Ahead of Saturday's Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi (airing tonight at 10:30 p.m. Eastern on the Versus network), the Indy Racing League, the sanctioning body of the IndyCar Series, issued the following statement regarding the continued absence of Versus from satellite TV carrier DirecTV's lineup:
"We have been in constant communication with our television partner Versus regarding its negotiations with DirecTV. Talks have been ongoing and, while we're hopeful for a speedy resolution, we do not anticipate coverage of the Indy Japan 300 on DirecTV this weekend.
"As announced earlier in the week, there will be comprehensive coverage of practice, qualifying and the race on IndyCar.com. We could not be happier with the partnership we have forged in just over a year with Versus and look forward to a long and healthy relationship. Both Versus and the IndyCar Series share the frustration of DirecTV subscribers and we are hopeful that the two sides will continue talks and that DirecTV subscribers will have the ability to view IndyCar Series coverage for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway."