Broadcast schedule for Daytona 24

SPEED Channel To Offer More Than 14 Hours of Live Coverage for Historic Rolex 24 at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 24, 2005) -- With one of the most prolific driver lineups in the 43-event history of the Rolex 24 At Daytona,...

SPEED Channel To Offer More Than 14 Hours of Live Coverage for Historic Rolex 24 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 24, 2005) -- With one of the most prolific driver lineups in the 43-event history of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, SPEED Channel has announced that it will provide 14-and-a-half hours of live television coverage for the twice-around-the-clock event at Daytona International Speedway on February 5-6.

SPEED begins its coverage at 12:00 Noon on February 5 and will carry all of the action through the first seven hours of the race. After a one-hour break, the telecast resumes at 8:00 p.m., with coverage continuing until 11:00 p.m. ET. The third and final segment of the telecast hits the airwaves at 8:00 a.m., running through the race's conclusion and including the post-race victory celebrations.

Providing play-by-play commentary will be Bob Varsha and Leigh Diffey, with David Hobbs and Dorsey Schroeder handling analyst duties. In the pits will be Calvin Fish, Brian Till and Chris Neville. Derek Bell, a three-time Rolex 24 At Daytona winner and grand marshal of this year's event, will also spend time in the broadcast booth.

In addition to the live coverage, SPEED Channel will also be following several top teams for a behind-the-scenes special entitled "Champions' Quest," which is scheduled to air on February 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Among the drivers SPEED will follow are 2003 Champ Car champion Paul Tracy, 2002 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson, 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice, and 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Kurt Busch as they compete in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

The official web site of the Grand American Road Racing Association, www.grandamerican.com, will supplement the SPEED Channel coverage with live timing & scoring information from throughout the weekend, as well as live audio.

Tickets for the Feb. 5-6 Rolex 24 At Daytona are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

The Grand American Road Racing Association, which sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series, is one of the fastest growing motorsports organizations in the United States. The 14-race 2005 Rolex Series schedule and the 11-race Grand-Am Cup calendar will deliver professional sports car racing to many key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED Channel and distributed globally through ESPN International. With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA, the Rolex Sports Car Series showcases emerging and legendary drivers from around the globe and thoroughbred racing machines from the industry's leading constructors and the world's top automobile manufacturers. Learn more about Grand American at www.grandamerican.com.

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