INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The Indianapolis 500 and four other IndyCar Series races will be televised by ABC Sports at least through 2012. The contract extension was announced today by the Indy Racing League.

Also, the Versus cable channel will carry at least 13 IndyCar races annually for the next 10 years. The move to Versus means ESPN will no longer carry IRL races on its channels.

IRL boss Tony George says the new television package will help the IRL capitalize on the recent unification of open-wheel racing with the former Champ Car series and next year help bring attention to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's centennial celebration.

Financial details of the new agreement were not disclosed.

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