ESPN and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have reached an agreement by which ABC will continue to televise the Indianapolis 500 through 2018. 2012 will mark the 48th consecutive year the race will air on ABC.
As part of the agreement ABC will remain the broadcast partner for the IZOD Indy Series from 2013 to 2018 and will continue to telecast four races per season.
Also ESPN3.com will be allowed to stream on board cameras from cars that are in the Indy 500 field.
“The Indianapolis 500 and ABC have been together since 1965 and we are very proud to extend the relationship with this new agreement,” said George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN and ABC Sports in a press release. “The 500 is a uniquely American event and a Memorial Day tradition, and we especially look forward to televising the 100th edition of the race in 2016.”
“We value our partnership with ABC and ESPN and are pleased that the relationship will continue into the future,” said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and CEO. “Along with a vast understanding of the Indianapolis 500 and the sport of IndyCar racing, ESPN’s production team continues to seek out innovative ways to televise our sport. As broadcast technology advances and opportunities arise to implement new technology, we can count on ESPN to bring the best quality production to our viewers.”