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NBC Sports Group Ready to Rev 200 Hours of Open Wheel Racing in 2013

Programmer Adds Formula 1 Circuit to IZOD Indy Car Coverage 3/11/2013 4:15 AM Eastern

NBC Sports Group is ready to roll with its most expansive presentation of motor sports, as it will  televise 200 hours of open wheel racing in 2013, including its debut with Formula One and continuing coverage of the IZOD IndyCar circuit. 

On the digital side, the programmer has launched a new website and plans to stream races later in the year under the "TV Everywhere" flag.

In addition to the races, NBC Sports Group will air practices, qualifying, pre- and post-race studio shows, and behind-the-scenes programs. Coverage will air across NBC, NBC Sports Network, and NBC Sports Live Extra, the group’s live streaming platform. Additionally, two F1 races will run on CNBC, NBCUniversal’s business channel.

The debut of F1 on NBC Sports Group will be highlighted by NBC’s “Mimosas from Monaco” coverage of the famed Grand Prix on May 26 at 7:30 a.m. It will be a trifecta of sorts for broadcast networks and motor sports that day, as the Indy 500 is scheduled for ABC at noon, while the Coca-Cola 600 is on Fox at 6 p.m.

F1, which makes its NBC Sports Group debut on March 15 on NBC Sports Network with the Rolex Australian Grand Prix (see schedule below), will air four races live on NBC, 13 on the national cable service, and two on CNBC. F1 rights in the U.S. were previously controlled by the Fox Sports Media Group.

Three-time defending F1 champion Sebastian Vettel will be the first driver profiled in the first-ever episode of F1 36, airing March 29 at 7 p.m. F1 36 is the latest in the NBC Sports Group’s original behind-the-scenes series, which gives viewers an all-access pass into the life of world-class athletes. In this case, the cameras follow circuit drivers for 36 hours, providing a behind-the-scenes look at their on- and off-track activities. The all-access 36 series, which is produced by IMS Productions, includes Indy Car 36, NHL 36, Fight Night 36, and MLS 36.

NBC Sports Network, which has been the exclusive cable home for the IZOD IndyCar Series since 2009, will televise more circuit races this season than ever before –13, up from nine in 2012, plus 12 Indy Lights races. The increase is largely due to the addition of two doubleheaders -- in Toronto and Houston -- which provide two races over two days from one location.

NBC Sports Network will air 12 hours of Indianapolis 500 qualifying coverage. Also, on May 24 at 11 a.m., NBC Sports Network will present five hours of live coverage of Carb Day, which includes the final practice for the Indy 500, the Indy Lights Freedom 100 and the Pit Stop Challenge.

The network will also air one-hour of qualifying coverage the day before each of its races airs, and will replay race coverage the following day.

The NBC Sports Group has also added MotorSportsTalk (@MotorSportsTalk) to the already established SportsTalk franchises on NBCSports.com. The programmer will start the engine on authenticated streaming coverage later this year.

The following is this coverage schedule for the Rolex Australian Grand Prix on NBC Sports Network:

 

Date

Program

Time

Network

Friday, March 15

Practice #1

12:00 a.m.

NBC Sports Network

Friday, March 15

Practice #2

1:30 a.m.

NBC Sports Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, March 16

Qualifying

2:00 a.m.

NBC Sports Network

Saturday, March 16

Qualifying Re-Air

1:30 p.m.

NBC Sports Network

Sunday, March 17

Australian Grand Prix

1:30 a.m.

NBC Sports Network

Sunday, March 17

F1 Extra

4:00 a.m.

NBC Sports Network

Sunday, March 17

Race Re-Air

1:00 p.m.

NBC Sports Network

 

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