“Everybody had a source but I’m telling you that it wasn’t decided until last Friday night,” Miles told RACER on Wednesday morning after it was officially confirmed that NBC and NBCSN were IndyCar’s new media partners. “It was a competitive process between two broadcast partners that had interest in doing the whole season and it was very gratifying.”
The three-year deal is highlighted with eight races on NBC, which is the home of the Kentucky Derby, Triple Crown, Sunday Night Football, NHL Playoffs, The Players Championship, Tour de France and French Open.
“NBC knows how to throw a big party for a single-day sporting event and the Indy 500 is the biggest around, so as a driver and a fan, I’m ecstatic,” said veteran James Hinchcliffe. “To have 40 percent more network races is good for our teams and sponsors and fans. It’s a nice bump and as drivers we’re all excited.”
ABC, which will conclude its Indy 500 coverage in May with its 54th telecast of the greatest spectacle in racing, telecast five IndyCar races in addition to qualifying at Indianapolis, while NBCSN covered the other 12.