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#TBT: ABC’s first Indy 500 broadcast in 1965

ABC broadcast its first Indy 500 in 1965. (Indianapolis Motor Speedway)
ABC broadcast its first Indy 500 in 1965. (IMS Images)
In 1971, ABC Sports commentator Chris Economaki (right) interviews Indy 500 winner Al Unser. (ABC Photo Archives)
In 1971, ABC Sports commentator Chris Economaki (right) interviews Indy 500 winner Al Unser. (ABC Photo Archives)

Sunday will mark the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, also known as “the Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In addition to the historic mark, the race also will air on ABC for the 52nd consecutive year, one of the longest active relationships between a sporting event and a television network.

The photo above shows the start of the 1965 Indianapolis 500, the first year the race was televised by ABC, which aired on the Wide World of Sports program. The race first aired live in 1986.

Sunday’s telecast of the premier race in the Verizon IndyCar Series begins at 11 a.m. ET with the green flag at 12:17 p.m.

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