NBC extends partnership with Lucas Oil Pro Motocross

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On Wednesday, NBC and MX Sports Pro Racing announced they will continue their partnership with Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. NBC will be the television and digital home of the series. The deal runs through the 2021 season, which gives the partners a decade together.

It was also announced that Luca Oil will return as the series sponsor.

As part of the agreement, all main practice sessions, qualifiers and Motos 1 and 2 will be shown live and commercial-free via NBC Sports Gold’s “Pro Motocross Pass”. Via the pass, more than 60 hours of live coverage will be shown.

Additionally, viewers will have access to full replays of all events from 2017 and 2018.

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“As the home of motorsports, we’re proud to continue our strong relationship with the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and MX Sports Pro Racing into the next decade, further establishing our presence in the motocross community,” said Rob Simmelkjaer, senior vice president, NBC Sports Ventures. “Fans know NBC Sports is the home for all things motocross, from our linear coverage on NBC and NBCSN, to our robust offering on our direct-to-consumer product, NBC Sports Gold.”

Last year, Eli Tomac beat Marvin Musquin for the 450cc class by only 16 points. Aaron Plessinger outpaced Alex Martin in the 250cc class.

“We’re thrilled that NBC Sports will remain the home of American motocross for the foreseeable future, which will ultimately culminate in a decade-long partnership for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship,” said Carrie Coombs Russell, MX Sports Pro Racing CEO. “We are committed to providing our dedicated and loyal fanbase with as much live content as possible, and the continued development of a digital platform with NBC Sports Gold shows what the future can hold as we collectively push to grow the sport.

“We are delighted to continue on with this relationship and do our part to help the sport keep growing.”

Coverage begins with the Hangtown Classic on Saturday, May 18.

2019 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Telecast on NBC and NBCSN

Date Event Time (ET) Network
Sat., May 18 Hangtown Classic* – 2nd Motos 6 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., May 25 TBA* – 2nd Motos 6 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., June 2 Thunder Valley National* – 2nd Motos 4 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., June 15 High Point National – 2nd Motos 3 p.m. NBC
High Point National – 2nd Motos 4 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., June 22 Florida National – 2nd Motos 3 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., June 30 Southwick National* – 2nd Motos 10:30 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., July 6 RedBud National – 2nd Motos 3 p.m. NBC
RedBud National* – 2nd Motos 7 p.m. NBCSN
Sun., July 21 Spring Creek National* – 2nd Motos 1 a.m. NBCSN
Sat., July 27 Washougal National* – 2nd Motos 10 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 10 Unadilla National – 2nd Motos 3 p.m. NBC
Unadilla National*- 2nd Motos 7 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 17 Budds Creek National – 2nd Motos 4 p.m. NBCSN
Sat., Aug. 24 Ironman National* – 2nd Motos 11 p.m. NBCSN

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.