The television schedule for the 2014 IndyCar Series season was announced today. ABC will carry 5 races including the season opening St. Petersburg Grand Prix as well as the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10th and qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 on May 17th and 18th, leading into the Indianapolis 500 on May 25th making for the first time 3 major events of the Month of May being shown on network television.
“With the debut of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the intensity of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 and the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ ABC is the destination to tune in for our three big weekends of competition in May,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent company of INDYCAR.
This gives some lead in programming to the Indianapolis 500, which has not happened in recent memory. Since 2009, NBC Sports Network has aired qualifying, practice and Carb Day were all aired on NBC Sports.
The final race shown on ABC will be the Detroit Doubleheader on May 31 and June 1.
Carb Day and the remaining races will be shown on the NBC Sports network starting with the 40th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama and will pick up their coverage of the Firestone 600 on June 7th until the end of the season.
2014 IndyCar Series Television Schedule
March 30 – Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
April 13 – Streets of Long Beach, California, 4 p.m. ET, NBCSN
April 27 – Barber Motorsports Park, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN
May 10 – Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
May 17 – Indianapolis 500 qualifying, 4 p.m. ET, ABC
May 18 – Indianapolis 500 qualifying, 1 p.m. ET, ABC
May 23 – Indianapolis 500 Carb Day, 11 a.m. ET, NBCSN
May 25 – 98th Indianapolis 500, 11 a.m. ET, ABC
May 31/June 1 – Belle Isle Park, Detroit, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
June 7 – Texas Motor Speedway, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN
June 28/29 – Reliant Park, Houston, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN
July 6 – Pocono Raceway, Noon ET, NBCSN
July 12 – Iowa Speedway, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN
July 19/20 – Streets of Toronto, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Aug. 3 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Aug. 17 – Milwaukee Mile, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Aug. 24 – Sonoma Raceway, 4 p.m. ET, NBCSN
Aug. 30 – Auto Club Speedway, 9 p.m. ET, NBCSN