Champ Car World Series Signs Agreement With Eurosport For Live Television Coverage of Entire 2005 Champ Car Season.
INDIANAPOLIS (December 9, 2004) -- The international flavor of the Champ Car World Series is evident in the cultural diversity of its lineup, not only in its drivers, but also in the teams, sponsors and fans that make up the ultra-competitive open-wheel racing series.
The international following of the series will be enhanced further in 2005 as the Champ Car World Series today reached an agreement with Eurosport for live coverage of each of the events on the 2005 schedule. The most widely available channel in Europe, Eurosport programming is available in 19 different languages, reaches 98 million households and 240 million viewers across 54 nations.
"This is a major step forward for Champ Car and will provide many new opportunities for us in the coming season," said Champ Car CEO and President Dick Eidswick. "With young, exciting European drivers such as Sebastien Bourdais and Justin Wilson enjoying great success last year, the popularity of Champ Car in Europe increased tremendously and we are excited to bring Champ Car racing to our many fans on the European continent."
In addition to the live race coverage on Eurosport, the agreement calls for extensive coverage on the company's vast multimedia platform with coverage on eurosport.com and Eurosportnews. Eurosport.com has established itself as one of the leading pan-European sports websites with up to 120 million page views per month in five languages while the Eurosportnews channel provides up-to-the-minute sports coverage to 18 million homes in over 70 different countries.
"Being the European partner of the Champ Car World Series consolidates Eurosport's development strategy in all motorsports," said Eurosport Managing Director of Broadcast Laurent-Eric Le Lay. "With its pan-European coverage, Eurosport will enable more viewers than ever to watch the thrilling action of the Champ Car World Series in 2005."
Additional international partners in the Champ Car television package are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.