Zak Brown speaks out on ‘GAME-CHANGING’ new IndyCar deal

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown has called the new IndyCar/Fox Sports TV deal a ‘game-changer’ after the series saw an 8% increase in viewers for this year’s Indy500.

After owning the rights to IndyCar since 2009 before gaining full rights in 2019, NBC will see their partnership with the series end.

The new deal will bring “enormous and unprecedented” exposure to the North American single-seater series, with every race in 2025 broadcast on FOX and the FOX Sports app.

FOX Sports will now host some of the most prestigious motorsports events, such as IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s Daytona 500.

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Brown: A new deal changes the game

The CEO of McLaren Racing, which also includes the IndyCars Arrow McLaren team, has expressed his support for the TV rights deal.

In a post on Twitter, the Californian wrote: “The TV rights deal between @IndyCar and @FOXSports is a fantastic step forward for the series.

“Making every race in 2025 available for fans to tune in is a game-changer that will raise awareness of the racing series and @ArrowMcLaren, bringing new fans to the sport and existing fans closer to the action!”

This new deal follows mixed streaming for this year’s Indy 500 on NBC, with just 286,000 people streaming the event but a huge audience watching via more traditional methods.

According to BusinessF1 Magazine, this year’s edition of the race attracted an average audience of 5.34 million people, peaking at 6.46 million as the race came to a close, an increase of 8% on last year.

Commenting on the deal, FOX Sports CEO and Executive Producer Eric Shanks said: “Adding the iconic Indianapolis 500 and delivering the full NTT INDYCAR SERIES to the FOX Sports roster fits perfectly with our model of partnering with the biggest sporting events and the best in its class. to notice.

“We are honored to be the new broadcaster of ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’ an incredibly special event for everyone at FOX Sports.”

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