SPEED Channel readies for Stars assault on prime time. INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 6, 2002) -- The 2002 CART Stars of Tomorrow presented by Snap-on.com Grand Nationals broadcast on SPEED premieres today with two showings in prime time to the ...
SPEED Channel readies for Stars assault on prime time.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (December 6, 2002) -- The 2002 CART Stars of Tomorrow presented by Snap-on.com Grand Nationals broadcast on SPEED premieres today with two showings in prime time to the channel's 63 million subscribers nationally.
"This will surely be the largest viewing audience for an American kart race in recent history" said Stars founder Bryan Herta. "With SPEED's growing subscriber base and the coveted time slots we are eager to expose a new audience to this exciting motorsport and to the excellent drivers we have in the series."
The program will air on the racing network at 7pm Eastern Time/4pm Pacific and then later Friday evening at 12 midnight Eastern/9pm Pacific. Several rebroadcasts are also planned, including one the following day.
"Getting a chance to highlight the CART Stars of Tomorrow is a unique opportunity," said SPEED Channel President Jim Liberatore. "So many drivers experienced their first taste of competition in karting and our viewers certainly will enjoy the opportunity to see some of the drivers getting their start through this program. SPEED is dedicated to being the home of racing heroes of yesterday, today and tomorrow."
The broadcast was produced by AGP, Inc., which is comprised of sports television and film veterans Greg Gears and Charlie Stark. The duo not only brought in a complete production set-up, including in-kart positions to follow the on-track action of the event run last month in Las Vegas, but enlisted racing champion and popular Champ Car announcer Tommy Kendall to host the show.
Stark commented on the opportunity to cover this event. " I am very excited to work with the Stars staff and my partner Greg Gears to produce a television show that, hopefully, will capture the drama and excitement that is kart racing. These young racer/athletes are the future of motorsports. They are fun! They are bright! And what they do will take your breath away. I am very pleased to be a part of this dynamic event."
Joining Kendall in the announcers' booth will be Danielle Martin. Popular karting announcer and Shifter Kart Illustrated editor Rob Howden will be providing expert insight on the action.
The 2002 CART Stars of Tomorrow presented by Snap-on.com SPEED Channel Broadcast Schedule:
Friday, Dec. 6 - 7pm Eastern / 4pm Pacific
Friday, Dec. 6 - 12am Eastern / 9pm Pacific
Saturday, Dec. 7 - 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific
Friday, Dec. 13 - 1pm Eastern / 10am Pacific
Friday, Dec. 20 - 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific
The CART 'Stars of Tomorrow' karting series is the official first level in CART's driver development system. Founded by racing star Bryan Herta and now owned in conjunction with a group of racing veterans, including three-time CART champion and Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal, the Stars of Tomorrow serves as the first step for the CART driver development ladder. Stars focuses on recognizing the skills of the drivers rather than the technology development within the machines, using FIA/CIK international standards. More information can be found at www.cartstars.com.
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