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Sky grabs IndyCar media rights in UK from BT Sports

Pay-television broadcaster Sky has acquired multi-year exclusive broadcast rights in the UK to the North American IndyCar series starting from 2019, taking over coverage from rival BT Sport.

It will show every race as well as qualifying sessions from all 17 rounds, including the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.

Sky’s coverage will start on March 10 at the season-opening race in Petersburg, Florida.

The length of the deal and its value was not specified.

BT Sport had held IndyCar rights in the UK since 2013. Sky had the rights up to 2012.

The acquisition was smoothed by the fact that Sky’s parent company, Comcast, owns NBC, which holds IndyCar rights in the US.

Sky will show the races on its Formula One channel. It holds rights to Formula One in the UK and Ireland from 2019 to 2024.