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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

 

Penske won’t discuss if Castroneves returns to Indy in 2020

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INDIANAPOLIS – NBC Sports.com asked Indianapolis 500 winning team owner Roger Penske if three-time Indy winner Helio Castroneves would return to the team in 2020?

Penske immediately brushed off the question.

“We’re not going to talk about that right now,” Penske told NBC Sports.com. “I’m just not going to talk about it. We’re going to have a meeting about it before we decide, but I’m not going to talk about that right now.

“Simon won the race and that is what I’m focused on right now.”

Simon Pagenaud, gave Penske a record-extending 18thIndy 500 win on Sunday. Penske confirmed that Pagenaud will be back with the team in 2020 after he scored his first win in Sunday’s 103rdIndianapolis 500.

Castroneves was an NTT IndyCar Series regular at Team Penske from 2000 until the 2017 season. After that, Castroneves was shifted over to the team’s Acura IMSA Sports Car program, but the three-time Indy 500 winner was given a ride at both races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the past two years.

The popular driver from Brazil is trying to join AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears as four-time Indy 500 winners.

But the whispers in Gasoline Alley indicate his future with Team Penske at Indy remain uncertain.

“I’ve heard the rumors, too,” Castroneves told NBC Sports.com on pit lane after his disappointing finish in the Indy 500. “I will definitely give it a good, hard think about coming back in 2020. I want to be the rest of the season, here.”

But, will Castroneves run the Indy 500 again?

“Who knows?” Castroneves told NBC Sports.com. “Let’s see what happens.”

Castroneves’s bid for a fourth Indianapolis 500 was derailed in a pit road incident after his first pit stop when he ran into James Davison’s Chevrolet on the team’s first pit stop on Lap 30.

The front wing of Castroneves’s Chevrolet was damaged and INDYCAR officials gave him a “Drive Through” penalty for “Avoidable Contact.” Castroneves would ultimate drop three laps down but finished one lap down in 18thplace.

Castroneves explained what happened to him earlier in the race and how it affected the rest of his Indy 500.

“The accident that happened in the pits hurt us for sure,” Castroneves explained. “We had a problem with the fuel mapping, and I couldn’t go over 200 miles an hour for four or five laps. We lost 35 seconds. There was a bug in the system.

“Then, we went back out and that was it. I wasn’t able to recoup after that. I was excited. The car was very, very good entering the race.”

Castroneves spoke with second-place finisher Alexander Rossi, who was furious with the driver from Brazil earlier in the race for not moving out of the way, even though he was three laps down at the time.

The two drivers hugged, and Castroneves walked back up pit lane.

“I did what the team told me to do, and they told me to go as fast as I could,” Castroneves explained after talking to Rossi. “It’s racing and everybody is upset they didn’t win.”

Castroneves hopes his walk up pit lane is not the final time as an Indy 500 competitor.

But it could be.

“I hope I can come back next year,” Castroneves said. “I’m really upset as a competitor, but extremely happy for Team Penske and for Simon Pagenaud for winning the race.

“The good news is I go back to the Acura sports car, but I will be dreaming about coming back here again.”