Diffey, Bell, Hinchcliffe To Call Race from Booth
NBC Sports host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick will return to cover the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge for the fourth consecutive year, contributing to NBC’s pre-race, in-race and post-race telecast of the 106th edition of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on Sunday, May 29 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Race Day telecast on NBC starts at 11 a.m. (ET).
One of the most versatile voices in sports, Tirico hosted NBC Olympics’ prime-time coverage from Tokyo and Beijing as well as NBC Sports’ coverage of Super Bowl LVI all within the past year. In the fall, he will begin his first season as play-by-play voice for NBC Sports’ “Sunday Night Football.” Patrick, one of motorsports’ most popular personalities, is a former INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR driver who became the first woman to lead laps and earn a top-five finish in the Indianapolis 500, in 2005.
Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of racing’s most popular personalities and an NBC Sports motorsports analyst, will contribute to pre-race coverage alongside motorsports reporter Rutledge Wood. Earnhardt will join Tirico and Patrick on the Peacock Pit Box on pit road for segments during the race.
For the fourth consecutive year, NBC Sports’ lead INDYCAR play-by-play voice Leigh Diffey and analyst Townsend Bell will call the race from the booth, joined this year for the first time by former Indianapolis 500 pole winner and fan favorite James Hinchcliffe. Marty Snider, Kevin Lee, Dave Burns and Dillon Welch will serve as pit reporters.
Coverage of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season continues Saturday, May 14, with the GMR Grand Prix from the IMS road course at 3 p.m. (ET) on NBC. Click here for more information on NBC Sports’ comprehensive coverage of the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.