CHAMPCAR/CART: BBC to broadcast Rockingham 500

Britain's fastest ever motor race, the Rockingham 500 Champ Car event, will be shown on BBC2 Grandstand on Sunday 23rd September, the day after the race is run at Rockingham Motor Speedway, near Corby in Northamptonshire. Over one and a half...

Britain's fastest ever motor race, the Rockingham 500 Champ Car event, will be shown on BBC2 Grandstand on Sunday 23rd September, the day after the race is run at Rockingham Motor Speedway, near Corby in Northamptonshire.

Over one and a half hours of Sunday Grandstand will be allocated to the CART FedEx Championship Series race, which will be one of Britain's premier sporting events of the year. The BBC coverage will preview the race with footage from previous rounds of the Championship, which is known as "the fastest closed circuit racing in the world".

Viewers will be treated to the sight of the turbocharged, single-seat racers howling through Rockingham's four banked corners at speeds of up to four miles per minute. No less than 14 track cameras, including two 'robocams' mounted on the crash wall and an aerial camera on the Goodyear Airship, will ensure that not one millisecond of the action will be missed.

Interviews with key personalities from America's premier motor racing series will also give British viewers an in-depth insight into the spectacular sport. The BBC coverage will be presented by Suzy Perry, with race commentary from Lee Diffie and expert analysis from former Formula One and Champ Car ace Mark Blundell.

"We are delighted to win the rights to this premier event, which adds to our motorsport portfolio" said Pat Young, Head of Programmes and Planning, BBC Sport. "Only the BBC can bring these major events to the mass audience they deserve".

"The agreement between BBC Grandstand, CART and ESPN has created a unique package of TV coverage for what will be one of the greatest spectacles British motor sport has ever seen" said David Grace, Chief Executive of Rockingham Motor Speedway. "We are delighted that sports fans up and down the country will be able to enjoy access to the sport - and with the help of BBC's team of experts, we can be sure that all the nuances will be well interpreted for casual viewers and keen enthusiasts alike."

"One thing is for sure" says Grace, "BBC Grandstand viewers will have never seen anything like it before. They'd better fasten their seat belts!"

-RMS-

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