcomers Kristen Lee and Zack Klapman. New episodes will air Sunday nights on NBCSN. /DRIVE complements NBC Sports Group’s robust catalogue of motorsports properties that exceeds 1,930 programming hours in 2018, including NASCAR, IndyCar, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, and Mecum Auctions.  

A preview of /DRIVE is available here.




Time (ET) 

Sunday, October 21

A Car of the Year

8 p.m.

Sunday, October 28

L.A. Car Culture

8:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 4

How Far We’ve Come

9 p.m.

Grassroots Racing

9:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 11

Oregon Trail Road Trip

8 p.m.

French Cars 

8:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 18

Le Mans Pilgrimage 

8:30 p.m.

Simona de Silvestro to become Venturi Formula E test driver

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Simona de Silvestro will become a test driver for the Venturi Formula E team for 2018/2019 season.In addition

De Silvestro previously raced limited events in the series during the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons.

I’m delighted to make my return to Formula E as a test driver for Venturi Formula E Team and I’m grateful to Susie (Wolff, team principal) and Gildo (Pastor, team president) for the opportunity,” de Silvestro said on SpeedCafe.com.

“Since competing in Season 2, I’ve kept a close eye on the Formula E championship and followed its development with interest,” de Silvestro continued. “The arrival of the new Gen2 car represents a huge milestone for the series and I am very happy to be back in an active role at this exciting and important time.”

De Silvestro has raced in Australian Supercars since 2017. She will continue to race in that series with Kelly Racing as she balances her time with Venturi.

The bulk of de Silvestro’s testing will be done in its simulator in Monaco.

“The next 12 months will be really busy for me with both Formula E and my Australian Supercars commitments but I’m ready for the challenge and it’s a joy to be working with such a well connected and committed team as Venturi,” de Silvestro said.

“Simona is a real team player and a driver I was keen to work with,” said team principal Wolff. “She has a very positive attitude and no-nonsense approach to her work which will fit in well with the team.”