CHAMPCAR/CART: 2007 Broadcast team announced

Veteran Voices Rick Benjamin and Jon Beekhuis To Head Champ Car Broadcast Team for 2007 INDIANAPOLIS (March 8, 2007) -- The Champ Car World Series treks through new television territory in 2007, but the viewers will have a seasoned crew guiding...

Veteran Voices Rick Benjamin and Jon Beekhuis To Head Champ Car Broadcast Team for 2007

INDIANAPOLIS (March 8, 2007) -- The Champ Car World Series treks through new television territory in 2007, but the viewers will have a seasoned crew guiding the tour as it circles the globe in pursuit of the prestigious Vanderbilt Cup.

Veteran broadcasters Rick Benjamin and Jon Beekhuis will head the Champ Car broadcast team for 2007, backed by a strong pit-road crew featuring Bill Stephens and Cameron Steele with Michelle Beisner returning to take viewers behind the scenes of a Champ Car weekend. The crew will be in place for each of the ABC/ESPN Champ Car events as well as the races on CBS Sports in 2007.

Benjamin returns for his fourth consecutive season as the broadcast host, calling upon his deep knowledge of motorsports to keep viewers up to date on everything that takes place during the race. He will be joined by former Champ Car driver Jon Beekhuis, who moves into the analyst role after serving as the lead pit reporter for the last two seasons. Beekhuis, who has 16 years of Champ Car broadcast experience under his belt, competed for four seasons in Champ Cars before moving behind the microphone.

"I'm honored to be returning to the booth for Champ Car again this season.," Benjamin said. "This will be my fourth year calling the action for North America's leading open-wheel racing series, and I couldn't be more excited. The new venues, new cars, drivers and teams, and new television partners in ESPN's family of networks add up to a landmark year for the Champ Car World Series. We'll see some incredible racing in Champ Car and the Champ Car Atlantics as well, and I'm looking forward to helping our fans everywhere enjoy all the excitement of these great series."

"If I hadn't been a driver I would have loved to have been a race engineer," said Beekhuis. "I'm fascinated not only with what happens behind the wheel, but by what happens behind the scenes with the technical guys. With new drivers, cars, gearboxes and standing starts for 2007, there will be plenty to talk about! Of course I wouldn't be doing this if it were not for ABC/ESPN giving me a shot 16 years ago, so I'm looking forward to working again with my friends from the network. Their philosophy is 'fact not fluff' -- which should be right up my alley!"

Stephens and Steele return for another season of pit reporting of the Champ Car World Series, Stephens working the open-wheel side of the sport after many years in drag racing, while Steele comes to reporting after a number of years in off-road racing. The duo will bring the fans an inside look at pit-road strategy while Beisner will bring series and event reporting to the broadcast, letting viewers see what happens away from the track on a Champ Car weekend.

-credit: ccws

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