VERSUS to air Firestone Indy Lights races live

The future stars of the IZOD IndyCar Series will now have a live national television platform to showcase their talents.

VERSUS will broadcast eight Firestone Indy Lights events live, plus air the inaugural Quebec event on tape delay.

The IZOD IndyCar Series television window on VERSUS will expand to include the live broadcasts of Firestone Indy Lights events at Barber Motorsports Park, Streets of Long Beach, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Iowa Speedway, Streets of Toronto, Edmonton City Centre Airport, Streets of Baltimore and Kentucky Speedway. The Firestone Indy Lights stand-alone event – the Streets of Trois Rivieres – will be taped for air at a later date.

"It is very important as we look to develop our future stars that we are able to provide opportunities to increase their exposure and build names," said Randy Bernard, chief executive officer, INDYCAR, the sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series and Firestone Indy Lights. "The live broadcasts on VERSUS provides coverage on the fastest growing sports cable network in the country as well as helps further integrate Firestone Indy Lights into the momentum surrounding the IZOD IndyCar Series. We want to thank the team at VERSUS for working hard to make this happen."

"This is an extremely exciting development as we prepare for the start of the season," added Tony George Jr., manager of business development for Firestone Indy Lights. "The addition of live events of VERSUS is another element to further engage potential drivers, teams and sponsors and demonstrate the value of Firestone Indy Lights as the stepping stone to the IZOD IndyCar Series."

VERSUS has been the exclusive cable home to the IZOD IndyCar Series since 2008. On-air talent for the Firestone Indy Lights broadcasts will be announced at a later date.

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