IRL: Indy 500: XM to provide coverage

XM PROVIDES EXCLUSIVE SATELLITE RADIO COVERAGE OF THE 91ST INDIANAPOLIS 500 WASHINGTON, DC, May 17, 2007 - XM, the exclusive home to racing's biggest stars, today announced that it will provide a full slate of programming for the 91st...


WASHINGTON, DC, May 17, 2007 - XM, the exclusive home to racing's biggest stars, today announced that it will provide a full slate of programming for the 91st Indianapolis 500, starting on Wednesday, May 23, and extending until the checkered flag is waved on Sunday, May 27. The race and other Indy 500 programming will be broadcast on XM Sports Nation (XMSN), XM's 24-hour sports channel (XM 144).

XM's coverage of the Indy 500 will begin Wednesday, May 23, with a special edition of "The Andretti Green Racing Hour" recorded live from the XM Stage trackside in Indianapolis. The show will feature Andretti Green Racing's drivers Danica Patrick, Marco Andretti, Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan, as well as Andretti Green co-owner and IndyCar racing legend Michael Andretti.

On Thursday, May 24, popular motorsports host Claire B. Lang will serve double-duty as she covers NASCAR qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600, as well as Indy 500 coverage on her "Dialed In" show from 4:00-7:00 p.m. ET. Claire will be joined regularly from "Powershift" host Joe Castello who will provide insight direct from the Indy track. Next up Thursday, Joe Castello's "Powershift" will air from Indianapolis from 8:00-10:00 p.m. ET.

T.J. Rives, host of "XMSN This Morning," will join the XM team broadcasting live from Indy with a special Indy 500 edition of his daily morning show to air Friday, May 25 from 6:00-8:00 a.m. ET. Later that afternoon, Joe Castello will again be hosting a special trackside edition of "Powershift" on on the Chevy Stage from 2:00-4:00 p.m. ET, followed by "Dialed In" with Claire B. Lang live trackside at the Indy 500 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. ET. .

On Saturday, May 26, T.J. Rives and Joe Castello will co-host a "Total Access Special" airing at 2:00-4:30 p.m. ET, giving fans the inside scoop on the big event itself. Sunday T.J and Joe will co-host a live, pre-race show at the Chevy Stage from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET, with the live broadcast of the race itself immediately following.

Also on Saturday, NASCAR fans can hear their beloved host Claire B. Lang in a special edition of "Dialed In" live from Charlotte, NC, from 10:00-11:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 27.

"XM's coverage on XM Sports Nation is the closest to the track IndyCar racing fans will get without a pit pass," said Kevin Straley, senior vice president of talk programming, XM. "Motorsports fans, from Indy to American Le Mans to NASCAR, will find themselves in the driver's seat on XM Sports Nation."

In addition to the ongoing Indy 500 race coverage on XMSN, popular rocker Chris Daughtry will perform for fans at the track just prior to driver introductions on Race Day as part of the XM Concert Series.

Indy fans with the opportunity to hear to XMSN coverage at various listening kiosks throughout the track, as well as purchase new radios and devices. Fans can visit the number of XM-branded locations for giveaways and to enter to win free XM Radios. Additionally, XM and Honda will display the No. 7 Honda Dallara in the main lobby of the Marriott Downtown, along with the No. 27, No. 11 and No. 26 show cars.

XM is the sports leader in satellite radio with more than 5,000 live sporting events a year, plus exclusive XM shows hosted by NASCAR superstars Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jimmie Johnson, baseball legend Cal Ripken, and Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. In addition to live coverage of IndyCar Series races, XM airs Major League Baseball, college basketball and football, the PGA TOUR, the National Hockey League, and the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament. XM also carries the sports talk channels XM Sports Nation, ESPN Radio, ESPNews, and Fox Sports Radio.

About XM Satellite Radio
XM (Nasdaq: XMSR) is America's number one satellite radio service with more than 8 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City, Chicago and Nashville at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM offers 170 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: commercial-free music channels, premier sports, talk, comedy, children's and entertainment programming; and the most advanced traffic and weather information.

XM, the leader in satellite-delivered entertainment and data services for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Porsche Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota, is available in 140 different vehicle models for 2007. XM's industry-leading products are available at consumer electronics retailers nationwide.


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Michael Andretti , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Jimmie Johnson , Marco Andretti , Danica Patrick