For Immediate Release
ABC SPORTS EXTENDS TV BROADCAST PARTNERSHIP WITH INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY AND IRL
INDIANAPOLIS, May 10, 1996 -- ABC Sports president Steve Bornstein announced today that the network's longstanding broadcasting relationship with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) would be extended through 1999. The agreement covers broadcasts for the Indianapolis 500, the related Indy Racing League (IRL) events, and the Brickyard 400 NASCAR Winston Cup stock car event at IMS.
The announcement was made trackside at the world famous two-and-a-half mile race track by Bornstein; David Downs, senior vice president of programming for ABC Sports; Tony George, president of IMS; and Bill Donaldson, IMS vice president.
ABC Sports' existing contracts with the Speedway and the IRL were extended through 1999 and ABC will have the first negotiation rights to IRL events during that period.
"It is extremely gratifying to extend ABC Sports' relationships with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," Bornstein said. "Together, ABC Sports and ESPN will continue to bring the highest production and promotional values for the world's greatest race: The Indianapolis 500. The extension of the Brickyard 400 and the IRL series on ABC Sports will also provide financial and promotional benefits."
"We value our partnership with ABC Sports tremendously," commented George. "This is the strongest broadcasting package that's available to us today. As our programming opportunities expand, we are pleased to have such strong television partners for distribution to the race fans."
Pole qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled Saturday, May 11, 12:00-2:30 p.m. Eastern and Sunday, May 12, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Eastern and will be broadcast live on ABC Sports. The 80th running of the "500" is on Sunday, May 26 and for the 11th consecutive year, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing will be aired live on ABC Sports beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern.
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