Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Your Weekend in Motor Sports 10/24-27

How many people knew that MAVTV carried live motor sports? It's not very often, but Lucas Oil, who owns the network, carries many of their races on MAVTV. Anyway, MAVTV will be carried on the listings here at Eye on Sky and Air Sports, and they make their debut this week. The majority of the racing action is live on FS1, but FS2, NBCSN, ESPN2, and ESPN3 all have their share. Here's this weeks motor sports schedule.

Thursday, October 24
9 AM- Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing: Pro 4 and Pro Buggy, Round 10- MAVTV

Friday, October 25
4:30 AM- Formula 1: Indian Grand Prix, Practice- NBCSN
9 AM- Camping World Truck Series: Kroger 200, Practice- FS1
10:30 AM- Camping World Truck Series: Kroger 200, Practice- FS1
Noon- Sprint Cup: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, Practice- FS1
3:30 PM- Sprint Cup: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, Qualifying- FS1
5 PM- Camping World Truck Series: Kroger 200, Qualifying- FS2
5:45 PM- NHRA: Toyota Nationals, Qualifying- ESPN3

Saturday, October 26
4:30 AM- Formula 1: Indian Grand Prix, Qualifying- NBCSN, Univision Deportes
10:30 AM- Sprint Cup: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, Practice- FS2
Noon- Sprint Cup: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500, Final Practice- FS1
1:30 PM- Camping World Truck Series: Kroger 200- FS1

Sunday, October 27
Midnight- MotoGP: Japan World Championship- FS2
2:30 AM- NHRA: Toyota Nationals, Qualifying (Tape Delayed)- ESPN2
5:30 AM- Formula 1: Indian Grand Prix- NBCSN, UniMas, Univision Deportes
1:30 PM- Sprint Cup: Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500- ESPN
3 PM- NHRA: Toyota Nationals- ESPN3
5 PM- Lucas Oil Challenge Cup from Lake Elsinore- MAVTV
8 PM- NHRA: Toyota Nationals (Tape Delayed)- ESPN2 

And here's the weekly releases.

Motorsports This Week on ESPN

Chase for NASCAR Sprint Cup Goes Short Tracking  
Only four races remain in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and the Chase moves to the smallest track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule this weekend for a 500-lap race at the half-mile Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 27. ESPN will have a live telecast withNASCAR Countdown presented by Goody’s Headache Relief Shot at 1 p.m. ET and the race’s green flag at 1:43 p.m. All NASCAR programming on ESPN is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.
Brickyard 400  - July 28, 2013
Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Dale JarrettAndy Petree.
NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty WallaceRay EvernhamBrad Daugherty(analysts).

NHRA in Las Vegas on ESPN2, ESPN3 
The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season is nearing its conclusion and the year’s next-to-last event will be this weekend at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. ESPN2 and ESPN3 will air qualifying and eliminations action from the NHRA Toyota Nationals. All NHRA programming on ESPN networks is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. The schedule:

Friday, Oct. 255:45 p.m.Qualifying (live)ESPN3, WatchESPN
Sunday, Oct. 272:30 a.m.QualifyingESPN2, WatchESPN
2 p.m.Eliminations (live)ESPN3, WatchESPN
8 p.m.EliminationsESPN2, WatchESPN

Booth: Dave Rieff (anchor); Mike Dunn (analyst)
Pit reporters: Gary GerouldJamie HoweJohn Kernan.

NASCAR Now Weekend Wrap-up Show Airs Sunday night
ESPN2’s NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now will review the seventh race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway in the episode airing Sunday night, Oct. 27, at 11 p.m. ET. Host Todd Grisham will be joined in the studio by ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven with reporter Marty Smith at the track. The week’s schedule:  

Tue., Oct. 122:30 a.m.NASCAR NowMike MassaroESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri., Oct. 252 a.m.NASCAR NowTodd GrishamESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun., Oct. 2711 p.m.NASCAR NowTodd GrishamESPN2, WatchESPN

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 Sunday, Oct. 27, RacingLive! Martinsville will coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville (Va.) 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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F1 Large


Vettel Needs Top 5 Finish To Secure F1 Title
NBCSN To Provide Comprehensive Live Coverage of Practice, Qualifying and Grand Prix
Race Coverage Begins Sunday at 5 a.m. ET; Encore Presentation Airs at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
STAMFORD, Conn. – October 23, 2013 – Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) will look to win his fourth consecutive Formula One Championship at the Indian Grand Prix on Sunday at 5 a.m. ET on NBCSN, needing only a top five finish to secure the season title.
Vettel has a commanding 90-point lead over Fernando Alonso (Ferarri) in the points standings with just four races remaining. Sunday’s race marks the third running of the Indian Grand Prix. Vettel has won both previous races, and has led every single lap in the two-year history of the event. Vettel has dominated the F1 landscape this season, winning nine of 15 grand prixes, including five consecutive races dating back to the Belgian Grand Prix on August 25.
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 Indian Grand Prix begins with practice on Friday at 4:30 a.m. ET on NBCSN, followed by qualifying on NBCSN on Saturday at 4:30 a.m. ET. Live race coverage of the Indian Grand Prix begins on Sunday at 5 a.m. ET. NBCSN will also air an encore presentation of the Indian Grand Prix on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET. F1 Extra, NBC Sports Group’s half-hour post-race show, will air immediately following the conclusion of NBCSN’s Indian Grand Prix coverage.
Live coverage of practice, qualifying, and the Indian 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 re-air last Saturday’s MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships, where Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi) finished fifth to win his third career IZOD IndyCar Series championship, on Saturday at 12 a.m.
DateCoverageNetworkTime (ET)
Fri., October 25F1 Indian Grand Prix – PracticeNBCSN4:30 a.m.
F1 Indian Grand Prix – Practice (Encore)NBCSN10:30 p.m.
Sat., October 26MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships (Encore)NBCSN12 a.m.
F1 Indian Grand Prix – QualifyingNBCSN4:30 a.m.
Sun., October 27F1 Indian Grand Prix – Qualifying (Encore)NBCSN1 a.m.
F1 Indian Grand PrixNBCSN5 a.m.
F1 ExtraNBCSN7:30 a.m.
F1 Indian Grand Prix (Encore)NBCSN2:30 p.m.
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 Indian 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.
COMMENTATORS: Lead F1 announcer Leigh Diffey will call the Indian 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 Buddh International Circuit in India.
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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