INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Feb. 19, 2003) -- The 2002 Stars of Tomorrow presented by Snapon.com Grand Nationals karting classic will be featured this Saturday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. (EST) as part of CART's 2003 debut weekend on the SPEED Channel. Over a...
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Feb. 19, 2003) -- The 2002 Stars of Tomorrow presented by Snapon.com Grand Nationals karting classic will be featured this Saturday, Feb. 22, at 3 p.m. (EST) as part of CART's 2003 debut weekend on the SPEED Channel.
Over a half million viewers have already tuned into the telecast of the highly-competitive finale of the last year's Stars of Tomorrow karting series, the entry level ladder system for Championship Auto Racing Teams, and the SPEED Channel has brought back the entertaining one-hour highlight show this Saturday following the Champ Car World Series qualifying at the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
"I think it says a lot for the SPEED Channel's interest in karting to replay the Grand Nationals on CART's opening race weekend," said Bobby Rahal, the three-time CART champion and principal of the Stars of Tomorrow program. "The SPEED Channel gave karting some unprecedented coverage with the Snapon.com Grand Nationals and the response was outstanding. It shows that karting is entertaining to the racing viewer and we're working to expand the Stars of Tomorrow's television package in 2003."
The Snapon.com Grand Nationals' initial telecast was Dec. 6 and was rebroadcast additional times in December and January. Over 500,000 households have already viewed the Snapon.com Grand Nationals that was contested at the Xplex, south of Las Vegas. SPEED is currently available in over 63 million households in North America.
"The ratings prove that kart racing has a broad appeal," said Stars founder Bryan Herta. "SPEED's scheduling of additional broadcasts demonstrates their faith in Stars and the CART racing programs. It give us tremendous momentum for our 2003 racing and television plans."
Former racing champion Tommy Kendall hosts the telecast along with Danielle Martin, while karting expert and Shifter Kart Illustrated editor Rob Howden provides additional commentary in the one-hour broadcast.
"The Stars event was a wild and exciting telecast for me," said Kendall, the four-time Trans-Am champion. "The action was non-stop and the wheel-to-wheel competition was some of the best seen this year on SPEED."
The Snapon.com 'Stars of Tomorrow' karting series is the official first level in CART's driver development system and an officially sanctioned series of WKA/SCCA Pro Racing. Founded by Herta and now owned in conjunction with a group of racing veterans, including 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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