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NBC lands Indy 500 and promises IndyCar increased exposure

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Indianapolis 500, an American staple on ABC for 53 years, will have a new television home next season.

In fact, the entire IndyCar package is moving to NBC in 2019 in what could turn out to be an exceptional deal for the series because of promised increased exposure across multiple platforms.

That's secondary, though, to another network ending ABC's stranglehold on the "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

The Indy 500 on ABC is the second-longest partnership in television and sports events behind only the Masters, which has been on CBS since 1956. It's a jewel ABC did not particularly want to give up, and IndyCar wasn't unhappy with the network's production of its most important asset.

Standings: 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

As of: Mar. 21
RankDriverPointsPV Rank
1Martin Truex Jr.2161
2Kyle Busch2072
3Joey Logano1973
4Brad Keselowski1834
5Ryan Blaney1815
6Denny Hamlin1766
7Kyle Larson1747
8Kevin Harvick1708
9Clint Bowyer1559
10Aric Almirola14810
11Kurt Busch14411
12Austin Dillon14112