The NTT IndyCar Series is coming to the end of their first full season with NBC Sport as the official broadcaster of the series and on Friday at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca,Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman and Company, the parent company and owners of IndyCar and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that for 15 of the 16 races that have been held this season, NBC have recorded an audience of 1.3 million per race.
Miles commented by saying:
That doesn’t include the Portland data, which will contribute meaningfully, or here at Laguna Seca, both of which, as you know, are on NBC. “Season to date, 11 races have posted growth over their comparable race viewership numbers last year, which we think is terrific.
Miles made the announcement regarding the TV figures alongside IndyCar president Jay Frye, NBC’s president of programming, Jon Miller and NBC Executive producer, president of production Sam Flood.
The 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge had a total US TV audience of 5 and a half million and speaking about that achievement Mark Miles said:
A great accomplishment and something (NBC Sports Group) worked very, very hard to make happen.. “We’ve been really pleased with the partnership, proud of the partnership. It’s worked from our perspective really well, and to be able to report the results that bear that out is the proof in the pudding.”
Speaking about Mike Tirico hosting NBC’s Indy 500 coverage Flood said:
Mike hosts the biggest events for NBC Sports.. “He’s been there at the Olympics as the host. He’s there at the Kentucky Derby. The big (sporting events) are signaled by Mike Tirico being there, and we made it a point right off the bat.”
Following the conclusion of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season on Sunday there will be testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 2 where Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske’s Will Power will test the new aeroscreen that has been developed by Red Bull Advanced Technology with further tests taking place at Barber Motorsports Park on October 7.
There will also be an addition test at Richmond Raceway on October 15 and speaking about the aeroscreen IndyCar Series president Jay Frye said:
We talked earlier about data doesn’t drive (cars), drivers drive (them), so it’s going to be that point. “Now, we’ve got (the Aeroscreen) to where we think all the data shows it’s going to be great. The clarity, the visuals, we went through a lot of the process already, but it’s never been on the track. The track is the final send-off.