The 2013 IndyCar season gets underway on Sunday with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, and NBC Sports Network is poised and ready. In a move that happened late last year, NBC Universal acquired the Formula One television rights in the United States, making them the home for open-wheel racing.
Last week, their F1 coverage got off to a great start with the Australian Grand Prix, and now we have a Sunday doubleheader for race fans. The F1 Malaysia Grand Prix gets underway with the pre-race show at 3:30 a.m., then the IndyCar season begins at noon with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Leigh Diffey will make his debut as lead broadcaster for the IndyCar Series. He will be joined by returning race analyst and former NASCAR driver Wally Dallenbach Jr. and newcomer to the booth IndyCar driver Townsend Bell.
Jon Beekhuis, an analyst who has also served at the network since 2009, will now report from pit road. Veterans Kevin Lee and Brian Till will manage the pit and will be joined by Robin Miller, the network’s IndyCar reporter.
Here is the NBCSN schedule for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:
Thursday, March 21: Ryan Hunter-Reay: “An American Champion” at 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 23: IndyCar Qualifying at 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 24: Indy Lights: Streets St. Petersburg at 11 a.m.
Sunday, March 24: Honda Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg at Noon
Tuesday, March 26: Honda Indy Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Re-Air at Midnight