EXPANDED SPEED LIVE BROADCAST HEADLINES 11th CONSECUTIVE YEAR AT LE MANS
SPEED TO PRODUCE 20 HOURS OF LIVE COVERAGE FROM THE WORLD'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS ENDURANCE RACE
SPEED has expanded its coverage from the world's most prestigious test of endurance racing -- the 24 Hours of Le Mans. LIVE from the fabled public roads and atmosphere of Circuit de la Sarthe, SPEED begins its 11th consecutive season at Le Mans with 20 hours of broadcast time June 17 at 10:30 am, ET. In addition, two shows highlighting test day and qualifying start at 9:30 am, ET.
"Once again, SPEED is honored to broadcast live from one of the world's foremost events," said Rick Miner, SPEED SVP of Programming/Production. "Le Mans is the ultimate challenge in endurance racing, while SPEED, being the ultimate motorsports network, is the only place to watch it."
Veteran SPEED announcer and sports car enthusiast Bob Varsha will anchor the play-by-play team; while Leigh Diffey and SPEED sports car racing voice, Greg Creamer, also take turns at the lead. Color will be provided by endurance racing legend David Hobbs and former Trans-Am Series titlist Dorsey Schroeder. SPEED sports car experts Calvin Fish, Brian Till, Andrew Marriott and Chris Neville will rotate pit reports throughout the event.
Varsha, the regular play-by-play voice for Formula One on SPEED, will be stepping behind the microphone for his 11th straight Le Mans broadcast.
"Le Mans is my favorite race in the world," Varsha said. "It's a wonderful combination of tradition, spectacle and worldwide appeal. The television coverage has come such a long way since those first broadcasts. Way back then, it was almost like the French would basically broadcast the race when they felt like it. Today, the French production team delivers a technologically precise creation that's much more artistically appealing.
"We're also receiving greater and greater pit access every year," Varsha continued. "Now, the teams are more comfortable when they see a SPEED microphone approaching in the hands of Calvin Fish or Andrew Marriott. We're there every year, so there's a certain comfort level which makes what we do -- a lot better. SPEED is an important outlet for them in the United States, and the people at Le Mans certainly want to appeal to the American market."
<pre> Le Mans broadcast schedule on SPEED (all times Eastern);
Saturday, June 17 9:30 a.m. Le Mans Test Day (Highlighted Coverage) 10 a.m. Le Mans Qualifying (Highlighted Coverage) 10:30 a.m. -- 3 p.m. 24 Hours of Le Mans (LIVE) 8 p.m. -- 2 a.m. 24 Hours of Le Mans (LIVE)
Sunday, June 18 2 -- 5 a.m. 24 Hours of Le Mans (LIVE, Radio Le Mans) 5 -- 11:30 a.m. 24 Hours of Le Mans (LIVE)
</pre> Radio Le Mans, which broadcasts the only English speaking radio content directly from Le Mans, will provide SPEED with early morning, at-event flavor, starting at 2 am.
SPEED, celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2006, is the nation's first and foremost cable network dedicated to motor sports and the passion for everything automotive. From racing to restoration, motorcycles to movies, SPEED delivers quality programming from the track to the garage. Now available in more than 71 million homes in North America, SPEED is among the fastest growing sports cable networks in the country and an industry leader in interactive TV, video on demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services.