2014 IndyCar television schedule: Entire month of May to air on ABC

Jamie Squire

The IndyCar Series released a new-look TV schedule on Tuesday and the complete Indianapolis 500 festivities will air on broadcast television.

The 2014 IndyCar Series TV schedule was released on Tuesday and featured a major change from recent seasons as the entire month of May and Indianapolis 500 festivities will be aired on broadcast television.

Long-time TV partner ABC will televise all the major IndyCar Series portions of the month of May, including the new Grand Prix of Indianapolis road course race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, both days of Indianapolis 500 qualifying and the Greatest Spectacle in Racing itself on May 25.

NBC Sports Network will continue to cover Carb Day and the Freedom 100 Indy Lights Series race on May 23.

"With the debut of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, the intensity of qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 and the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing,' ABC is the destination to tune in for our three big weekends of competition in May," said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co., the parent company of IndyCar.

Overall, ABC will televise five races.

In addition to the two races at IMS, the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Fla.) and the doubleheader at Detroit's Streets of Belle Isle can also be seen on over-the-air television.

NBC Sports Network will carry the remainder of the schedule, including races from Barber Motorsports Park, the Streets of Long Beach, Texas Motor Speedway, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Pocono Raceway, Reliant Park Houston, the Streets of Ohio, the Milwaukee Mile, Sonoma Raceway and the season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontna, Calif.

"We're grateful to our television partners for working with us on a schedule that gives our fans the best of both networks," Miles said. "Fans will know that NBC Sports Network is our home for the final 11 races of the season, including two doubleheaders, as we build up to another exciting championship."

The 2014 schedule has been condenced from prior seasons and will run from March 30 to August 30 with the idea to etablish largely uniterrupted momentum and enthusiasm.

The same logic was likely applied to the month of May, with the new road course race at IMS serving as commercial for qualifying and the 500-mile race. The complete 2014 IndyCar Series TV schedule can be found below.

2014 IndyCar television schedule

March 30 -- Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

April 13 -- Streets of Long Beach, California, 4 p.m. ET, NBCSN

April 27 -- Barber Motorsports Park, 2:30 p.m. ET, NBCSN

May 10 -- Grand Prix of Indianapolis, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

May 17 -- Indianapolis 500 qualifying, 4 p.m. ET, ABC

May 18 -- Indianapolis 500 qualifying, 1 p.m. ET, ABC

May 23 -- Indianapolis 500 Carb Day, 11 a.m. ET, NBCSN

May 25 -- 98th Indianapolis 500, 11 a.m. ET, ABC

May 31/June 1 -- Belle Isle Park, Detroit, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

June 7 -- Texas Motor Speedway, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN

June 28/29 -- Reliant Park, Houston, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN

July 6 -- Pocono Raceway, Noon ET, NBCSN

July 12  -- Iowa Speedway, 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN

July 19/20 -- Streets of Toronto, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Aug. 3 -- Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Aug. 17 -- Milwaukee Mile, 3 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Aug. 24 -- Sonoma Raceway, 4 p.m. ET, NBCSN

Aug. 30 -- Auto Club Speedway, 9 p.m. ET, NBCSN

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