NHRA announces television package

GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2004) - NHRA officials announced today that television partner ESPN will continue to produce 16 one-hour shows highlighting coverage from select NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national events in 2004. The NHRA Lucas...

GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2004) - NHRA officials announced today that television partner ESPN will continue to produce 16 one-hour shows highlighting coverage from select NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national events in 2004.

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series coverage will be showcased on ESPN2 on a taped-delay basis as part of NHRA's exclusive relationship with ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports.

"It is very important that we provide a platform for our NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series competitors to gain valuable exposure on ESPN2 for their sponsors," said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. "The competition in all of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series categories is exciting and gives NHRA fans an opportunity to watch the future stars of the sport. Over the years, the NHRA Lucas Oil Series has become a great proving ground to many drivers as they have moved on to success in the NHRA POWERade Series."

In addition, each of the 41 half-hour episodes of NHRA 2Day, NHRA's weekly news magazine show hosted by Bill Stephens that airs each Sunday on ESPN2, will feature a Sportsman Spotlight segment focusing on the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA's member track network.

Veteran motorsports announcer Marty Reid will continue to anchor the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series telecasts and will be joined in the booth by Bob Frey, with David Rieff continuing his duties as pit reporter.

ESPN, Inc. is the world's leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring a portfolio of more than 40 multimedia sports assets. The company is comprised of seven domestic television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Now, ESPN Today), ESPN HD, ESPN Regional Television, ESPN International (networks and syndication), ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, SportsTicker, ESPN Enterprises, ESPN Zones (sports-themed restaurants), and other growing new businesses including ESPN Broadband, ESPN Wireless, ESPN Video-on-Demand, ESPN Interactive and ESPN PPV. Based in Bristo, Conn., ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.

Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has 80,000 members and 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 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA O'Reilly Auto Parts Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.

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NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series 2004 Television Schedule* (original air dates/times)

EVENT                           NETWORK TIME/ AIR DATE
K&N Filters Winternationals             ESPN2           Original Air, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. (ET), Feb. 29
Pomona, Calif.                          ESPN2           Repeat, 3 - 4 a.m. (ET), March 3
Mac Tools NHRA Gatornationals           ESPN2           Original Air, 4 - 5 p.m. (ET), March 27
Gainesville, Fla.                       ESPN2           Repeat, 1:30 - 2:30 a.m. (ET), April 2
NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals         ESPN2           Original Air, Noon - 1 p.m. (ET), April 11
Las Vegas                               ESPN2           Repeat, 2 - 3 a.m. (ET), April 16
                                        ESPN2           Repeat, 2 - 3 p.m. (ET), April 27
O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals          ESPN2           Original Air, 3 - 4 p.m. (ET), April 22
Houston                                 ESPN2           Repeat, 3 - 4 a.m. (ET), April 25
Summit Racing Equipment Nationals       ESPN2           Original Air, 9 - 10 p.m. (ET), May 22
Atlanta                                 ESPN2           Repeat, 3 -4 a.m. (ET), May 29
O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals          ESPN2           Original Air, 2 - 3 p.m. (ET), June 5
Topeka, Kan.                            ESPN2           Repeat, 3 - 4 a.m. (ET), June 12

Pontiac Excitement NHRA Nationals ESPN2 Original Air, 8 - 9 p.m. (ET), June 19 Columbus, Ohio ESPN2 Repeat, 2 - 3 a.m. (ET), June 21

K&N Filters SuperNationals              ESPN2           Original Air, 11:30 p.m. -12:30 a.m.  (ET), June 27
Englishtown, N.J.                       ESPN2           Repeat, 6 - 7 p.m. (ET). July 4
CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals      ESPN2           Original Air, 10 - 11 p.m. (ET), Aug. 1
Seattle                                 ESPN2           Repeat, 2 - 3 a.m. (ET), Aug. 2
FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals            ESPN2           Original Air, 11 p.m. - Midnight (ET), Aug. 8
Sonoma, Calif.                          ESPN2           Repeat, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. (ET), Aug. 11
Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals                ESPN2           Original Air, Noon -1 p.m. (ET),  Aug. 22
Brainerd, Minn.                         ESPN2           Repeat, 3:30 - 4:30 a.m. (ET), Aug. 28
Mac Tools U.S. Nationals                ESPN2           Original Air, 4 - 5 p.m. (ET), Sept. 12
Indianapolis                            ESPN2           Repeat, 1:30 - 2:30 a.m. (ET), Sept. 19
Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals                ESPN2           Original Air, 3 - 4 p.m. (ET), Sept. 22
Reading, Pa.                            ESPN2           Repeat, 1:30 - 2:30 a.m. (ET), Oct. 3
O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals            ESPN2           Original Air, 3 - 4 p.m. (ET), Sept. 30
Dallas                                  ESPN2           Repeat, 4 - 5 a.m. (ET), Oct. 9
CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals      ESPN2           Original Air, 11 p.m. - Midnight  (ET), Oct. 10
Chicago                                 ESPN2           Repeat, 3 -4 p.m. (ET), Oct. 14
Auto Club NHRA Finals                   ESPN2           Original Air, 10 - 11 p.m. (ET), Nov. 21
Pomona, Calif.                          ESPN2           Repeat, 1:30 - 2:30 a.m. (ET), Nov. 26

*times subject to change/check local listings

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