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Mecum Auctions Kissimmee could top $100 million

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Beginning with today’s 5 p.m. ET airing of “Countdown to the Block” on NBCSN, Mecum Auctions will showcase 800 hours of coverage in 2019.

An estimated 3,500 vehicles will cross the auction block this week at Mecum’s Kissimmee (Fla.) event. Nearly 30 hours of coverage is scheduled this week.

Highlighting the offerings are Benny Parson’s 1973 Cup championship car and a 1965 Ford GT Prototype Roadster that raced at Le Mans. Event organizers believe the Kissimmee auction has the potential to raise more than $100 million.

Scott Hoke hosts the event with analysts John Kraman and Stephen Cox.

Following is the full Mecum Auction: Kissimmee telecast schedule on NBCSN:

Date Event Coverage Time (ET)
Tues., January 8 Mecum: Countdown to the Block NBCSN 5 p.m.
Wed., January 9 Mecum Auctions: Kissimmee NBCSN 12 p.m.
Thur., January 10 Mecum Auctions: Kissimmee (Encore) NBCSN 12:30 a.m.
Mecum Auctions: Kissimmee NBCSN 12 p.m.
Fri., January 11 Mecum Auctions: Kissimmee (Encore) NBCSN 1 a.m.
Mecum Auctions: Kissimmee NBCSN 12 p.m.
Mecum Auctions: Kissimmee (Encore) NBCSN 11 p.m.
Sat., January 12 Mecum Auctions: Kissimmee NBCSN 12:30 p.m.
Mecum Auctions: Kissimmee* NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., January 13 Mecum Auctions: Kissimmee* NBCSN 12 a.m.
Mecum Auctions: Kissimmee* NBCSN 7:30 p.m.

*delayed coverage

Indy 500 analyst role part of looking forward for Danica Patrick

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It’s been 10 months since Danica Patrick last competed in an auto racing event and she is completely fine with that.

Patrick was last seen in a cockpit in last May’s Indianapolis 500, part of her mini-retirement tour from racing that also included a run in the Daytona 500.

Now she’ll be back at the track, serving as an analyst for NBC’s broadcast of the 103rd Indy 500 on May 26.

It will be an interlude to her post-racing career.

“I really don’t miss racing,” Patrick said during a teleconference Wednesday.  “I’m really happy. I selfishly set out (with) the intention I wanted to travel a lot. I’ve definitely done that. Also working on my other businesses.”

Without racing, Patrick is able to look over her “Warrior” clothing line and her Somnium wine. She’s also been a host of ESPN’s Espy Awards show.

“I’m not a look-back kind of person, I’m a look-forward (person),” Patrick said. “This is something that’s part of looking forward. This is something totally new and different for me. It’s coming at a place where I have a lot of history, but it hasn’t been my job, which is why I’m going to work really hard to make sure I’m ready, like anything else I do that’s different.

Since retiring, Patrick said she watches racing “when I can.”

“I’m not going to lie, I’m happy doing what I’m doing,” Patrick said. “It’s allowed me new opportunities like this.”

This won’t be the first time Patrick has served in an analyst role for a race. She did the same for some Xfinity Series race broadcasts in the last few years of her NASCAR career.

“It’s very good to have had that experience,” Patrick said. “Obviously I was giving my driving experience sort of perspective and that insight, which is something I’m going to be doing again. But it was a guest spot.

“This is firm and established, part of a small team of two with Mike (Tirico) and I. I think there’s going to be a lot more preparation involved, I’m going to need to know a lot more information.”

Patrick said there will be one difference in her Indy 500 experience this year compared to the eight times she competed in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

“I didn’t purposely look at the buildup of the day,” Patrick said. “I didn’t want to see the fans rolling in, all the pomp and circumstance. I really liked to keep it quiet. I wanted to just walk out there and have it be the event, not let myself get built up too much in my head with nerves, just the platform, the iconic event that it was, the millions of people. I just wanted to stay focused and go do it.

“This time, I’m sure I will see the buildup. I’m sure I’ll see the place fill in and turn from a quiet, peaceful, magical place, (and) at the shot of a cannon it’s going to start unraveling. That will be a cool perspective for me that I purposely haven’t really watched closely.”

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