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Czarniak to be first female to host Indy 500 coverage

"SportsCenter" anchor Lindsay Czarniak will become the first female on-air host of the Indianapolis 500 when ABC broadcasts the race for the 49th consecutive year next month.

Brent Musburger has been the host since 2005. Czarniak will join play-by-play announcer Marty Reid and analysts Eddie Cheever and Scott Goodyear.

"It was a surprise to me," Czarniak told USA Today. "It's something I'd dreamed about getting the opportunity to do."

Czarniak joined ESPN in 2011 after working in Jacksonville, Miami and Washington, D.C., and she has previous auto racing experience while working as a pit reporter for TNT's coverage of Sprint Cup races. This will be her first event coverage for ESPN/ABC.

"It's a huge honor, but not because I'm the first woman. Everywhere I've been, I've taken over a spot for a man," she told USA Today.

Czarniak is married to NBC News anchor Craig Melvin.