NBC lead broadcaster Tirico to anchor historic INDYCAR/NASCAR weekend at IMS

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NBC Sports’ lead broadcaster Mike Tirico will host the network’s coverage of the historic NASCAR/INDYCAR crossover weekend on Fourth of July weekend, anchoring 10-plus hours of coverage from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 4-5 on NBC, including the NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ GMR Grand Prix.

Tirico will be joined by special guests throughout the crossover weekend, including current and former INDYCAR and NASCAR drivers. Live coverage of the GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway at noon ET Saturday, July 4 on NBC. Live coverage of qualifying will air Friday, July 3 at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

“There is no one better to host this first-of-its-kind motorsports event than Mike Tirico,” said Sam Flood, executive producer and president, production, NBC and NBCSN. “Mike will present the scope and context of what it means to have these two iconic series competing over the same weekend at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

Tirico -- who hosts NBC Olympics’ primetime coverage, Football Night in America and many other premier events -- hosted NBC Sports’ inaugural Indianapolis 500 coverage in 2019, as well as this year’s Indy 500 Special: Back Home Again, which featured interviews with Simon Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi, on May 24 -- the date that the 2020 Indy 500 was originally scheduled to take place. He also anchored NBC Sports’ coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero 400 from Daytona International Speedway in 2018 on NBC.

NBC Sports is in its second season as the exclusive home of the NTT INDYCAR Series, including the Indianapolis 500, which will now take place on Sunday, August 23 on NBC.

NBC will carry three of the first four races of the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES calendar, with the recent announcement that the second race of the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America on Sunday, July 12 at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Pre-race coverage will begin at noon ET on NBC.

The 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season began live in primetime on NBC with the Genesys 300 on Saturday, June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway, which delivered the most-watched INDYCAR race since 2016, excluding Indy 500s.

The first race of the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America on Saturday, July 11, will air live on NBCSN at 5 p.m. ET, followed by the Iowa INDYCAR 250s doubleheader weekend, which will air live in primetime at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN on Friday, July 17, and Saturday, July 18.

Following is NBC Sports’ 2020 NTT INDYCAR Series schedule through July 18.

Date

Coverage

Network*

Time (ET)

Fri., July 3

GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis – Qualifying

NBCSN

4:30 p.m.

Sat., July 4

GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis

NBC

12 p.m.

Sat., July 11

REV Group Grand Prix at Road America – Race 1

NBCSN

5 p.m.

Sun., July 12

REV Group Grand Prix at Road America – Race 2

NBC

12:30 p.m.

Fri., July 17

Iowa INDYCAR 250s – Race 1

NBCSN

8:30 p.m.

Sat., July 18

Iowa INDYCAR 250s – Race 2

NBCSN

8:30 p.m.

*all coverage on NBC and NBCSN streams on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app

The remainder of the 2020 television schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

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