INCREASED NETWORK PRESENCE FEATURED ON 2006 CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES TELEVISION SCHEDULE
INDIANAPOLIS (November 4, 2005) -- Continuing a steady growth pattern that has gained momentum over the last three seasons, the Champ Car World Series today announced an even stronger television package for the 2006 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season.
The 2006 package features seven events to be broadcast on CBS Sports and NBC with the remaining eight races to be aired on cable motorsports leader SPEED Channel. The seven Champ Car races on CBS Sports and NBC are the most to be shown on network television since the 2002 season.
"There is no question that Champ Car has made great strides in the last twelve months and we believe that the continued growth is evident in our 2006 television package," said Champ Car President Steve Johnson. "Our network broadcasts showed steady increases in 2005 and we expect that trend to continue next season as we build our relationship with our valued television partners."
The television schedule begins with network coverage of the season-opening Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 9, on NBC. The network will also cover one of Champ Car's highly-successful new events the Grand Prix of San Jose July 30, as well as Montreal on August 27th.
Once again, CBS Sports will broadcast four consecutive Champ Car races live in the months of June and July airing Portland, Cleveland and Toronto. With huge crowds at last year's premiere event, the Grand Prix of Edmonton will now debut on the network July 23rd.
"CBS Sports is excited to continue our relationship with Champ Car," said Rob Correa, Senior Vice-President, Programming, CBS Sports. "We look forward to bringing race fans the best of the Champ Car World Series."
The SPEED Channel broadcasts, commencing May 13 with the inaugural Champ Car Grand Prix of Houston, will each be preceded by a 30-minute qualifying show to air the evening prior to the race. The package, which provides an overall increase in the hours of Champ Car coverage on the channel, will include a one-hour preseason special, plus the development of a "lifestyle" program (dates/times to be announced). Also new for 2006, SPEED will re-air each of the fifteen Champ Car races on the schedule, providing fans with more opportunities and greater coverage of Champ Car action throughout the season.
"We are pleased to extend and expand our relationship with the Champ Car World Series," said Hunter Nickell, SPEED Channel Executive Vice President and General Manager. "We've worked together with the series to develop a comprehensive programming package that will deliver every minute of on-track action, along with multiple on- and off-track support programs."
In addition, SPEED will broadcast coverage of all twelve events from the Champ Car Atlantic Championship, plus a repeat air, thus allowing fans to closely follow the on-track exploits of the next generation of Champ Car stars as they battle for an unprecedented $2 million prize to be awarded to the series champion.
The Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford features some of the world's greatest drivers competing on the most diverse and exciting venues around the globe. Champions Sebastien Bourdais, Jimmy Vasser and Canadian Paul Tracy along with 2004 Roshfrans Rookie of the Year A. J. Allmendinger and Canadians Alex Tagliani and Andrew Ranger are among the series competitors. Drivers compete annually for the Vanderbilt Cup during three-day festivals of speed on oval circuits, temporary street circuits and permanent road courses.