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Sky teams up with Comcast stablemate in IndyCar deal

Pay TV operator Sky has agreed a new deal with motorsports organisation IndyCar, giving Sky Sports in the UK the rights to show all rounds of the 2019  IndyCar Series, including the Indianapolis 500, on the Sky Sports F1 channel.

The deal was concluded in partnership with NBC, now one of Sky’s sister companies under Comcast ownership.

Sky will air all qualifying sessions and races from all 17 rounds, starting with the 2019 start of the season in St Petersburg, Florida on March 10.

IndyCar Series fans will be able to watch in HD via Sky Q, on the move with Sky Go, or via the Sky Sports App. Viewers can also stream IndyCar via contract-free streaming service Now TV.

Steve Smith, director of content and production at Sky Sports, said: “The NTT IndyCar Series is one of the most thrilling competitions in motor racing, crowned by the world renowned ‘Indy 500’, and it’s great to be able to work with our new partners at NBC to bring it to a whole new audience here in the UK and Ireland. Alongside our biggest ever season of F1, it will be part of an incredible line-up of motor racing on Sky Sports this year.”

Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, which owns IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway, said: “We are pleased to reach a deal with Sky Sports to showcase the NTT IndyCar Series on the Sky Sports F1 channel for the next several seasons. IndyCar values the commitment Sky and NBC have made to the series and the support of Comcast-NBCUniversal to help make this deal possible. We look forward to starting our season next week on Sky.”