ALMS races to be televised live in Europe

American Le Mans Series Races To Be Televised Live in Europe on MotorsTV. BRASELTON, GA. - All American Le Mans Series races will be televised live in Europe for the first time in 2004, beginning with the 52nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of ...

American Le Mans Series Races To Be Televised Live in Europe on MotorsTV.

BRASELTON, GA. - All American Le Mans Series races will be televised live in Europe for the first time in 2004, beginning with the 52nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, in a new television arrangement between the series and MotorsTV, a European television channel dedicated to the world of motorsports.

MotorsTV, which is distributed throughout Europe by both satellite and digital cable, in both English and French, and is one of the fastest-growing channels in Europe, will feature live coverage of all nine rounds of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), marking the first time in series history that the full season of racing will be televised live in Europe.

"This is a tremendous milestone for the American Le Mans Series," said Scott Atherton, President and CEO of the ALMS. "The roots of the ALMS are in Europe with the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and many of our participating teams, manufacturers and sponsors are based there and can now watch the races live as they happen in North America.

"Equally important is that that fans of our series in Europe will have the benefit of live coverage instead of tape delay as it has been in the past," he said. "This new MotorsTV arrangement for Europe, coupled with the already-outstanding television coverage for the series in North America, vastly improves what was already the best television package for any sports car racing series in history."

"The American Le Mans Series is a wonderful championship, and an extraordinary addition to our program line-up," said Frederic Viger, MotorsTV Head of Programming. "It's endurance racing at the highest level, with mythic tracks and official involvment from the biggest manufacturers. The series has proved to be more and more successful over the years and we hope we'll be part of their future success for a long time. America and Le Mans are both dream-words for motorsports enthusiasts, and the dream will now be over 40 hours live on MotorsTV."

As part of the arrangement between MotorsTV and the American Le Mans Series, websites MotorsTV.Com and AmericanLeMans.Com will be linked in order to provide more information and entertainment value to respective audiences, and the ALMS and MotorsTV are in the process of exploring other synergies, including programming and promotional opportunities.

The American Le Mans Series will debut on MotorsTV with live coverage of the 52nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, America's oldest and most prestigious sports car race, on March 20. Motors TV will have 11 hours of live coverage from Sebring, beginning at 15h00. After another scheduled two-hour motorsports telecast at 18h00, MotorsTV will return to live Sebring coverage at 20h00 through the conclusion of the event, including post-race coverage. Live updates from Sebring will be included during the two-hour breakaway. (All times UK)

Fans of the track, trail and rally can get their fill of BTCC, DTM, NASCAR Busch Series and many more of the world's top motorsports contests live on MotorsTV. In addition, there is exclusive news, documentaries and coverage of all major motor shows. MotorsTV aims to appeal to the widest number of viewers by offering magazines and documentaries while also catering for a niche audience otherwise deprived of information on their favorite sports, including shows on Australian V8 Supercars, AMA Superbike, World Superbike, Formula One and others.

MotorsTV is available on digital cable in many European countries, including the United Kingdom (SKY Digital and Wight Cable), France (Canal Satellite, TPS, Noos, France Telecom and France Citevision, along with Canal Satellite Reunion, Canal Satellite, Nouvelle Caledonie, Canal Satellite Caraibes and Canal Horizon Afrique in Dom-Tom et Afrique) and Germany (Ish and Kabel Baden Wurttenberg).

In addition, MotorsTV is available in Holland (UPC and Essent), Turkey (Digiturk), Monaco (Monaco Cable), Belarus (Cosmos TV), Bulgaria (Super Max and Georgiev 58), Latvia (Telia Multicom), Estonia (AS Levi Kaabel, AS Talinna Kaabel, Telset, AS Starman and AS STV), Spain (ONO Digital), Portugal (Cabo Visao) and Romania (Astral, UPC, SC CRD, Televiziunea Cable Moreni, Telemac and Imagine Cablu).

More information about MotorsTV is available at www.motorstv.com.

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