Actor–race car enthusiast Jason Priestley
has been added to ABC's Indy Racing League broadcast team, the network announced today. The former star of Beverly Hills, 90210
will join anchor Bob Jenkins
, analyst Larry Rice
, and pit reporters Jack Arute
and Vince Welch
in covering all seven events this season. "We are pleased to welcome Jason to our ABC Sports auto racing family," said John Filippelli
, senior vice president of production for ABC Sports. "In addition to his outstanding acting career, Jason has demonstrated a great deal of talent as a race driver. His knowledge of the sport will add color and excitement to our coverage of Indy Racing and the Indianapolis 500." The inaugural race of the 2001 season the Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200 takes place on March 18.