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NBCSN IndyCar updates: Sonoma most-watched of 2013, plus Baltimore times

Aug 28, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

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The GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma was NBCSN’s most-watched IndyCar race of 2013, with a 27 percent increase in viewership over 2012. Media reporter John Ourand of the Sports Business Journal said that number was 391,000 viewers.

This weekend, the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT will be live on NBCSN Sunday at 2 p.m. EST. Qualifying airs Saturday at 6 p.m. EST, and the Firestone Indy Lights race will air after the IndyCar race on Sunday at 5 p.m. EST.

Will Power (Penske) earned his first win of the 2013 season last weekend at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, and will look to continue that success at Baltimore where he took the checkered flag in 2011. Helio Castroneves (Penske) maintains his lead in the IZOD IndyCar Series Points Standings over Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi), who was poised to gain ground at the Grand Prix of Sonoma, but finished 15th after a pit safety infraction late in the race. Ryan Hunter-Reay(Andretti) currently sits third in the IZOD IndyCar Series Points Standings and won at Baltimore last year.

NBC Sports Group’s IndyCar play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey will call the Grand Prix of Baltimore. Diffey will be joined in the booth this week by former drivers Townsend Bell and Wally Dallenbach. Reporters Jon Beekhuis, Kevin Lee, Marty Snider and Robin Miller will manage the pits.

I’ll be on the ground for MotorSportsTalk once again, for my ninth of 14 IndyCar weekends (including the Detroit and Toronto doubleheaders) this season.

The full release of the more than 15 hours of motorsports coverage on NBCSN this weekend can be found from the NBC Sports Group Press Box website, linked here. Times are below:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Thur., August 29 Auctions America NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., August 30 ARCA Herr’s Live Life With Flavor 200 NBCSN 12 a.m.
Auctions America NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., August 31 Auctions America NBCSN 12:30 p.m.
Grand Prix of Baltimore – Qualifying NBCSN 6 p.m.
Sun., September 1 Grand Prix of Baltimore NBCSN 2 p.m.
Firestone Indy Lights Baltimore NBCSN 5 p.m.

  1. f1fan1 - Aug 28, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Wow…most watched event of 2013 with only 391k viewers. Says alot about the popularity, rather the lack thereof, of the mindycarz league. And you’re crowing about this? Pretty funny stuff.

  2. indycarseries500 - Aug 28, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Sucks more people didn’t watch it was by far the best race of the weekend.

    • midtec2005 - Aug 28, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      Agreed

  3. purplesectornet - Aug 28, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Hey it’s an improvement…I watched; the racecraft was too messy but the cars looked great on the track…get rid of all the junk at the back of the car, get the aerokits in place and build on this momentum…

    • indycarseries500 - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:31 PM

      Got to agree on all points, with everything being (probably a little too) equal you get some messy ones but Mid-Ohio a few weeks ago was beautifully run. I’m with you and don’t like the rear wheel pods and find them unnecessary on all circuits but the one thing about them that makes me say I can live with them is that if some idiot runs into the back of you, you will probably be saved from a puncture that wasn’t your fault.

  4. Jeff - Aug 28, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    Well F1 and IndyCar have the same problem – dominance from one or two teams. Ultimately that dominance makes races boring. Why tune in to or attend races when only one or two drivers have a legitimate chance to win? If you do, you’re crazy, a masochist or a fan of those drivers. Frankly, I’m surprised IndyCar and F1 has as many fans as it does.

    • muddytrane - Aug 28, 2013 at 11:59 PM

      Jeff, have you been watching IndyCar at all this year? There have been TEN different race winners this year, one off the record. Although the top 3 in points are the big three in Penske, Ganassi and Andretti Autosport, that is from consistancy this year. No dominance from a couple of teams now in IndyCar. Also with a talented driver field, it’s the most competitive season in years!

  5. tonelok - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    Hey Jeff- I am going to try and not say anything defaming or derogatory but…… what the hell are you talking about? Have you ever been to an IndyCar race or an F1 race? By your comments, something tells me you have not. Have you by chance seen how many different winners there have been this year in IndyCar? Reality counters everything you just said. When I read the comments, I expect to read insightful, knowledgeable thoughts from informed fans about IndyCar and after reading what you just wrote, that has yet to happen.

  6. purplesectornet - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    You know Jeff – we can thank your attitude for DRS and high degrading tires…the biggest lie in auto racing is that things need to be managed down so that there is fake parity so that people like you are entertained…you get pole – you wire to wire the race…that’s what you are trying to do…you need to find entertainment in the unpredictability of the race…not tell us all to fake it so that you are entertained…I’m tired of spec IndyCar…let’s get the engineers back in the game…

  7. Jeff - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Watched a lot if IndyCar races and a few F1 races this year. Season started great for IndyCar, but last six or eight races it’s been all Penske and Ganassi. In the last 10 years Penske and Ganassi have won IndyCar’s premier event, the Indy 500. In the last 10 year Penske or Ganassi have won the series championship. If I delve into it more I’m willing to bet those two teams have won a majority of all the races too.

  8. purplesectornet - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    So? It’s called excellence. The disdain for excellence in motorsport in many ways have gutted F1 and turned IndyCar into slightly better than GP2. We who love this sport need to take it back. The NASCAR fans perspective experiment is OVER. The DNA of open wheel racing is NOT parity. Stop the madness!

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