IRL: Indy 500: Worldwide coverage expanded

WORLDWIDE TV COVERAGE OF INDY 500 TO EXCEED 200 COUNTRIES INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 24, 2007 -- The 91st Indianapolis 500 will be televised Sunday, May 27 to more than 200 countries and more than 442 million households worldwide through ESPN...

WORLDWIDE TV COVERAGE OF INDY 500 TO EXCEED 200 COUNTRIES

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 24, 2007 -- The 91st Indianapolis 500 will be televised Sunday, May 27 to more than 200 countries and more than 442 million households worldwide through ESPN and its international distribution efforts.

ESPN, the exclusive worldwide television representative of the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500, will televise the Indianapolis 500 live to 166 countries and territories outside the United States.

ESPN's international networks will televise the race throughout Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific Rim. The green flag falls on the 33-car starting field of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" at 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In the United States, ABC's coverage starts with a pre-race show at noon (ET), followed by the race at 1 p.m. The broadcast team of host Brent Musburger, lead announcer Marty Reid, analysts Rusty Wallace and Scott Goodyear, and pit reporters Jack Arute, Jamie Little, Brienne Pedigo and Vince Welch will cover all of the stories from Indianapolis.

ESPN is also responsible for the global syndication of the Indy 500 for live broadcast in Belgium, Bosnia/Serbia, Baltic States, Canada, Cyprus, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain, and the U.K. In addition, ESPN will distribute the Indy 500 to the American Forces Network, which serves military personnel stationed in 176 countries and U.S. territories.

ESPN International will have two separate on-site teams broadcasting the race in Spanish and English. Spanish-language announcers will be veteran broadcaster Andres Agulla and Alex Pombo; Gary Lee and Larry Rice will provide commentary in English.

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Indy 500 tickets on sale: Tickets are on sale for the 2007 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27, the 91st running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

Fans can order tickets online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by calling the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area, or at the ticket office at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Parking and camping information also can be obtained through the ticket office.

Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET) Monday-Sunday during May, with special hours of 6 a.m.-1 p.m. on Race Day, Sunday, May 27. Online orders can be made at any time.

Race Day ticket prices start at just $20.

-credit: ims

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