NHRA announces 2001 TV schedule

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) unveiled, today, its 2001 television schedule representing 196 hours of original programming and highlighting its new five-year exclusive agreement with ESPN and ESPN2. All 24-national events that...

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) unveiled, today, its 2001 television schedule representing 196 hours of original programming and highlighting its new five-year exclusive agreement with ESPN and ESPN2.

All 24-national events that encompass the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series will air on ESPN and/or ESPN2 on a same-day basis. In addition, the world's largest motorsports sanctioning body announced it has expanded its popular magazine show, NHRA Heat, to 41 episodes, which represents a show each week throughout the season. NHRA also announced it will expand its NHRA Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series on ESPN2 to 15 one-hour shows on ESPN2 on a tape-delayed basis.

"Clearly this represents the best television package in the 50-year history of the sport," said Tom Compton, NHRA president. "Now, fans across the nation will be able to find our exciting form of racing exclusively on ESPN and ESPN2 and on a same-day basis. We couldn't be happier partnering with the worldwide leader in sports broadcasting and are confident that this new package will bring the fans, the racing community and NHRA what they have been craving for years."

NHRA Heat will air each week on Thursday on ESPN2 as a lead-in to the popular RPM2Night weekly show. NHRA Heat 2001 will debut on Thursday, Feb. 1 prior to the 41st AutoZone Winternationals in Pomona, Calif. and conclude on Nov. 8 leading up to the 37th Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.

Last year, NHRA Heat aired 24 times, prior to each national event.

Each of the 24-events representing the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series will receive four hours of same-day coverage each weekend, with six hours of coverage scheduled for the 47th running of the NHRA U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park in Clermont, Ind.

"Sponsors and race teams can now point to our television package as a strength and know where NHRA Winston Drag Racing will be for the next five years," said Compton.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 24 national events through its NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has 85,000 racers and members nationwide and more than 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

-NHRA

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