Dale Jr. Officially Joins NBC Sports’ Indianapolis 500 Coverage

What does Dale Jr. know about IndyCar racing? At least he won't say Boogity Boogity Boogity at the start of the race
What does Dale Jr. know about IndyCar racing? At least he won't say Boogity Boogity Boogity at the start of the race

Dale Earnhardt Jr. will officially be part of NBC Sports' coverage of the Indianapolis 500 as part of a broadcast team that includes Mike Tirico and Danica Patrick.

Earnhardt is "set to serve as a roving reporter on race day and be featured on NBCSN’s 500 coverage during race week."

It was "widely speculated that Earnhardt might be one of the prominent personalities" to join NBC's first 500.

NBCSN's lead IndyCar commentary team of Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy will call the race itself, while host Krista Voda and reporter Rutledge Wood will also contribute to the network’s race presentation.

Earnhardt amassed 26 NASCAR victories during his storied career, including two Daytona 500 wins. He joined NBC Sports’ NASCAR broadcast team following his retirement from full-time racing in 2017.

“Dale Jr. is one of the most popular personalities in racing history, so adding him to our inaugural broadcast the Greatest Spectacle in Racing on NBC was a no-brainer." said Sam Flood, Executive Producer and President, Production, NBC Sports & NBCSN. “Dale has never been able to attend the 500, and now he will have the opportunity to experience every aspect of this massive event – from the party in the Snake Pit and the hundreds of thousands of fans in the grandstands to the key strategic decisions and bold moves on track that will ultimately crown the 103rd Indy 500 champion."

“I can’t wait. This is an event I have wanted to attend for as long as I can remember," added Earnhardt. “To get this first Indy 500 experience in this capacity – as part of the broadcast team with NBC Sports – is a dream. That said, I fully understand the responsibility we have of bringing this race to television viewers across the country. There’s no better broadcast team to do it. I’m blessed to be a part of it."

In addition to his work on NBC Sports’ NASCAR coverage, Earnhardt has also contributed to the network’s presentations of the 2018 Winter Olympics, Super Bowl LII, and the Stanley Cup Final.

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