The entire 16-race IndyCar Series season, including the 92nd Indianapolis 500, will appear on ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC. The 2008 schedule, ESPN’s 13th as the IndyCar Series television partner, includes seven events each on ESPN2 and ABC and two on ESPN. The networks also will cover Indianapolis 500 qualifying May 10-11 and 17-18.
“ABC and ESPN have played a significant role in the advancement of the IndyCar Series," said Terry Angstadt, president of the commercial division of the Indy Racing League, sanctioning body of the IndyCar Series. “With innovations, such as side-by-side and Sportvision, our broadcasts offer viewers a unique motorsports experience."
The IndyCar Series season begins Saturday, March 29, at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a prime time telecast on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET. The series concludes at Chicagoland Speedway Sunday, Sept. 7, at 3:30 p.m. on ABC. The 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 airs Sunday, May 25, at noon on ABC, which will televise the Indianapolis 500 for the 44th year.
The ESPN alliance dates back to the series’ inaugural 1996 event and with ABC’s’ first telecast of the Indianapolis 500 in 1965, a relationship that is the second-longest in sports between a network and sports property. Only CBS and The Masters have been together longer.
“We look forward to another exciting season of IndyCar Series racing on our networks," said John Wildhack, ESPN executive vice president, programming and acquisitions. “The series showed ratings growth in 2007 and we feel that the personalities of the drivers and the close, competitive racing are resonating with our viewers."
The complete 2008 IndyCar Series schedule:
|Mar. 29||Homestead-Miami (FL) Speedway||ESPN2||8 p.m.|
|April 6||Streets of St. Petersburg||ESPN||2:30 p.m.|
|April 19||Twin Ring Motegi, Japan||ESPN||Noon|
|April 27||Kansas Speedway||ESPN2||5 p.m.|
|May 25||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||ABC||Noon|
|June 1||The Milwaukee Mile||ABC||4 p.m.|
|June 7||Texas Motor Speedway||ESPN2||10 p.m.|
|June 22||Iowa Speedway||ABC||3 p.m.|
|June 28||Richmond (VA) International Raceway||ESPN2||8 p.m.|
|July 6||Watkins Glen (NY) International||ABC||3:30 p.m.|
|July 12||Nashville (TN) Superspeedway||ESPN2||8 p.m.|
|July 20||Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||ABC||1:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 9||Kentucky Speedway||ESPN2||6:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 24||Infineon Raceway, CA||ESPN2||5:30 p.m.|
|Aug. 31||The Raceway at Belle Isle, MI||ABC||3:30 p.m.|
|Sep. 7||Chicagoland Speedway, IL||ABC||3:30 p.m.|
(all times Eastern)
*** The 2008 IndyCar Series season begins under the lights with the SpeedJam Indy 300 on March 29 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 16-race schedule, one of the most diverse in all of motorsports, features races on 11 ovals, three permanent road courses and two temporary street circuits, all broadcast worldwide through a comprehensive, long-term agreement with ABC Sports/ ESPN. The 2008 Indy Pro Series season also begins on March 29 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The 16-race schedule, which features eight ovals and four road/street course doubleheader weekends, will be televised by ESPN2.