IndyCar’s 2023 season schedule will see 13 races air on NBC

US open-wheel series sees six of final seven events aired on commercial network.
  • Season runs from 5th March to 10th September
  • 13 of 17 races will be broadcast live on Universal-owned NBC

The IndyCar Series has announced a 17-race schedule for its 2023 season, with 13 races being broadcast live on Comcast-owned US commercial network NBC.

The season opens on 5th March in St Petersburg, Florida, with the traditional season finale at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, set for 10th September.

The 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on 28th May, while the closing stages of the calendar will see eight races held in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” said Mark Miles, president and chief executive of Penske Entertainment.

“The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

On the whole, there are few changes to the schedule from last season, with the order of races remaining predominantly the same.

IndyCar’s second visit of the season to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course and the race in Nashville swap positions.

The race in Detroit may be switching to a new downtown location from 2023, but it will occupy the same slot in the calendar as the previous race.

For just the fourth time in the last 50 years, IndyCar will have 13 or more races on network television in the United States.

The first seven events will all feature on NBC, including the Indy 500, and six of the final seven races will also be included in broadcast coverage.

Mike Perman, vice president, programming at NBC Sports, added: “We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones.

“In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Three races will be broadcast on USA Network and, for the second consecutive season, there will be one race shown exclusively on NBC-owned Peacock – this will again be the race in Toronto.

IndyCar will be looking to build on a successful 2022 season, which saw its highest viewing figures for six years on NBC, while it became the most streamed season on record for Peacock.

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