Meyer Shank Racing adds Juan Pablo Montoya for Rolex 24, IMSA endurance races

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Juan Pablo Montoya will continue racing an Acura in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next season, joining Meyer Shank Racing for the Michelin Endurance Cup rounds that include the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Montoya, who has three overall victories in the Rolex 24 with Chip Ganassi Racing, will be reunited with Dane Cameron (his teammate the past three years at Acura Team Penske, which was shuttered after the 2020 season). The duo combined for three victories, nine podiums and the 2019 DPi championship in the No. 6.

Meyer Shank Racing’s No. 60 ARX-05 prototype at Daytona also will be driven by Olivier Pla (who is teamed with Cameron as a full-season entrant in the car) and AJ Allmendinger, who will make his 15th Rolex 24 start for MSR.

Montoya also will drive with MSR in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

“I’m really excited to be joining Meyer Shank Racing next year,” Montoya said in a release. “I’ve always seen Mike (Shank) around the track and we had a really simple, straightforward conversation to get this deal put together for next year.

“Dane and I have a really great relationship that has also turned into a friendship. We both really understand each other and know what we need from each other to be competitive. I’m looking forward to continuing the relationship with him. I’m also looking forward to driving with Olivier and AJ. I know AJ from back when I ran NASCAR and we banged wheels more than once!”

Montoya also will be driving in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans for DragonSpeed, which is fielding an LMP2 in the Rolex 24.

MSR is seeking its second Rolex 24 victory, having won in 2012 with a team that included Allmendinger.

“I’ve won at Daytona, but we have yet to score a victory with the Acura,” Montoya said. “It would be great to get that first victory and I know that with the lineup that Mike has put together we’re capable of doing that.”

Peacock to stream all Supercross and Motocross races in 2023, plus inaugural SuperMotocross Championship

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NBC Sports and Feld Motor Sports announced that Peacock and the NBC family of networks will stream all 31 races of the combined Monster Energy Supercross, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and the newly created SuperMotocross World Championship beginning January 7, 2023 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and ending October 14 in the place where Supercross was born: the Los Angeles Coliseum.

The combined series will create a 10-month calendar of events, making it one of the longest professional sports’ seasons in the United States.

The agreement is for multiple years. The season finale will air live on Peacock and the USA Network.

Peacock will present live coverage of all races, qualifying and heats across both series. The 31 total races will mark a record for the combined number of Supercross and Pro Motocross events that NBC Sports will present in a single season.

NBC, USA Network and CNBC will provide coverage of all races, including the SuperMotocross World Championship Playoffs and Final, through 2023 and beyond. For more information about the Peacock streaming service, click here.

“With our wide array of live and original motorsports offerings, Peacock is a natural home for Supercross and Pro Motocross races,” said Rick Cordella, Chief Commercial Officer, Peacock. “We’re looking forward to providing fans with an easily-accessible destination to find every race all season long, including the exciting finish with the newly formed SuperMotocross World Championship.”

MORE: A conversation about media rights created the new SuperMotocross World Championship Series

The NBC family of networks has been home to Supercross for the past several seasons and this is a continuation of that relationship. The media rights for both series expired at the end of 2022, which allowed Supercross and Motocross to combine their efforts.

In fact, it was that conversation that led to the formation of the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX).

The SMX series will begin on September 9, 2023 after the conclusion of the Pro Motocross season. Points will accumulate from both series to seed the SMX championship, which creates a record number of unified races.

“The SuperMotocross World Championship adds a new dimension to the annual Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons that will result in crowning the ultimate World Champion,” said Stephen C. Yaros, SVP Global Media and Supercross for Feld Motor Sports. “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with NBC Sports so our fans can watch all the racing action streaming live on Peacock and the option to also watch select rounds on NBC, USA Network and CNBC.”

Complete 2023 coverage schedules for Supercross, Pro Motocross and the SuperMotocross World Championship on Peacock, NBC, USA Network and CNBC will be announced in the near future.