In a move to replace pro football programming, NBC signed a contract Tuesday with Homestead Motor Speedway to show the first NASCAR race on the network.
The three-year deal begins in 1999, with live coverage of the Jiffy Lube Miami 400 weekend on Nov. 13-14. This is the fourth event to be added to the Winston Cup schedule in the last three years -- all on network television. NBC was able to pick up the race after losing the rights to the NFL in January.
Elsewhere, Alex Zanardi is going back to Formula One. Confirming the long-standing rumor, the CART FedEx champion announced that he would leave Chip Ganassi's championship team to drive for Frank Williams next season.
Zanardi, who won two CART championships in his three years on the circuit, said he would fulfill his contract with Ganassi, driving the final three CART races in Houston, Australia and at the California Speedway in Fontana on Nov. 1. European sources reported that Zanardi would receive $6.7 million for a three-year deal.