There was TV coverage in the stadium (that is how I knew when to be ready for the cars coming back into the stadium), but there was no TV commentary in the stadium.
One of the disadvantages of not having co-drivers was that there was no one to remind the driver to "hug the wall" after re-entering the stadium. Luckily only a couple of drivers made the mistake.
Sure, it is not rally (hint: the event is called 'Rally Car Racing' (RCR), which seems a fairly accurate description), but it definitely helps build awareness of the sport. When the rally drivers were doing autograph sessions, the lines were long. When I walked through the vendor area, the crowds stopped to watch the rally segment that aired on the TV displays there. The service area was swamped with spectators after the RCR event; it created an issue for security because RCR was the last event and there seemed to be an expectation that people would leave after that, not hang around the service area.