The Verizon Indycar Series opens its 2017 season this Sunday, and ABC will have full coverage of the series’ season-opening race live from St. Petersburg, Fla.
Green flag for Sunday’s 110-lap race is scheduled to fly at 12:30 p.m. ET on ABC. Coverage of Sunday’s race will also be simulcast live online via WatchESPN. The 1.8-mile track includes some of St. Petersburg’s streets and features 14 turns through which drivers must navigate on their way to the checkered flag.
This year’s telecast of the series’ season-opener will feature some new tech to enhance the viewing experience for fans. One of those new improvements is a new analytics system designed for ABC and ESPN by tech company Pit Rho.
The analytics system will include everything that audiences have come to know from ESPN’s Verizon Indycar Series coverage including tickers and graphics. Included in the tech this year is teams’ tire compound choices, laps on tired, fuel windows, optimal laps for pitting and much more.
Another new improvement that audiences will see in the network’s tech this year is the inclusion of a helmet cam that will be used during pre-race coverage. The mini-cam will show audiences the effects of G-forces on drivers’ heads and bodies as they navigate the tracks’ tight turns. Network officials stressed the cams would not be used during the race coverage as they might interfere with competition.
Along with its coverage of the series’ season-opening race in St. Petersburg, ESPN will carry full coverage of the 101st Indianapolis 500 on May 28 and the race’s two-day qualifying session on May 20 and May 21. The series’ road race at the Indianapolis Speedway on May 13 and two races from Detroit’s Belle Isle circuit on June 3 and 4 are also on the networks’ schedule.
Allen Bestwick will once again anchor broadcasts of ABC and ESPN’s Verizon Indycar Series races this year. He will be joined in the booth by former Indycar drivers Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever for additional analysis and insight.
This season marks the 16th season that Goodyear has served as an analyst for ABC and ESPN’s Indycar broadcasts. Cheever returns for his 10th season of Indycar broadcasts. Jon Beekhuis, Rick DeBruhl and Dr. Jerry Punch will be on pit road once again, too.
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