INDIANAPOLIS — ESPN and ABC Sports have signed on to be the exclusive carriers of Indy Racing League (IRL) events, providing live television coverage of all 16 IRL IndyCar Series events for the 2004 season.
Six IndyCar Series races, including the season-opening Toyota Indy 300, will be broadcast live by either ESPN or ESPN2. The other 10 races, including the 88th Indianapolis 500, will be carried live by ABC Sports. ESPN2 will televise all 12 Menards Infiniti Pro Series races, including live coverage of the Freedom 100 on May 22 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
ESPN and ESPN2’s IndyCar Series broadcast will feature veteran host Paul Page and analyst Scott Goodyear, who return to the broadcast booth for the third season. The announce team also includes veteran pit reporter Jack Arute and newcomer Jamie Little, who was featured on ESPN’s coverage of the X Games, Supercross, Motocross and Great Outdoor Games. Dr. Jerry Punch will join Arute and Little for Indianapolis 500 time trials and other superspeedway events. In addition to race coverage, the broadcast partners also will provide supplemental programming.
ESPN2 will supplement coverage of the season-opening race with a one-hour season preview show at 8 p.m. (EST,) on Feb. 28. The program will look ahead to the upcoming season and include a mix of racing and lifestyle features on series drivers, such as Robbie Buhl, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, A.J. Foyt IV, Dario Franchitti, Sam Hornish Jr. and Tony Kanaan.
ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 also will present extensive coverage of the Indianapolis 500, with ABC Sports offering four total hours of time trials action on May 15 and May 23 and the exclusive race telecast at 11 a.m., (EDT) on May 30.
For more information, go to: www.indyracing.com.
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