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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.

 

Alexander Rossi remains the story in IndyCar in 2019

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ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. – Alexander Rossi’s greatness was on full display Monday at Road America.

He started on the outside of the front row, drafted behind pole sitter Colton Herta at the drop of the green flag, pulled out a perfectly timed move to race side by side with Herta going into Turn 1.

By Turn 2 of the first lap, Rossi’s No. 27 NAPA Honda was out front and drove away from the field, easily winning the REV Group Grand Prix of Road America by nearly 30 seconds over Team Penske’s Will Power.

Rossi was so good, it appeared he was running on a different race course than the other 23 competitors. There was some outstanding racing throughout the field with 191 total passes, including 175 for position, but none of those passes were at the front.

According to Rossi’s engineer, Jeremy Milles, there was just one thing kept Rossi’s race from being deemed complete perfection.

“It we had stayed out two laps longer on the last pit stop, we would have led every single lap instead of Graham Rahal leading one lap,” Milless told NBC Sports.com. “It’s good to see when we give him a proper car, he puts it to work.

“He’s not like a lot of drivers.”

Rossi led 54 of the 55 laps in the race and defeated Power by 28.4391 seconds – a huge margin of victory by today’s standards. Back in 1982, Hector Rebaque defeated Al Unser by a full lap at the 4.014-mile, 14 Road America road course, but those were far different times than today’s very deep field in the NTT IndyCar Series.

Although it was Rossi’s second victory of the season and the seventh of his career, the 27-year-old from Nevada City, California, has been the driver everyone talks about in 2019. The win snapped a four-race streak where he finished second three times and fifth in the other.

Simon Pagenaud won the 103rdIndianapolis 500 on May 26, but the fans and media were talking about Rossi’s bold, daring moves, including some wildly aggressive passes down the front straight and to the outside in Turn 1.

Rossi had a fantastic car the next week in the first race of the Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle but was burned by the timing of a caution period for a crash as his main challenger, Josef Newgarden, dove into the pit area to make a stop just before pit lane closed because of the caution.

Rossi had to wait until the pits were reopened to make his stop, and that put him behind Newgarden and ultimately decided the race.

After a fifth-place finish the following day in Race No. 2, Rossi was once again standing up in his seat and on top of the steering wheel in a tremendous battle with Newgarden at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8. Rossi tried his best to make his car stick on the outside lane going into Turn 1, but when he discovered the risk was much higher than the reward, he had to begrudgingly settle for second, finishing 0.816 seconds behind the current NTT IndyCar Series points leader.

Rossi left no doubt on his Sunday drive through the Wisconsin woods as he never was challenged.

In just three short seasons, Rossi has developed into one of the greatest drivers in a generation in IndyCar. He doesn’t even have 10 victories yet, and he already had the makings of a legend.

“It’s almost like Juan Pablo Montoya, when he arrived as a rookie, he was great immediately,” Rossi’s team owner Michael Andretti told NBCSports.com after the race. “Juan is one of the greats, and I think as time moves on, Alex will prove to be one of the greats.

“He is very aggressive, very calm, very confident, everything you want in a driver. He wasn’t racing anybody all day; he was just racing himself not to make any mistakes.”

For Andretti, this is a very important time in his relationship with Rossi. The driver’s contract concludes at the end of this season, and he is the focal point of speculation on where he will race in 2020.

Before Pagenaud revived his career with a sweep of the major events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Month of May, Rossi looked like “Penske Material” as the driver that would take over the No. 22 Chevrolet. After Pagenaud won the Indy 500, team owner Roger Penske assured him he would be back on the team in 2020.

Rossi’s loyalties lie with Honda. Both he and his father, Pieter, share a close relationship with the engine manufacturer that helped the former Formula One test driver at Manor find a full-time home in the NTT IndyCar Series.

Andretti told NBCSports.com on Friday that he was “optimistically confident” that he will re-sign Rossi once a sponsorship agreement with NAPA is completed.

INDYCAR Photo by Chris Jones

Andretti remains confident after Rossi’s win on Sunday.

“We’re getting there,” Andretti said. “I think we’re getting there. We are feeling pretty good about it.”

There are others, however, that aren’t as optimistic.

If Roger Penske wants a driver, who turns down an opportunity like that? After all, Team Penske is far and away the winningest team in IndyCar history, including a record 18 Indy 500 wins.

Think of these scenarios.

What if McLaren makes a substantial offer to align with Andretti Autosport for a full-time NTT IndyCar Series team in the future after McLaren’s debacle in this year’s Indy 500?

In order for that to happen, though, Andretti would have to switch to Chevrolet, because Honda ‘s parent company in Japan will no longer do business with McLaren.

The last time Andretti considered leaving Honda for Chevy, Rossi was set to leave Andretti to join another Honda team, Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports in 2017.

If Andretti Autosports and McLaren joined together, that would also mean the Andretti-aligned Harding Steinbrenner Racing would become a Chevy operation.

Honda could keep Rossi as one of its drivers by leading him to Chip Ganassi Racing. Five-time Cup Series champion Scott Dixon remains on top of his game, but it’s unlikely he will be racing Indy cars 10 years from now.

Barring unforeseen circumstance, Rossi will still be in the cockpit and winning races in a decade, and that would position Ganassi’s team for the future. The team’s second driver is rookie Felix Rosenqvist, who is currently racing with a one-year contract.

Even Rossi knows his situation for next year is complicated, which is why he chooses not to talk about it. He has developed a strong bond with Milless as his engineer and Rob Edwards (white shirt on left) as his race strategist.

Do both of those key members end up on a different team with Rossi? Edwards is a key member of management at Andretti Autosport as the Chief Operating Officer.

Rossi is as cerebral as he is aggressive. After his victory, when pressed upon his next contract, he concluded the conversation perfectly.

“I have no considerations,” Rossi said regarding his contract status. “It’s in God’s hands.”