News & Multimedia

Czarniak To Make Indy 500 TV Broadcast History

ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Lindsay Czarniak has been named host for the telecast of the 97th Indianapolis 500 on ABC on Sunday, May 26, becoming the first woman to host the telecast.

ABC will televising the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” for the 49th consecutive year, extending one of the longest-running relationships between a sporting event and a TV network.

Czarniak, who co-anchors the 6 p.m. “SportsCenter” with John Anderson, joined ESPN in 2011. She has a background in motorsports, having served as a pit and feature reporter and host for TNT’s telecasts of NASCAR Sprint Cup races and a pit reporter for NBC Sports prior to moving to ESPN. She also has hosted ESPN’s “NASCAR Now” program.

She was as sports anchor and reporter at WRC-TV (NBC4) in Washington, D.C., from 2005-2011. During that time, she also worked for NBC covering the 2006 Winter and 2008 Summer Olympic Games as well as NASCAR.

Czarniak will be positioned on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s iconic Pagoda during ABC’s one-hour Indianapolis 500 pre-race show at 11 a.m. May 26. She also will contribute to the race telecast.

1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever will expand his role as an analyst in ESPN’s coverage of the IZOD IndyCar Series to work in the broadcast booth for all six races that will air on ABC this season.

Cheever, a former Formula One and IZOD IndyCar Series driver, will join lap-by-lap announcer Marty Reid and analyst Scott Goodyear to call the six IZOD IndyCar Series races on ABC. Cheever has been an analyst for ESPN since 2008 but has primarily worked only on the Indianapolis 500 telecast.

Phoenix native Cheever made 132 starts in Formula One from 1978-89, the most by any American driver in the history of the sport. He returned to the United States in 1990 to pursue his dream of winning the Indy 500, racing in the former CART series and then in the IndyCar Series when it launched in 1996. He scored five wins in the IndyCar Series and last raced in 2006.

The Indianapolis 500 will be the first of the six races ESPN will be producing to air on ABC. Others will include a doubleheader June 1-2 at Detroit’s Belle Isle and a Saturday night prime time race June 8 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. A race June 23 at Iowa Speedway and the return of IndyCar racing to Pennsylvania’s Pocono Raceway on July 7 will complete ABC’s schedule.

ESPN’s IZOD IndyCar Series team also will include pit reporters Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Little and Vince Welch, with Dr. Jerry Punch joining as a fourth pit reporter for the Indianapolis 500.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Czarniak To Make Indy 500 TV Broadcast History
 
Czarniak To Make Indy 500 TV Broadcast History
ESPN “SportsCenter” anchor Lindsay Czarniak has been named host for the telecast of the 97th Indianapolis 500 on ABC on Sunday, May 26, becoming the first woman to host the telecast.
Read More
Related Media
Scott Dixon wins the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship
 
Monday Racing Roundup: What A Finish! Dixon Wins Race, Title On Tiebreak
Juan Pablo Montoya entered the 85-lap GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma with a 34-point cushion on second-place Graham Rahal and 47-point lead on Scott Dixon. But it was Dixon, who started ninth in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, who departed Wine Country with the title. Dixon won for the second consecutive year at Sonoma Raceway, and claimed the title on a tiebreaker with three race wins to Montoya's two wins.
Read More
Matt Kenseth
 
Monday Racing Roundup: Kenseth Maintains JGR Hot Streak at Michigan
The Coors Light polesitter for Sunday's Pure Michigan 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, Kenseth quickly exhibited his mastery of the high-drag aerodynamic package, leading 146 of 200 laps in winning for the third time this season, the third time at Michigan and the 34th time in his career.
Read More
Victory Podium
 
Marquez Makes it Three Straight at Red Bull Indianapolis GP
Two-time defending MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez passed Jorge Lorenzo in the closing laps to notch his third consecutive title at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Read More
Marc Marquez
 
Marquez Wins 2015 Red Bull Indianapolis GP
The 22-year-old Spaniard won for the third consecutive time in MotoGP and fifth time overall at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, passing Jorge Lorenzo with three laps to go in the 27-lap main event and holding on for the win by .688 of a second in the No. 93 Repsol Honda.
Read More
Ben Spies
 
Ben Spies Q&A: It's One of the Most Important Weekends
Ben Spies is a three time AMA Superbike Champion, former WorldSBK Champion (2009) and a MotoGP™ race winner (Assen 2011) whose career was ended by injury in 2013. Spies chatted to motogp.com ahead of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix to give us his unique insights into his ‘home’ Grand Prix:
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 533
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
RT @IndyCar: We are proud to announce that @justin_wilson is the recipient of the 2015 #INDYCAR Fan Favorite Award. http://t.co/FSuBjyR76R
about 5 hours ago