Peter Young to host North American Formula Renault Broadcasts North American Formula Renault Championship television production partner Image Productions has named Peter Young as the host for the 2004 season, which will feature ...
Peter Young to host North American Formula Renault Broadcasts
North American Formula Renault Championship television production partner Image Productions has named Peter Young as the host for the 2004 season, which will feature thirteen half-hour magazine-style shows focused on each race weekend. Young has extensive experience on both sides of the camera, having covered major events both as a producer and as a broadcaster for a wide range of sports.
Young, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, has spent the past two years as President of Hockey Operations for the World Hockey Association and WHA2 in Orlando, Florida. For 18 years he was an internationally-known broadcaster and producer for the Canadian Television Network (CTV) covering events across the globe, from Canada and the United States to Russia, Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and the United Kingdom.
Young has a broad motor sports background, from covering ice racing in Northern Ontario and the dirt tracks of the Midwest to broadcasting Formula 1 and Formula 3000 in England and Curacao, as well as Indy Car races, the Daytona 500, and numerous network documentaries on racing. Young has also as produced and hosted shows in Canada for Wide World Of Sports on the Formula 2000, Formula Atlantic and CASCAR Series.
"I'm excited to be working in a developmental series environment, and particularly this category, as I think North American Formula Renault has the right ingredients to become a major part of the open wheel picture in North America," said Young. "The magazine style show is going to be a great format for us to develop excitement for our viewers and give them understanding of the series and develop stories about the exciting talents racing in it."
Young has a broad experience range in sports that is not limited to motorsports, with broadcast experience including covering Wimbledon, play-by-play for eight seasons of the National Hockey League, twelve seasons of the Canadian Football League and two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays.
In late 2002, Young was instrumental in the founding of the Golden Sports Network in Pittsburgh, New York and Toronto as vice-president of production. As an actor he appeared in 2002 in the ESPN movie "A Season on the Brink", the story of Indiana basketball legend Bobby Knight starring Brian Dennehy.
The former winner of the "ACTRA Sports Broadcaster of the Year" award in Canada and former high school teacher possesses two university degrees, and has been a guest lecturer in the Sociology of Sports at numerous universities. Young has taught journalism and developed the broadcasting curriculum for three community colleges.
He has also been actively involved in a number of charitable endeavors including Big Brothers, Rainbow Society, Association for Community Living, Special Olympics and the Alzheimer Society. He sits on the board of the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation and is a past honorary chairman of the Lakehead University Alumni Association Fundraising committee.
The North American Formula Renault Championships are sanctioned by Grand American, and provide a ladder for drivers to develop their talent, with a full in-house open-wheel progression available. The Formula Renault V6 Championship is the top rung on the North American Formula Renault Championship ladder, which also includes the North American Formula Renault 1600 Championship and the North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship. The Formula Renault V6 is expected to make its North American competition debut in the latter stages of the 2004 North American Formula Renault 2000 season.