IndyCar Series on NBC

IndyCar Live (formerly IndyCar Central) is an American television program dedicated to the coverage of Indy Car racing and is broadcast by the American broadcaster NBC from 2012 onwards. The IndyCar Series on NBC is the branding used for telecasts of IndyCar Series races produced by NBC Sports, and televised by NBCSN (or CNBC if there is a conflict) in the United States. When the network began carrying the race broadcasts in 2009, the network introduced "IndyCar Non-Stop," featuring a format and appearance nearly identical to that of Side-By-Side.

It is a live on-site pre-race show for all Indycar races televised on NBC Sports Network and CNBC. It was initially broadcast on Versus from 2009 to 2011. At IndyCar events, the program is always hosted by Leigh Diffey; Diffey also does Athletics and Rugby Union coverage on NBC so Brian Till (Former Racing Driver), Kevin Lee (NBC IndyCar pit reporter) and Rick Allen (NASCAR on NBC lead announcer) are on reserve when needed. Joining them for the IndyCar races are former racing driver Paul Tracy and current WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver Townsend Bell.

IndyCar Series on NBC
GenreAuto racing telecasts
Presented bySee commentators section below
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Terry Linger[1]
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)NBC Sports
Original networkNBC
NBC Sports Gold
Picture format480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseApril 5, 2009 –
Related showsIndyCar Series on ABC
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Early years

When the CART Series was created in 1979, NBC broadcast the races as part of the sports anthology series Sportsworld.[2] NBC soon became the exclusive broadcast partner of CART – although the series' most prestigious race, the Indianapolis 500 was sanctioned by USAC, and had a contract with ABC Sports. NBC carried races from 1979 to 1990, with the Michigan 500, Pocono 500, and Meadowlands their top events. Additionally, NBC televised a close father-son championship duel at Tamiami Park in 1985 between Al Unser and Al Unser Jr., with Big Al defeating Little Al by a single point.

Paul Page was the chief announcer, with Bobby Unser a frequent analyst before both made separate moves to ABC Sports.


In the mid-1980s, CART began airing races on ABC and ESPN. The number of races NBC covered each season began to dwindle during the late portion of the decade. In addition, the broadcasts on NBC were more often tape-delayed and edited, while those on ABC and ESPN were usually live and "flag-to-flag". As the sport was growing in popularity, the organization naturally preferred the more desirable live telecasts.

By the early 1990s, NBC carried only one race each year in July, either the Meadowlands Grand Prix or Toronto. The final season that NBC had aired a CART race was in 1994, with its coverage of the Toronto race. Jim Lampley (who called the Indy 500 on ABC in 1986-1987) was the anchor for the 1994 telecast.

NBC went away from auto racing after 1994, and did not air another major race until the NASCAR Pennzoil 400 in late 1999.

Champ Car

In the early 2000s NBC covered occasional American Le Mans Series races and secured a multi-year TV contract with NASCAR, but in 2005, NBC agreed to cover the Champ Car World Series (formerly CART) in Long Beach and Montreal, using Champ Car's new in-house broadcasting team of (at the time) Rick Benjamin, Derek Daly, Jon Beekhuis, and Calvin Fish. These races were renewed in 2006, with the addition of San Jose. In 2007 NBC used their NASCAR announcers Bill Weber and Wally Dallenbach, Jr. (who had raced IndyCars sparingly, and whose father was CART's chief steward for many years after his IndyCar career) alongside permanent Champ Car driver analyst Jon Beekhuis, and added their own Marty Snider to the CCWS pitlane team of Michelle Beisner, Cameron Steele, and Bill Stephens. With ESPN once again covering the bulk of the calendar, NBC only covered the first 2 races of the season, in Las Vegas and Long Beach.

Versus / NBCSN

On August 7, 2008, Versus announced a ten-year deal to broadcast at least 13 IndyCar Series events per-season, beginning with the 2009 season.[3][4] ABC would continue to broadcast the Indianapolis 500, as well as four additional races. Through the deal, Versus began airing one-hour pre-race shows the day before a given race.[5] The channel's parent company Comcast would acquire NBC Universal in 2011, and Versus was re-branded as NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) in 2012.[6][7]

Expansion to NBC

On March 21, 2018, NBC Sports announced that it had agreed to a new, three-year extension of its contract beginning in the 2019 season, and also acquired the broadcast television rights to replace ABC. As before, NBCSN will continue airing the vast majority of the races, but eight races per-season will be televised by the main NBC network (in comparison to five under the previous deal). The broadcast television package includes the Indianapolis 500, marking the race's move from ABC after 54 consecutive years. NBC Sports Gold also offers a subscription service with IndyCar-related content not broadcast on TV.[8][9]

Mike Tirico, Danica Patrick, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. will augment NBC's broadcast team for the Indianapolis 500.[10][11][12]


Bob Jenkins (who was signed as the chief announcer, and returned to IndyCar Racing full-time for the first time since 2001), Jon Beekhuis and Robbie Buhl[13] were initially on the network's broadcast team, along with Jack Arute, Robbie Floyd and Lindy Thackston as pit reporters.

In August 2009, Indianapolis Star reporter Curt Cavin said that Arute would be leaving ESPN at the end of 2009 and join Versus full-time. He was fired from the network due to cost-cutting moves instituted by the network's new Comcast ownership following its merger with NBCUniversal. He was replaced by Kevin Lee, who is also a pit reporter for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Network. Wally Dallenbach Jr. joined the Versus broadcast team following the merger, replacing Robbie Buhl.[14]

List of commentators

Lap-by-lap anchors

  • Leigh Diffey (2013–present)
  • Rick Allen – reserve broadcaster (2016-2017)
  • Kevin Lee – reserve broadcaster (2015–present) on-track sessions (fill-in)
  • Omar Amador – lead Spanish-language broadcaster

Color commentators

Pit reporters

  • Robin Miller (2011–present)
  • Kevin Lee (2011–present)
  • Marty Snider (2011–present)
  • Jon Beekhuis (2013–present)
  • Katie Hargitt (2015–present)
  • Anders Krohn (2017-2018)
  • Kelli Stavast (2014-2015, 2018–present)
  • Dillon Welch (2019–present)

Host of IndyCar Live

Pre-Race Analysts/Presenters

Former commentators


Driver analysts

Pit reporters


  1. ^ "Experienced lineup". January 14, 2009. Archived from the original on January 21, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2009.
  2. ^ 1982 CART Michigan 500 on YouTube
  3. ^ "FAQ's about the TV deal". IndyCar Series. August 7, 2008. Retrieved August 7, 2008.
  4. ^ "Solid Partnerships". IndyCar Series. August 7, 2008. Retrieved August 7, 2008.
  5. ^ "IndyCar Announces New TV Deal". Inside Indiana Business. August 7, 2008. Archived from the original on May 7, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2010.
  6. ^ Renyolds, Mike. "McCarley To Head Golf Channel, Davis Out at Versus in NBC Sports Group Reorg: Sources". Multichannel News. Retrieved February 2, 2011.
  7. ^ Fernadez, Bob. "Goodbye Versus, hello NBC Sports Network". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  8. ^ Ayello, Jim (March 21, 2018). "The Indy 500 will soon have a new TV network". The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  9. ^ Steinberg, Brian (March 21, 2018). "NBC Sports Grabs Indianapolis 500 Rights From ABC After 54 Years". Variety. Retrieved March 23, 2018.
  10. ^ "NBC confirms Tirico as Indy host". RACER. 2019-02-15. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  11. ^ "Danica Patrick is joining NBC's inaugural Indianapolis 500 coverage". Awful Announcing. 2019-03-20. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  12. ^ Ayello, James. "Dale Earnhardt Jr. joins Mike Tirico, Danica Patrick on NBC broadcast team for Indy 500". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  13. ^ "IndyCar on Versus". IndyCar Series.
  14. ^ "Versus Expands Coverage Lineup". IndyCar Series.

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2015 Honda Indy Toronto

The 2015 Honda Indy Toronto was an open-wheel motorsport event held at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada over June 12–14, 2015. The event marked the 29th annual edition of the Toronto Indy, and the tenth round of the 2015 IndyCar Series season. The headline race on the Sunday was the 31st IndyCar race to be held at the 1.755-mile (2.824 km) street circuit.

Josef Newgarden led home teammate Luca Filippi for a CFH Racing 1–2 finish, with the podium completed by Team Penske driver Hélio Castroneves. Championship leader Juan Pablo Montoya finished seventh, but his championship lead was reduced to twenty-seven by his Penske teammate Will Power, who finished fourth.

2016 Honda Indy Toronto

The 2016 Honda Indy Toronto was a scheduled open-wheel motorsport event held at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the weekend of July 15–17, 2016. The event marked the 30th annual edition of the Toronto Indy, and the twelfth round of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The race was the only event on the 2016 IndyCar season outside of the United States. The headline race was the 32nd IndyCar race to be held at the 1.755-mile (2.824 km) street circuit.

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The IndyCar Series on ABC, also known as the IndyCar Series on ESPN, was the branding used for coverage of the IndyCar Series produced by ESPN, and formerly broadcast on ABC television network in the United States (through its ESPN on ABC division).

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NASCAR on NBC (visually branded as NBC NASCAR in logos shown within on-air graphics and network promotions) is the branding used for broadcasts of NASCAR races that are produced by NBC Sports, and televised on several NBCUniversal-owned television networks, including the NBC broadcast network in the United States. The network originally aired races, typically during the second half of the season, from 1999 to 2006.

On July 23, 2013, NBC signed a new agreement with NASCAR to obtain the rights to races from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour seasons starting in 2015. In addition, NBCUniversal also gained the rights to the NASCAR Toyota Series starting in 2014, airing on its Spanish-language networks Telemundo and mun2 channels initially for selected races, with NBC obtaining Spanish-language rights to all NASCAR series starting in 2015.


NBCSN is an American pay television channel that is owned by the NBC Sports Group division of NBCUniversal. It originally launched on July 1, 1995, as the Outdoor Life Network (OLN), which was dedicated to programming primarily involving fishing, hunting, outdoor adventure programs, and outdoor sports. By the turn of the 21st century, OLN became better known for its extensive coverage of the Tour de France but eventually began covering more "mainstream" sporting events, resulting in its relaunch as Versus in September 2006.

In 2011, Comcast, the original owner of the network, acquired a majority stake in NBC Universal. As a result, Comcast merged the operations of its pay channels with those of NBC. In particular, it aligned the operation of its sports channels with NBC's sports division, NBC Sports. On January 2, 2012, Versus was rebranded as the NBC Sports Network (on-air branding later shortened to NBCSN) to reflect these changes. As of September 15, 2014, the majority of NBC Sports' operations, including NBCSN, is based in facilities in Stamford, Connecticut.

As of February 2015, NBCSN is available to approximately 81,578,000 pay television households (70.1% of households with television) in the United States.

NBC Sports

NBC Sports is the programming division of the American broadcast network NBC, owned by the NBCUniversal Television Group division of NBCUniversal, that is responsible for sports broadcasts on the network, and its dedicated national sports cable channels. Formerly operating as "a service of NBC News", it broadcasts a diverse array of sports events, including the Olympic Games, the NFL, NASCAR, the NHL, Notre Dame football, the PGA Tour, the IndyCar Series, the French Open, the Premier League, and the Triple Crown, among others. Other programming from outside producers – such as coverage of the Ironman Triathlon – is also presented on the network through NBC Sports. With Comcast's acquisition of NBCUniversal, its own cable sports networks were aligned with NBC Sports into a part of the division known as the NBC Sports Group.

Rick Allen (sportscaster)

Rick Allen Schwieger, known professionally as Rick Allen (born June 17, 1969), is a television personality, play-by-play announcer, and voice-over artist. He currently works for NBC Sports as the play-by-play commentator for NASCAR's Monster Energy Cup Series and Xfinity Series, on an interim basis for the Verzion IndyCar Series, and for NBC Sports coverage of track & field. He previously had done play-by-play broadcasting for Fox Sports's coverage of NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series and voice-over work for Goodyear, Sears, Alltel, and Toyota among many others.

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