ABC Sports Adds Arie To Indy 500 Team

NEW YORK CITY -- Racing legend Arie Luyendyk has joined the broadcast booth for ABC Sports' coverage of the Indianapolis 500 on May 28th.

Luyendyk, winner of the Indy 500 in 1990 and 1997, retired from competition following the 1999 Indy 500. He was also named Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year after posting a seventh-place finish in 1985.

He spent a portion of last season performing commentary for Fox Sports and ESPN during Indy Racing League events. Luyendyk will join veteran play-by-play announcer Bob Jenkins and analyst Tom Sneva in the braodcast booth.

ABC Sports also announced that Leslie Gudel has joined the broadcast team for the network’s telecast. Gudel will primarily work as a roving reporter behind the scenes, covering the garage areas, hospital, drivers, owners, mechanics and celebrity interviews. She will also serve as a reporter on ABC’s coverage of the Indianapolis 500 Time Trials, airing May 20th and 21st.

Gudel will be joined in the pits by Vince Welch, Jack Arute and Dr. Jerry Punch.

ABC Sports has televised the Indianapolis 500 since 1965, and has broadcast live coverage of the event since 1986. The network has televised IRNL Series events since 1996.

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