IRL Infiniti Pro Series events return to ESPN2 in 2003. INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003 - All 2003 Indy Racing League Infiniti Pro Series events will be broadcast on ESPN2 in the United States and distributed worldwide through ESPN ...
IRL Infiniti Pro Series events return to ESPN2 in 2003.
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2003 - All 2003 Indy Racing League Infiniti Pro Series events will be broadcast on ESPN2 in the United States and distributed worldwide through ESPN International, series officials announced Jan. 22.
Produced by IMS Productions, the 30-minute shows will feature race coverage and unique profiles of Infiniti Pro Series drivers and teams. Each race will be televised within two weeks of the event, with the July 6 race at Kansas scheduled to air at 7 p.m. (EDT) on race day.
"We're delighted to continue our relationship with our partners at ESPN2 as we grow the Infiniti Pro Series," said Roger Bailey, executive director of the Infiniti Pro Series. "As they did last year, the shows will feature great race action and the driver profiles that allow fans to get up-close-and-personal with the stars of the Infiniti Pro Series."
Veteran motorsports commentators Dr. Jerry Punch and Amy East will serve as host and pit reporter, respectively, for the 30-minute shows. An IRL IndyCar Series driver analyst will join Punch in the booth at each race.
The second season of the Infiniti Pro Series will begin with the Miami 100 on March 2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The 100-mile Infiniti Pro Series "sprints" will take place at the same track and on the same weekend as IRL IndyCar Series events except for the Indianapolis race, which is tentatively scheduled to take place May 24 at Indianapolis Raceway Park, the evening before the 87th Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Infiniti Q45 engines will power Dallara Automobili chassis built for the series, with Firestone Firehawk tires used exclusively on all cars. The V8 engines will produce approximately 450 horsepower for the single-seat winged chassis, providing an ideal training ground for the 650-horsepower, single-seat winged cars of the IRL IndyCar Series.
<pre> 2003 IRL Infiniti Pro Series Television Schedule
Race Date Track ESPN2 Broadcast Date Time Sunday, March 2 Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday, March 7 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 22 Phoenix International Raceway Friday, March 28 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24*(**) Indianapolis Raceway Park Tuesday, June 3 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14 Pikes Peak International Raceway Saturday, June 28 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 6 Kansas Speedway Sunday, July 6 7 p.m. Friday, July 18** Nashville Superspeedway Monday, July 21 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27 Michigan International Speedway Thursday, July 31 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 Gateway International Raceway Tuesday, Aug. 12 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16** Kentucky Speedway Monday, Aug. 18 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 Chicagoland Speedway Thursday, Sept. 11 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 California Speedway Thursday, Sept. 25 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11 T exas Motor Speedway Friday, Oct. 17 3:30 p.m.
All times Eastern (New York) * -- tentative ** -- night race