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NBC Sports Group to televise Monster Energy Supercross and Monster Jam starting in 2019

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Things will be revving up even more this upcoming racing season, as NBC Sports Group and Feld Motor Sports announced Friday a multi-year agreement to televise the Monster Energy Supercross and Monster Jam series.

The agreement will feature nearly 100 hours of Supercross and Monster Jam coverage in 2019 across several platforms including NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports App and NBC Sports Gold.

“We’re proud to welcome Feld Motor Sports properties, Monster Energy Supercross and Monster Jam, to the NBC Sports family,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “Fans know that NBC Sports is The Home of Motorsports in the U.S., and the addition of Supercross and Monster Jam to our portfolio further enhances our robust offering on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports’ digital platforms, including our direct-to-consumer product, NBC Sports Gold.”

NBC Sports Group will present comprehensive coverage of all Supercross Heats, Last Chance Qualifiers and Main Events across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and NBC Sports Gold.

All 26 Monster Jam events will air on NBCSN, as well as will be streamed on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

NBC Sports Gold’s subscription package, “Supercross Pass,” will air all Supercross qualifiers and races live and without commercial interruption, as well as full on-demand replays. “Supercross Pass” is available now for $74.99. Click here to purchase.

The first installment of “Supercross Pass” on NBC Sports Gold kicks off today.

Then at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 22, NBC Sports will air Supercross and Monster Jam season previews. Those season preview programs will encore on Saturday, Dec. 29 on NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET and 8 p.m. ET.

Monster Jam will join Monster Energy Supercross in a new multi-year TV partnership with NBC Sports Group. (Photo: Feld Motor Sports)

“With the rise in attendance and viewership of our Supercross and Monster Jam properties, moving to The Home of Motorsports with NBC Sports Group for our media coverage is a natural fit,” said Vicki Silver, Chief Marketing Officer for Feld Entertainment. “More than 70 percent of our fan base is from the millennial age group, and with NBC Sports Gold and our new partnership, we will offer viewing flexibility and exclusive content to Supercross fans. Monster Jam programming and content will also be enhanced with by NBC Sports’ digital portfolio.”

NBC Sports’ 2019 Supercross programming begins Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, on NBCSN with live coverage from Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif., kicking off the first of 15 consecutive weeks of Supercross on NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and NBC Sports Gold.

The 2019 schedule includes a pair of events airing on NBC: Sunday, Jan. 13 from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., and Sunday, May 5 from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

The 2019 coverage will culminate with the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas on Saturday, Oct. 19 on NBCSN.

Here’s the full 2019 Monster Energy Supercross schedule on NBC and NBCSN.

Date Event Coverage Time (ET)
Sat., January 5 Anaheim NBCSN 10 p.m.
Sat., January 12 Glendale NBCSN 9 p.m.
Sun., January 13 Glendale NBC* 4:30 p.m.
Sat., January 19 Anaheim NBCSN* 11 p.m.
Sun., January 27 Oakland NBCSN* 3 p.m.
Sat., February 2 San Diego NBCSN 10 p.m.
Sat., February 9 Minneapolis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., February 16 Arlington NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Sat., February 23 Detroit NBCSN* 8 p.m.
Sat., March 2 Atlanta NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sat., March 9 Daytona NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., March 16 Indianapolis NBCSN* 11 p.m.
Sat., March 23 Seattle NBCSN 10 p.m.
Sat., March 30 Houston NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., April 6 Nashville NBCSN* 11 p.m.
Sat., April 13 Denver NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Sat., April 27 East Rutherford NBCSN* 5 p.m.
Sat., May 4 Las Vegas NBCSN 10 p.m.
Sun., May 5 Las Vegas NBC* 12:30 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 19 Las Vegas NBCSN* 10 p.m.

*delayed coverage

#All televised coverage streams on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app

Following is the full qualifying and main race schedule for the 2019 Supercross schedule on NBC Sports Gold:

Date Event Time (ET)
Sat., January 5 Anaheim – Qualifying 4 p.m.
Anaheim – Main Race 10 p.m.
Sat., January 12 Glendale – Qualifying 3 p.m.
Glendale – Main Race 9 p.m.
Sat., January 19 Anaheim – Qualifying 4 p.m.
Anaheim – Main Race 10 p.m.
Sat., January 26 Oakland – Qualifying 4 p.m.
Oakland – Main Race 10 p.m.
Sat., February 2 San Diego – Qualifying 4 p.m.
San Diego – Main Race 10 p.m.
Sat., February 9 Minneapolis – Qualifying 2 p.m.
Minneapolis – Main Race 8 p.m.
Sat., February 16 Arlington – Qualifying 2 p.m.
Arlington – Main Race 8:30 p.m.
Sat., February 23 Detroit – Qualifying 1 p.m.
Detroit – Main Race 7 p.m.
Sat., March 2 Atlanta – Qualifying 1 p.m.
Atlanta – Main Race 7 p.m.
Sat., March 9 Daytona – Qualifying 1 p.m.
Daytona – Main Race 7:30 p.m.
Sat., March 16 Indianapolis – Qualifying 1 p.m.
Indianapolis – Main Race 7 p.m.
Sat., March 23 Seattle – Qualifying 4 p.m.
Seattle – Main Race 10 p.m.
Sat., March 30 Houston – Qualifying 2 p.m.
Houston – Main Race 8 p.m.
Sat., April 6 Nashville – Qualifying 2 p.m..
Nashville – Main Race 8 p.m.
Sat., April 13 Denver – Qualifying 2:30 p.m.
Denver – Main Race 8:30 p.m.
Sat., April 27 East Rutherford – Qualifying 11 a.m.
East Rutherford – Main Race 5 p.m.
Sat., May 4 Las Vegas – Qualifying 4 p.m.
Las Vegas – Main Race 10 p.m.

 

Ben Hanley relieved to make Indy 500 debut

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Qualifying for the Indy 500 is never an easy task, especially for a new driver and team, and with 36 cars vying for 33 starting positions last weekend, 34-year-old rookie Ben Hanley knew there was a chance he and his DragonSpeed team would not make the show.

“I wouldn’t say we were very confident, but we wanted to [make the field],” Hanley told NBC Sports. “The biggest thing we were trying to achieve was to not be on track on Sunday in the shootout because it only takes one mistake or one little issue and that’s it, you’re not in the race.”

But Hanley would not have to worry about being bumped from the field. He qualified 27th after making three attempts on Day 1, which was enough to lock the No. 81 team into the show. Not too shabby for a driver and team making only their third NTT IndyCar Series start.

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“That last run everything just came together,” Hanley said. “We trimmed out a little bit more and found a good balance of trim and grip over four [qualifying] laps and it was enough to get us through.

“It was a huge relief to get through in P27. A massive achievement for everybody involved.”

Indeed it was a massive achievement, as DragonSpeed is one of the smallest teams in the garage, with no corporate sponsors and a tiny team of around 20 personnel. Many of those were picked up by the team just a week before qualifying, when members of the team’s regular crew were denied entry into the United States due to visa issues after leaving a sports car race in Italy.

“It was all down to the team organizing some people who were in and around Indianapolis who weren’t needed for the race weekend,” Hanley said. “Obviously, I don’t think many people are going to refuse the chance to work on a car that’s trying to qualify for the 500.”

Though the team made its first Indy 500 on Day 1 of qualifying, the DragonSpeed team did not spend Saturday night out late celebrating. Instead, Hanley said the extra time was spent preparing for the race.

“We went straight on to race prep then for the car, so Sunday was a good day for the guys to take time to prep the car into the race spec and get everything sorted out in a nice, organized manner.”

Following the Indy 500, DragonSpeed will run two other races this season at Road America and Mid-Ohio. The team is hopeful that a good run at Indy will result in an opportunity to run a bigger schedule next season and attract sponsors.

Hanley stated that though he’s happy to have made the Indy 500 starting grid for the first time in his career, the magnitude of his feat hasn’t hit him yet.

“It hasn’t really soaked in yet,” he said. “I think it will soak in on Sunday when we roll out to the grid.

“It was such a huge relief to not be involved in Bump Day. Even just watching [Bump Day] it was intense, especially with the weather. I couldn’t even imagine what it would be like to be involved in that.”

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