CHAMPCAR/CART: International broadcast expanded

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES ANNOUNCES IMPROVED INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION PACKAGE FOR 2006 INDIANAPOLIS (April 3, 2006) -- Fans of the Champ Car World Series follow the series from every corner of the world, and in 2006 the series has put together a...

CHAMP CAR WORLD SERIES ANNOUNCES IMPROVED INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION PACKAGE FOR 2006

INDIANAPOLIS (April 3, 2006) -- Fans of the Champ Car World Series follow the series from every corner of the world, and in 2006 the series has put together a television package that allows all of those fans to watch the exploits of their favorite teams and drivers as they chase the prestigious Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford championship.

Champ Car will provide increased coverage of its races around the world in 2006, with a new international television package that brings race action to 170 countries via a number of respected broadcast partners. Eurosport will carry action from every stop on the Champ Car schedule to 57 countries in 15 different languages on its primary Eurosport channel. Ten of the 15 races will be shown live with the remaining races to receive same-day coverage. FOX Sports Latin America will carry live Champ Car events in Spanish throughout Latin America and the Caribbean while FOX Sports Middle East & Africa will service 60 countries with series coverage.

"As the Champ Car World Series becomes more of a destination for drivers from around the world, it is important that our television package allows all of our fans to be able to follow the series," said Champ Car President Steve Johnson. "Not only are we increasing the number of countries carrying our events, but we have also increased the amount of live coverage, which is something that our fans around the world have asked from us."

Canadian fans will have a new option for following the Champ Car World Series in 2006 as the entire 80-hour package on SPEED will be available in Canada for the first time. In addition, RDS will provide live and same-day coverage of the series for Canada's French-speaking population. Long-time partner Network Ten will carry Champ Car action to Australia fans each Monday evening along with news and features in its popular Sunday afternoon RPM magazine show.

Along with race and qualifying coverage, several other broadcast entities will keep fans up to date with the latest happenings in the Champ Car World Series via anthology shows such as Motors TV in Europe, AB Moteurs in France and world-wide shows such as Martini World Circuit. International news broadcasters will also be able to receive the latest footage from each Champ Car event through SNTV, which is a sports news service that provides video to more than 190 countries worldwide. The action from the 2006 season will also be made available to military personnel via the American Forces Network (AFN), which provides programming around the world.

In addition to the abovementioned television partners, Champ Car will continue to pursue further broadcast options in a number of countries both terrestrial and cable in order to bring all the action of the Champ Car World Series to fans around the world.

The 2006 Champ Car season gets underway this weekend with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which takes place April 7- 9. The first of the year's 15 races will get the green flag on Sunday, April 9 at 4 p.m. Eastern and can be seen live in the United States on NBC.

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