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IndyCar announces schedule tweaks, TV times

IndyCar
Monday, January 21, 2013

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INDYCAR and its television partners today announced IZOD IndyCar Series television windows for consistent blocks of network coverage and new race distances at selected events.

Live coverage of all 19 IZOD IndyCar Series events - including ABC's first prime-time race and three doubleheaders (one on ABC and two on NBC Sports Network) - highlight the 2013 ABC and NBC Sports Network programming schedule. Race distances were changed at four events to discourage fuel-mileage racing.

"The 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series television schedule was created with the goal of keeping things simple for our fans," said Robby Greene, President and COO, IMS Productions, the broadcast arm of INDYCAR. "Our fans asked for more consistency and we thank our television partners and our promoters for working with us to help achieve that goal."

Television Schedule

NBC Sports Network will televise the first four races of the season, starting with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg at Noon (ET) on Sunday, March 24. ABC begins its stretch of broadcasting six of the next seven races with the Indianapolis 500 at 11 a.m. (ET) Sunday, May 26. ABC will televise the 500 Mile Race for the 49th consecutive year, extending one of the longest relationships between a sporting event and television network.

Television time continuity, including starts near the top or bottom of the hour and same on-air times for the first two doubleheader weekends, was built into programming schedules based in part from fan requests.

"The biggest point for our fans is they will be able to make INDYCAR racing appointment television," said Greene. "INDYCAR and our broadcast partners are offering the chance to build our audience continuity with more consistency in start times and network."

Qualifications shows for 12 events, including Pole Day and Bump Day for the 97th Indianapolis 500, plus Carb Day activities and race re-airs enhance coverage of the series on NBC Sports Network. The cable partner will continue to air the popular "INDYCAR 36," which follows a driver behind the scenes during an IZOD IndyCar Series race weekend. The full schedule for ancillary programming will be announced at a later date.

All 12 Firestone Indy Lights races will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network, including live coverage of the Firestone Freedom 100 at noon (ET) Friday, May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Eight races will lead into the cable partner's IZOD IndyCar Series broadcast, including the season opener at 11 a.m. (ET) Sunday, March 24 on the streets of St. Petersburg.

International broadcast partners will be announced soon.

Race Distances

Four events -- St. Petersburg, Long Beach, Milwaukee and Mid-Ohio - will feature new race distances this season to discourage fuel-mileage racing. The new distances better match traditional fuel windows at each circuit.

The races with new distances:

St. Petersburg: Increase of 10 laps to 110 (198 miles total)

Long Beach:    Decrease of five laps to 80 (157.4 miles)

Milwaukee:    Increase of 25 laps to 250 (250 miles)

Mid-Ohio:      Increase of five laps to 90 (203 miles)

"Changing the distances at these races will hopefully eliminate the strategy of saving fuel from the drop of the green flag," said Beaux Barfield, IZOD IndyCar Series race director. "That will enable our teams and drivers to race hard for the full distance and improve the event's entertainment value for the fans."

2013 IZOD INDYCAR SERIES RACE TELEVISION SCHEDULE

Date Venue Circuit Distance Broadcast Time* Network
March 24 Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street 110 laps Noon NBCSN
April 7 Barber Motorsports Park 2.38-mile road 90 laps 1:30 p.m. NBCSN
April 21 Streets of Long Beach 1.96-mile street 80 laps 4 p.m. NBCSN
May 5 Streets of Sao Paulo 2.53-mile street 75 laps 11 a.m. NBCSN
May 26 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval 200 laps 11 a.m. ABC
June 1 Streets of Belle Isle (Race 1) 2.34-mile street 70 laps 3:30 p.m. ABC
June 2 Streets of Belle Isle (Race 2) 2.34-mile street 70 laps 3:30 p.m. ABC
June 8 Texas Motor Speedway 1.5-mile oval 228 laps 8:30 p.m. ABC
June 15 Milwaukee Mile 1-mile oval 250 laps 4 p.m. NBCSN
June 23 Iowa Speedway .875-mile oval 250 laps 2:30 p.m. ABC
July 7 Pocono Raceway 2.5-mile oval 160 laps Noon ABC
July 13 Streets of Toronto (Race 1) 1.75-mile street 85 laps 3 p.m. NBCSN
July 14 Streets of Toronto (Race 2) 1.75-mile street 85 laps 3 p.m. NBCSN
Aug. 4 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.25-mile road 90 laps 3 p.m. NBCSN
Aug. 25 Raceway at Sonoma 2.38-mile road 85 laps 4 p.m. NBCSN
Sept. 1 Streets of Baltimore 2.04-mile street 75 laps 2 p.m. NBCSN
Oct. 5 Reliant Park (Race 1) 1.7-mile street 90 laps 3 p.m. NBCSN
Oct. 6 Reliant Park (Race 2) 1.7-mile street 90 laps 1 p.m. NBCSN
Oct. 19 Auto Club Speedway 2-mile oval 250 laps 8 p.m. NBCSN

*All Times Eastern Subject to Change
*All Times Eastern  Subject to Change

2013 FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS RACE TELEVISION SCHEDULE

Broadcast Date Event Circuit Distance Broadcast Time* Network
March 24 Streets of St. Petersburg 1.8-mile street 45 laps 11 a.m. NBCSN
April 7 Barber Motorsports Park 2.38-mile road 40 laps 12:30 p.m. NBCSN
April 21 Streets of Long Beach 1.96-mile street 45 laps 3 p.m. NBCSN
May 24 Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2.5-mile oval 40 laps 11 a.m. ** NBCSN
June 15 Milwaukee Mile 1-mile oval 100 laps 3 p.m. NBCSN
June 28 Iowa Speedway .875-mile oval 115 laps 11 p.m. NBCSN
July 12 Pocono Raceway 2.5-mile oval 50 laps 7 p.m. NBCSN
July 14 Streets of Toronto 1.75-mile street 50 laps 11 p.m. NBCSN
Aug. 4 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 2.25-mile road TBA 2 p.m. NBCSN
Sept. 1 Streets of Baltimore 2.04-mile street 35 laps 1 p.m. NBCSN
Oct. 6 Reliant Park 1.7-mile street TBA Noon NBCSN
Oct. 19 Auto Club Speedway 2-mile oval 50 laps 7 p.m. NBCSN

*All Times Eastern  Subject to Change

**Live event

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