TSN has released details of their 2012 Indy Car broadcast schedule this morning. TSN and TSN2 will combine to show 12 races live. The other four races will air on tape delay on TSN2 (it is worth noting that two of these races are live on ABC).
ABC will broadcast six races in 2012. Marty Reid and Scott Goodyear return as their commentators. Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Little and Vince Welch will join them as pit reporters. Eddie Cheever will join Reid and Goodyear in the broadcast booth for the Indianapolis 500.
NBC Sports Network, who will broadcast the other 12 races in America, have not revealed their 2012 commentary crew yet.
Here is TSN’s press release.
Open-wheel racing returns to TSN and TSN2 as the networks deliver complete coverage of the 16-race 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series beginning with the HONDA GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG on Sunday, March 25 at 12:30 p.m. ET live on TSN (see complete broadcast schedule below). TSN and TSN2 also have coverage of the INDIANAPOLIS 500 on May 27 as well as back-to-back races on Canadian soil with the HONDA INDY TORONTO on July 8 and the EDMONTON INDY on July 22.
TSN is coming off a successful year of IndyCar coverage that saw the network attract record ratings for the INDIANAPOLIS 500 and HONDA INDY TORONTO.
The 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series features rising star James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, ON. The 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year replaces fan-favourite Danica Patrick at Andretti Autosport. Last year’s top-three point leaders – four-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti, Will Power, and two-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon – return to the field along with the 2011 Indy 500 pole sitter Alex Tagliani of Lachenaie, QC.
Highlighting the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series is the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” – the INDIANAPOLIS 500 – airing live from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 27 at 11 a.m. ET on TSN. On top of the big race, TSN2 brings fans Pole Day Qualifying on Saturday, May 19 beginning at 11 a.m. ET, along with Bump Day Qualifying on Sunday, May 20 beginning at 5 p.m. ET. In addition, TSN2 has Carb Day coverage – which includes the Firestone Indy Lights race – on Friday, May 25 beginning at 11 a.m. ET.
RDS and RDS2 have French-language coverage of all races from the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series, including live coverage of the prestigious INDIANAPOLIS 500, HONDA INDY TORONTO and the EDMONTON INDY.
Continue after the break for the 2012 IndyCar Canadian broadcast schedule.
All times are Eastern.
Sunday 3/25, 12:30pm – Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – TSN/ABC
Sunday 4/1, 5:00pm – Grand Prix of Alabama – TSN2 (tape delay)
Sunday 4/15, 3:30pm – Grand Prix of Long Beach – TSN2
Sunday 4/29, 12:00pm – Sao Paulo Indy 300 – TSN
Sunday 5/27, 11:00am – Indianapolis 500 – TSN/ABC
Sunday 6/3, 3:30pm – Belle Isle Grand Prix – TSN2/ABC
Saturday 6/9, 8:00pm – Texas Indy 550 – TSN2
Saturday 6/16, 1:00pm – Milwaukee Indy 225 – ABC
Saturday 5/23, 8:00pm – Iowa Indy 250 – TSN2
Sunday 7/8, 12:30pm – Indy Toronto – TSN2/ABC
Sunday 7/22, 2:00pm – Edmonton Indy – TSN
Sunday 8/5, 12:30pm – Mid-Ohio Indy 200 – ABC
Saturday 8/18, 11:55pm – Streets of Qingdao – TSN
Sunday 8/26, 4:00pm – Grand Prix of Sonoma – TSN2
Sunday 9/2, 11:00pm – Baltimore Grand Prix – TSN2 (tape delay)
Saturday 9/15, 8:00pm – Auto Club Indy 400 – TSN2