Decades of Indy car and Indy 500 coverage by ABC/ESPN will come to an end in June after the Dual in Detroit rounds at Belle Isle. With the Verizon IndyCar Series inking an exclusive multi-year deal with NBC to have its races aired on the network and its NBCSN cable outlet starting in 2019, parting ways with one of its oldest partners was required.
“We have had a wonderful and rewarding relationship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar and it has been our distinct honor to be partners for so many years,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN’s executive vice president of programming and scheduling. “We look forward to the rest of our events this season and wish them all the best in the future.”
Following the 2018 IndyCar season opener at St. Petersburg that was carried by ABC, NBCSN will host the next three rounds at ISM Raceway (Phoenix), Long Beach, and Barber Motorsports Park before ABC takes over for the month of May with the Indy Grand Prix and its 54th presentation of the Indy 500.
Veteran ESPN broadcaster Nicole Briscoe – wife of former IndyCar driver Ryan Briscoe – will lead the Indy 500 coverage, and she’ll have commentators Eddie Cheever, Scott Goodyear, and other familiar ABC IndyCar names to call the race.