NBC Sports presents a weekend of NASCAR and INDYCAR racing from historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend, as the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and NTT INDYCAR SERIES all compete on the IMS road course this Saturday and Sunday across NBC, USA Network and Peacock. This marks the fourth consecutive year that IMS has hosted NASCAR and INDYCAR races on the same weekend.
The NASCAR Cup Series will race on the IMS road course for the third time ever on Sunday with the Verizon 200 at the Brickyard at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Countdown to Green begins pre-race coverage at 2 p.m. ET on NBC with NASCAR America post-race immediately following the checkered flag at 6 p.m. ET exclusively on Peacock.
Saturday‘s doubleheader on the IMS road course begins at 2 p.m. ET on USA Network and Peacock with pre-race coverage leading into the NTT INDYCAR SERIES Gallagher Grand Prix at 2:30 p.m. ET, followed by USA Network‘s coverage of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Pennzoil 150 presented by Advance Auto Parts at 5:30 p.m. ET.
2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. currently leads the season points standings (2035), with only 17 points separating him from fifth-place Kyle Larson. Chris Buescher won his second consecutive Cup Series race in the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan on Monday.
The Cup Series field will feature a variety of entrants, including Shane van Gisbergen, who won the inaugural race on the streets of Chicago in his Cup Series debut last month, as well as 2009 F1 champion Jenson Button, Brodie Kostecki, Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Rockenfeller.
Two-time Daytona 500 Champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., 21-time Cup Series race winner and “The Mayor” of NASCAR Jeff Burton, and Daytona 500-winning crew chief Steve Letarte will serve as analysts for the Cup and Xfinity Series races from IMS with lead NASCAR race announcer Rick Allen.
Marty Snider, Dave Burns, and Kim Coon will serve as pit reporters during both races this weekend.
Snider will anchor studio coverage alongside NASCAR Hall of Fame driver and two-time Brickyard 400 winner Dale Jarrett from the Peacock Pit Box during pre- and post-race coverage on Saturday and Sunday. NBC Sports INDYCAR analyst James Hinchcliffe will join Sunday‘s Countdown to Green pre-race coverage.
Play by Play: Rick AllenAnalysts: Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Steve LetartePit Reporters: Marty Snider, Dave Burns, Kim Coon
STUDIO COVERAGE TEAM
Host: Marty SniderAnalysts: Dale Jarrett, James Hinchcliffe (Sunday)
HOW TO WATCH
TV — NBC, USA NetworkStreaming — Peacock, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports appDateCoveragePlatform(s)Time (ET)Sat., Aug. 12NASCAR Xfinity Series Practice and QualifyingNBCSports.com, NBC Sports app9:30 a.m.NASCAR Cup Series Practice and QualifyingNBCSports.com, NBC Sports app11:30 a.m.Countdown to Green — NASCAR Xfinity SeriesUSA Network, Peacock5 p.m.NASCAR Xfinity Series Pennzoil 150 presented by Advance Auto PartsUSA Network5:30 p.m.NASCAR Xfinity Series Post-RaceUSA Network8 p.m.Sun., Aug. 13Countdown to Green — NASCAR Cup SeriesNBC2 p.m.NASCAR Cup Series Verizon 200 at the BrickyardNBC2:30 p.m.NASCAR Cup Series Post-RacePeacock6 p.m.
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