IndyCar Series events to be carried live by ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004 -- ESPN and ABC Sports will again be the exclusive carriers of Indy Racing League events, providing live television coverage of all 16 IRL ...
IndyCar Series events to be carried live by ABC, ESPN, ESPN2
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004 -- ESPN and ABC Sports will again be the exclusive carriers of Indy Racing League events, providing live television coverage of all 16 IRL IndyCar® Series events for the 2004 season.
Six IndyCar Series races, including the season-opening Toyota Indy 300, will be broadcast live by either ESPN or ESPN2. The other 10 races, including the 88th Indianapolis 500, will be carried live by ABC Sports.
ESPN2 will televise all 12 Menards Infiniti Pro Series races, including live coverage of the Freedom 100 on May 22 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
ESPN and ESPN2's IndyCar Series broadcast will feature veteran host Paul Page and analyst Scott Goodyear, who return to the broadcast booth for the third-straight season.
The announce team also includes veteran pit reporter Jack Arute and newcomer Jamie Little, who was featured on ESPN's coverage of the X Games, Supercross, Motocross and Great Outdoor Games. Dr. Jerry Punch will join Arute and Little for Indianapolis 500 time trials and other superspeedway events.
ABC's commentators will be announced at a later date.
In addition to race coverage, the broadcast partners also will provide supplemental programming.
ESPN2 will supplement coverage of the season-opening race with a 1-hour season preview show at 8 p.m. (EST,) on Feb. 28. The program will look ahead to the upcoming season and include a mix of racing and lifestyle features on series drivers, such as Robbie Buhl, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, A.J. Foyt IV, Dario Franchitti, Sam Hornish Jr., and Tony Kanaan.
ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 also will present extensive coverage of the Indianapolis 500, with ABC Sports offering four total hours of time trials action on May 15 and May 23 and the exclusive race telecast at 11 a.m., (EDT) on May 30.
ESPN and ESPN2 will provide more than 22 hours of Indianapolis 500 programming, including Pole Day, Bump Day, time trials, the Carburetion Day pit stop competition and the Indy 500 Festival Parade.
ESPN also will televise an all-access ESPN Original Entertainment program at 5 p.m., (EDT) on May 29 capturing the speed and pressure that the teams and drivers endure leading in to the 500.
SportsCenter at the Indy 500, an on-site news program, will be aired for the three weeks leading up to the race Monday through Friday at 6:30 p.m., (EDT) on ESPN2. The show will air beginning May 10.
The 2004 IRL IndyCar Series season begins with the Toyota Indy 300 at 2 p.m. (EST) on Feb. 29, at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network. The 2004 Menards Infiniti Pro Series season begins with the Homestead-Miami 100 on Feb. 29 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be broadcast on a tape delayed basis by ESPN2 at 4 p.m. on March 4.