ABC signs Priestley for Indy color

'90210' celeb is active race-car driver

NEW YORK — ABC has engineered another foray into showbiz to come up with a sports commentator, signing Jason Priestley as a color man on seven Indy Racing League events.

Priestley, best known as one of the stars of “Beverly Hills 90210” from 1990 to 1998, is the second celebrity hire by ABC Sports, which last year turned the comedian Dennis Miller into a high-visibility commentator on “Monday Night Football.”

Miller came to the “MNF” job strictly as a couch-potato fan. By contrast, Priestley is an active race-car driver, having competed professionally in dozens of events over the last few years.

Priestley makes his ABC debut on March 18, covering the late-afternoon Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200 live from Phoenix Intl. Raceway. Priestley teams up with Bob Jenkins, the anchor, Larry Rice, the analyst, and pit reporters Jack Arute and Vince Welch. Priestley will be on hand for the most important of the seven races, the Indianapolis 500, on May 27.

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