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In the lead towards the big weekend of Motorsport, I’m glad to see a big doubleheader of both NASCAR & IndyCar line up together at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
At the same time, we get to see a change of hands for the first time in 2020, where it’s NBC’s first NASCAR race of the year.
Don’t forget FOX Sports has two more races to go in 2020 when they have Kentucky next weekend followed by the mid-week All-Star race at Bristol, which is nice to cap off their season.
Besides, not just the NASCAR Cup & Xfinity they got going but also the IndyCars too as their exclusive TV partner.
So it’s going to be a packed weekend ahead of how they structure their telecasts.
We all know Leigh Diffey will jump in the IndyCar seat as a play-by-play caller alongside Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell.
This time as per usual for the short-term due to social distancing measures, only two people can be in pit road.
That will be their long time stalwart Marty Snider.
And alongside him, we get to see Dave Burns join Snider in the world of IndyCar racing for the first time.
He may not have that opportunity to cover open-wheel racing before when he previously worked at ESPN solely for the NASCAR coverage at the time despite ABC had the Indy 500 for so long until 2018.
But it’s right at least for Dave to expand his versatility from calling the Xfinity stand-alone races to reporting pit road in the Cup/Xfinity Series and also from the start of last year, he got an opportunity to cover the Daytona 24 hours endurance race.
Let’s move to NASCAR now, and unlike the IndyCar boys up in Indy, they won’t get to gather along with them at the track bar Kelli Stavast and Marty Snider.
I’m not sure we’ll see the booth guys in IndyCar on-screen having watched the Texas opening round last month, but we’ll wait and see tomorrow at noon ET time.
However, the booth boys such as Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Steve Letarte & Dale Earnhardt Jr. will still get to be part of this significant moment when they will call from Charlotte, NC.
Regarding the host panels, Rick or Leigh won’t take these roles as they just warm up on calling their best in the booth.
But someone legendary will be there called Mike Tirico.
Like Dave Burns, Mike may have never been a revhead at ESPN/ABC covering IndyCar before.
And certainly not NASCAR when the Worldwide Leader covered stock cars until six years ago.
However, it’s a smart move from NBC on allowing Mike to expand his sporting craft into the world of auto racing.
I think the successful dream of covering the Olympic Games helped him become the face of every sport for this Peacock company.
In the end, we would’ve love to have an IndyCar expert have his take on NASCAR and vice versa.
That’s the original plan when NBC wanted James Hinchcliffe on pit road for their Xfinity Series coverage, but COVID scrapped its plans for at least this year.
For now, we’re all set for a super weekend that Indianapolis Motor Speedway has got both in stock car and open-wheel form.