Live television coverage of Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach to be carried in the United States on over-the-air Fox Network DETROIT (March 18, 2002) - Officials from Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach...
Live television coverage of Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach to be carried in the United States on over-the-air Fox Network
DETROIT (March 18, 2002) - Officials from Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART), the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach and FOX Sports announced today that live television coverage of the 28th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be carried on the over-the-air FOX Television Network in the United States.
"Our goal is to provide big event, high quality sports programming to our viewers, and we believe we have done that once again by airing our first CART event," said Ed Goren, President of FOX Sports. "CART has had an impressive ratings impact on the re-launched SPEED Channel, and we hope that the platform of network television helps increase the exposure of this exciting brand of racing."
The race is scheduled to air live in a two-and-a-half hour window beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 14. This will mark the first time in the 23-year-history of CART that one of its events will air on the FOX network.
"While the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will always be special to me for obvious reasons, I am most pleased as the president and CEO of CART that we have been able to add a network of FOX's stature to our already stellar group of broadcasters for 2002," said Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach founder and current CART President and CEO Christopher R. Pook. "There is no doubt that the FOX network has broken new ground in the world of sports broadcasting over the past decade, and I believe that having FOX on board with CART and the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be a successful venture for all involved. This is also a direct reflection of the strength of CART's new television package with SPEED Channel, that is part of the overall FOX family of networks. To have such a strong presence with a television group of this stature and power is an incredible plus for CART and our race event organizer partners."
The broadcast team will be the same as what is currently used for CART's telecasts on SPEED Channel, with Derek Daly serving as the host, Bob Varsha and Tommy Kendall in the play-by-play booth and Scott Pruett and Calvin Fish working pit lane. The race will be produced by Indianapolis-based Lingner Group Productions.
"Obviously, we're delighted at the opportunity to have our event carried on a prestigious network like FOX," said Grand Prix Association of Long Beach President and CEO, Jim Michaelian. "This broadcast will create an excellent showcase for our sponsors and partners. I'd like to thank FOX and CART, and especially our partner, Toyota, and its agency, Saatchi & Saatchi, for their hard work in bringing this to fruition."
While the race itself will air on FOX, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend will enjoy a total of seven hours of television coverage between FOX and the FOX-owned SPEED Channel. The first round of qualifying on Friday, April 12 will air live on SPEED Channel from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. ET, with the 30-minute, magazine-style "CART Friday Night" slated for 10:30 p.m. ET.
On Saturday, April 13, the final round of qualifying airs live on SPEED Channel from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. On Sunday, April 14, same-day, tape-delayed coverage of the second round of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship is scheduled for 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. ET, leading directly into the live broadcast of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, CART FedEx Championship Series event at 3:30 p.m. ET.
The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is owned and operated by Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, Inc., a subsidiary of Dover Downs Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: DVD). Dover Downs Entertainment, Inc. operates a multi-purpose entertainment complex that includes Dover International Speedway, conducting two NASCAR Winston Cup auto racing weekends per year; Nashville Superspeedway near Nashville, Tenn.; Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis, Mo. and Memphis Motorsports Park near Memphis, Tenn. The Company will also organize and promote the Grand Prix of Denver in 2002. Dover also operates pari-mutuel harness horse racing, pari-mutuel wagering on simulcast harness and thoroughbred horse races and video lottery (slot) machine operations in Dover, Del.
Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the CART FedEx Championship Series. Former series champions Michael Andretti and Jimmy Vasser are among the stars who will battle for the 2002 FedEx Championship Series title on ovals, temporary street circuits and permanent road courses. CART Champ Cars are thoroughbred racing machines that travel at speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, showcasing the technical expertise of manufacturers such as American Honda, Ford Motor Company, Toyota, Lola Cars, Reynard Motorsport, and Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire, LLC. The 20-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.