IndyCar Series on ABC

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IndyCar Series on ABC
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Also known as IndyCar Series on ESPN
Genre Auto racing
Starring Allen Bestwick
Scott Goodyear
Eddie Cheever
Vince Welch
Jerry Punch
Country of origin United States
Original channel ABC
Original airing 1996 (1996)
Related shows IndyCar Series on NBC

IndyCar Series on ABC is the brand name for coverage of the IndyCar Series on ESPN on ABC (then known as ABC Sports). The series also previously aired on ESPN and ESPN2 in 2008,[1] before the cable rights to the series were taken over by Versus (now NBCSN).[2] Broadcasting for the network first started on its Wide World of Sports series with the 1965 Indianapolis 500.[3] ABC has broadcast the 500 every year since then. In 1996, Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George led a group of breakaway owners in the founding of the Indy Racing League, with the 500 being its premier event. ABC added coverage of IRL races to the 500. Despite losing the cable rights, ESPN renewed the ABC deal through 2018.[4]

The network typically airs five races annually,[4] though it has occasionally aired six.[5] From the 2013 Indianapolis 500 until September 29, the broadcast booth has featured Marty Reid as play-by-play, while former IndyCar drivers Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever serve as color commentators.[6] On September 29, Reid was fired by ESPN after an error made during NASCAR Nationwide Series coverage.[7] On January 2, 2014, Allen Bestwick was announced as Reid's replacement for the IndyCar on ABC telecasts.[8] ABC's coverage of the 2013 Firestone 550 at Texas Motor Speedway was the first prime time broadcast for the network.[9]