In addition to Proving Grounds, NBC Sports Network is bringing back /DRIVE on NBCSN, or as I call it SlashDrive, for its sixth season. The usual host suspects, Chris Harris, Mike Spinelli, Alex Roy, Kristen Lee, and Zack Klapman are coming back for six hour-long episodes.
To keep things simple, all episodes will air after Proving Grounds on NBC Sports, but check the below schedule carefully. One exception of the “IMSA” tribute episode, which will air, whether ironically or intentionally, after the Leguna Seca IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race.
The trailer promises a bit of everything; off-roading, travel, and track excursions. But no studio audience, like them furrin’ shows, which is good. And the hosts speak in English we can understand, unlike the new Top Gear hosts that sound like drunk contractors from Southie named Sully, Fitzy, and Murph.
I personally miss the original Top Gear and just I don’t like the current Top gear, and I’m not really sure why. The last season of The Grand Tour was damn good but it was announced the show will change formats for the next season. From everything else is available, SlashDrive and Proving Grounds seem to pick up best where Top Gear left off. It helps to have known and met most of the hosts over the years. Sets your VCRs.
Episode guide and air times
“NYC” – SEASON PREMIERE – 9/8 – 8:00 PM ET ON NBC SPORTS
A tribute to the greatest city in the world. Hosts Mike Spinelli and Kristen Lee drive a trio of cars inspired by Max Hoffman’s legacy (BMW Z4, Porsche Boxster GTS, Mercedes-AMG GT C). Alex Roy goes to the NYPD auto crime school. Spinelli visits the Classic Car Club Manhattan and drives their modified 2002. Kristen goes for a ride in an NY Department of Sanitation garbage truck.
“DIRTY MOTORSPORTS” – 9/15 – MIDNIGHT ET ON NBC SPORTS
Mike learns how to drive a monster truck and host Zack Klapman discovers the joy of rallying then tries to do it in an Infiniti Q60. Alex and Mike attempt to drive a stage of the Baja. Alex tells Mike a secret.
“IMSA” – 9/18 – AFTER IMSA MICHELIN PILOT SPORT CHALLENGE – 3:00 PM ET ON NBC SPORTS
A tribute to 50 years of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). Host Chris Harris tries his hand at the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and Ferrari 488 Pista then compares them to the racing versions. Mike becomes a strategist for the Magnus Racing Lamborghini team and… it could have gone worse.
“ELECTRIC MAYHEM” – 10/6 – 8:00 PM ON NBC SPORTS
Zack drives an electric off-roader across a desert and drifts an electric BMW M3 around a track. Mike explores the impact of the Tesla Model 3 and then Chris drives it really fast and sideways.
“AMG” – 11/3 – 9:00 PM ON NBC SPORTS
An in-depth look at the famous Mercedes performance brand. Mike drives the original AMG Hammer then tours the famous AMG engine assembly. Chris drives the wheels off a vintage Mercedes DTM race car, a modern GT4 race car, and the wonderful GT-R Pro. Kristen compares the new AMG C63 S to her vintage AMG.
“MOROCCO ROAD TRIP” – 11/17 – SEASON FINALE – 8:30 PM ON NBC SPORTS
Our hosts take a weekend road trip to Africa in a trio of fitting vehicles: Chris in a new Ford Ranger Raptor, Spinelli in the Maserati GranCabrio MC, and Alex Roy in a Renault Kangoo Extrem. Alex buys many scarves.