Danica Patrick's career as a race car driver is over, but the longtime driver is staying involved with the sport. She'll be part of the Indy 500 today.
Patrick, 37, began her career in the IndyCar Series and is part of NBC's inaugural broadcast of the event today.
She'll join Mike Tirico and Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the call today.
“There’s going to be a lot of newness,” Patrick told For The Win before today's race.
“Everyone on pit road — myself, Mike Tirico and Dale Jr. — are all going to be announcing this race for the very first time, together, so I think it will also add an interesting perspective. We’re not jaded. We’re observing for the first time and hitting the high points.”
NBC Sports released information in this year's full coverage plans:
Dale Earnhardt Jr., one of racing’s most popular personalities and an NBC Sports motorsports analyst, will attend his first Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 26, as a member of NBC Sports’ broadcast team when the 103rd iteration of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing airs on NBC for the first time.
This marks the latest in a series of major announcements for NBC Sports’ first-ever presentation of the Indy 500. Earlier this year, NBC Sports announced that Mike Tirico will host its coverage, and former INDYCAR and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will serve as an analyst alongside Tirico. In addition to Earnhardt Jr., NBC Sports motorsports host Krista Voda and reporter Rutledge Woodwill contribute to the network’s Indy 500 presentation.
Leigh Diffey (play-by-play), Townsend Bell (analyst) and Paul Tracy (analyst) will be calling the race for NBC.
It begins at noon E.T.