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A New Racing Season – George’s Television Listings Resume

A New Racing Season – George’s Television Listings Resume

The running of the IMSA Rolex 24 at Daytona this coming weekend marks the start of the 2019 racing season for most of us. In keeping with this I am resuming weekly publication of ‘George’s Television Listings’ for Canadian-based race fans on this website (Click on the ‘TV Listings’ tab at the top of the page).

As is common, at this time in the season, there is a bit of uncertainty as we wait for the various race-sanctioning bodies and television channels in Canada to clarify their plans for broadcasting the races from the various series this year. As things stand at the moment, the only actual announcement relevant to Canadians came out today from IMSA – and even that is probably incomplete.

As I produce my TV Listings, I normally add extra information to them (e.g. location of the event, the date of the event if the broadcast is not live, etc.) In addition, I sometimes use my best judgment to write out a given listing even if some of the info is unavailable to me. That is, I do my to produce complete and accurate listings even if I have to do some extra research and use a bit of guesswork to complete the job. Please keep in mind that I’m doing my best with the information I have and my intuition to give you as accurate and as complete a package of listings as possible.

Also, the ground has shifted overt the past several years with more and more of the race broadcasts migrating to somewhat obscure channels (i.e. channels that your television service provider may not include in your channel lineup – or at significant extra cost) or onto internet streaming sources such as Motor Trend On Demand (motortrendondemand.com) a subscription service available in Canada. Also, check out what’s available via YouTube.

So here’s the picture I have now about where you, as a Canadian resident, will be able to get broadcasts of the major race series this year. (I hope this turns out to be accurate.)

IMSA
IMSA WeatherTech: These races will be broadcast live on the Discovery-Velocity channel. In addition, a tape-delayed cut-down highlights show will be shown on TSN sometime later. The CTMP race as well as the final two races of the season will be on the NBC network channel which most of us get in our standard TV package. I think that these races will also be available via internet streaming on MotorTrend on Demand. I am uncertain whether or not we will be able to watch the races live via IMSA.TV – it’s worth a try.
IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge: These races will be shown on Discovery-Velocity channel a week or two after the date of the race. The races from both series will show up on YouTube after a suitable delay.

NASCAR
Monster Energy NASCAR Series (MENCS) will be shown live on TSN with a few races available via US network channels. (Check my listings to see which of the TSN channels the broadcasts will be on.) In addition, a few pre-race broadcasts, such as qualifying, may be on TSN.
NASCAR Xfinity series will be on TSN alongside the MENCS package.
NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series (formerly the Camping World Truck Series) will continue to be shown on the Fox Sports Racing channel which is available on many but not all TSPs in Canada.
In addition, FSR will carry some of the preliminary race weekend sessions for all three NASCAR series as well as the weekday NASCAR Race Hub shows in the early evening.

NTT IndyCar
I have not seen any announcement yet and with the first race in 2019 coming at St. Petersburg on March 10, we will have to wait a while before we get confirmation. In the US, INDYCAR has changed broadcasters from ABC to NBC and most of the races will be on NBCSN now, a channel we don’t get in Canada. A few races, but not the Toronto round will be broadcast on the NBC network which we do get here. I’m assuming that SportsNet will continue to pick up these IndyCar broadcasts for the Canadian audience as before (fingers crossed). Watch my listings for confirmation.

Formula One
The first F1 race this year is at Melbourne in Australia on March 17, so we will know by then what channel in Canada is carrying this series. I fully expect that the entire F1 season, including the Canadian GP will continue to be shown on TSN this year.

NHRA Drag Racing.
In recent years all the NHRA drag racing, including the Mello Yello top series and a couple of junior series has been on Fox Sports Racing and I expect that will continue again this year.

Australian Supercars, DTM, Blancpain (Europe), Pirelli World Challenge, Trans-Am and SCCA Runoffs
These series have been available, some on a same-day basis and some shown a few days or weeks after the fact, on the CBS Sports channel. I get this channel as part of my Cogeco package. I don’t know how widely available it is from other TSPs in Canada. Note that the feature series of races in the US-based Pirelli World Challenge (i.e. the GT3 races) will be running under the Blancpain GT World Challenge America title this year.

World Endurance Championship
The WEC left FOX (and FSR) last year but it became available in Canada on Discovery-Velocity. That arrangement is expected to continue. As with the IMSA WeatherTech races I expect they will available via the internet on Motortrendondemand.

Monster Energy Cup Supercross
This off-road motorcycle series has been available live on the Fox Sport Racing channel in Canada but this year it seems to have migrated over to the NBCSN channel and, hence, is not available to Canadian fans.

MotoGP
I have been including the international MotoGP broadcasts in my listings. These broadcasts have been on the beIN channel which is available at extra cost from my TSP and, I assume, from most of the other TSPs in Canada.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the auto/motorcycle broadcasts that may be available via television and/or streaming but that is the package that I review each week and try to include in my TV listings. There are many other racing series which are available in Canada in one form or other in Canada. Historically, I have only included in my listings the more popular race events which are available to the general public through the standard television service providers. If you have suggestions for other race series which I am ignoring unfairly, please let me know. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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