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Paul Tracy joins NBC Sports booth as analyst for six 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series races

04CJ0434NBC Sports Group’s extensive coverage of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series will feature 13 races, doubleheaders in Houston and Toronto, the season finale from Fontana, and two new members of its broadcast team, including decorated former IndyCar and CART and Champ Car driver Paul Tracy (pictured left in 2011). Coverage begins with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 13 at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Tracy joins NBC Sports Group’s Verizon IndyCar Series coverage as an analyst for six races over the course of this season, beginning with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, where Tracy won four times, including the first of his 31 career victories in 1993. Tracy brings more than 20 years of experience to the broadcast booth, including a second-place finish at the 2002 Indianapolis 500.

NBC Sports Group’s lead motorsports play-by-play commentator Leigh Diffey returns for his second consecutive season calling the IndyCar on NBCSN. IndyCar driver Townsend Bell, who has raced seven times in the Indianapolis 500, and won the GT Class at this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, returns for his second season as an analyst. Wally Dallenbach Jr. returns as an analyst for select races during 2014. Dallenbach Jr. is cutting back his workload in order to focus on the start of his daughter Kate’s stock car racing career.

In addition, Kelli Stavast joins NBC Sports Group’s Verizon IndyCar Series broadcast team this season as a pit reporter, and will be on-site for all race telecasts this season. Stavast has previously handled reporting duties for numerous NBC Sports Group motorsports events and shows, including NASCAR AMERICA, NBCSN’s new 30-minute daily show. Stavast will work alongside pit reporters Marty Snider, Jon Beekhuis and Kevin Lee, as well as Verizon IndyCar Series reporter Robin Miller, who all return for the 2014 season.

NBC Sports Group motorsports analysts David Hobbs and Steve Matchett, and play-by-play voices Bob Varsha and Brian Till, will also work select races during the course of the 2014 IndyCar season.

2014 NBC Sports Group Verizon IndyCar Series Schedule

Date Race Track Time
April 13 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Streets of Long Beach, Long Beach, CA 4 p.m.
April 27 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL 2:30 p.m.
June 7 Firestone 600 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX 8 p.m.
June 28 Shell and Pennzoil GP of Houston (race 1) Streets of Houston, Houston, TX 3 p.m.
June 29 Shell and Pennzoil GP of Houston (race 2) Streets of Houston, Houston, TX 3 p.m.
July 6 Pocono IndyCar 500 Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA 12 p.m.
July 12 Iowa Corn Indy 300 Iowa Speedway, Newton, IA 8 p.m.
July 19 Honda Indy Toronto (race 1) Streets of Toronto, Toronto, ON 3 p.m.
July 20 Honda Indy Toronto (race 2) Streets of Toronto, Toronto, ON 3 p.m.
Aug. 3 Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH 3 p.m.
Aug. 17 ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, WI 3 p.m.
Aug. 24 GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, CA 4 p.m.
Aug. 31 MAVTV 500 IndyCar World Championships Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA 9 p.m.

Note: All 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series races will broadcast in Canada on Sportsnet. All times Eastern.

Photo by Chris Jones / INDYCAR

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