Thursday, September 21, 2023

IndyCar’s International Television Presence Expands for 2022

Helio Castroneves shared the jubilation of winning last year’s Indianapolis 500 with the world. Image courtesy of IndyCar

The 2022 season for the NTT IndyCar Series that spans 17 races is set to be available to international audiences in over 200 countries and territories throughout the world, the series announced Tuesday. Partners of North America’s premier open-wheel racing series will broadcast and stream to audiences in Asia, Europe, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is a truly global product with athletes hailing from 14 nations and partnerships extending across major countries and continents,” said Mark Miles, president & CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp. “We’ve prioritized relationships that expand both our reach and visibility, bringing our racing action to new audiences and expanding our fan base. We’re pleased to welcome back more than two-thirds of our 2021 partners while adding exciting new ones to our growing lineup, as well.”

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Many key partnerships have been announced, renewed or expanded heading into the new season, including:

  • A new relationship with ESPN across Latin America will bring live coverage of the NTT IndyCar Series to key markets including Mexico and Brazil, where audiences are set to cheer for Arrow McLaren SP driver Pato O’Ward and defending Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge winner Helio Castroneves.
  • Sky Group, which has provided coverage on Sky Sports UK since 2019, has expanded its commitment to the series with the addition of Sky Sport Germany (including Austria and Switzerland) and Sky Italia.
  • STAN Sport will be the new streaming partner in Australia, showing every race live and advertisement-free. STAN’s sister broadcaster Nine Network also will show race highlights mid-week.
  • Canal+ will bring the action to French audiences eager to track the progress of Andretti Autosport’s Romain Grosjean and Meyer Shank Racing’s Simon Pagenaud. Canal+ also will provide coverage in Switzerland and sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Movistar+ will return for a sixth consecutive season as IndyCar’s exclusive partner in Spain as Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou readies to defend his NTT IndyCar Series crown.
  • Gaora will continue to broadcast all races in Japan as Japanese racing hero Takuma Sato begins his maiden season for Dale Coyne Racing.
  • Ziggo Sport will make an expanded commitment as INDYCAR’s partner in the Netherlands, where fans eagerly anticipate Rinus VeeKay’s third season as a driver for Ed Carpenter Racing.
  • Viaplay and V Sport continue with robust coverage of IndyCar in the Nordics and enthusiastic support for Swedes Marcus Ericsson and Felix Rosenqvist and Danish newcomer Christian Lundgaard. Viaplay will also expand its rights portfolio to include Poland, Iceland and the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
  • Sportsnet in Canada, Sky Sports in New Zealand, Supersport in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, Network 4 in Hungary, Arena Sport in the Balkans, Viasat Sport East in Russia & CIS, Sport TV in Portugal and VOO Sport in Belgium are all in the roll call of IndyCar broadcasters for the 2022 season.
  • The 2022 NTT IndyCar Series season begins with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding on Sunday, Feb. 27. A full list of international broadcast partners is available here. Quotes available for use from NTT IndyCar Series drivers are below.

Helio Castroneves, the defending champion of the Indianapolis 500, expressed his excitement over the announcement.

“The fans are so important to IndyCar, and they motivate us racers to give them the best show possible each weekend,” said Castroneves, driver of the No. 06 Meyer Shank Racing Honda.

“It’s extra special to me that my Brazilian fans have access to all of the INDYCAR action. My home country is where my heart is, and although I’m racing here in America, I want to make them proud back home.” 

Romain Grosjean, driver of the No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda, added: “IndyCar’s 17-race schedule is dynamic and challenging, featuring competitive events at each and every stop. Canal+ is the place for French fans to catch all of my races, including my first attempt in ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing’ at the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in May.”

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