CHAMPCAR/CART: New television partners announced

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford To Have Six Events Broadcast Live on Network Television in 2005 INDIANAPOLIS (December 13, 2004) -- The Champ Car World Series today announced a set of new television partners...

Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered By Ford To Have Six Events Broadcast Live on Network Television in 2005

INDIANAPOLIS (December 13, 2004) -- The Champ Car World Series today announced a set of new television partners for 2005, reaching agreements with CBS Sports and NBC for the upcoming Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season.

The new agreements give the open-wheel racing series an increased presence on network television in 2005. CBS Sports will broadcast four consecutive events live beginning in June, while NBC will carry two events including the April 10 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

"We are pleased with the opportunity to secure live network coverage for six of our events in 2005, and are excited about the relationships with both CBS and NBC," said Champ Car President Dick Eidswick. "This agreement allows for the Champ Car World Series to reach a greater audience, which is vital as we continue to grow. We believe this package with provide great benefits to the series and will provide greatly-increased exposure for our business partners as well as our teams and our drivers."

CBS Sports, which last broadcast Champ Car World Series races in 2003, will provide flag-to-flag coverage of four consecutive events beginning with the June 4 race in Milwaukee. Races in Portland (June 19), Cleveland (June 26) and Toronto (July 10) will also be shown on CBS Sports.

"CBS Sports is excited to be back televising the premiere open-wheel racing series in the United States." said CBS Sports Senior Vice-President of Programming Rob Correa.

The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be shown live on NBC on April 10 as the Champ Cars take to the streets of Southern California for the 22nd time for what is one of the marquee events on the series schedule. In addition, NBC will show the August 28 race from Montreal's Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. This season marks the first time that NBC has broadcast a Champ Car World Series race since 1994.

The television schedule for the remaining events on the 2005 schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

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