Racing fans and sports journalists are griping about how the Indianapolis 500 coverage was ruined yesterday by ABC Sports (and its cable network ESPN).

For reasons unknown, ABC Sports used a split-screen toward the end of the race, which showed a girlfriend and a wife of two drivers.

U.S. viewers watched the reactions of Ryan Hunter-Reay's wife and Helio Castroneves' girlfriend, but the international broadcast of the race did not include the women, noted

According to The Daily Gazette, ABC Sports finally went to a full screen during the final lap in which Ryan Hunter-Reay squeaked ahead of Helio Castroneves to win.

According to, many race fans expressed their displeasure on Twitter:

That was piss poor coverage of great race by @ABCNetwork / @espn splitting the screen with the wife and girlfriend crap. #PissPoor #Indy500

I don't watch Indy 500 to see how driver's wife/girlfriend feels. Don't reduce my big screen to split screen for final 3 laps of tight race.

ABC sports; Where showing you the wife/girlfriend of the race winner is more important than showing the actual Indy 500.

Sources: and The Daily Gazette