Danica Patrick joins Indy 500 broadcast team

Retired driver Danica Patrick will be a studio analyst during NBC’s coverage of the 103rd Indianapolis 500.
This is the first year NBC will air the race, set for May 26, which was televised for 54 years on ABC.

Danica Patrick
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Patrick will join host Mike Tirico for pre-race, in-race and post-race coverage. She also will take part as NBC airs Indy 500 Pole Day on May 19.
“Danica has a perspective unlike any other driver in the history of motorsports and will be a great addition to our first-ever coverage of the Indy 500,” said Sam Flood, executive producer and president of production for NBC Sports and NBCSN in a statement. “She has proven to be as fearless with her opinions and analysis as she was in breaking barriers while racing in the most competitive motorsports circuits in the world.”
“The Indianapolis 500 holds a very special place in my heart,” Patrick said. “The moment I drive into the facility, I’m flooded with positive emotions. I have no doubt it’ll be the same this year when I come back as an analyst.”
Patrick, who turns 37 this week, retired after driving in the Indy 500 last year.
She joined the Indy circuit in 2005, and as a rookie she was the first woman ever to lead a lap in the race. She went on to win Rookie of the Year, and three years later she won the Indy Japan 300 – her only victory in 116 races on the circuit.
Patrick began racing on the NASCAR circuit in 2013 and became the first woman to win the Daytona 500 pole. In 2018, she raced in both the Daytona 500 and Indy 500.
Before her retirement, Patrick worked for Fox Sports as a guest analyst during NASCAR Xfinity races in Michigan, Pocono and Talladega.
–Field Level Media

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