Motorsports This Week on ESPN


Motorsports This Week on ESPN

NHRA Topeka Action on ESPN2, ESPN3 

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series will be in action this weekend in the Lucas Oil NHRA Kansas Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka and drag racing fans can watch qualifying and eliminations on ESPN2 and ESPN3. All NHRA programming on ESPN networks is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app. The schedule:


Date Time Event Network
Friday, May 17 8 p.m. Qualifying (live) ESPN3, WatchESPN
Saturday, May 18 5:30 p.m. Qualifying ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sunday, May 19 Noon Eliminations (live) ESPN3, WatchESPN
  8 p.m. Eliminations ESPN2, WatchESPN


Booth: Dave Rieff (anchor); Mike Dunn (analyst)

Pit reporters: Gary Gerould, Jamie Howe, John Kernan.


ESPN Launches Indianapolis 500 Marketing Campaign

The 97th Indianapolis 500 will air live on ABC on Sunday, May 26, at 11 a.m. ET, and ESPN has launched a marketing campaign for the telecast with the objective of conveying the Indianapolis 500 as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”  The campaign, which debuted today with an on-air spot that will appear across ESPN platforms, embraces the unique tradition, history, and thrilling on-track product to portray the event as part of the fabric of American culture – and bigger than motorsports itself. Click HERE to view the new spot created by The Vault.


NASCAR Now Schedule

ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now will preview the NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the one-hour edition airing Saturday, May 18, at 9 a.m. ET. Studio host Mike Massaro will be joined from the track by ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven and reporters Shannon Spake and Jim Noble at the track. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Darrell Wallace Jr. will be a guest on the program airing Thursday, May 16, at 1:30 a.m. (late Wednesday night). The week’s schedule:


Date Time Show Host Network
Tue., May 14 1:30 a.m. NASCAR Now Shannon Spake ESPN2, WatchESPN
Wed., May 15 1:30 a.m. NASCAR Now Shannon Spake ESPN2, WatchESPN
Thurs., May 16 1:30 a.m. NASCAR Now Shannon Spake ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sat., May 18 9 a.m. NASCAR Now Mike Massaro ESPN2, WatchESPN


Motorsports on Other ESPN Platforms

SportsCenter at Indy 500 Time Trials — ESPN’s flagship news and information program SportsCenter will cover Indianapolis 500 time trials Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 97th running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will be televised live on ABC on Sunday, May 26. SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak, who will host the ABC telecast of the race, will report from time trials weekend along with ESPN IndyCar analyst Eddie Cheever. — RacingLive! on is a live blog where fans can engage in debate and discussion with writers and editors during the NASCAR Sprint Cup races. On Saturday night, May 18, RacingLive! Sprint All-Star will coincide with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Fans can join’s NASCAR experts in dissecting every aspect of the race live at motorsports reporter David Newton will be reporting from Charlotte.

In addition, will have reports from Indianapolis Motor Speedway where qualifying will be underway Saturday and Sunday, May 18-19, for the 97th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26. motorsports writer John Oreovicz is reporting from the Brickyard during the entire Month of May.  

ESPN Radio — Each weekend morning, ESPN Radio’s RaceDay starts its engines at 6 a.m. ET with host Pat Patterson anchored from the site of that weekend’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race. On both Saturday and Sunday mornings, ESPN Radio’s RaceDay listeners get an hour of news, previews and analysis, as well as profiles and interviews with NASCAR’s biggest names and newsmakers and the involvement of listeners via calls and e-mails. RaceDay also features interviews with newsmakers from the IZOD IndyCar Series from correspondent Bruce Martin. Saturday includes a preview of Pole Day for the 97th Indianapolis 500 along with interviews with last year’s pole winner Ryan Briscoe and another top driver from Fast Friday. Sunday’s program will include an exclusive interview with the pole winner.

Click HERE for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series schedules on ESPN.

Click HERE for the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule on ESPN.

Click HERE for the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule on ABC.


Media Contact: Andy Hall, 386-492-2246 or [email protected]

Andy Hall

I’m part of a team that handles PR/Communications for SportsCenter, including the SC Featured brand, the E60 program, and ESPN’s news platforms. In addition, I’m the PR contact for ESPN’s Formula 1 coverage and golf majors (the Masters and PGA Championship). I’m based in Daytona Beach, Fla., and have been with ESPN since 2006.
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