Noted motorsports journalist Robin Miller dies

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Veteran motorsports and IndyCar reporter Robin Miller died, August 25, at 71.

An Indiana native, Miller always had a special affinity for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and open-wheel racing. And in a career that spanned more than five decades, he had ample opportunity to interact with his heroes and become part of their world.

His death comes a little more than two weeks after the death of colleague Bob Jenkins, who passed August 9 after a long battle with cancer.

Miller began his journalistic career in 1968, writing for the Indy Star. After spending much of his early career writing about auto racing, Miller was also able to bring that wealth of experience to radio and television. covering the sport for ESPN, Speed Channel and most recently NBC zd[ptyd.

And while he eventually left this world, he never left the sport. Miller leant his voice to a tribute for Jenkins for that aired during NBC’s coverage of the IndyCar and NASCAR tripleheader weekend that was held on their beloved Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.

To understand the sport better, Miller raced for a while in the 1970s and 80s. With support from some of the top names in the sport that included  Larry Rice, Johnny Parsons, and Tony and Gary Bettenhausen, he was strong enough to qualify fifth for the Hut Hundred midget race at the Terre Haute Action Track. A blown engine kept him from finishing.

Coverage of that race is available on YouTube.

Miller first visited Indy in 1957 with his father, Bob. He attended his first Indy 500 two years later and worked his way through the ranks to become one of the voices most closely associated with the track.

While covering the 2019 Indy 500, Miller’s 50th edition of that race, IMS announced the creation of the Robin Miller Award, given annually to an “unheralded individual who has brought unbridled passion and an unrelenting work ethic to enrich the sport”.

“Racing has lost one of its most well-respected journalists and most beloved personalities,” said IMS and IndyCar owner Roger Penske in a release. “Robin Miller achieved his dream as his lifelong passion for motorsports led him on a path to becoming the premier reporter in open-wheel racing.

“For more than 50 years, Robin covered the sport he loved with a fierce drive, a great sense of humor and uncompromising honesty. I know that Robin was truly touched by the support he received across the motorsports community over these last few months as he battled his illness.

“As many of Robin’s friends honored him and his legacy earlier this month when he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame during Brickyard weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was a fitting tribute to his life’s work at the place that meant the world to him.”

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.