Earnhardt Joins NBC Sports Coverage Of Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — NBC Sports will use retired NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. in its inaugural broadcast of the Indianapolis 500 next month.

The second-year analyst will be part of a team that features 14 commentators and host Mike Tirico and analyst Danica Patrick.

Earnhardt will be a roving reporter for his first Indianapolis 500 on May 26, contributing to pre-race, in-race and post-race coverage alongside Rutledge Wood. Earnhardt Jr., who will also be featured from Indianapolis Motor Speedway during race week, was used extensively by the network in his first year after retirement with reporting trips to last year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea and the Super Bowl.

NBC Sports motorsports host Krista Voda will also join Earnhardt at Indianapolis.

The broadcast booth will be NBC Sports’ full-time IndyCar crew of play-by-play announcer Leigh Diffey and analysts Paul Tracy and Townsend Bell. The 14 total commentators will be the most ever for NBC Sports’ coverage of IndyCar as the network plans to treat the Indy 500 as one of its showcase events. ABC had broadcast the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” exclusively since 1965 in the second-longest-running partnership of its kind until NBC purchased the rights to air the entire 2019 IndyCar schedule.

Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Kevin Lee and Jon Beekhuis will be the pit reporters for the Indy 500, along with reporters Robin Miller and Dillon Welch.


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TheVoiceofTruth says:

April 4, 2019 at 2:36 pm

Leave it to NBC to use a NASCAR driver for coverage of an Indy Car race. No clearer to show that you have no idea what you’re covering. Will we soon see Michael Jordan covering NFL? Gronkowski covering Skiing at the Olympics?

    [email protected] says:

    April 4, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Both NASCAR and IndyCar are the same sport (Auto Racing); just different type of cars. Earnhardt Jr. is a good addition for NBC. And, he did win a bunch of NASCAR races. On the other hand, how many races have Danica Patrick won? One (1) in a IndyCar race in Japan over a decade ago, and ZERO (0) NASCAR races. She’s part of NBC;s coverage too, and you bitch about Earnhardt? Look, I’d much rather have Earnhardt there than Patrick anytime!