It will end a tradition that is just as much part of the Indy 500 fabric as the Borg-Warner Trophy, the yard of bricks, the celebratory milk in victory lane and the singing of "(Back Home Again in) Indiana."
The deal with NBC Sports Group will dramatically increase IndyCar's exposure next season and move the Indianapolis 500 to a different network for the first time since 1965. It won't end the live local blackout of the Indy 500.
A staffer at an ABC affiliate in Georgia tweeted that 2018 would be the network's last year to broadcast IndyCar races, including the Indy 500. That would put NBC in the driver's seat, according to earlier remarks by IndyCar boss Mark Miles.