Danica Patrick is returning to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but not in a race car this time. The recently retired IndyCar and NASCAR racer will join NBC Sports’ inaugural coverage of the Indianapolis 500.
Patrick will serve as a studio analyst on race day, contributing to NBC Sports’ pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage alongside host Mike Tirico. Patrick will also participate in NBC Sports’ coverage of Indy 500 Pole Day on Sunday, May 19.
In the first of her seven seasons as an IndyCar regular, Patrick became the first woman to lead a lap in the Indy 500 on her way to winning Rookie of the Year honors. In 2008, she became the first woman ever to win an Indy car race at Twin Ring Motegi.
In 2013, Patrick switched to NASCAR and became the first woman ever to win the pole for the Daytona 500. Before retiring last season following the 2018 Indy 500, Patrick completed the “Danica Double,” racing in both the Daytona 500 and Indy 500 in the same season.
“Danica has a perspective unlike any other driver in the history of motorsports and will be a great addition to our first-ever coverage of the Indy 500,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer and President, Production, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “She has proven to be as fearless with her opinions and analysis as she was in breaking barriers while racing in the most competitive motorsports circuits in the world.”
“The Indianapolis 500 holds a very special place in my heart,” said Patrick. “The moment I drive into the facility, I’m flooded with positive emotions. I have no doubt it’ll be the same this year when I come back as an analyst. To be on the NBC Sports team with Mike Tirico will be an honor and I look forward to adding my unique perspective. I’ve been in the race eight times, including last year, so I’m familiar with the dynamics within IndyCar after being away for seven years. To me, Indy feels like home!”
In addition to her analyst responsibilities, Patrick will help promote the Indy 500 by appearing across numerous NBCUniversal programs and platforms in the days and weeks leading up to the race.
This won’t be Patrick’s first time as a race analyst. While still an active driver in NASCAR, Patrick gained broadcasting experience by serving as a guest analyst for Fox Sports’ coverage of NASCAR Xfinity races in Michigan, Pocono and Talladega.
NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series continues this Sundayat Circuit of The Americas, at 1 p.m. ET on NBCSN, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app.