STAMFORD, Conn. (Sept. 6, 2000) -- Speedvision's coverage of the United States Grand Prix now will include five hours of live practice sessions, Robert Scanlon, Speedvision's executive producer and senior vice president -- programming and production announced today.
"The inaugural U.S. Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway clearly represents the most important single race event in Speedvision's history," Scanlon said. "By adding five hours of practice, we're giving viewers the most comprehensive Grand Prix coverage available on television."
Speedvision will broadcast live practice sessions from Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sept. 22 starting at noon ET/9:00 a.m. PT and at 10:00 a.m ET/7:00 a.m PT Sept. 23. Additionally, Sept. 23rd qualifying coverage has been extended to two hours, beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT.
The U.S. Grand Prix marks the return of the Formula One World Championship to the United States after a nine-year absence, and the Brickyard has sold out seating for the Sept. 24 race at its newly constructed road course. Speedvision's race coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT.
In addition, viewers can participate in the Speedvision U.S. Grand Prix Fan Challenge Presented by Delphi by watching the network's telecast of the historic race. Viewers can look for four U.S. Grand Prix clues given during Speedvision's telecast of the race, with the grand prize winner earning a trip for two to next year's U.S. Grand Prix and an authentic Formula One driver's helmet. Secondary prizes include Formula One race car replicas. The grand prize winner and secondary winners will be selected from viewers who answer the trivia puzzle correctly.
Speedvision currently is available to nearly 28 million viewers. Cable or satellite subscribers not currently receiving Speedvision can contact DirecTV, Primestar, Dish Network or call 1-888-22Speed toll-free to request the network be added to their local cable provider.