Team owner Roger Penske believes that there is a great deal of momentum in the Verizon IndyCar Series following the news on Wednesday that NBC Sport Group have been named as their new exclusive broadcast partner from the 2019 season onwards, a deal that will include live coverage of the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Speaking following the announcement, Penske said:
We believe there is a great deal of positive momentum in the Verizon IndyCar Series right now, from the development of the new race car, to the very talented group of young drivers and new teams coming into the sport this season. With the announcement of the enhanced broadcast partnership with NBC, it certainly adds to the excitement for the future.
Penske reiterated the views of Hulman and Company CEO Mark Miles and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe about the changing ways of how fans watch the Verizon IndyCar Series and the extra content that will be available with NBC Sports saying:
We know that the ways our fans are watching races and viewing INDYCAR content is rapidly changing, so staying ahead of the curve and the developing technology with our partners is important to the growth of our sport.
The Verizon IndyCar Series has plenty to be proud of for the 2018 season, with the introduction of the universal aero kit and with the incredible 366 overtakes during the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
The sport also have the return of Danica Patrick for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May. Helio Castroneves will return to the brickyard for the month of May with the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500 and with the new TV deal, fans and the sport as a whole have a lot to celebrate and look forward to.