IndyCar locks down international TV deals

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IndyCar locks down international TV deals

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IndyCar locks down international TV deals

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The NTT IndyCar Series and Sky Sports have concluded an agreement that will have every qualifying session and race aired live in the United Kingdom on the same channel that carries its live Formula 1 coverage.

“We are pleased to reach a deal with Sky Sports to showcase the NTT IndyCar Series on the Sky Sports F1 channel for the next several seasons,” said IndyCar CEO Mark Miles. “IndyCar values the commitment Sky and NBC have made to the series, and the support of Comcast-NBCUniversal to help make this deal possible.

“We look forward to starting our season [with these new partners] next week.”

The deal between IndyCar and its primary broadcast partner NBC Sports to supply the UK comes one week prior to the start of the 2019 season. Of note, fans in the UK will have at least five drivers to support throughout the year as Max Chilton, Ben Hanley, Jack Harvey, Jordan King, and Pippa Mann all represent the Union Jack.

RACER has also confirmed that TV contracts for Canada (which boasts the Toronto street race and native son James Hinchcliffe, one of the series’ most popular drivers), Australia and New Zealand (where defending series champion Scott Dixon and defending Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power draw significant interest), and Spain (compelled by Fernando Alonso at Indy) all will be announced as early as Monday.

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