ABC Gearing Up For Final Indy 500 Broadcast

INDIANAPOLIS – A Memorial Day weekend tradition that dates back to 1965 will come to an end Sunday, May 27, as ABC’s 54th telecast of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race brings a five-decade long streak to a close, leaving behind a legacy of innovation and history. The telecast of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” begins with a pre-race show at 11 a.m. ET and then polesitter Ed Carpenter will lead the field of 33 to the green flag at 12:19 p.m. The race telecast of the premier event of the Verizon IndyCar Series is presented by Firestone and…

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After 62 Years With INDYCAR, ABC To Wrap Up Coverage In 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – Major North American open wheel racing has always been a staple of ABC Sports. The Indianapolis 500, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, INDYCAR and ABC Sports have been together since 1956. No matter what you want to say about ABC and their broadcast these days, with Wednesday’s announcement that the Verizon IndyCar Series will be moving their broadcasting rights over to NBC Sports beginning in 2019, a long tenured broadcast partner and relationship is coming to an end on the other. ABC’s interest in the series has waned in the…

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ABC Goes All-In With Cool Features Including Visor Cam for 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500

For the 53rd consecutive year, ABC will air the Indianapolis 500. This year’s broadcast begins at 11 a.m ET and will be presented by Firestone. Allen Bestwick will call the race, joined in the booth for analysis by former series drivers Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever.The announcer team also will include pit reporters Jon Beekhuis, Rick DeBruhl and Dr. Jerry Punch. ESPN SportsCenter anchor Lindsay Czarniak will host the pre-race show from the Speedway’s iconic Pagoda, and SportsCenter reporter Marty Smith will join the pre-race show and take viewers inside some…

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IndyCar’s Negotiation With TV Networks Biggest Key in Offseason

INDIANAPOLIS – Everyone is wanting to speculate on what the upcoming silly season is going to look like in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Rightfully so too, as nearly every driver and every team are up for grabs right now. Everyone is rumored to go everywhere as it’s an overwhelming task that’s a waste of time. It’s a high speed game of musical chairs that no one knows how it’s going to end – no one. But, the most important offseason negotiations that are going to take place aren’t in the…

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