Verizon Indycar Series Qualifying For Indy 500 This Weekend

Courtesy:  Verizon Indycar Series

Courtesy: Verizon Indycar Series

The Verizon Indycar Series raced on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course for the first time last week. Now, America’s premiere open-wheel racing series will be back on the track this weekend qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.

This weekend’s qualifying, which will be broadcast live on ESPN3 and ABC, will determine the 33-car field for this year’s race. Saturday’s broadcast is the traditional bump day. It will be broadcast live online via ESPN3 from 11am ET – 3pm ET and on ABC from 4pm ET to 6pm ET.

Sunday’s second qualifying session on Sunday, May 18th, will split that initial field into two groups. The first group, those from Saturday’s top nine, will take part in the “Fast Nine Shootout.” The “Fast Nine Shootout” will determine the final starting position for the top nine drivers for the Indy 500. The top nine fastest drivers in the “Fast Nine Shootout” will run in order from slowest to fastest in order to determine the first three rows. Drivers in positions 10 – 33 will requalify for position beginning at 10:15am ET.

ESPN3 will broadcast Sunday’s second qualifying sessions live from 10am – noon ET. ABC will run the double qualifying session from 1pm ET to 3pm ET.

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ESPN Offers Audiences Extensive Coverage Of NASCAR’s “Chase For The Sprint Cup Championship”

Courtesy:  ESPN

Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN is sure to have quite a lot of eyes this weekend as it steps up its coverage of NASCAR.  NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series enters the first round of its “second season” this weekend.  NASCAR’s legions of fans are sure to be watching especially after the controversy of last week’s race at Richmond International Raceway.  It was in that race that Clint Bowyer, driver of MWR’s #15 Toyota Camry was alleged to have intentionally spun out so as to help his team mate, Martin Truex, Jr. get into the “Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.”  That wasn’t the only controversy of the night.  It was alleged also that Roush Racing driver Carl Edwards jumped the start with three laps to go coming off of a late caution, leading to his controversial win.

These storylines alone are sure to generate some interest as ESPN steps up its coverage beginning this weekend in the first of the Chase’s ten race “post season.”  Round One takes the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to Chicagoland Speedway this weekend for the Geico 400.  Just as it did with its broadcasts of the Izod IndyCar Series, ESPN will carry the ten-race postseason with its “NASCAR Nonstop” format.  The side-by-side format will start up near the halfway point of each of the season’s final ten races, with the scoring ticker running along the top of the screen throughout commercial breaks.  It will allow audiences to keep watching the race without interruption whenever it’s time for a commercial break.

ESPN’s NASCAR coverage doesn’t end with coverage of the final ten races.  “The Worldwide Leader in Sports” will follow up each race with bonus post-race content on its flagship show, SportsCenter.  ESPN NASCAR analyst and former NASCAR driver Ricky Craven will be on hand for SportsCenter’s post-race coverage.  He will be joined by Carl Edwards live from each track following each race with the driver’s point of view.  And ESPN lead NASCAR reporter Marty Smith will be on-site all weekend along with others for full coverage of each round of the “Chase.”  Fans will also get extended coverage of each week’s race on ESPN’s weekend wrap-up show, NASCAR Now.  Broadcasts of NASCAR Now will air ach Sunday night after the first nine afternoon “Chase” races.  NASCAR Now will also offer NASCAR fans an hour-long “Chase” preview show on Thursday, September 12th at 7pm, along with coverage on ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN, and ESPN International.

Along with extended and bonus coverage of the “Chase” from ESPN and the ESPN family of networks, ESPN has also enlisted the aid of country superstar Gretchen Wilson for its broadcasts.  Wilson will make appearances in the opening broadcast of each of the “Chase’s” final ten races and narrate them.  Her music will be featured throughout each broadcast’s track specific opening tease, too.

The complete ten-race “Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship” is listed below.

Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Schedule on ESPN Networks

(all times Eastern)

                                                                                                NASCAR                                 Green

Date                        Location                                                 Countdown            Flag        Network

Sept. 15 Chicagoland Speedway       1 p.m.    2:16 p.m. ESPN
Sept. 22 New Hampshire Motor Speedway       1 p.m.    2:15 p.m. ESPN
Sept. 29 Dover International Speedway       1 p.m.    2:15 p.m. ESPN
Oct. 6 Kansas Speedway       1 p.m.    2:16 p.m. ESPN
Oct. 12 Charlotte Motor Speedway       7 p.m.    7:46 p.m. ABC
Oct. 20 Talladega Superspeedway       1 p.m.    2:19 p.m. ESPN
Oct. 27 Martinsville Speedway       1 p.m.    1:43 p.m. ESPN
Nov. 3 Texas Motor Speedway       2 p.m.    3:16 p.m. ESPN
Nov. 10 Phoenix International Raceway       2 p.m.    3:15 p.m. ESPN
Nov. 17 Homestead-Miami Speedway       2 p.m.    3:15 p.m. ESPN

 

More information on ESPN’s broadcast of the “Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship” is available online at http://www.facebook.com/ESPN and http://espn.go.com/racing.

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