FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 7th, 2019
“INDYCAR PASS” LAUNCHES TODAY ON NBC SPORTS GOLD
NBC Sports Gold’s Direct-to-Consumer Package for NTT IndyCar Series Includes Qualifying, Practices, Indy Lights, Race Cutdowns, and Full-Event Replays
200+ Hours of INDYCAR Programming, Including 50+ Hours Surrounding Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge
NBC Sports’ INDYCAR Commentators Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell, Paul Tracy and Others Will Call All Coverage on NBC Sports Gold
“INDYCAR Pass” On Sale Now Until March 10 for Early-Bird Price of $49.99; Regular Price $54.99
STAMFORD, Conn., & INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – February 7, 2019 – NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Group’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product — launched “INDYCAR Pass“ today, providing fans in the U.S. with one convenient location to watch live coverage of all NTT IndyCar Series qualifying and practice sessions, and Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires races, plus full-event replays of all NTT IndyCar Series races, and 15-30 minute race cutdowns of both series. “INDYCAR Pass” will provide 200+ hours of programming, including 50+ hours of coverage surrounding the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. It is available now until March 10 for an early-bird price of $49.99. The regular price is $54.99.
NBC Sports’ INDYCAR commentators Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell, Paul Tracy and others will call all live streaming coverage on NBC Sports Gold, marking the first time that all NTT IndyCar Series qualifying and practice sessions will receive television-quality production, including timing and scoring. All qualifying and practice sessions will be streamed live on “INDYCAR Pass”, many on an exclusive basis. Some practice and qualifying sessions will be available on television either live or on delay. NBC Sports Gold will also feature INDYCAR archival and library content, and other motorsports shoulder programming.
For the Indianapolis 500, which NBC Sports will broadcast for the first time in its history on May 26, “INDYCAR Pass” will provide 50+ hours of streaming coverage surrounding the race, including qualifying, practices, Carb Day, the banquet, parade, and other shoulder programming.
“We’re excited about our partnership and could not be more thrilled to offer ‘INDYCAR Pass’ throughout the season,” said Portia Archer, Vice President, Direct-to-Consumer Services, NBC Sports Group. “‘INDYCAR Pass’ is a first-of-its-kind direct-to-consumer experience that will provide INDYCAR fans with high-quality coverage and unprecedented access to some of the circuit’s most exciting events, all in one easy-to-access location.”
“Having NBC Sports Gold as an option for INDYCAR fans who want to consume all of INDYCAR and engage more deeply with the sport is really exciting for us this year, particularly given the high-quality production NBC Sports will bring to it,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “This is our first opportunity to present the sport this way. INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold is a great complement to watching the NTT IndyCar Series on television, either on NBC or NBCSN. It really is another format that we think will make us that much more accessible and that much more exciting, especially to our hard-core fans.”
All INDYCAR Series races will be televised live on either NBC or NBCSN, and streamed live via authentication on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. For a full schedule, click here.
The 2019 INDYCAR season is the first under a new media rights agreement that was announced in March 2018 in which NBC Sports Group acquired the exclusive rights to all races – including the Indianapolis 500 for the first time – qualifying, practices, and Indy Lights across its numerous platforms. Click here for more information.
“INDYCAR Pass” is powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Group’s end-to-end video support service for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.
NBC Sports Gold is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and online at NBCSportsGold.com.
Following is NBC Sports Gold’s “INDYCAR Pass” schedule:
|Streets of St. Petersburg||St Petersburg, Fla.||Practice – March 8-9
Qualifier – March 9
Indy Lights – March 9-10
|Circuit of the Americas||Austin, Tex.||Practice – March 22-23
Qualifier – March 23
Indy Lights – March 23-24
|Barber Motorsports Park||Birmingham, Ala.||Practice – April 4-5
Qualifier – April 6
|Streets of Long Beach||Long Beach, Calif.||Practice – April 12-13
Qualifier – April 13
|Indianapolis Motor Speedway/Road Course||Indianapolis, Ind.||Practice – May 9-10
Qualifier – May 10
Indy Lights – May 11-12; May 24
|103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500||Indianapolis, Ind.||Practice – May 14-18
Qualifier – May 18
Carb Day – May 24
Red Carpet – May 26
|Streets of Belle Isle||Detroit, Mich.||Practice – May 30-31
Qualifier – May 31-June 1
|Texas Motor Speedway||Fort Worth, Tex.||Practice – June 6-7
Qualifier – June 7
|Road America||Elkhart Lake, Wis.||Practice – June 21-22
Qualifier – June 22
Indy Lights – June 22-23
|Streets of Toronto||Toronto, Ontario||Practice – July 12-13
Qualifier – July 13
Indy Lights – July 13-14
|Iowa Speedway||Newton, Iowa||Practice – July 18-19
Qualifier – July 19
|Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course||Lexington, Ohio||Practice – July 26-27
Qualifier – July 27
Indy Lights – July 27-28
|Pocono Raceway||Long Pond, Penn.||Practice – August 16
Qualifier – August 17
|Gateway Motorsports Park||Madison, Ill.||Practice – August 22-23
Qualifier – August 23
Indy Lights – August 24
|Portland International Raceway||Portland, Ore.||Practice – August 30-31
Qualifier – August 31
Indy Lights – August 31- September 1
|WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca||Salinas, Calif.||Practice – September 20-21
Qualifier – September 21
Indy Lights – September 21-22
ABOUT NBC SPORTS GOLD
NBC Sports Gold is NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live streaming product that provides sports fans with access to exclusive premium sports events and content, live and on-demand, at an affordable price. Launched in 2016 with a single cycling product, NBC Sports Gold currently offers 15 individual sports “passes” – nine domestic (PGA TOUR LIVE, Premier League, INDYCAR, Cycling, Track & Field, Speed Skating, Rugby, Supercross, and Snow, consisting of seven Olympic winter sports); two regional (Blazers and Philly); one combination (Supercross and Pro Motocross), two domestic and international (Figure Skating and Pro Motocross); and one international-only (Notre Dame Football). NBC Sports Gold will add Premier Lacrosse League later this year.
INDYCAR is the governing body of: the NTT IndyCar Series, the premier open-wheel racing series in North America; the Road to Indy presented by Cooper Tires development ladder, which includes Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship; and the Battery Tender Global MX-5 Cup presented by BF Goodrich Tires. INDYCAR events are available to a worldwide audience through a variety of multimedia platforms, highlighted by a broad-reaching partnership with NBC Sports Group. INDYCAR is continually at the forefront of motorsports innovation with drivers, teams and tracks benefiting from safety and technological improvements such as the SAFER Barrier, SWEMS wheel and chassis component tethers, chassis enhancements, advanced aerodynamic bodywork kits, high-definition in-car cameras and E85 ethanol fuel.
–NBC SPORTS GOLD–