By: Tanner Watkins
January 9, 2019 | 12:30 PM
In a press conference headlined by some of the IndyCar’s most recognizable figures, today the series announced the official network listings for each of 2019’s championship races. In total, eight races will be shown live on NBC with the remaining rounds appearing on NBCSN.
Hulman and Company CEO Mark Miles, INDYCAR president Jay Frye, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon and Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi were all on hand to announce the broadcast schedule in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway media center.
“This will be the most complete and robust season of INDYCAR viewing for our fans,” said Miles. “Fans can not only see everything that happens on the track,
The eight races that have been selected to air on NBC include both the Indianapolis Grand Prix (May 11) and the 103rd Indianapolis 500 (May 26), the doubleheader on the streets of Belle Isle in Detroit (June 1 & 2), the KOHLER Grand Prix at Road America (June 23), the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (July 28), the Grand Prix of Portland (Sept. 1) and the season finale at Laguna Seca (Sept. 22).
The other nine rounds of the 2019 championship will be shown live on NBCSN.
“As the exclusive home for INDYCAR, NBC Sports will provide fans with more INDYCAR coverage than ever before in 2019,” said Jon Miller, president of programming for NBC Sports and NBCSN. “From centralized, seamless coverage on NBC and NBCSN to unparalleled support surrounding the 103rd Indianapolis 500, one of the most prestigious events in all of
While the number of network television races increases for 2019 – from five with ABC in 2018 to eight this season – there are a few races that have been left to NBCSN that could have been attractive draws on NBC: the season opener at St. Petersburg on March 10, IndyCar’s debut at Circuit of the Americas on March 24, and the Long Beach Grand Prix on April 14.
In the release, the start times of all telecasts have also been listed. Additionally, the broadcast schedule for qualifying sessions is to be announced with one exception: Indianapolis 500 qualifying will be split between NBC and NBCSN on both Bump Day and Pole Day. Exact broadcast windows are to be announced.
NBC Sports plans to bring its broadcast commentary trio of Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell
IndyCar’s return to NBC Sports came when Comcast acquired NBC Universal in 2011 and the series’ former partner Versus was re-branded to the NBC Sports Network in 2012. The existing 10-year deal between IndyCar and Versus ran through 2018 as NBC shared partial season broadcast duties with ABC.
The season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg is scheduled to begin airing Sunday, March 10 at 1:00 PM Eastern on NBCSN.
Header image by Jason Porter/INDYCAR.