Indy 500 will remain on ABC into 2018

Updated: August 10, 2011, 11:35 AM ET
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INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis 500, a Memorial Day weekend television staple, will remain on ABC through 2018.

The new six-year rights agreement was announced Wednesday. ABC will televise the 100th running of the Indy 500 in 2016 under the deal.

ESPN on ABC will air four additional IndyCar races each year.

"The Indianapolis 500 and ABC have been together since 1965 and we are very proud to extend the relationship with this new agreement," said George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN and ABC Sports. "The 500 is a uniquely American event and a Memorial Day tradition, and we especially look forward to televising the 100th edition of the race in 2016."

Beginning in 2012, ABC's coverage of the Indy 500 and the IZOD IndyCar Series will be expanded to include live streaming of ABC's onboard cameras on ESPN3.com, ESPN's signature broadband sports network.

The streaming of the onboard cameras also will be available to ESPN3 subscribers via www.indycar.com.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report..