IRL: Indy 500 television host announced

Musburger to host ABC telecast of 89th Indianapolis 500 INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005 -- ABC's Brent Musburger, one of the most talented broadcasters in the industry, will serve as host of the network's coverage of the world's greatest...

Musburger to host ABC telecast of 89th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2005 -- ABC's Brent Musburger, one of the most talented broadcasters in the industry, will serve as host of the network's coverage of the world's greatest auto race, the prestigious Indianapolis 500, on Sunday, May 29.

ABC's telecast of the 89th Indianapolis 500 starts at noon Eastern time.

"Brent Musburger is one of the most well-known and highly respected announcers in sports television," said Joie Chitwood, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president and chief operating officer. "He is a fitting host for the 'Greatest Spectacle in Racing,' and his knowledge and enthusiasm will help bring the tradition and thrills of the event to millions of viewers."

One of the industry's most recognized voices, Musburger handles play-by-play for ABC's college football and NBA telecasts, as well as for ABC and ESPN's coverage of college basketball.

Musburger served as the pre-game and halftime host on ABC's coverage of Super Bowl XXV, the 16th time he has participated in the coverage of the nation's most popular sports spectacular. He covered the World Track and Field Championships and U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1995, hosted the 1992 Pan American Games from Cuba and also has served as host of ABC's golf telecasts.

"We are delighted to have Brent as our host for this marquee event," said Mike Pearl, senior vice president, executive producer of ABC Sports. "He is one of the hardest-working and most versatile announcers in the business. Brent helps to accelerate the excitement of the event and will be a great addition to the broadcast team."

Prior to joining ABC Sports, Musburger was a member of CBS Sports' broadcast team. He anchored "The NFL Today" pre-game, halftime and post-game National Football League broadcasts. Additionally, he was the lead play-by-play announcer for the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and Final Four, hosted "CBS Sports Saturday/Sunday," the U.S. Open Tennis Championships, the NBA Finals, the Masters Tournament and the Pan American Games.

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Indy 500 tickets: To purchase tickets, camping or parking for the 89th Indianapolis 500, contact the IMS ticket office at (800) 822-INDY or log on to www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.

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