IndyCar announced on Wednesday that the local racing series has signed a long-term deal with ABC-TV to keep its races on the network through 2018.
Terms of the agreement call for ABC to televise five races each year, including the Indianapolis 500.
The network has televised IndyCar races annually since the formation of the series in 1996. It has aired five races each season under the current agreement, which runs from 2009 to 2012.
“IndyCar is every excited about our continued relationship with ABC,” series CEO Randy Bernard said in a prepared statement. “This allows the series long-term growth on the network.”
Versus, which will be rebranded as the NBC Sports Channel on Jan. 2, broadcasts the other IndyCar series races.