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Monday, April 5th, 2021

NBC SPORTS AND PEACOCK ANNOUNCE COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES SEASON

More Than 165 Hours of NTT INDYCAR SERIES Races, Qualifying, Practice Sessions, Warmups and Indy Lights Coverage this Season

Record Nine Races on Broadcast Network NBC, Including 105th Running of Indianapolis 500, Season Opener at Barber, Laguna Seca and Detroit Dual Weekend

55+ Hours of Coverage Surrounding Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 30

Six of First Eight Races on NBC to Open 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Season, Beginning with Honda Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m. ET

Exclusive INDYCAR Coverage on Peacock Premium Begins with 13 Hours of Test Coverage from Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Thursday and Friday

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 5, 2021 – NBC Sports and Peacock will provide extensive coverage of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, totaling over 165 hours of coverage across NBC, NBCSN, Peacock and NBC Sports digital platforms, featuring a record nine races on broadcast network NBC — highlighted by the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 30.

INDYCAR programming kicks off with Indianapolis 500 Open Test coverage from Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Thursday and Friday exclusively on Peacock.

Highlights of NBC Sports’ and Peacock’s coverage include:

  • 55+ hours of coverage surrounding the 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500, including every practice session, qualifying, Carb Day and eight hours of race-day coverage from iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway;
  • Record nine races on broadcast network NBC, including six of the first eight races, beginning with the season opening Honda Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m. ET;
  • Exclusive streaming coverage on Peacock of 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES qualifying and practice sessions as well as coverage surrounding the 105th Indianapolis 500, Indy Lights races, race-day warmups and full-event replays of INDYCAR races in 2021.

2021 INDYCAR SEASON ON NBC

The season will feature a record nine races on broadcast network NBC, including six of the first eight races, beginning with the season opening Honda Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 18, at 3 p.m. ET.

Additional highlighted races airing on NBC include the Streets of St. Petersburg (April 25), the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course (May 15) and the Detroit Dual races at Belle Isle (June 12-13). NBC will also air INDYCAR’s race at Mid-Ohio on the Fourth of July and the season ending west coast swing in Portland (Sunday, Sept. 12) and Laguna Seca (Sunday, Sept. 19).

The network will surround the Indianapolis 500 coverage with five hours of coverage on Sunday, May 30, beginning at 11 a.m. ET, as well as air 2.5 hours of qualifying coverage on May 22-23.

Date Race/Track Network Time (ET)
Sun., April 18 Barber Motorsports Park NBC 3 p.m.
Sun., April 25 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC 12 p.m.
Sat., May 15 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC 2:30 p.m.
Sun., May 30 The 105th Indianapolis 500 NBC 11 a.m.
Sat., June 12 Raceway at Belle Isle Park/Detroit – Race 1 NBC 2 p.m.
Sun., June 13 Raceway at Belle Isle Park/Detroit – Race 2 NBC 12 p.m.
Sun., July 4 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course NBC 12 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 12 Portland International Raceway NBC 3 p.m.
Sun, Sept. 19 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC 3 p.m.

2021 INDYCAR SEASON ON NBCSN

NBCSN coverage features eight races, including the inaugural presentation of the Music City Grand Prix in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday, Aug. 8, and the season finale taking place at one of INDYCAR’s longest-running events — the Long Beach Grand Prix — on Sunday, Sept. 26. The second edition of the INDYCAR-NASCAR doubleheader at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course headlines a revamped Brickyard Weekend on Aug. 14-15, with the INDYCAR race on Saturday, Aug. 14.

NBCSN will present nearly 15 hours of Indianapolis 500 coverage, including 10 hours of qualifying on May 22-23, Carb Day coverage on Friday, May 28, and three hours surrounding pre- and post-Indianapolis 500 race coverage.

Date Race/Track Network Time (ET)
Sat., May 1 Texas Motor Speedway – Race 1 NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sun., May 2 Texas Motor Speedway – Race 2 NBCSN 5 p.m.
Sun., June 20 Road America NBCSN 12 p.m.
Sun., July 11 Streets of Toronto NBCSN 12 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 8 Streets of Nashville NBCSN 5:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 14 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBCSN 12:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 21 World Wide Technology Raceway NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun, Sept. 26 Streets of Long Beach NBCSN 3 p.m.

2021 INDYCAR SEASON ON PEACOCK

2021 marks the first season that Peacock is the streaming home of NTT INDYCAR SERIES coverage, featuring more than 120 total hours. Peacock will provide live coverage of qualifying and practice sessions as well as significant coverage surrounding the 105th Indianapolis 500, Indy Lights races, race-day warmups and full-event replays of INDYCAR races in 2021.

Exclusive coverage on Peacock gets underway with a two-day INDYCAR test session from Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Thursday and Friday. More details are below. For more information on INDYCAR on Peacock, click here.

TEST AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ON PEACOCK – APRIL 8-9

Test coverage from the oval track at IMS begins at 11 a.m. ET on Thursday, continuing until 6 p.m. ET, while Friday’s test coverage will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. ET, totaling 13 hours. NBC Sports’ Leigh Diffey will call Thursday’s session alongside analyst Townsend Bell with Marty Snider and Kevin Lee reporting from the pits. Lee will handle play-by-play duties on Friday.

The series’ biggest stars are expected to participate, including reigning and six-time INDYCAR champion Scott Dixon, two-time INDYCAR champion Josef Newgarden, 2019 Indianapolis 500 champion Simon Pagenaud, and 2016 Indianapolis 500 champion Alexander Rossi, among others. In total, 32 car and driver combinations will participate in the two-day test at IMS.

NBC SPORTS’ 2021 INDYCAR COMMENTARY TEAM

Throughout most of the 2021 season, NBC Sports’ INDYCAR commentary team will include Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Townsend Bell (analyst), and Paul Tracy (analyst) as well as pit reporters Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns, Kevin Lee, and Dillon Welch.

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Following is NBC Sports’ comprehensive 2021 NTT INDYCAR Series race schedule:

Date Race/Track Network Time (ET)
Sun., April 18 Barber Motorsports Park NBC 3 p.m.
Sun., April 25 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC 12 p.m.
Sat., May 1 Texas Motor Speedway – Race 1 NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sun., May 2 Texas Motor Speedway – Race 2 NBCSN 5 p.m.
Sat., May 15 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC 2:30 p.m.
Sun., May 30 The 105th Indianapolis 500 NBC 11 a.m.
Sat., June 12 Raceway at Belle Isle Park/Detroit – Race 1 NBC 2 p.m.
Sun., June 13 Raceway at Belle Isle Park/Detroit – Race 2 NBC 12 p.m.
Sun., June 20 Road America NBCSN 12 p.m.
Sun., July 4 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course NBC 12 p.m.
Sun., July 11 Streets of Toronto NBCSN 12 p.m.
Sun., Aug. 8 Streets of Nashville NBCSN 5:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 14 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBCSN 12:30 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 21 World Wide Technology Raceway NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., Sept. 12 Portland International Raceway NBC 3 p.m.
Sun, Sept. 19 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC 3 p.m.
Sun, Sept. 26 Streets of Long Beach NBCSN 3 p.m.

Note: dates and networks are subject to change

INDYCAR is part of NBC Sports’ “Home of Motorsports” programming throughout 2021, spanning NASCAR, IMSA, Mecum Auctions, Monster Energy Supercross, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, MotoGP, Progressive American Flat Track, Monster Jam, Dakar Rally, and more.

Peacock currently features live sports content from Premier League, US Speed Skating, Figure Skating, Rugby, Supercross, Skiing, and Snowboarding. Upcoming sports coverage on Peacock will include games from the 2021 NFL Season, INDYCAR, Olympics, and Paralympics. Highlights of Peacock’s previous live sports offerings include a Sunday NFL Wild Card playoff game, U.S. Open golf, U.S. Women’s Open golf, and upcoming events include Olympics and Paralympics coverage. Peacock Originals available on demand include Lost Speedways, hosted by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., and In Deep with Ryan Lochte. Peacock offers daily sports programming on the NBC Sports channel which streams Peacock Original Brother from Another, as well as The Dan Patrick Show, PFT Live, and The Rich Eisen Show.

–NBC SPORTS–