Get ‘IndyCar Pass’ from NBC Sports Gold

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The 2019 IndyCar season begins in one month, including an historic broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 on NBC.

Fans can, of course, watch every race on the networks or NBC and the NBC Sports app, but fans wanting even more might want NBC Sports Gold, which will have nearly everything an IndyCar race fan could want.

A full release on what’s included in NBC Sports Gold is listed below. to buy the package, click here.

STAMFORD, Conn., & INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – February 7, 2019 NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Group’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product — launched “INDYCAR Passtoday, providing fans in the U.S. with one convenient location to watch live coverage of all NTT IndyCar Series qualifying and practice sessions, and Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires races, plus full-event replays of all NTT IndyCar Series races, and 15-30 minute race cutdowns of both series. “INDYCAR Pass” will provide 200+ hours of programming, including 50+ hours of coverage surrounding the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. It is available now until March 10 for an early-bird price of $49.99. The regular price is $54.99.

NBC Sports’ INDYCAR commentators Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell, Paul Tracy and others will call all live streaming coverage on NBC Sports Gold, marking the first time that all NTT IndyCar Series qualifying and practice sessions will receive television-quality production, including timing and scoring. All qualifying and practice sessions will be streamed live on “INDYCAR Pass”, many on an exclusive basis. Some practice and qualifying sessions will be available on television either live or on delay. NBC Sports Gold will also feature INDYCAR archival and library content, and other motorsports shoulder programming.

For the Indianapolis 500, which NBC Sports will broadcast for the first time in its history on May 26, “INDYCAR Pass” will provide 50+ hours of streaming coverage surrounding the race, including qualifying, practices, Carb Day, the banquet, parade, and other shoulder programming.

“We’re excited about our partnership and could not be more thrilled to offer ‘INDYCAR Pass’ throughout the season,” said Portia Archer, Vice President, Direct-to-Consumer Services, NBC Sports Group. “‘INDYCAR Pass’ is a first-of-its-kind direct-to-consumer experience that will provide INDYCAR fans with high-quality coverage and unprecedented access to some of the circuit’s most exciting events, all in one easy-to-access location.”

“Having NBC Sports Gold as an option for INDYCAR fans who want to consume all of INDYCAR and engage more deeply with the sport is really exciting for us this year, particularly given the high-quality production NBC Sports will bring to it,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “This is our first opportunity to present the sport this way. INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold is a great complement to watching the NTT IndyCar Series on television, either on NBC or NBCSN. It really is another format that we think will make us that much more accessible and that much more exciting, especially to our hard-core fans.”

All INDYCAR Series races will be televised live on either NBC or NBCSN, and streamed live via authentication on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. For a full schedule, click here.

The 2019 INDYCAR season is the first under a new media rights agreement that was announced in March 2018 in which NBC Sports Group acquired the exclusive rights to all races – including the Indianapolis 500 for the first time – qualifying, practices, and Indy Lights across its numerous platforms.

“INDYCAR Pass” is powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Group’s end-to-end video support service for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.

NBC Sports Gold is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and online at NBCSportsGold.com.

Following is NBC Sports Gold’s “INDYCAR Pass” schedule:

EVENT LOCATION DATE
Streets of St. Petersburg St Petersburg, Fla. Practice – March 8-9
Qualifier – March 9
Indy Lights – March 9-10
Circuit of the Americas Austin, Tex. Practice – March 22-23
Qualifier – March 23
Indy Lights – March 23-24
Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Ala. Practice – April 4-5
Qualifier – April 6
Streets of Long Beach Long Beach, Calif. Practice – April 12-13
Qualifier – April 13
Indianapolis Motor Speedway/Road Course Indianapolis, Ind. Practice – May 9-10
Qualifier – May 10
Indy Lights – May 11-12; May 24
103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 Indianapolis, Ind. Practice – May 14-18
Qualifier – May 18
Carb Day – May 24
Red Carpet – May 26
Streets of Belle Isle Detroit, Mich. Practice – May 30-31
Qualifier – May 31-June 1
Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Tex. Practice – June 6-7
Qualifier – June 7
Road America Elkhart Lake, Wis. Practice – June 21-22
Qualifier – June 22
Indy Lights – June 22-23
Streets of Toronto Toronto, Ontario Practice – July 12-13
Qualifier – July 13
Indy Lights – July 13-14
Iowa Speedway Newton, Iowa Practice – July 18-19
Qualifier – July 19
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio Practice – July 26-27
Qualifier – July 27
Indy Lights – July 27-28
Pocono Raceway Long Pond, Penn. Practice – August 16
Qualifier – August 17
Gateway Motorsports Park Madison, Ill. Practice – August 22-23
Qualifier – August 23
Indy Lights – August 24
Portland International Raceway Portland, Ore. Practice – August 30-31
Qualifier – August 31
Indy Lights – August 31- September 1
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Salinas, Calif. Practice – September 20-21
Qualifier – September 21
Indy Lights – September 21-22

 

New Chip Ganassi driver Marcus Armstrong will team with boyhood idol Scott Dixon

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Marcus Armstrong was a Scott Dixon fan his entire life, and when he was 8, the aspiring young racer asked his fellow New Zealander to autograph a helmet visor that he hung on his bedroom wall.

Next year, Armstrong will be Dixon’s teammate.

Armstrong was named Friday as the fourth IndyCar driver in the Chip Ganassi Racing lineup and will pilot the No. 11 next season on road and street courses.

A driver for the five oval races on the 17-race schedule will be named later.

The No. 11 is essentially the No. 48 that seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson drove the last two seasons, with Chip Ganassi making the change to run four cars numbered in sequential order. Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson drives the No. 8, six-time champion Dixon drives the No. 9, and 2020 IndyCar champion Alex Palou drives the No. 10.

So just who is the second Kiwi in the Ganassi lineup?

A 22-year-old who spent the past three seasons in Formula One feeder series F2, a Ferrari development driver in 2021, and former roommate of Callum Illot and former teammate of Christian Lundgaard – both of whom just completed their rookie IndyCar seasons.

“I’ve always been attracted to the IndyCar championship because it’s one of those championships that’s been really well televised in New Zealand since I was young, mainly because of Scott and his success,” Armstrong told The Associated Press. “As time progressed, as I got closer to F1 and single-seaters, the attraction to IndyCar grew just because of how competitive the championship is – I like to challenge myself and the level of competition in IndyCar is remarkably high.”

Armstrong, from Christchurch, New Zealand, was set to travel from his current home in London to Indianapolis this weekend to meet his new team. He won’t need an introduction to Dixon, the 42-year-old considered the best IndyCar driver of his generation and Armstrong’s unequivocal childhood hero.

Last season, Dixon earned his 53rd career victory to pass Mario Andretti for second on the all-time list. Dixon has driven for Ganassi in all but 23 of his 345 career starts.

“For a long time I’ve been a Scott Dixon fan. I don’t want to make him cringe with our age difference,” Armstrong told the AP.

Despite the two-decade age difference, Armstrong never considered someday racing with Dixon a fantasy.

He convinced his father after winning five national karting championships to allow him to leave New Zealand for Italy at age 14, where he moved by himself to pursue a racing career. Armstrong said as soon as he’d received parental permission, he’d never look back.

Armstrong was in Formula 4 two years after his move to Italy and won that title in his first season. He won four races and four poles in F3 in the 2018 and 2019 seasons, then collected four wins and eight podiums in three seasons of F2.

“Maybe it’s a strength, or maybe it’s a weakness, but I always thought I was capable of doing great in the sport,” Armstrong told the AP. “I think you probably have to succeed in the sport, you need to believe in yourself. I always pictured myself being in IndyCar.

“As Scott’s teammate? I can’t specifically say I saw that. It’s an extraordinary chain of events.”

Armstrong becomes just the latest driver to leave Europe, where F1 is the pinnacle but has only 20 seats each year. Alexander Rossi began the trend in 2016 when the American left F1 and won the Indianapolis 500 as a rookie. He’s been followed by Ericsson, last season’s Indy 500 winner, Romain Grosjean, Illot, Lundgaard, and on Thursday three-time W Series champion and Williams F1 reserve driver Jamie Chadwick was announced as driver for Andretti Autosport in IndyCar’s second-tier development series.

Armstrong said he could have remained in F2 for a fourth season, but he’d been watching IndyCar for so long, and after conversations with Illot and Lundgaard, he decided to make the move to what he believes is the most balanced racing series in the world. He tested for Dale Coyne Racing at Sebring in October.

He doesn’t know if European racing is done for good, just that he wants to be in IndyCar right now.

“I don’t want to think too far into the future, I’m just grateful for this opportunity that is standing right in front of me,” Armstrong said. “I want to perform as well as I can in the near future and just consolidate myself in the fantastic chance that is IndyCar and just do my best.

“I’m not looking at F1 as a landing spot – I am looking at IndyCar, and that’s exactly why I am here.”