Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Eight Races Set for Network Exposure in 2019


The details of NBC Sports’ first year as the exclusive media rights partner of INDYCAR are laid out in the 2019 broadcast schedule, which features all 17 IndyCar Series races sorted to either NBC or NBCSN.

The schedule is highlighted by a 60-percent increase in network coverage over 2018, with NBC scheduled to carry eight races including both Indianapolis Motor Speedway events, the Detroit doubleheader, Road America and the season’s final two races at Portland International Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

The remainder of the season will air on NBCSN, including three Saturday night races under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway and Gateway Motorsports Park.

Beyond linear delivery through traditional networks, IndyCar content will also be available to INDYCAR Pass subscribers through the NBC Sports Gold digital service. While pricing is unannounced, INDYCAR confirmed that the online service will feature live practice and qualifying sessions, same-day race streams and Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires events.

IndyCar’s time being shown solely on NBC Sports will begin on the weekend of March 8–10, 2019 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Sunday, March 10Streets of St. PetersburgNBCSN1 p.m.
Sunday, March 24Circuit of The AmericasNBCSN1 p.m.
Sunday, April 7Barber Motorsports ParkNBCSN4 p.m.
Sunday, April 14Streets of Long BeachNBCSN4 p.m.
Sunday, May 11Indianapolis Motor Speedway road courseNBC3 p.m.
Sunday, May 26Indianapolis 500NBC11 a.m.
Saturday, June 1Raceway at Belle Isle ParkNBC3 p.m.
Sunday, June 2Raceway at Belle Isle ParkNBC3 p.m.
Saturday, June 8Texas Motor SpeedwayNBCSN8 p.m.
Sunday, June 23Road AmericaNBCNoon
Sunday, July 14Streets of TorontoNBCSN3 p.m.
Saturday, July 20Iowa SpeedwayNBCSN7 p.m.
Sunday, July 28Mid-Ohio Sports Car CourseNBC3 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 18Pocono RacewayNBCSN2 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 24Gateway Motorsports ParkNBCSN8 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 1Portland International RacewayNBC3 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 22WeatherTech Raceway Laguna SecaNBC2:30 p.m.
All times Eastern.
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    • I expected the same, but during today’s press conference Mark Miles did say that announcements for both the IndyCar Series title sponsor and a new presenting sponsor for the Indianapolis 500 would be coming soon. I’m anticipating the series title sponsor to be named next week.


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