North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship announces television production partnership North American Formula Renault organizers announced an agreement today with Image Productions to produce thirteen 30-minute shows for ...
North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship announces television production partnership
North American Formula Renault organizers announced an agreement today with Image Productions to produce thirteen 30-minute shows for television broadcast of the North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship. The format will be a half-hour magazine-style show focused on each race meeting, which will provide significant marketing advantages to the drivers and teams racing in the North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship.
The broadcasts will include highlights from each race and will feature interviews with the top finishers. The magazine-style format will also create the opportunity to give viewers a 'behind the scenes' look at a race weekend in the ultra-competitive environment of North American Formula Renault, as well as feature segments highlighting the series, sponsors, drivers, and teams as they fight for the championship and the comprehensive prize package valued at $315,000.
"We have been hard at work as we continue to develop all the elements necessary to successfully promote and develop the North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship, and this is a very big step for our drivers and teams, so we are very much excited to have a company like Image partner with us," said RaceTeam Promotions President John Kolody.
Image Productions was founded in 1995 and is a full service production company. Image has extensive experience in motorsports, and was most recently involved with producing hour-long shows for the CASCAR West Auto racing series for the Sportsnet network in Canada.
Don Windsor, award-winning producer and president of Image Productions, has over his thirty-one years experience working in television, including fifteen years with the Canadian network CTV working as a producer, editor, and director of photography for major sports events including the Olympics, NHL Hockey, and CASCAR. Windsor is no stranger to the motorsports world either, with personal experience racing in karts as well as running a kart part-supply company in addition to several seasons in Canadian Formula Ford.
"This is an exciting opportunity for Image, and with the magazine format, we can really explore some of the inner workings of the series and give these talented youngsters an opportunity to shine," said Windsor "This series has some fantastic racing, from the standing starts to the checkered flag, with so many hungry drivers competing for their futures, it really makes for some great television, so there are plenty of stories to cover in the paddock."
Series officials are working to finalize agreements regarding the broadcast of the programs, and an announcement is expected soon. Image Productions is also working to finalize the on-air talent for the program, and is likewise expected to make that announcement this week.
The North American Formula Renault Championships are sanctioned by Grand American, and provide a ladder for drivers to develop their talent, with a full in-house open-wheel progression available. The Formula Renault V6 Championship is the top rung on the North American Formula Renault Championship ladder, which also includes the North American Formula Renault 1600 Championship and the North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship. The Formula Renault V6 is expected to make its North American competition debut in the latter stages of the 2004 North American Formula Renault 2000 season.