Movistar Plus claims IndyCar rights

Spanish telco Telefónica’s Movistar Plus platform has announced the acquisition of exclusive rights in the country to US motor-racing series IndyCar.

The deal covers the 2019 season, which commences with the Grand Prix of St Petersburg on March 10, and includes all 17 rounds. It comes after streaming platform DAZN initially announced it had acquired the rights in January.

IndyCar will have increased interest in Spain as two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso prepares for his second tilt at the showpiece Indianapolis 500 race.

Alonso, who left F1 at the end of the 2018 season, is aiming to secure the final piece of motorsport’s fabled ‘Triple Crown’, having already won Formula One’s Monaco Grand Prix and World Endurance Championship event the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The 2019 Indy 500 takes place on May 26.

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