ESPN RETURNS TO NEXTEL CUP WITH EXTENSIVE ALLSTATE 400 COVERAGE IMS Radio Network providing worldwide radio broadcast coverage INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, July 24, 2007 -- After a hiatus of almost seven years from NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race ...
ESPN RETURNS TO NEXTEL CUP WITH EXTENSIVE ALLSTATE 400 COVERAGE
IMS Radio Network providing worldwide radio broadcast coverage
INDIANAPOLIS, Tuesday, July 24, 2007 -- After a hiatus of almost seven years from NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race coverage, ESPN could not have picked a better event to make its return to the series: the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
ESPN and ESPN2 will together provide extensive live coverage and feature content leading up to ESPN's first broadcast of a NEXTEL Cup Series event since 2000 when it provides flag-to-flag coverage of the 2007 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard starting at 2 p.m. (ET) Sunday, July 29. A live, one-hour pre-race show will start at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 will provide live Allstate 400 at the Brickyard qualifying coverage from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28, followed by NEXTEL Cup "Happy Hour" practice coverage from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
ESPN's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard coverage team represents a wealth of veteran broadcast journalism experience. The on-air talent for the race broadcast: Brent Musburger, host; Dr. Jerry Punch, play-by-play; 1989 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion Rusty Wallace and two-time NASCAR champion crew chief Andy Petree, analysts; and Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little and Mike Massaro, pit reporters. Tim Brewer, a two-time championship crew chief, will report from the ESPN DISH Tech Center.
Popular ESPN broadcast journalist Suzy Kolber will play host to ESPN's "NASCAR Countdown" show from Indianapolis, along with analyst Brad Daugherty, at 1 p.m. July 29.
Draft Track, a technical innovation developed by ESPN and SportVision, will debut with the telecast of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard on July 29.
When ESPN's producers activate Draft Track, viewers will see air flowing over and behind race cars as they speed around the track, whether there is one car or a multi-car pack on the television screen. The Draft Track airflow visualization will change as the cars, in relation each other, change position in real time on the racetrack, including passing, racing side by side or when cars are lined up nose to tail. The new effect initially will be used on replays.
SPEED also will broadcast its lineup of popular NASCAR shows from Indianapolis on Allstate 400 at the Brickyard weekend, including "NASCAR Live!" at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. July 27, and 1:30 p.m. July 28, "Trackside" at 6 p.m. on July 27, "Go or Go Home" at 9:30 a.m. July 28, "NASCAR RaceDay" at 10 a.m. and noon on July 29, and "NASCAR Victory Lane" at 8 p.m. July 29.
Coverage of the 2007 Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Race Day begins on the IMS Radio Network at 1 p.m. (ET) July 29, and the network's experienced team of broadcast professionals will provide flag-to-flag coverage and post-race analysis of the event.
IMS Radio Network coverage of the event kicks off with the race preview from 5-6 p.m. (ET) Friday, July 27. The network will offer live coverage of NASCAR NEXTEL Cup qualifying from 10 a.m.-noon July 28, followed by a live wrap-up of Allstate 400 at the Brickyard Qualifying Day events from 5-6 p.m. that evening.
In addition to coverage all across America, the IMS Radio Network's broadcast of the race will be available around the globe. LeSea Broadcasting will provide coverage via short-wave radio. The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard is also on Sirius Satellite Radio's NASCAR channel and on the Web at NASCAR.com.
A Spanish-language version of the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard coverage also will be broadcast in Indianapolis on WEDJ-FM 107.1.
The on-air IMS Radio Network talent for the 14th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard: Bob Jenkins and Doug Rice, co-hosts; John Andretti, driver analyst; Donald Davidson, historian; Jerry Baker, Turn 1 reporter; Kevin Lee, Turn 2 reporter; Mark Jaynes, Turn 3 reporter; Chuck Carland, Turn 4 reporter; and Brett McMillan, Kevin Olson, Jake Query and Brad Gillie, pit reporters.
Tickets: Tickets are on sale for the 14th Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, scheduled for Sunday, July 29.
Tickets can be purchased at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Web site, www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, by phone or at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Ticket Office. The IMS Ticket Office can be contacted at (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or (317) 492-6700 locally. Ticket Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Race Day reserved seat tickets start at just $35. Parking and camping permits also can be purchased online, by phone or at the Ticket Office.