NBC Sports Network can't draw good TV ratings across the board. In 10 years IndyCar never saw anywhere near a 1.0 rating. Ten years and it's getting worse now.
IndyCar isn't the only sport suffering from low ratings on NBCSN. NASCAR is down huge on NBCSN and now comes the following NHL hockey report. NBCSN just does not get good TV ratings and they are pretty much falling across the board.
However, IndyCar, in their infinite wisdom, decided to go with NBC and NBCSN for their new TV deal. As good as the racing production is on NBCSN, what good is it if no one sees it?
While the in-booth announcers on ABC were dull and boring (something that could be fixed - Bob Varsha is available) at least from a global number of viewers perspective, ESPN and ABC delivered coverage in 140 countries and their USA TV ratings are higher. ESPN is a go-to channel for sports fans who channel surf.
ESPN+ Launches Today; Historic Indy 500's Part of Library
ESPN+ Over The Top offering
The new ESPN App launches today with a completely re-imagined experience that includes the seamless integration of ESPN+, the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer premium subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International group, in partnership with ESPN. At launch, the new ESPN App will be Presented by Audi and ESPN+ will be backed by American Express.
Already the industry benchmark and number one sports app, the new ESPN App – now combined with ESPN+ – elevates the digital sports experience, giving sports fans the premier, all-in-one digital sports platform with easy access to all of ESPN’s news, scores, analysis, video and audio content. With enhanced design and mobility in mind, the new ESPN app and ESPN+ are available across mobile and connected living room devices -- with an optimized experience for each platform.
Everything is wrong with Paddy Lowe's new Williams
Lance Stroll says everything needs fixing on the 'lemon' Paddy Lowe designed. The car is 4/10ths sec slower than last year while everyone else is much faster.
"We head to China for the first back-to-back race of the season," said Williams technical boss Paddy Lowe in the team's preview of this weekend's race. "The Shanghai International Circuit is a great track with some demanding high-speed corners and a long back straight which is traditionally good for overtaking.
"It is an important race as it is an exciting new market for Formula one with a rapidly growing fan base," he continued. "It has produced some thrilling races over the years especially because the weather can be a bit challenging which tends to give some twists to the weekend. It can also be very cold at this time of year - one of the coldest races of the season – so always remember to bring your warm clothes to China!"
One would be forgiven for thinking he might have at least touched on his team's current form, and its prospects this weekend, but then again...
Audi Sport customer racing is bringing a prominent guest entrant to round three of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup at the Nurburgring. Rene Rast, who won the DTM title last year in his debut season, will be racing in an Audi RS 3 LMS for the first time. As a result, the 31-year-old Audi factory driver is facing a double commitment from May 10 to 13 because at the same event, in an Audi R8 LMS, he will contest the 24-hour race as well.
Up to two guest entrants per event will receive a “wild card,” so further enhancing the attractiveness of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup. Six Audi RS 3 LMS cars are registered as regular entrants. In round three, an additional TCR touring car from Audi Sport with guest entrant Rene Rast is going to join the field. For Rast, the Nurburgring is “familiar turf.” In the Audi R8 LMS, he has been a regular entrant of the 24-hour race. In 2014, together with his teammates, he achieved overall victory in the Eifel and set a distance record that has not been broken to date.
Bristol to apply traction compound for race weekend
IndyCar desperately needs to try traction compound at Phoenix in the upper groove
Bristol Motor Speedway officials announced today that the application of the traction compound to the lower groove, what many in the industry now refer to as "Bristol Bite", will again be utilized for the 2018 Food City 500 weekend.
This is the fourth consecutive race weekend that the Speedway is using the innovative track prep process on the bottom groove of the half-mile, concrete oval, giving drivers multiple options as they navigate around The Last Great Colosseum. Feedback has been positive from fans and drivers alike, including 2017 Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race winner Kyle Busch.
Fox Analyst Reaction to New All-Star Race Rules Package
What is your reaction to the news Cup Series teams will run restrictor plates in the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway?
“I am thrilled to hear NASCAR is looking at this package for the Cup Series teams. The All-Star Race is the perfect place to do it. We all know how good a race the Truck Series puts on everywhere it goes, and this package lends itself a bit to that look, with the increased downforce and drag, the vehicles poking a bigger hole in the air and less horsepower. When I saw the XFINITY race at Indianapolis with this package last year, I was convinced we have to try this somehow, somewhere with the Cup cars. I’m even more excited there are no gimmicks – no mandatory pit stops, no field inversion, no average-finish math involved. Just a straight-up race for $1 million.”
Chase Elliott's Team Penalized by NASCAR for Infraction at Texas
Harvick rear window
NASCAR suspended Chase Elliott crew chief Alan Gustafson for two races and docked Chase Elliott 20 points for window braces that did not keep the rear window glass rigid at Texas. Gustafson also was fined $50,000.
It appears they tried to copy the Stewart Haas Racing trick they used on Harvick's Ford a few races ago with the buckling rear window.
Mothers Exotic Car Paddock to Feature $40 Million Worth of Cars at LB
Outside of Turn 9 is the Mothers paddock
Visitors to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 15 will have the chance to see 170 cars worth a total of more than $40 million in the Mothers Exotic Car Paddock, the most extensive collection ever brought to the “Roar by the Shore.”
Headlining the group are four Agera models – a 2018 “RS1,” 2018 “Draken,” 2018 “Valhall” and 2015 Blue Carbon each valued at $4 million. Built by Koenigsegg, these supercars are the fastest production cars in the world with 1100+ horsepower. One of these cars set a record for top speed by a production vehicle (277.87 mph); that car will be displayed in the Hagerty booth in the Lifestyle Expo.
Acura Named Title Sponsor of IMSA race at Mid-Ohio
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is proud to announce that Acura will be the title sponsor of Round Four of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, May 4-6, 2018.
Highlighted by the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio on Sunday, May 6, a full weekend of world-class sports car racing returns to the 2.258-mile, 13-turn permanent road course in Lexington, Ohio, for the first time since 2013. The race will feature many of the cars and drivers from this year’s Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours events. It also marks the renewal of a partnership for the track with the Acura brand. Acura sponsored the sports car events from 2007 to 2009 when the former American Le Mans Series raced at Mid-Ohio.
Wallace Jr.'s Daytona 500 No. 43 Goes to Auction Block
Wallace Jr. Daytona 500 car
Julien's Auctions has announced that Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr.'s historic Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will join the PROPERTY From the Collection of Richard Petty, the highly anticipated motorsports auction event of the season, May 12 live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and online.
On February 18, Wallace Jr. raced the No. 43 Click n' Close Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 to second place in his first Daytona 500. Wallace's finish is the highest for an African-American driver in the 60-year history of the Great American Race. Wallace is the first full-time African-American driver on the circuit in 47 years since Wendell Scott.
His Holiness Pope Francis Blessing The Fully-Electric Formula E Car Standing Alongside Alejandro Agag And Alberto Longo.
His Holiness Pope Francis today welcomed a selection of drivers competing in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship to his residence in Santa Marta ahead of the first-ever E-Prix on the streets of Rome on April 14.
Alongside Founder & CEO of Formula E Alejandro Agag - as well as ACI President Angelo Sticchi Damiani - the drivers, team representatives and the official championship car were given a private Apostolic Blessing before attending the papal audience.
Over half the grid and the fully-electric Formula E car made the short trip to Vatican City, prior to the inaugural race in the Italian capital on Saturday for the CBMM Niobium Rome E-Prix presented by Mercedes EQ - round seven of the 2017/18 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
McLaren's racers have driven many laps that have left lasting memories. From overcoming adversity to blowing away the field, these are some of Formula 1’s 'legendary laps.' On 11th April 1993, at the European Grand Prix at Donington, some 25 years ago, the late great Ayrton Senna took the win – against all odds – including an opening lap that redefined bravery and skill in the wet. Here, we remember one of the greatest laps of all time, featuring actual footage from the race, and the McLaren team members that remember Senna so fondly.
A Shang-tastic lap to the full - Chinese GP lap guide The Chinese Grand Prix is competed on a 3.3-mile track based on the Chinese character for Shang - and it makes for an incredible lap in this Force India F1 team video. Comment
Memory Lane: Parnelli Jones Wins the 1963 Indianapolis 500
1963 Indy 500
All of Jones’ talent was on display in 1963 in the beautiful roadster famously nicknamed “‘Ol Calhoun” that he also drove in the “500” in 1961 and 1962. He won the pole at a record average speed of 151.153 mph and led 167 of the 200 laps for a 33.84-second victory over Lotus star Jim Clark. But the win didn’t come without controversy.
NASCAR Race Rewind: Texas in 15 From Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson's early exit, to a multi-car wreck involving Denny Hamlin, Brad Keselowski and Jimmie Johnson, relive all the action from Texas Motor Speedway in this week's Race Rewind. Comment
Chinese Grand Prix Preview with Kimi Raikkonen The greatest orator of all time Kimi Raikkonen (we're being sarcastic) gives us a preview of the Chinese GP. You won't want miss his spirit and enthusiasm. Comment
Video: Time to say Goodbye: A world tour with the 919 Hybrid in 2018 20 Pole-Positions, 17 race victories, 6 World Championship titles and a Le Mans Hattrick: the Porsche 919 Hybrid will one last time say its final goodbye and leave the motorsport stage after its world tour 2018. Comment
Video - How Porsche GT Team Prepare For The Mobil 1 12 Hours Of Sebring
Mobil 1 The Grid joined Porsche GT Team during the recent Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring for a behind-the-scenes look at how the team goes racing.
Hear from Team Manager Morgan Brady, Lead Mechanic Phil Reinhard and drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Laurens Vanthoor, Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Frederic Makowiecki throughout the weekend, which yielded victory for the #911 car.
Two-time Long Beach GT Sprint race winner Alvaro Parente seeks his third consecutive “Roar by the Shore” victory this weekend (April 13-15) when the Pirelli World Challenge GT drivers and sports cars do battle in the annual 50-minute GT Sprint feature at the 44th annual spectacular event, Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, known as North America’s premier street race. 20 entries are set to hit the long Beach circuit when practice begins this Friday.
Will new Buick PHEV, BEV models for China make it to USA?
Velite 6 fully electric car based on the Chevy Bolt platform
Buick plans to add two new models to its offerings in China: the Velite 6 PHEV and the Velite 6 EV. The question is whether either model will make it to the USA. We expect they will under a different name
China is by far the world’s largest market for the Buick brand, supposedly because former Emperor Pu Yi owned one, though we are not so sure that is true.
Porsche hybrid race car is faster than Formula One (Update)
Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo
UPDATE Added video of Porsche hybrid run below.
Today, on April 9th, an evo version of the Le Mans winning Porsche 919 Hybrid established a new track record at Spa-Francorchamps. Porsche works driver Neel Jani lapped the 7.004 kilometer long Belgian Grand Prix Circuit in the Ardennes mountains in 1:41.770 minutes. The 34 year old Swiss has beaten the previous record by 0.783 seconds that was set by Lewis Hamilton (GB) at the wheel of a Mercedes F1 W07 Hybrid. Hamilton’s lap of 1:42.553 minutes dates back to August 26 in 2017 and secured him pole position for last year’s F1 race. Jani achieved a top speed of 359 km/h and an average speed of 245.61 km/h on his record lap that he started at 10:23 hrs. Ambient temperature was 11° Celsius, track temperature was 13° Celsius.
Audi Sport Named Presenting Sponsor for PWC Grand Prix of Virginia
Pirelli World Challenge announced today that Audi Sport will serve as the presenting sponsor for the upcoming PWC Grand Prix of Virginia schedule for April 27-29 at the picturesque 3.27-mile, 17-turn VIRginia International Raceway permanent road circuit in south Virginia.
Audi Sport, a participant in three of the Pirelli World Challenge categories in 2018 – GT, GTS and TCR – has an extensive program for the VIR racing weekend this month including a variety of consumer activation projects, track hospitality and on-track “hot lap” experiences for many Audi VIP’s.
UPDATE There was a mistake in the % drop in rating for the NASCAR Cup race from Texas. It has been corrected. Do realize the race was on FOX last year and was moved to cable this year.
04/10/18 All final ratings were down from 2017 except F1 on ESPN2, which saw a 76% increase. As predicted IndyCar would become increasingly invisible on NBCSN and they signed a 3-year extension, which means sponsors will get very little value since hardly anyone watches. At least the IndyCar season opener on ABC had over 1.1 million viewers. In contract negotiations ESPN offered 10 races (59%) on ABC and IndyCar turned them down. Plus of course ESPN broadcast distribution to 140 countries - all gone as ESPN walks. Apparently IndyCar must have a secret death wish. Nothing else can explain the decision.
NASCAR Cup Race
NASCAR Xfinity Race
*Number is under 290K and Under 75K - both too low to determine how far under
ESPN F1 coverage superior to NBCSN - no commercials, better commentary (3rd Update)
The Sky Sports feed via ESPN was a brilliant move and this time there were no technical issues.
UPDATE ESPN intends to keep its coverage of F1 races commercial free for the duration of the '18 season, ESPN Exec VP/Programming & Scheduling Burke Magnus revealed to THE DAILY today. ESPN switched to the format for Sunday morning's Bahrain GP, the second race of the season, after an outcry during the opener from Australia over issues cutting in and out of break while using a Sky Sports feed, which led to an out-of-sync feel. Magnus said that he worked arduously over the last two weeks to arrange the new format, which is highly unusual for auto racing broadcasts on U.S. TV and took a host of approvals, among other arrangements.
Dani Pedrosa undergoes operation to his right wrist in Barcelona
Repsol Honda Team rider Dani Pedrosa underwent surgery to his right wrist this afternoon at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona, Spain, to treat the injury suffered in a crash during Sunday’s race at the Argentina Grand Prix.
A 3D CT scan confirmed that Dani had suffered an intra-articular fracture of the right distal radius.
Are NASCAR, IndyCar Headed In Different Directions In '18?
With Dale Jr. retired, NASCAR lost its biggest hero
The Verizon IndyCar Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series seem as if they are "headed in opposite directions" in the opening months of the '18 season, according to Jenna Fryer of the AP.
IndyCar has had "two competitive races, boasts a new car that contributed to a nail-biting finish Saturday night in Phoenix, and renewed energy and excitement surrounding the beleaguered little series."
NASCAR "has seven races under its belt." But after Sunday's race at Texas Motor Speedway, some "might wonder if the series is falling off its rails."
STP Returns to Richard Petty Motorsports at Bristol
STP Petty car
It's back! The famed No. 43 will again carry the STP colors this weekend during Sunday's Food City 500 at the Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway. The Bubba Wallace-designed scheme will make its return to the track after a disappointing finish in the STP 500 at the Martinsville (Va.) Speedway earlier this year.
Grand Prix of Portland Website Launched for Labor Day Race Weekend
Anticipation is building for the return of Indy car racing to the Pacific Northwest after an 11-year absence for the Grand Prix of Portland, August 31-September 2. A brand new website portlandgp.com launched today, and its countdown clock is ticking off to the seconds for the Labor Day weekend race at Portland International Raceway.
FIA grants Mercedes, Porsche powertrain homologation
Gen 2 car
The full list of manufacturers that will homologate powertrains from season six has today been revealed by the FIA - with a total of 11 manufacturers set to compete in the 2019/20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
Both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche join the already impressive list of automotive brands and renowned names in the world of motorsport committed to the electric street racing series. The two German giants have a long history in racing and their decision to enter Formula E is further evidence of the unstoppable movement towards electrification on a global scale.
Video: Daniel Ricciardo & Max Verstappen On F1's Halo (Ft. IndyCar's Scott Dixon)
Max Verstappen on the Halo: “The car is very ugly with it. I’ll keep saying that for the rest of the season, because I really don’t like it. It’s a shame really for Formula 1. It’s a bit safer, but at the end of the day, you can never make it 100% safe anyway.”
Nico Rosberg standing trackside at the Formula E season-opener in Hong Kong in December last year
Nico Rosberg will treat fans of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship at the Berlin E-Prix to the first public demonstration of the Gen2 car, getting behind the wheel of the striking new model for next season - as well as disclosing his long-term commitment to the series as an investor.
The German star and champion driver is set to make a one-off appearance ahead of the race at Tempelhof Airport on May 19 to drive the next generation Formula E car, which hit the headlines at the Geneva Motor Show last month and is scheduled to make its competitive debut in season five.
Rosberg will buckle-up and take to the track during a dedicated 10-minute slot prior to proceedings getting underway for the fourth edition of the Berlin E-Prix - round nine of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.
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