The event known as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” part of auto racing’s unofficial Triple Crown, will remain on ABC through 2018, SportsNewser.com reports.
The new six-year deal keeps the Indianapolis 500 — which along with the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans forms international auto racing’s Triple Crown — on the network that has televised the race since 1965.
In the deal announced Wednesday, ESPN on ABC will televise the Indy 500 as well as four additional races. Beginning in 2012, ESPN3.com will stream ABC’s onboard cameras live during the Indy 500 and other IndyCar Series races.
In a statement, George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN and ABC Sports, said, “The Indianapolis 500 and ABC have been together since 1965 and we are very proud to extend the relationship with this new agreement. The 500 is a uniquely American event and a Memorial Day tradition, and we especially look forward to televising the 100th edition of the race in 2016.”