Champ Car set to begin second season of Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford on CBS Sports. INDIANAPOLIS (May 1, 2003) - CART Champ Car racing begins it 2003 run of CBS Sports programming with this weekend's...
Champ Car set to begin second season of Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford on CBS Sports.
INDIANAPOLIS (May 1, 2003) - CART Champ Car racing begins it 2003 run of CBS Sports programming with this weekend's Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Season Preview/Qualifying show from the historic Brands Hatch circuit in Kent, England (Sunday, May 4 - 12:00 p.m. ET), with CBS coverage continuing throughout the summer and early fall.
"We're thrilled to welcome CBS Sports back for another year of CART Champ Car coverage," said CART Champ Car President and CEO Christopher R. Pook. "The relationship that we started with CBS last year has proven to be extremely beneficial for all parties, and we expect to grow that relationship even more in 2003. CBS Sports is highly-regarded for its sports programming, and the combination of CBS' reputation with the dynamic coverage elements of Lingner Group Productions will certainly portray CART Champ Car racing in a dramatic and entertaining fashion."
CBS Sports will carry seven of the remaining 16 events on the 2003 Champ Car World Series schedule in addition to the Season Preview/Qualifying show. The racing action on CBS kicks off with a "doubleheader" on the weekend of May 10-11, with the broadcast of the inaugural London Champ Car Trophy from Brands Hatch airing on Saturday, May 10 beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET and the German 500 from EuroSpeedway Lausitz airing at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 11.
The next event on CBS Sports will be Round 7 - The Grand Prix of Monterey from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca - which will be televised live beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 15. One week later, the Champ Car World Series will once again have live CBS coverage for the Grand Prix of Portland Featuring the G.I. Joe's 200 at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 22.
CBS Sports will broadcast the first-ever Champ Car temporary circuit event to be run at night with coverage of U.S. Bank Presents The Cleveland Grand Prix airing at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 6, and will again have live coverage of the Molson Indy Toronto on Sunday, July 13 beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.
The final CBS Sports Champ Car telecast of 2003 will be the Grand Prix Americas from Miami's Bayfront Park, which will be carried live in some markets beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 28, and will be aired on a tape-delayed basis in the remaining markets following the network's National Football League coverage later in the afternoon. CBS' broadcast of the 2002 Grand Prix Americas was the highest-rated Champ Car telecast of the season.
The CBS Sports announcing team will consist of regular CART Champ Car announcers, with Bob Varsha handling the play-by-play duties alongside analyst Tommy Kendall. Calling the action from pit lane will be former drivers Calvin Fish and Derek Daly, with Daly also serving as the host. Indianapolis-based Lingner Group Productions, Inc. will continue to produce and direct the broadcasts.
Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. Veteran racing teams such as Newman/Haas Racing, Player's/Forsythe Racing, Team Rahal, Patrick Racing and Walker Racing will compete with many new teams this year in pursuit of the Vanderbilt Cup. CART Champ Cars are thoroughbred racing machines that reach speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, showcasing the technical expertise of manufacturers such as Ford Motor Company, Lola Cars, Reynard Motorsport and Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC. The 18-race 2003 Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford will be broadcast by television partners CBS and SPEED Channel. CART also owns and operates its top development series, the Toyota Atlantic Championship. Learn more about CART's open-wheel racing series at www.champcarworldseries.com.