INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Aug. 14, 2000 - It's easy to flip on the television on a Sunday morning and catch Speedvision's live coverage of Formula One's 17-race dash around the globe this season.
But how can fans in the United States who are eagerly awaiting the inaugural SAP United States Grand Prix get to know the names, the technology and the behind-the-scenes work that will bring Formula One to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sept. 22-24?
The answer is the Speedvision network's "US GrandPrixView," which airs each Wednesday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. (EDT).
Speedvision, in conjunction with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's IMS Productions, intends for "US GrandPrixView" to help American motorsport fans learn more about the personalities, traditions and competitive spirit that make Formula One racing the most popular form of motor racing in the world.
"US GrandPrixView" is scheduled to air every Wednesday until Sept. 20, two days before Formula One cars take to the Speedway's 2.606-mile road course for the first time for SAP U.S. Grand Prix practice.
The fifth installment of "US GrandPrixView" airs Aug. 16. The next few shows will feature the following:
Aug. 16 (Show #5)
*Mika Hakkinen on the pressures of repeating as F1 World Champion
*The history of Indianapolis Motor Speedway's pagoda control towers with historian Donald Davidson.
*Former Formula One driver Martin Brundle begins a six-part series on driving an F1 car.
*Arrows drivers Jos Verstappen and Pedro de la Rosa on coming to America.
Aug. 23 (Show #6)
*Benetton's $3-million Human Performance Center.
*The unique safety and technological demands required of an F1 helmet.
*Brundle's driver's school lesson #2: The start of the race.
*Jacques Villeneuve on returning to Indy and what fans can expect at the USGP.
Aug. 30 (Show #7)
*A discussion of the high-speed Hockenheim circuit as a preview to the USGP.
*A tour of the F1 cockpit.
*Mika Hakkinen takes the McLaren two-seat car to his native Finland for a
drive in the snow.
*Brundle's driver's school lesson #3: G forces.
*Former Formula One driver and current Indy Racing Northern Light Series star Eddie Cheever Jr. on the difference between racing on road courses and oval tracks.
Sept. 6 (Show #8)
*Former Formula One driver and current Speedvision analyst Derek Daly on the
importance of Turn 1 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
*F1 Lexicon: A "crash course" on F1.
*Brundle's driver's school lesson #4: Pit stops.