Archive for January 8, 2019

NBC Sports is the Exclusive Home of INDYCAR in 2019, Highlighted by the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500

500+ Hours of NASCAR Championship & Playoff Coverage in 2019, Including Season Finale at Homestead

Inaugural Season of IMSA Coverage Begins with 57th Rolex 24 at Daytona on Saturday, Jan. 26

800 Hours of Mecum Auctions Coverage Begins This Week with Kissimmee Auction – World’s Largest Collector Car Auction Featuring 3,500 Vehicles

NBC Sports Provides Comprehensive Monster Energy Supercross & Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Coverage in 2019

_________________________________________________________________________________

STAMFORD, Conn. – January 8, 2019 – NBC Sports – the home of motorsports – shifts into high gear with unparalleled motorsports programming in 2019, fueled by the network’s new media rights agreements with INDYCAR and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), as it presents more than 1,500 hours of coverage spanning NASCAR, INDYCAR, IMSA, Mecum Auctions, Monster Energy AMA Supercross, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Monster Jam, and more.

NASCAR – The official home of the NASCAR Championship and Playoffs, NBC Sports Group will once again present the final 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, final 19 NASCAR Xfinity Series races, and select NASCAR Regional & Touring Series events in 2019. NBC Sports Group’s NASCAR programming also includes NBCSN’s daily motorsports show NASCAR America, the Dale Jr. Download, coverage of NASCAR’s Awards Ceremonies, the annual NASCAR Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as well as a robust collection of original programming and specials. In total, NBC Sports will present more than 500 hours of coverage in 2019.

INDYCAR – 2019 marks NBC Sports’ first season as the exclusive home of INDYCAR, as all 17 races will be televised on NBC or NBCSN, highlighted by the network’s first-ever broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26. INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold – NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product – offers live coverage of all practices and qualifying, all Indy Lights races, and on-demand replays.

IMSA – NBC Sports’ inaugural season of the IMSA SportsCar Championship begins Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, with live coverage of the 57th Rolex 24 At DAYTONA from Daytona Beach, Fla. It’s part of more than 100 hours of IMSA programming set to air across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app throughout the upcoming 2019 season. Click here for more information.

Mecum Auctions – NBC Sports presents 800 total hours of Mecum Auctions coverage this season, including 200 premiere hours, and nearly 30 hours of coverage from its biggest event of the year in Kissimmee, Fla., beginning today at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Monster Energy AMA Supercross & Monster Jam – NBC Sports Group will present its first-ever coverage of Monster Energy AMA Supercross & Monster Jam, including all Supercross Heats, Last Chance Qualifiers and Main Events across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and NBC Sports Gold. NBC Sports will also showcase 26 Monster Jam events on NBCSN, all of which will stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Click here for more information.

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship – In December, NBC Sports Group announced a multi-year extension of its partnership with MX Sports Pro Racing to continue as the exclusive television and digital home of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, and will present more than 30 hours of coverage in 2019. NBC Sports Gold offers a Motocross Pass that provides 60 hours of live coverage.

More – NBC Sports will also present extensive coverage of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and Whelen All-American series; the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, IMSA Prototype Challenge and other single-make races; American Flat Track; the Dakar Rally, the world’s most challenging off-road endurance race; new episodes of /DRIVE; and more.

Source: NBC Sports

INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019 – Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band will headline the Firestone Legends Day Concert on Saturday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, one day before the 103rd Indianapolis 500.

The concert, which also will feature additional acts to be announced in the coming weeks, starts at 3:30 p.m. on the Firestone Stage inside Turn 4 of the IMS oval.

Tickets are on sale now at IMS.com, by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700, or by visiting the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building. General admission tickets start at just $35 until March 1. A limited number of Concert Pit tickets are available starting at $75, and a very limited supply of exclusive VIP Deck tickets are available for $250.

Concert tickets include admission to the concert and all Legends Day presented by Firestone activities that day at IMS, including autograph sessions with current & past Indianapolis 500 drivers, the 103rd Indianapolis 500 public drivers’ meeting, historic race car laps and more. IMS gates open at 8am, with concert gates opening at 2pm.

“Zac Brown Band is a phenomenon, one of the most exciting, talented and popular live acts in any genre of music today,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The band’s unique blend of rock, soul, country, bluegrass and reggae has incredible appeal to so many people and reaches a new level when performed live.

Race Weekend for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 just keeps getting better and better.

Is it May yet?”

Zac Brown Band is a multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, southern rock group led by front man, Zac Brown.

Throughout their decade-long career, Zac Brown Band has had five consecutive albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200 and four consecutive albums debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. To date, the group has won three Grammy Awards, including Best New Artist in 2010, sold more than 30 million singles, 9 million albums, has achieved 15 No. 1 radio singles and is the second act to top both the Country and Active Rock formats.

Zac Brown Band has headlined eight North American tours and currently holds the record for most consecutive sold-out shows at the iconic Fenway Park. Since their debut, Zac Brown Band has developed a reputation with critics and fans alike as one of the most dynamic live performers, marked by strong musicianship that defies genre boundaries.

The addition of Zac Brown Band as the headline act for the Firestone Legends Day Concert builds an even more star-studded lineup of music on Race Weekend for the 103rd Indianapolis 500. Rock legends Foreigner and funk, R&B and pop icons Kool & the Gang are performing at the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert on Friday, May 24, with the electronic music lineup for the Snake Pit presented by Coors Light to be announced soon.

As the Official Tire of Country Music™ and the Official Tire of the Indianapolis 500, Firestone has served as the presenting sponsor of Legends Day since it debuted in 2014. The partnership brings together two platforms – racing and country music – that have played significant roles in the rich history of the time-tested Firestone brand.

The 103rd Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26. Tickets are on sale now at — IMS.com — or by calling or visiting the IMS Ticket Office.