Indy 500 to race in August for first time ever – next Sunday, Aug. 23, on NBC
Mike Tirico and Danica Patrick will return to NBC Sports’ coverage of the Indianapolis 500 when “the Greatest Spectacle in Racing” drops the green flag on Aug. 23 (1 p.m. ET) on NBC. Tirico and Patrick, who both joined NBC Sports for its inaugural coverage of the event last year, will reprise their roles as host and studio analyst, respectively.
Tirico also hosts NBC Olympics’ primetime coverage, “Football Night in America” and other premier events, including hosting on-site at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this year for the first-ever INDYCAR-NASCAR crossover weekend. He will again be joined during pre-race, in-race and post-race coverage by Patrick, the former INDYCAR and NASCAR driver and one of motorsports’ most popular personalities. They will first appear together for practice coverage on Friday, Aug. 21, on NBCSN.
“My first Indy 500 last year exceeded my very high expectations in every way,” Tirico said. “Although this year’s race will take place under unprecedented circumstances, I can’t wait to get back to Indy. I’m confident that our team at the Brickyard will provide viewers with as exciting a viewing experience as possible. I am also thrilled that Danica Patrick is along for the ride again this year. We had such a great time last May and look forward to bringing Indy home for the viewers again.”
“The Indianapolis 500 is an event that transcends mainstream and motorsports, which is why it’s so special.” Patrick said. “We are living during a time that, if we can bring people together, we should. Even if it’s not physically. I am honored to be back with the NBC Sports team and Mike Tirico. The memories I have from 15 years at IMS hold such a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to make more this year in the booth, or however we are positioned in 2020!”