Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Your Weekend in Motor Sports 10/10-12

Thursday, March 10
3:30 PM- Sprint Cup: Bank of America 500, Practice- FS1
6 PM- Nationwide Series: Dollar General 300, Practice- FS2
7 PM- Sprint Cup: Bank of America 500, Qualifying- ESPN2
1 AM (Fri Morn)- Formula 1: Japanese Grand Prix, 1st practice- NBCSN

Friday, March 11
3 PM- Sprint Cup: Bank of America 500, Practice- FS2
4 PM- Nationwide Series: Dollar General 300, Practice- FS2
5:30 PM- Sprint Cup: Bank of America 500, Final Practice- FS2
7:30 PM- Nationwide Series: Dollar General 300- ESPN2
1 AM (Sat Morn)- Formula 1: Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying- NBCSN, UniDep

Saturday, March 12
7:30 PM- Sprint Cup: Bank of America 500- ABC
2 AM (Sun Morn)- Formula 1: Japanese Grand Prix- NBCSN, UniDep, UniMas
4 AM (Sun Morn)- MotoGP- World Championship: Malaysian Grand Prix- FS1

Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC

NASCAR Goes Live in Prime Time on ABC from Charlotte
The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup reaches the halfway point with the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday night, Oct. 12, with the race airing live in prime time on ABC. NASCAR Countdown is at 7 p.m. ET with the race’s green flag at 7:46 p.m. The 1.5-mile Charlotte track also will host a 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Friday night, Oct. 11, airing live on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. with the green flag at 7:47 p.m. ESPN2 will air NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying at Charlotte on Thursday night, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. and Sprint Cup practice on Friday at 5:30 p.m.

Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Dale JarrettAndy Petree.
NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty WallaceRay EvernhamBrad Daugherty(analysts).

Brickyard 400  - July 28, 2013

NASCAR Now Schedule:

Tue., Oct. 82:30 a.m.NASCAR NowMike MassaroESPN2, WatchESPN
Wed., Oct. 92 a.m.NASCAR NowShannon SpakeESPN2, WatchESPN
Thu., Oct. 102 a.m.NASCAR NowShannon SpakeESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., Oct. 112 a.m.NASCAR NowShannon SpakeESPN2, WatchESPN

NHRA Lucas Oil Series Action Airs Sunday
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series has the weekend off, but drag racing fans can catch some action featuring the NHRA Lucas Oil Series on Sunday night, Oct. 13, at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The one-hour program will include highlights from the recent event in Reading, Pa.

Motorsports on Other ESPN Platforms — RacingLive! on is a live blog where fans can engage in debate and discussion with writers and editors during the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. On Saturday night, Oct. 12, RacingLive! Charlotte will coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fans can join’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live at
ESPN Radio — Each weekend morning, ESPN Radio’s RaceDay starts its engines at 6 a.m. ET with host Pat Patterson anchored from the site of that weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race. On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, ESPN Radio’s RaceDay listeners get an hour of news, previews and analysis, as well as profiles and interviews with NASCAR’s biggest names and newsmakers and the involvement of listeners via calls and e-mails. RaceDay also features interviews with newsmakers from the IZOD IndyCar Series from correspondent Bruce Martin.

Click HERE for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series schedules on ESPN.
Click HERE for the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule on ESPN.

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 “I feel that we are watching history being made.” – NBC Sports Group F1 Analyst David Hobbs
Live Race Coverage Begins at 1:30 a.m. ET on Sunday on NBCSN; Encore Presentation Airs at 1 p.m. ET
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 10, 2013 – At the age of 26, Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) can clinch his fourth consecutive Formula One World Championship on Sunday at the Japanese Grand Prix, highlighting 15 hours of motorsports coverage this weekend on NBCSN.
Vettel can clinch his fourth consecutive F1 title with a win this weekend, coupled with a finish of ninth or worse by Fernando Alonso (Ferrari), who trails Vettel by 77 points in the F1 points standings with five races remaining. Vettel is a three-time winner at the Japanese Grand Prix, earning victories in three of the last four seasons at Suzuka International Racing Course, while Alonso has won the Japanese Grand Prix twice. Vettel clinched his second World Championship in 2011 at the Japanese Grand Prix with a third-place finish.
Vettel enters the Japanese Grand Prix following back-to-back “Grand Slams” at the Singapore and Korean Grand Prixes, where he won the pole position, led every lap, and recorded the fastest lap en route to victory. It was only the third time ever a driver has achieved a Grand Slam in consecutive F1 races, and the first time in 50 years.
With a fourth consecutive World Championship, Vettel would tie Alain Prost (4) and trail onlyJuan Manuel Fangio (5) and Michael Schumacher (7) for the most career F1 World Championships. Vettel’s resume currently includes numerous F1 records, including youngest polesitter, youngest race winner, and youngest world champion.
Live coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix begins with practice on Friday at 1 a.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by qualifying on NBCSN on Saturday at 1 a.m. ET. Live race coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix begins on Sunday at 1:30 a.m. ET. NBCSN will also air an encore presentation of the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. F1 Extra, NBC Sports Group’s half-hour post-race show, will air immediately following the conclusion of NBCSN’s Japanese Grand Prix coverage.
Live coverage of practice, qualifying, and the Japanese Grand Prix can also be seen on NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.
NBCSN will also air episodes of TRANSLOGIC as part of NBC Sports Group’s motorsports coverage.
DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
Fri., October 11F1 Japanese Grand Prix – PracticeNBCSN1 a.m.
Sat., October 12F1 Japanese Grand Prix – QualifyingNBCSN1 a.m.
Sun., October 13TRANSLOGICNBCSN1 a.m.
F1 Japanese Grand PrixNBCSN1:30 a.m.
F1 ExtraNBCSN4 a.m.
F1 Japanese Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore)NBCSN11:30 a.m.
F1 Japanese Grand Prix (Encore)NBCSN1 p.m.
F1 Extra (Encore)NBCSN3:30 p.m.
Mon., October 14IndyCar Grand Prix of Houston – Race 1 (Encore)NBCSN1 a.m.
COMMENTATORS: Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Japanese Grand Prix and will be joined by veteran analyst and former racecar driver David Hobbs, and analyst and former race mechanic for the Benetton F1 team Steve Matchett. F1 insider Will Buxton will serve as the team’s on-site reporter from the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan.
Following are quotes from Hobbs on Vettel:
Hobbs on what sets Vettel apart: “He has a genius feel for the car – how it grips going into the corner. He has an unmatched ability to get the maximum amount out of the car on the first lap, which is incredibly hard to do.”
Hobbs comparing Vettel and Michael Schumacher: “We said when Michael Schumacher was around that it would never happen again. Well, now we’re seeing it again…I’m in total awe of him.”
Hobbs on historical context of Vettel’s performance: “We are watching something that has never happened in 60 years of grand prix racing. With his age and the team he’s driving for, the possibility of him winning seven World Championships and reaching Schumacher is very likely.”
FORMULA ONE ON NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA: NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will provide live comprehensive streaming coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix, as well as practice and qualifying in the days preceding the race . Coverage will be streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of home and on multiple platforms.
For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.
Coverage airing on NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.
Click here for the participating cable/satellite/telco companies offering NBC Sports Live Extra
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MotorSportsTalk’s content is provided by top racing journalists and expert analysts, including:
  • Keith Collantine (@KeithCollantine), editor and creator of the F1Fanatic blog;
  • Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1) creator of the F1 site;
  • Tony DiZinno (@TonyDiZinno), who has written for RACER Magazine and has covered IndyCar and NASCAR since 2006;
  • Writer Christopher Estrada (@estradawriting) who has written for the Boston Globe,, created the Indy Racing Revolution blog and is a contributor to IndyCar’s IndyCar Nation blog.
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