On the day that NTT IndyCar Series rookie sensation Patricio O'Ward impressed again by posting the fifth-best lap of practice for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, online streaming video service Claro was named by INDYCAR to take over live streams of series races in O'Ward's native Mexico and 11 other Latin American nations beginning with Sunday's race.
Claro video will stream the final 14 races of the 2019 season in the first of a multi-year deal and offer on-demand race replays of each event. In Mexico, the subscription to the video channel is available for 779 pesos (approximately USD 42) and may be billed through Telmex, Telenor, or Telcel invoices, by credit card or iTunes.
"I'm excited this deal is ready and my friends and family will be able to follow each one of my steps in every track on my new career path with IndyCar," said O'Ward, who drives the No. 31 GESS International Chevrolet and is a native of Monterrey, Mexico.
"The most important thing is that I will feel more connected with all my fans in Latin America, including people from my lovely Mexico. I will keep working with my Carlin team very hard, so they can watch great results and feel proud of me."
In addition to Mexico, Claro will Livestream NTT IndyCar Series races in Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru.
"The NTT IndyCar Series adds to our content offer, complementing the wide range of entertainment offered by Claro video to its users in Mexico and LATAM (Latin American) countries," said Alberto Islas, Claro video general director.
"Entering the exciting world of motor racing allows us to reach millions of consumers interested in this area with a new and interesting product."
The agreement with Claro was reached with IndyCar Media, the in-house operation tasked with developing international media rights licenses for NTT IndyCar Series races. Stephen Starks, INDYCAR's vice president of promoter and media partner relations, led the negotiations.
"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Claro that will provide our Latin American fans access to the NTT IndyCar Series on a live and on-demand basis via the Claro video platform, starting with Sunday's Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach," Starks said.
"Claro's broad reach in Mexico, Central America, and South America will give our fans in those regions high-quality access to IndyCar content, and this partnership will help us grow our sport even further in markets where open-wheel racing is already a fan favorite. We thank Claro for taking such an interest in IndyCar and for working with us to ensure our Latin America fans can easily access the series."