HDNet to broadcast Shell Grand Prix of Denver live on high-definition television. DENVER (August 29, 2002) - Following the success of the first-ever high-definition broadcast of North American auto racing during the Marconi Grand Prix of...
HDNet to broadcast Shell Grand Prix of Denver live on high-definition television.
DENVER (August 29, 2002) - Following the success of the first-ever high-definition broadcast of North American auto racing during the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank, HDNet and CART announced they will team up again to provide HDTV coverage of Friday and Saturday qualifying as well as the first-ever high-definition coverage of a live auto race at this weekend's Shell Grand Prix of Denver.
The cutting-edge technology of HDTV meets auto racing in the high-tech world of CART as HDNet, in conjunction with CART broadcast partner SPEED Channel, will broadcast the Friday and Saturday qualifying sessions from downtown Denver on its all high-definition network, which is available on DIRECTV channel 199. The Friday session will be shown on a tape-delayed basis at 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time, with Saturday's final qualifying airing live at 3:30 p.m ET. The coverage expands this weekend to include the 115-lap CART FedEx Championship Series event, covering a live North American auto race for the first time with Sunday's Shell Grand Prix of Denver. The HD broadcasts will be produced using HDNet's HD mobile production units, cameras and crew; along with SPEED Channel's graphics and announcers.
"Fans of CART racing are the perfect audience for high definition TV, so we are pleased to enter into this relationship with CART," said Mark Cuban, President of HDNet. "HDNet is proud to bring this high-speed action to HDTV viewers, as we continue to set the standard for quality sports, news and entertainment programming."
"We are proud that the people at HDNet have chosen the CART FedEx Championship Series as the first racing series to showcase their technology," said CART Vice-President of Marketing Steve Fusek. "It says a lot for our upscale fans and their willingness to embrace new technology, that HDNet decided that we were the perfect fit for them. Fans responded to us and to HDNet after Cleveland and we are pleased that HDNet wanted to continue broadcasting the exciting action of our series."
HDNet, (www.hd.net), the leader in high definition broadcasting, produces and televises more hours of HDTV programming each week than any other network. Available on DIRECTV channel 199, HDNet broadcasts a full schedule of sports, entertainment and news programming. Featured programming includes live Major League Baseball and National Hockey League games, NBC's HDTV coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games and the Triple Crown, and the first-ever HDTV war-zone reports. Co-founded by Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, HDNet is available at no extra charge to all DIRECTV customers with an HDTV set, receiver, and elliptical dish.
Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the CART FedEx Championship Series. Current points leader Cristiano da Matta, along with former series champions Michael Andretti and Jimmy Vasser, are among the stars battling for the 2002 FedEx Championship Series title with championship-winning teams such as Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Newman/Haas Racing, Patrick Racing and Team KOOL Green. 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 19-race 2002 CART FedEx Championship Series will be broadcast by new television partners, CBS, FOX and SPEED Channel. CART also owns and operates its top development series, the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. Learn more about CART's open-wheel racing series at www.cart.com.