(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) – INDYCAR has announced the 2018 schedule featuring an expanded use of in-car cameras to bring fans the action of the IndyCar Series from a variety of new angles in the upcoming 17-race season.
ABC and NBCSN will utilize never-before-seen views of the intense racing that IndyCar offers, with cameras strategically placed on the universal bodywork kit that is new for all cars in 2018.
In addition to the traditional in-car position, above and behind the driver’s head, cameras will be mounted to the nose, sidepod, and rear attenuator. There also will be expanded use of the popular visor cam mounted on the driver’s helmet and pioneered by INDYCAR.
“This is a unique opportunity to bring the sport even closer to the television audience,” said Mark Miles, the CEO of Hulman and Co, which owns INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “INDYCAR has experienced 38 per cent growth in audience over the past four years, and providing a firsthand look at the exhilarating action is a way to win over even more fans.”
The 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season consists of 17 races in the United States and Canada. ABC will again air five races, beginning March 11 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, which opens the season for the eighth consecutive year. The network rejoins the series on May 12 for the fifth annual INDYCAR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix, the only doubleheader weekend on the 2018 schedule, will conclude ABC’s coverage for the season.
Twelve 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series races will be telecast by NBCSN which, in 2017, saw a 3 per cent increase in viewership over the previous year.
INDYCAR 2018 SCHEDULE
- March 11, Streets of St Petersburg
- April 7, ISM Raceway, Phoenix
- April 15, Streets of Long Beach
- April 22, Barber Motorsports Park
- May 12, Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- May 19, Indianapolis 500 Qualifying, Day 1
- May 20, Indianapolis 500 Qualifying, Day 2
- May 27, Indianapolis 500
- June 2, Detroit Grand Prix, Race 1
- June 3, Detroit Grand Prix, Race 2
- June 9, Texas Motor Speedway
- June 24, Road America
- July 8, Iowa Speedway
- July 15, Streets of Toronto
- July 29, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
- August 19, Pocono Raceway
- August 25, Gateway Motorsports Park
- September 2, Portland International Raceway
- September 16, Sonoma Raceway