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Watching racing on TV in Canada – Update #1

Watching racing on TV in Canada – Update #1

The NASCAR season has begun as of last weekend and the IMSA series had its first round two weeks earlier with the Rolex 24. Given that, I can fill in a bit more information about how you can plan to watch the various racing series on television this year. Note that these comments only apply to broadcasts of race; there may be other broadcast of practice and qualifying sessions (especially on Fox Sports Racing).

TSN has not yet issued its usual pre-season press release but with the racing season upon us it there are some obvious conclusions about their coverage this year.

Formula One: TSN

NTT IndyCar: I am assured that these race broadcasts will be available via some channel in Canada and that we will hear confirmation well before the first race (St. Peterburg, FL) (+selected races on NBC Network)

NASCAR
* Monster Energy NASCAR Series: TSN all season (+ selected races will be on either FOX or NBC regular network channels)
* Xfinity Series: TSN all season (+ selected races on NBC network)
* NASCAR Gander Outdoor Truck Series: Fox Sports Racing

IMSA
* WeatherTech: All races will be broadcast on the Discovery-Velocity channel in Canada (the CTMP, Laguna Seca and Road America rounds will also be on NBC network). Note that, while these WeatherTech races are available live to the ‘international’ audience via internet streaming on IMSA.TV, this service is blocked in Canada for these races given that Discovery-Velocity has a live cable broadcast deal with IMSA.
* Michelin Pilot Challenge: At least some 0f these races will be available live via internet streaming on IMSA.TV (I expect that they all will be live on IMSA.TV but I don’t have confirmation of this yet) . In the US these races are also broadcast on a two-week delayed basis on NBC-SN (a cable channel we can’t get in Canada)

World Endurance Championship
I am assured by WEC that they have a contract for this current season of the series to broadcast their endurance races on Discovery-Velocity in Canada. In my experience, it has been hard to get confirmation of this channel’s plans to broadcast live races, so it’s hard for me to provide accurate advance television listings of their race broadcasts. I hope that I will be getting better advance listings information this year so I can put this info in my TV listings.
Also, given that the WEC deal is also with Velocity (aka Motor Trend TV) in the USA, I assume that these races will be broadcast live via the subscription internet streaming service of Motor Trend On Demand (which we can get in Canada). I am saying this about MTOD even though I can find no evidence on their website confirming plans to broadcast the Sebring 1000-mile race on March22.
Remember that the Le Mans 24 is a WEC round and the comments here should also apply to this classic race.

Blancpain World Challenge USA (aka Pirelli World Challenge): These races will be broadcast on the CBS Sports network (which is available in Canada on at least some TSPs) on a delayed basis.

NHRA: The Fox Sports Racing Channel has live coverage of each of the Sunday finals for the NHRA Mello Yello drag racing series. They also have some delayed coverage of the sportsman competition which runs as part of the Mello Yello events

MotoGP: MotoGP (and Moto2 and Moto3) races are broadcast live on the beIN cable channel. This channel also has some other motorcycle races

CBS Sports Network: This channel has broadcasts (on a delayed basis) of a number of other racing series in addition to the American Blancpain World Challenge. Last year it included broadcasts of the European Blancpain GT/Enduro series, the DTM, the British Touring Car Championship, the Australian Supercar series, the Trans-Am series and the SCCA RunOffs – and more.

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