Coming off of double-digit viewership increases in its first season as the exclusive home of INDYCAR, NBC Sports is set to provide more than 300 hours of INDYCAR action in 2020 across NBC, NBCSN, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and NBC Sports Gold’s INDYCAR Pass – highlighted by the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 24, on NBC.
Highlights of NBC Sports’ 2020 INDYCAR schedule:
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets and connected TVs – will stream all races during the 2020 INDYCAR campaign.
2020 INDYCAR SEASON ON NBC AND NBCSN
NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES begins on Sunday, March 15, on NBCSN with live coverage of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg from St. Petersburg, Fla., the first of 17 races to air on NBC and NBCSN during the season.
The 104th Indianapolis 500, set for Sunday, May 24 will mark the second appearance ever on NBC. Last year, NBC Sports’ inaugural presentation of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on NBC, averaged a TAD of 5.475 million viewers, up 11% vs. the 2018 race (TV-only 4.913 million, ABC).
NBC Sports has expanded its Indianapolis 500 qualifying coverage in 2020, adding a second day of broadcast coverage and two additional hours on NBC. Indianapolis 500 qualifying on Saturday, May 16, will air from 2-5 p.m. ET on NBC, followed by qualifying coverage on Sunday, May 17, on NBC from 1-3 p.m. ET.
The Indianapolis 500 will also be included in NBC Sports’ Championship Season marketing campaign, which touts numerous high-profile championship events that are presented across NBC Sports platforms from May to July, including horse racing’s Triple Crown, Premier League Championship Sunday, French Open, Stanley Cup Final, Tour de France, and The Open Championship.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES coverage on NBC will begin with the GMR Grand Prix on Saturday, May 9. Following the Indy 500, NBC will present the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix from the Raceway at Belle Isle Park on the weekend of May 30-31, followed by the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America in Kohler, Wis., on Sunday, June 21, and the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Sunday, August 16. The season’s penultimate race in Portland, Ore., will be on NBC on Sunday, Sept. 6, followed by the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship and season finale in Monterey, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 20.
NBCSN will televise the first four races of the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. Following the season opener at St. Petersburg, NBCSN will showcase the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama from Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham on Sunday, April 5, followed by the iconic Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 19, and the AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, April 26.
NBCSN will also present INDYCAR’s return to Richmond Raceway in Richmond, Va. on Saturday, June 27, in primetime, which will mark the first NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at the oval track since 2009. Other primetime races on NBCSN include Texas Motor Speedway on June 6 and World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway near St. Louis on Aug. 22. Additional INDYCAR schedule mainstays include the Streets of Toronto on July 12 and Iowa Speedway on July 18.
Following is the NBC Sports’ 2020 INDYCAR television schedule on NBC and NBCSN:
Sun, March 15
Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Sun., April 5
Honda Grand Prix of Alabama
Sun., April 19
Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
Sun., April 26
AutoNation INDYCAR Challenge at Circuit of The Americas
Sat., May 9
GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Sun., May 24
The 104th Indianapolis 500 Presented by Gainbridge
Sat., May 30
Chevrolet Dual in Detroit – Race 1
Sun., May 31
Chevrolet Dual in Detroit – Race 2
Sat., June 6
Texas Indy 600
Sun., June 21
REV Group Grand Prix at Road America
Sat., June 27
Indy Richmond 300
Sun., July 12
Honda Indy Toronto
Sat., July 18
Sun., August 16
Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
Sat., August 22
Bommarito Automotive Group 500
Sun., September 6
Grand Prix of Portland
Sun., September 20
Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at Laguna Seca
*details for qualifying and practice telecasts will be released at a later date
2020 INDYCAR SEASON ON NBC SPORTS GOLD
NBC Sports Gold ‘s INDYCAR Pass will deliver 200+ hours of programming in 2020, including 50+ hours of coverage surrounding the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, all Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires races, race-day warmups, full-event replays of all NTT INDYCAR SERIES races.
All qualifying and practice sessions will be streamed live on INDYCAR Pass, many on an exclusive basis. Some practice and qualifying sessions will be available on television either live or on delay. INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold will also feature INDYCAR archival and library content, and other motorsports shoulder programming.