CHAMPCAR/CART: SPEED to air Houston qualifying

SPEED TO BEGIN COVERAGE OF CHAMP CAR BRIDGESTONE POLE POSITION QUALIFYING WITH THIS WEEKEND'S GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON INDIANAPOLIS (May 10, 2006) -- The new temporary race circuit set up on the grounds of Houston's Reliant Park will provide a...

SPEED TO BEGIN COVERAGE OF CHAMP CAR BRIDGESTONE POLE POSITION QUALIFYING WITH THIS WEEKEND'S GRAND PRIX OF HOUSTON

INDIANAPOLIS (May 10, 2006) -- The new temporary race circuit set up on the grounds of Houston's Reliant Park will provide a stern test for the stars of the Champ Car World Series this weekend, and fans will get a chance to see how teams deal with the new track as they prepare for Saturday's race, as SPEED launches its 2006 Bridgestone Pole Position Qualifying coverage on May 13.

SPEED will cover all of the action of Thursday and Friday Bridgestone Pole Position Qualifying in Houston and will air a 30-minute highlight show covering both sessions on Saturday morning from 12 -- 12:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The show will be the first of eight Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford qualifying broadcasts to take place in 2006, which includes coverage of rounds 12-15 as the fight for the Vanderbilt Cup comes down to its final stages.

"Qualifying is an important part of a Champ Car race weekend and we are pleased that our fans will be able to follow the action on SPEED." said Champ Car President Steve Johnson.

"The pressure and intensity of the qualifying sessions provide some of the greatest drama of the Champ Car World Series race weekends," said Al Speyer, executive director of Bridgestone Motorsport. "Getting that perfect qualifying lap requires the proper car set-up, mistake-free concentration and, of course, great Bridgestone tires. With the Bridgestone Pole Position Qualifying Show back for the second year, we can help bring that excitement into the homes of SPEED viewers everywhere to enjoy."

Additional Bridgestone Pole Position Qualifying shows will carry qualifying action from Monterrey, Mexico on May 20, Milwaukee on June 4, Denver on August 12, Road America on September 23, Ansan, South Korea on October 15, Surfers Paradise on October 22 and Mexico City on November 11.

"SPEED realizes that for the true race fan, the weekend's racing action really starts with qualifying," said Rick Miner, SPEED SVP of Programming & Production. "Without qualifying, it's like trying to pick up a book and read it from the middle ... to understand the entire story, you need to start at the beginning."

This weekend's coverage of the Grand Prix of Houston begins with Saturday morning's qualifying show on SPEED and culminates with live race coverage from Reliant Park with the green flag flying at 9 p.m. Eastern on SPEED.

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