IndyCar is ramping up its international broadcasting fingerprint for 2021 so more countries will be able to follow their favorite driver in the NTT series.
Existing and renewal partnerships will bring the action of the series and its defiant athletes to Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Nordic countries, Latin America, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and Vietnam. New broadcast partners in other nations and regions will be announced soon.
Coverage will also increase in some nations, such as Australia, where Fox Sports Australia and Kayo will broadcast practices, qualifying and live telecasts of every race to fans eager to follow Australian Will Power and three-time Australian V8 Supercars champion Scott McLaughlin of New Zealand. Sky Sport will continue to be the broadcast partner in New Zealand, focusing on Kiwi sporting legend and six-time series champion Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing.
“The new commitment is massive,” Team Penske rookie McLaughlin said. “I have a lot of support back home and not only for myself, but for Will Power and Scott Dixon. For our friends and fans to see every session is fantastic. It’s going to be awesome.”
Canada’s Sportsnet returns — putting Canadians James Hinchcliffe of Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport and Dalton Kellett of AJ Foyt Racing into the spotlight.
“The support we’ve had from Canada has been incredible,” Toronto native Hinchcliffe said. “The fans are passionate. They’ll be excited to know where they’ll be able to watch IndyCar this year.”
GAORA SPORTS will continue coverage in Japan, which has a passionate IndyCar fanbase that follows reigning and two-time Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge winner Takuma Sato of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.
“Our fans have always wanted to have more information,” Sato said. “GAORA offers such great support. I’m really grateful.”
France’s CANAL+, the Netherlands’ Ziggo Sport and Viaplay in the Nordic countries also are back to support their countrymen competing in the series.
“It’s hard for fans in the Netherlands to follow the series without Ziggo Sport,” said Netherlands native and 2020 Rookie of the Year Rinus VeeKay of Ed Carpenter Racing. “I can really see the interest grow. It’s great and convenient for all of the fans back home.”
Awesome to see INDYCAR broadcasted again on TV in Australia (@FOXSportsAUS) and NZ (@skysportnz)! It’s going to be a great year! #SM3 https://t.co/hGIJmpSu58
— Scott McLaughlin (@smclaughlin93) April 6, 2021
Swedish driver Felix Rosenqvist, who competes for Arrow McLaren SP: “We have a lot of IndyCar fans in Sweden ever since Kenny Brack drove (1996-2005). You can really see that interest is waking back up when Marcus (Ericsson) and I joined the series. Viaplay has a good platform and good commentary, and it’s crucial for young drivers to help grow the passion in our country.”
Sky Sports F1 will televise IndyCar in the United Kingdom, a hotbed of passionate racing fans.
“It’s mega,” said Englishman Jack Harvey, who drives for Meyer Shank Racing. “For fans in England to see how high a level and a premium the series really is, it’s super important.”
Additional 2021 renewals include Supersport, which covers South Africa and pan-sub-Saharan Africa, and Viasat Sport East in Russia, which has broadcast IndyCar events since 2013.
The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series begins Sunday, April 18 at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst at Barber Motorsports Park.
Broadcast partners offering continuing NTT IndyCar Series coverage in 2021 are listed below and available here.
Territories – Channel
Australasia – Fox Sports Australia
Belgium – VOOsport
Canada – Sportsnet
France – CANAL+
Japan – GAORA SPORTS
Mexico – Claro
Myanmar – CANAL+
Netherlands – Ziggo Sport
New Zealand – Sky Sport
Nordics – V Sport and Viaplay
Pan LatAm – Claro Video
Portugal – Sport TV
Russia – Viasat Sport East
South Africa & SSA – Supersport
Sub-Saharan Africa – CANAL+
Spain – Movistar
UK – Sky Sports F1
Vietnam – VSTV