NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES TELEVISION PACKAGE ANNOUNCED * Series returns to TSN with coverage of all 13 races * Season kicks off on May 30 with Crown Jewel 200 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 14, 2008) -- For the second...
NASCAR CANADIAN TIRE SERIES TELEVISION PACKAGE ANNOUNCED
* Series returns to TSN with coverage of all 13 races
* Season kicks off on May 30 with Crown Jewel 200
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 14, 2008) -- For the second consecutive season, TSN, Canada's Sports Leader, will be the exclusive broadcast partner of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Sirius Satellite Radio.
TSN will nationally televise 13 one-hour broadcasts -- one for each of the Series' 13 races. Coverage gets underway on May 30 at 12 midnight ET with the Crown Jewel 200, the first race of the season, taking place on the speedy 5/8-mile oval at Cayuga International Speedway.
The shows will be produced by James Robinson Associates Ltd. and will include race coverage, driver interviews and features. Dave Bradley will provide the play-by-play alongside colour analyst Billy Rowse Jr. Todd Lewis rounds out the broadcast team as pit reporter. The majority of race coverage will air in High Definition.
TSN's NASCAR Canadian Tire Series coverage complements the network's all-encompassing NASCAR programming, which includes full-season action of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series.
"The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series is coming off a fantastic inaugural season last year. TSN is looking forward to building on the series' success and delivering great competition and fast-paced excitement to racing fans across the country," said Phil King, President, TSN. "As NASCAR's popularity north of the border continues to grow, TSN is proud to support Canadian drivers and Canadian racing as part of the network's all-encompassing NASCAR coverage."
"TSN is a terrific partner and a strong supporter of Canadian motorsports," said George Silbermann, NASCAR Managing Director of Racing Operations. "Thanks to their continuing efforts, racing fans will again get to see all the excitement and drama of the nation's top drivers competing in Canada's premier stock car racing series."
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series runs on a variety of short tracks and road courses from Nova Scotia to British Columbia. The early season will be highlighted by the first visit to Autodrome St-Eustache in Quebec. A year ago, Quebec was home to a pair of hotly-contested battles between Kerry Micks and Quebec-native Andrew Ranger at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres. Micks edged Ranger on both occasions, but Ranger persevered and won the first NASCAR Canadian Tire Series title.
A trip to western Canada in mid-July will see the Canadian Tire Series visit SunValley Speedway in Vernon, B.C. and to Edmonton for the Rexall Edmonton Indy. Nineteen year-old J.R Fitzpatrick won both of these events last season in dramatic fashion on final-lap passes.
The season will culminate with a September trip to the maritime province of Nova Scotia and the season finale at Kawartha Speedway. The high-banked 1/3-mile track at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S. is a favorite among the competitors. The track is a scale model of the legendary Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.