NBC Sports Brings Veteran Motorsports Broadcast Crew To Opening Weekends Of Champ Car World Series Competition
INDIANAPOLIS (March 9, 2007) -- NBC Sports will lead the Champ Car World Series out of the gate in 2007 as the network carries the season-opening Vegas Grand Prix April 8, followed by the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach April 15, and will use a seasoned broadcast team to carry all of the open-wheel action to the fans.
NASCAR on NBC hosts Bill Weber and Wally Dallenbach Jr. will be joined by former Champ Car driver Jon Beekhuis in the play-by-play booth while Marty Snider, Bill Stephens and Cameron Steele will provide timely updates from the pits.
Weber, who started his television career in Indianapolis, has covered a myriad of motorsports in a career that saw him move into the host role for NBC's NASCAR coverage in 2005. Dallenbach, who is the son of Champ Car great and former Chief Steward Wally Dallenbach, is an accomplished former driver who has won Trans-Am championships, 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring titles, and who competed in Champ Car and NASCAR before heading to the broadcast booth in 2001. Beekhuis also competed in Champ Car as a driver before taking up the microphone 15 years ago. A veteran of Champ Car broadcasts, he served as a pit reporter for the series telecasts last season.