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Fox grabs rights to IndyCar Series races, starting in 2025

Josef Newgarden drives around turn four of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 in Indianapolis, May 28, 2023.
Josef Newgarden drives around turn four of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 in Indianapolis, May 28, 2023. (Photo by U.S. Air National Guard)

Fox Sports has signed a multi-year agreement with open-wheel car racing organization IndyCar Series that will see those races move to Fox’s broadcast network starting next year.

NBC previously held the rights to IndyCar Series races, including the Indianapolis 500. Some qualifying coverage and practice races were moved to Comcast’s streaming service, Peacock, over the last few years.

Fox promises all races will air on the Fox broadcast network, making them available across the country on free, over-the-air television. All races will also stream through the Fox Sports app, the network said on Thursday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“This represents unrivaled exposure and provides an unparalleled growth opportunity for the most competitive and entertaining motorsport on the plane,” IndyCar CEO Mark Miles said in a statement. “Fox Sports is a fully committed partner, ready to bring engaging and technically innovative coverage to millions of fans across the country, while also promoting IndyCar thoroughly across all its platforms.”

“Adding the iconic Indianapolis 500 and delivering the entire NTT IndyCar Series to the Fox Sports roster fits perfectly within our model of teaming with sports’ largest events and best-in-class brands,” said Fox Sports CEO and Executive Producer Eric Shanks. “We’re honored to be the new broadcast home to ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ an incredibly special event to everyone at Fox Sports.”

The 2025 IndyCar Series season begins March 2 with the Firestone Grand Prix, and will conclude that August with the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. The Indianapolis 500 will take place on May 25, Fox said.

Practice and qualifying sessions will air on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 on cable, satellite, streaming cable-like services and the forthcoming streaming platform Venu Sports.

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