TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP RACES TO ONCE AGAIN BE BROADCAST WORLDWIDE THROUGH AMERICAN FORCES NETWORK INDIANAPOLIS (April 25, 2005) -- All 12 Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama events this season will once again be aired to...
TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP RACES TO ONCE AGAIN BE BROADCAST WORLDWIDE THROUGH AMERICAN FORCES NETWORK
INDIANAPOLIS (April 25, 2005) -- All 12 Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama events this season will once again be aired to U.S. service men and women around the globe through the official broadcast outlet of the U. S. Military -- the American Forces Network (AFN).
For the third consecutive year, the full season of Atlantic competition will be carried by AFN as it airs the complete one-hour SPEED Channel broadcast of each 2005 Atlantic race, produced by Mullin Production Group. Broadcast times will vary from race-to-race but each event will be aired in all 133 countries where the AFN signal brings world-class sports programming to U.S. troops around the world. U.S. ships at sea will also be able to watch races all season long though AFN.
"We're very happy to renew our partnership with the American Forces Network," said Vicki O'Connor, Managing Director of the Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama. "These men and women work so hard and are the real heroes and we're just happy that our racing can provide some enjoyment and entertainment while they're away from home doing their jobs."
U.S. Armed Forces were able to enjoy the wheel-to-wheel racing of the 2005 season-opening race in Long Beach in early April as Katherine Legge captured a historic victory and the troops are already looking forward to Round 2 of the Atlantic series to be run on May 22 in Monterrey, Mexico (tape-delayed U.S. broadcast on SPEED Channel - Saturday, May 28 at 2 p.m. ET).
"The popularity of open-wheel racing continues to expand within our Armed Forces," said Tim Mattox, Chief of Sports for the AFN Broadcast Center. "The AFN audience is as diversified as the fan base for the Toyota Atlantic Championship and just like stateside fans, our men and women in camouflage look forward to the speed and excitement of wheel-to-wheel racing. The only difference is that the time may be four in the morning where they are, and they may be below decks on a ship, in a 32' by 16' viewing tent or maybe sitting on an ammo can, outside a chow hall, in the desert. But most importantly, it's their opportunity to be trackside, if only for a short period of time."
For more information on the American Forces Network and to check updated broadcast dates and times, visit www.myafn.net.
The Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama continues to be the premier open-wheel development series in North America. The championship is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition and has helped produce past Champ Car champions Paul Tracy, Jimmy Vasser, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve. Current Champ Car competitors Alex Tagliani, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andrew Ranger and Ronnie Bremer are also established Toyota Atlantic graduates along with 2004 Champ Car Rookie of the Year and 2003 Atlantic champion A.J. Allmendinger. For more information on the Atlantic series, please visit www.toyotaatlantic.com.