The Barber Dodge Pro Series announced its 2003 television schedule today, with the ten-race championship to be shown exclusively on the Speed Channel, representing the second year of partnership between the Pro Series and Speed. The forty-minute...
The Barber Dodge Pro Series announced its 2003 television schedule today, with the ten-race championship to be shown exclusively on the Speed Channel, representing the second year of partnership between the Pro Series and Speed. The forty-minute races will be shown in an hour-long format on a tape-delayed basis and will feature weekend airings. The schedule for additional replays on Speed of each race are in the process of being finalized at this time.
Barber Dodge officials were pleased to continue the relationship with Speed, as the channel provides a captive audience for the Pro Series.
"Since the inception of our Pro Series in 1986, television has played an integral role introducing tomorrow's auto racing stars," said Steven Sewell, Vice-President of Motorsports Development for Skip Barber Racing. "The one-hour format on Speed Channel provides our drivers the opportunity to better demonstrate their abilities before an audience of knowledgeable enthusiasts, who tune in to see some of the best open-wheel racing in North America."
<pre> Round 1 St. Petersburg Saturday, April 12; 12::00-1:00 p.m. Round 2 Monterrey, Mexico Saturday, April 19; 12::00-1:00 p.m. Round 3 Laguna Seca Raceway Sunday, July 6; 12:00-1:00 p.m. Round 4 Portland International Raceway Sunday, July 20; 12:00-1:00 p.m. Round 5 Cleveland Burke-Lakefront Airport Saturday, August 9; 1:00-2:00 p.m. Round 6 Exhibition Place Circuit, Toronto Saturday, August 16;1:00-2:00 p.m. Round 7 Concord Pacific Place Circuit, Vancouver Saturday, August 30; 1:00-2:00 p.m. Round 8 Road America Saturday, September 6; 1:00-2:00 p.m. Round 9 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Sunday, September 14; 12:00-1:00 p.m. Round 10 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal Sunday, October 5; 3:00-4:00 p.m. </pre> In 2003, SPEED Channel is the exclusive U.S. cable home for many of the top motor sports series in the world, including Formula One, The Champ Car World Series, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, USAC, World Rally, ASA, IHRA, ALMS, Grand Am, F3000 and live coverage of AMA and FIM motorcycle road racing events. Now available in more the 60 million homes in North America, SPEED Channel is the fastest growing sports cable network in the country and the home to NASCAR TV. For more information, please visit speedtv.com
The Barber Dodge Pro Series is the Official Entry Level Professional Series of Champ Car. The drivers utilize identically prepared single seat open wheel Reynard-Dodge racecars. Barber Dodge Pro Series provides a level playing field where driving talent, not financial resources, play the decisive role. This state-of-the-art platform, with its carbon composite construction, raised nose and 6-speed sequential gearbox, takes full advantage of the 265hp all aluminum Dodge V6 Intrepid motor that is exclusive to this series. Additionally, all of the Barber Dodges compete on identical Michelin Pilot racing slicks.
To ensure absolute equality for all competitors, the Barber Dodge Pro Series owns, maintains, prepares and transports all the cars and equipment. This serves to control costs while allowing the drivers to concentrate solely on developing their driving skills. The Barber Dodge Pro Series rewards those with dedication and skill with true financial incentive - an incredible $55,100 in prize money is available for each Barber Dodge Pro Series event with $13,000 going to the race winner. The overall Series Champion receives a $100,000 scholarship towards entry in the Toyota Atlantic Championship, and the series Rookie of the Year receives $185,000 in career enhancement funding. In total, the Barber Dodge Pro Series pays out over $1 million annually in prize money, contingencies and scholarships.
Schedule is subject to change. Schedule for additional replays on SPEED CHANNEL of each race are in the process of being finalized at this time. All broadcasts are one hour in duration. All times Eastern, check local listings for correct date in your area.