Video: A Tribute to IndyCar on ABC

54 years of highlights
54 years of highlights

After the IndyCar Grand Prix, Time Trials for the 102nd Indianapolis 500, the 102nd Indianapolis 500 itself, and both races of the Detroit Grand Prix air on ABC, one of the longest partnerships in all of sports will end. So, I've decided to remember IndyCar when it was home: on ABC.

In a time when analysts are hired for name, ego, and cult of personality, ABC has resisted a trend ironically influenced heavily by ESPN's shift in direction. In a time when it seems announcers are paid by their volume, ABC has never been about artificial, cliche-filled hype and yelling over each other. No telecast was ever perfect; some of the highlights here could be critiqued–a misspoken word, a poor choice of camera angle. But IndyCar on ABC is the only motorsport on U. S. television that still feels like I'm watching racing the way I watched it when I first got into this sport, and I'm going to miss the comfortable feeling of a race on this network.

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