The NTT IndyCar series has announced that it has renewed its broadcasting rights in the United States in a multi-year deal with NBC.
NBC has held exclusive rights to the IndyCar Series since 2019 when it took over from ABC which had held the rights for many years.
ABC had held the rights to the Indianapolis 500 for over 50 consecutive years before the recent deal with NBC.
In 2022, 13 races will be on NBC while the remaining races will be on the USA Network and Peacock Premium service. Two races will be exclusive on Peacock which is set to be announced at a later date.
The financial details of the deal have remained undisclosed.
Mark Miles, president and CEO, Penske Entertainment Corp, said: “NBC Sports has been the ideal partner for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, bringing our bold and audacious style of racing to a significantly larger domestic audience and fully leveraging the power and scale of the Indianapolis 500.
“This new deal represents a significant expansion of our network TV exposure and sets us up for continued growth and success alongside a committed, innovative and world-class broadcast partner.”
Races are currently split between broadcast NBC stations and the NBC Sports Network cable channel, with more prominent races taking the prime network location.
“NBC Sports is proud to extend its partnership with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and continue to serve as the exclusive home of the most competitive open-wheel racing series in the world and ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’” added Jon Miller, NBC Sports.
“We have demonstrated NBCUniversal’s ability to make big events bigger with our presentations of the Indianapolis 500, we have worked closely with Roger Penske, Mark Miles and the entire team to expand INDYCAR’s reach across the U.S, and we are thrilled to build upon our collaborative successes of the past few years.”
With NBCSN scheduled to be dissolved at the end of this year, races will be split between NBC and USA, which is also a part of NBC Universal.
It is expected that broadcasts in other regions will continue their current formats as well, including Sky Sports simulcasts in the UK and Fox Sports in Australia.
The 2022 NTT IndyCar Series schedule is set to be announced in the coming weeks.