IndyCar Series on NBC

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IndyCar Series on NBC
Genre Sports
Created by Versus
NBC Sports
Starring See commentators section below
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Terry Linger[1]
Broadcast
Original channel NBC Sports Network
Original airing 2009
Chronology
Related shows IndyCar Series on ABC
External links
Website

The IndyCar Series on NBC is the branding used for NBC Sports Network's telecasts of IndyCar Series races. During the race broadcast, they introduced IndyCar Non-Stop with a format and appearance nearly identical to that of Side-By-Side.

Overview[edit]

Background[edit]

Early years[edit]

When the SCCA/CART PPG World Series was created in 1979 NBC broadcast the races through the TV series NBC Sportsworld.[2] NBC soon became the exclusive broadcast partner of CART (although the series' most prestigious race, the Indianapolis 500 was sanctioned by USAC who had a contract with ABC).

Downturn[edit]

In the mid-1980s CART started having races aired on both ESPN and ABC. The number of races NBC covered each season began to dwindle in the late 1980s. By the early 1990s, NBC carried only one race each year in July, either Meadowlands or Toronto.

The final season NBC aired a CART race was 1994, with their coverage of the Molson Indy Toronto.

Versus[edit]

On August 7, 2008, Versus announced a 10-year deal with the IndyCar to broadcast at least 13 IndyCar Series events a year in high-definition.[3] The deal began with the 2009 season.[4] ABC would continue to broadcast the Indianapolis 500, as well as four additional races. Versus began airing one hour pre-race shows the day before a given race.[5] The channel would also broadcast various motorsports series on its Lucas Oil Motorsports Hour program such as USAC and Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

On January 2, 2012, Versus was relaunched as the NBC Sports Network.

Races broadcast by Versus/NBC Sports Network (since 2009)[edit]

Commentators[edit]

Bob Jenkins (Jenkins was signed as the chief announcer, and returned to Indy racing full-time for the first time since 2001), Jon Beekhuis, and Robbie Buhl[6] were initially on the broadcast team along with Jack Arute, Robbie Floyd, and Lindy Thackston in the pits.

In August 2009, Indianapolis Star reporter Curt Cavin said that Arute would be leaving ESPN at the end of 2009 in favor of Versus full-time. He was fired from Versus due to cost-cutting moves after the merger with NBCUniversal. He was replaced by Kevin Lee, who is also a pit reporter for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Network.

Meanwhile, Wally Dallenbach, Jr. joined the Versus broadcast team following the merger of Versus' owner Comcast with NBCUniversal, replacing Robbie Buhl.[7]

List of commentors[edit]

This list only reflects those who appeared on NBC Sports Network (formerly known as Versus).

Lap-by-Lap anchor(s)[edit]

Color comentator(s)[edit]

Pit reporters[edit]

Host of IndyCar Central[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Experienced lineup". indycar.com. 2009-01-14. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  2. ^ "1982 CART Michigan 500". youtube.com (YouTube). 2009-05-28. Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  3. ^ "FAQ's about the TV deal". IndyCar.com (IndyCar Series). 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Solid Partnerships". indycar.com. 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  5. ^ "IndyCar Announces New TV Deal". insideindianabusiness.com. 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2010-10-29. 
  6. ^ Versus
  7. ^ Versus Expands Coverage Lineup

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