Supercross’ E race debut highlights NBCSN’s virtual racing Saturday

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NBCSN will present a tripleheader of virtual racing Saturday afternoon, highlighted by Monster Energy Supercross’ first official E SX event.

The race at 4:30 p.m. ET will feature 14 riders competing at virtual Angel Stadium (on the layout from 2019 season opener) in the 450SX and 250SX classes in the “Monster Energy Supercross – Official Video Game 3.”

Points leader Eli Tomac and second-ranked Ken Roczen will provide commentary during the event, which will feature riders Adam Cianciarulo and Marvin Musquin, who has been sidelined with a knee injury, in 450 and Justin Cooper and RJ Hampshire in 250.

Veteran play-by-play commentator Leigh Diffey, five-time Supercross champion and seven-time Motocross champion Ricky Carmichael and host and former racer Daniel Blair will call the action for the 90-minute event.

Also on tap Saturday for NBCSN:

–The 2:30 p.m. ET debut of the Drone Racing League’s eight-race FanDuel DRL SIM Racing Cup with 12 pilots flying on drone racing simulators.

–At 3:30 p.m., there’ll be a replay of MotoGP’s Virtual Grand Prix of Spain. The virtual grand prix will be contested for the first time using the offiical MotoGP ’20 video game.

Indy 500 qualifying: Today’s schedule, TV times, how the 33-car field is set

Indy 500 qualifying schedule
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The 33-car field of the 104th Indianapolis 500 will be set through the two-day Indy 500 qualifying schedule Saturday and Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Today’s session will determine the nine cars that will compete for the pole position and starting positions 10-30.

On Sunday, the pole position then will be determined in a Fast Nine Shootout (the top nine qualifiers also received NTT IndyCar Series points).

All on-track activity will be on NBC Sports Gold’s IndyCar pass (click here for streaming Saturday and here for Sunday), and Indy 500 qualifying will be on NBC from 3-5 p.m. ET Saturday and Indy 500 pole qualifying from 1-3 p.m. ET on NBC.

Last year, Simon Pagenaud captured the pole position on the way to winning last year’s Indy 500.

Qualifying speeds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway are determined by a four-lap average around the 2.5-mile track.

Here is the Indy 500 qualifying schedule and how to watch on TV:

Saturday, Aug. 15

5:30 a.m. – Garage opens

6 a.m. – Tech inspection

8:30-9:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)

11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 qualifying (NBC Sports Gold; NBC coverage from 3-5 p.m.; NBCSN 5-6 p.m.)

7:30 p.m. – Garage closes

Sunday, Aug. 16

8 a.m. – Garage opens

9 a.m. — Tech inspection

11-11:30 a.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBC Sports Gold)

1:15-2:15 p.m. – Fast Nine pole qualifying (NBC begins at 1 p.m., NBC Sports Gold)

3:30-6 p.m. – Indianapolis 500 practice (NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold)