With 100 days until the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, NBC Sports officially confirmed today that Mike Tirico will serve as host of its first-ever coverage of the event. The 103rd Indy 500 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway will air at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26, on NBC, the first time the race has ever aired on the network after 54 years on ABC.
Tirico is one of NBC’s principal hosts for sports telecasts. He serves in the host role for NBC’s primetime Olympics coverage, as well as the Football Night in America studio show that precedes the network’s Sunday Night Football telecast. He also hosts NBC Sports’ Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup coverage, PGA Tour events and The Open, and serves as the play-by-play voice for Notre Dame college football and select NFL games. It was recently announced that Tirico will call play-by-play for his first-ever NHL game on Feb. 20, after hosting the 2018 Stanley Cup Final, 2019 NHL Winter Classic, and 2019 NHL All-Star Game.
During 25 years at ESPN, Tirico also hosted or called play-by-play for the FIFA World Cup, Monday Night Football, NBA Finals, The Masters, Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, and major college bowl games, among other big events.
This will be the first time Tirico has worked on the Indy 500 in any capacity.
“I am thrilled to join our team as we cover one of America’s iconic sporting events,” said Tirico. “Having long enjoyed the Greatest Spectacle in Racing as a viewer, it will be fabulous to see it in person for the first time.”
“There’s no better way to come on the air for the biggest spectator event in the world than with Mike Tirico, the best big-event host in sports television,” said Sam Flood, president of production for NBC Sports and NBCSN. “Mike’s role will be to set the scene for the millions of viewers watching at home, not only touching on the drivers and the racing, but also on the enormous crowd and countless happenings around the speedway that make this a bucket-list event for all sports fans.”
The 2019 IndyCar season is the first under a new media rights agreement in which NBC Sports Group acquired the exclusive rights to all NTT IndyCar Series races — including the Indianapolis 500 for the first time — qualifying and practice sessions, and Indy Lights races across its multiple platforms.