Earlier this year it was announced that NBC was shuttering its race-content-heavy NBCSN channel, leaving IndyCar potentially without a TV home in 2022 and beyond.
The question was answered today when NBC and the NTT IndyCar Series announced a multiyear extension that would keep IndyCar in the NBC family. NBC will continue to be home for the Indianapolis 500, while the balance of the schedule will be spread out among parent NBC, USA Network and the NBC Peacock streaming service.
A total of 13 races, including the 500, will be broadcast on NBC in 2022. USA Network and Peacock Premium will show the remaining races. Telemundo Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage of the season-opening race, the Indianapolis 500 and the season finale.
Peacock will stream all races broadcast on NBC and USA Network. Peacock will also continue as the streaming home for qualifying and practices sessions, Indy Lights races and full-event replays. Peacock will stream two races exclusively.
“NBC Sports is proud to extend its partnership with the NTT IndyCar Series and continue to serve as the exclusive home of the most competitive open-wheel racing series in the world and ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’” said Jon Miller, NBC Sports. “We have demonstrated NBCUniversal’s ability to make big events bigger with our presentations of the Indianapolis 500, we have worked closely with Roger Penske, Mark Miles and the entire team to expand IndyCar’s reach across the U.S, and we are thrilled to build upon our collaborative successes of the past few years.”
Added Mark Miles, president and CEO, Penske Entertainment Corp.: “NBC Sports has been the ideal partner for the NTT IndyCar Series, bringing our bold and audacious style of racing to a significantly larger domestic audience and fully leveraging the power and scale of the Indianapolis 500. This new deal represents a significant expansion of our network TV exposure and sets us up for continued growth and success alongside a committed, innovative and world-class broadcast partner.”
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