DETROIT (Sept. 7, 2000) - More than five hours of Championship Auto Racing Teams programming - including the first live U.S. telecast in the 15-year history of the CART Dayton Indy Lights Championship - will be televised Sunday on ESPN ...
DETROIT (Sept. 7, 2000) - More than five hours of Championship Auto Racing Teams programming - including the first live U.S. telecast in the 15-year history of the CART Dayton Indy Lights Championship - will be televised Sunday on ESPN networks.
In total, 5½ hours of CART-related programming will be telecast by ESPN and ESPN2 with the majority originating from the Honda Grand Prix of Monterey at Laguna Seca Raceway. That event features the Shell 300, Round 16 of the FedEx Championship Series (ESPN, live, 3-5 p.m. ET), and will be followed by Round Nine of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship (ESPN2, live, 6-7 p.m. ET).
"The timing for this full run of CART television on ESPN and ESPN2 couldn't be better," said CART Vice President of Broadcasting Keith Allo. "Last weekend signaled the end of summer which typically means our race fans and most television viewers in general settle into a schedule of increased sports television viewing. When they tune in this Sunday, they will find an abundance and variety of CART programming to consider and that availability is critical in both retaining and building our audience."
The Dayton Indy Lights race is the first time CART's top-level development series has been showcased to a live audience in the U.S. and the first live Indy Lights telecast of any kind since 1997. That year's finale, a championship showdown between current CART Champ Car winners Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves at California Speedway, was broadcast live in Brazil.
"We are grateful to CART, ESPN and our friends at Laguna Seca Raceway in making this first live telecast of a Dayton Indy Lights Championship race possible," said Indy Lights President Roger Bailey. "This is the type of exposure the Dayton Indy Lights Championship needs and we are hopeful this will be the first of many more featured television shows in the years to come."
In addition to the Laguna Seca races, Sunday's lineup begins with the first of two telecasts of Saturday's Shell 300 qualifying on ESPN2 from 8:30-9:30 a.m. ET. An encore telecast of Shell 300 qualifying on ESPN2 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET will kick-off 3 ½ consecutive hours of FedEx Championship Series coverage from the Honda Grand Prix of Monterey. The qualifying encore will lead straight into the "CART 2Day" race preview show after which viewers can switch to ESPN for the live Shell 300 race.
In addition to the full Sunday lineup, a reair of last Sunday's Dayton Indy Lights Championship race from Vancouver will be telecast on ESPN2 on Friday from 2-3 p.m. ET. The special telecast was scheduled after the original airing was preempted.