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INDYCAR Season Opener at Texas to Air on NBC

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

The over two-month wait of finally kicking off the much anticipated 2020 NTT IndyCar Series just got even sweeter as NBC Sports announced Sunday that the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway will now air on NBC June 6.

Not only Texas will have the major network luxury, the GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on Independence Day will also be airing on NBC.

Originally slated to air on NBCSN, Mark Miles, President & CEO of Penske Entertainment Corp., stated that he’s pleased to have a primetime INDYCAR race air on the big network for the first time since 2013.

“We’re pleased the daring nature and bold skills of INDYCAR’s athletes will be displayed to a network primetime audience in just a few weeks’ time,” said Miles. “INDYCAR’s first season on NBC in 2019 was marked by significant audience growth, and this marquee broadcast slot reflects both our continued momentum and strong partnership with NBC Sports Group.”

Jon Miller, President of Programming for NBC Sports and NBCSN, also shared the same thrill of having the season opener on NBC as 2020 marks the second season the network holding exclusive rights of INDYCAR coverage.

“America has a thirst for live sports, so we’re thrilled to showcase the spectacular racing of the NTT INDYCAR Series in primetime on the broadcast network,” said Miller.

The broadcasting trio of Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Townsend Bell (analyst) and Paul Tracy (analyst) will be calling the shots for the 200-lap race at Texas.

As far as the rest of the INDYCAR calendar goes, a broadcast schedule will be released at a later time as Texas will kick off the 14-round saga that’ll come to a conclusion at St. Petersburg October 25.

Live racing coverage of the Genesys 300 begins at 8:00 pm EST on NBC. Defending INDYCAR champion Josef Newgarden is the defending Texas winner.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. He's also covered Idaho Athletics and high school football as both a writer and videographer. Additionally, he spent 2017 writing several racing columns as an independent journalist. Luis does video and photography, and is a fan of Seattle sports, a music critic and a motivator who wants to impact people's lives.