ABC, ESPN, IMS Radio Networks providing in-depth Indianapolis 500 coverage
ABC, ESPN2 and the IMS Radio Networkwill provide in-depth, behind-the-scenes coverage of the 92nd Indianapolis500, with more than 50 hours of programming.
The live television broadcast of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” willstart on ABC with a pre-race show at noon (ET) Sunday, May 25, followed bythe race at 1 p.m.
This marks the 44th year of Indianapolis 500 coverage onthe ABC network. Indianapolis 500 Pole Day Qualifying will be broadcast live from noon-2 p.m.Saturday, May 10 on ESPN2 and from 3-6 p.m. on ABC, with post-qualificationcoverage, analysis and highlights on ESPN2 from 6-7 p.m. Second Day
Qualifying will be broadcast live from noon-2 p.m. and 5-6:30p.m. Sunday, May 11 on ESPN2. Third Day Qualifying coverage on Coke Zero 500College Fest, Saturday, May 17 will be live from 4-6:30 p.m. on ESPN2, andBump Day Qualifying on IMS Armed Forces Day will be broadcast live fromnoon-3 p.m. Sunday, May 18 on ABC and from 5-6:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
Highlights from Miller Lite Carb Day Practice, the Pit Stop Challenge andFirestone Freedom 100 will be shown from 4-6:30 p.m. Friday, May 23 onESPN2. The IPL 500 Festival Parade will be broadcast tape-delayed on ESPN2 from5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24, followed by the feature, “Ready to Race: the92nd Indianapolis 500” from 6:30-7 p.m. on ESPN2.
The television broadcast team of Race Day host Brent Musburger, leadannouncer Marty Reid, analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever, and pitreporters Jack Arute, Jamie Little, Brienne Pedigo and Vince Welch willcover all of the stories from Indianapolis.
More than 400 affiliate IMS Radio Network radio stations located throughoutthe United States and Canada – plus the LeSea Broadcasting network, whichprovides worldwide shortwave radio coverage, and the American Forces RadioNetwork, which broadcasts to United States military installations and shipsaround the world – will broadcast live Race Day coverage of the Indianapolis500 at noon Sunday, May 25 with a pre-race show, followed by the racebroadcast at 1 p.m.
The radio network’s Indianapolis 500 coverage also will be broadcast live onXM Satellite Radio Channel 145, “IndyCar Series Racing,” and XM Channel 144. IMS Radio Network coverage of the final hour of “Fast Friday” practice willtake place from 5-6 p.m. Friday, May 9, followed by Pole Day coverage fromnoon-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.
There will be “first hour” and “final hour”coverage of Second, Third and Bump Day Qualifying from noon-1 p.m. and 5-6p.m. on May 11, 17 and 18, respectively. On Miller Lite Carb Day, Friday, May 23, the IMS Radio Network will offerlive coverage of the Firestone Freedom 100 Firestone Indy Lights race from12:15-1:30 p.m. and a recap of all of the day’s activities from 5-6 p.m.
The Network also will broadcast four “Indy Live” evening talk shows from theBrickyard Crossing Inn from 8-9 p.m. on May 6, 8, 15 and 22, with each showfeaturing Indianapolis 500 drivers, team owners and other personalities.
The IMS Radio Network’s Race Day broadcast team for the Indianapolis 500 iscomprised of veteran radio commentators Mike King, anchor; Dave Wilson,color commentator; Johnny Parsons Jr., driver analyst; Donald Davidson,historian; and Chris Economaki, commentary.
Reporting from the turns: JerryBaker, Turn 1; Bob Jenkins, Turn 2; Mark Jaynes, Turn 3; and Chris Denari,Turn 4 reporter. Reporting from pit lane: Dave Argabright, Kevin Lee, JakeQuery and Kevin Olson. In addition to reaching millions of listeners worldwide via the radio waves,the 92nd Indianapolis 500 broadcast – along with every IMS Radio Networkprogram from the Month of May – also will be available live and archived onthe Web at indycar.com.
Podcasts of every IMS Radio Network show from the month of May will beavailable on the Network’s Web page on the official online home of theIndyCar Series: http://www.indycar.com/multimedia/radio/.
*** 92nd INDIANAPOLIS 500 TELEVISION & RADIO SCHEDULE
Television (All times ET – Schedule subject to change.)
Date Program Air Tim eNetwork
May 10 Pole Day QualifyingNoon-2 p.m.ESPN2 (live) 3-6 p.m.ABC (live) 6-7 p.m.ESPN2 (live)
May 11 Second Day QualifyingNoon-2 p.m.ESPN2 (live) 5-6:30 p.m.ESPN2 (live)
May 17 Third Day Qualifying4-6:30 p.m.ESPN2 (live)
May 18 Bump Day QualifyingNoon-3 p.m.ABC (live) 5-6:30 p.m.ESPN2 (live) May 23Miller Lite Carb Day Practice; Pit Stop Challenge,
Firestone Freedom 100highlights4-6:30 p.m.ESPN2 (live)
May 24 IPL 500 Festival Parade5-6:30 p.m.ESPN2 (tape) “Ready to Race:
The 92nd Indianapolis 500”6:30-7 p.m.ESPN2 (tape)
May 25 92nd Indianapolis 500 Pre-RaceNoon-1 p.m.ABC (live) 92nd Indianapolis 5001 p.m.ABC (live)
May 26 Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration6:30-9 p.m.WTHR-TV, Channel 13 (live)
IMS Radio Network(All times ET – Schedule subject to change.)
Date Program Time
May 6 “Indy Live” talk show8-9 p.m.
May 8 “Indy Live” talk show8-9 p.m.
May 9 “Fast Friday” at Indy5-6 p.m.
May 10 Pole Day Qualifying – first two hoursNoon-2 p.m. Pole Day Qualifying – final hour5-6 p.m.
May 11 Second Day Qualifying – first hourNoon-1 p.m. Second Day Qualifying – final hour5-6 p.m.
May 15 "Indy Live” talk show8-9 p.m.
May 17 Third Day Qualifying show – first hourNoon-1 p.m. Third Day Qualifying show – final hour5-6 p.m.
May 18 Bump Day Qualifying show – first hourNoon-1 p.m. Bump Day Qualifying show – final hour5-6 p.m.
May 22 “Indy Live” talk show8-9 p.m.
May 23 Firestone Freedom 10012:15-1:30 p.m. Miller Lite Carb Day Recap5-6 p.m.
May 25 92nd Indianapolis 500Noon-4:30 p.m.
*** 2008 IMS tickets:
Tickets for all three world-class events in 2008 at theIndianapolis Motor Speedway – the 92nd Indianapolis 500, 15th Allstate 400at the Brickyard and inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis GP – are on sale. Fans have three easy methods to buy tickets:
Online atwww.indianapolismotorspeedway.com at any time; on the phone by calling (800)822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or (317) 492-6700 locally between 8a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday; or visiting the Indianapolis MotorSpeedway Ticket Office on the first floor of the IMS Administration Buildingat 4790 W. 16th St. in Indianapolis from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday throughFriday.