Grand American signs SPEED Channel contract extension through 2006.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 24, 2003) -- Grand American Road Racing Association announced today that is has extended its contract with SPEED Channel through 2006. SPEED Channel will continue as the exclusive North American broadcaster of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup Series.
"SPEED Channel is the perfect home for Grand American Road Racing. It has been an integral part of our growth since the beginning, and now we will continue that growth together in the coming season," said Grand American President Roger Edmondson.
"SPEED Channel has enjoyed a long relationship with Grand American Road Racing and keeping the Rolex Sports Car Series on SPEED through 2006 is a natural move for this network," said SPEED Channel President Jim Liberatore. "We look forward to working with the team at Grand American in demonstrating our commitment to American road racing and continuing the evolution of SPEED Channel television coverage."
As part of the contract extension, SPEED Channel will broadcast all of the Rolex Sports Car Series events through 2006, with a minimum of six live races in 2004, seven in 2005 and eight in 2006. The Rolex Series premier event - the Rolex 24 At Daytona - is guaranteed a minimum of 12 hours of live coverage each year.
SPEED Channel will also continue its coverage of the Grand-Am Cup Series, broadcasting all the series' races run in conjunction with the Rolex Sports Car Series on a tape delayed basis.
In 2003, SPEED Channel is the exclusive U.S. cable home for many of the top motorsports series in the world, including Formula 1, The Champ Car World Series, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the Rolex Sports Car Series, USAC, World Rally, ASA, IHRA, 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.
SPEED Channel's coverage of Grand American racing dates back to the 2000 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Since that inaugural event, SPEED Channel has broadcast every Rolex Sports Car Series race, a total of 34 to date. The network's extensive coverage will continue with a live broadcast from Phoenix International Raceway of the Phoenix 250 on Saturday, May 3 at 9 p.m. ET. SPEED Channel will also air both Grand-Am Cup Twin 200s from Phoenix on Saturday, May 10 at noon and 1 p.m. ET.
For SPEED Channel availability and a complete program guide online visit www.speedtv.com. Additional information about the Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-am Cup Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.