IMS Productions to Provide World Challenge TV Production TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 4, 2010) -- WC Vision and SCCA Pro Racing announced today that IMS Productions will produce the television broadcasts for the 2010 World Challenge Championships. Each ...
IMS Productions to Provide World Challenge TV Production
TOPEKA, Kan. (Feb. 4, 2010) -- WC Vision and SCCA Pro Racing announced today that IMS Productions will produce the television broadcasts for the 2010 World Challenge Championships. Each race, which will include segments from Internal Combustion Group, will air on Versus in HD.
As the media and technology partner to the world-famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy Racing League, IMS Productions provides Emmy-Award winning production for the series, which also airs on Versus.
Internal Combustion Group, which post-produced the World Challenge broadcasts in 2009, will assist by providing in-show features as well as the announce crew including Tom Hnatiw, the long-time at-track voice of SCCA Pro Racing and World Challenge, and Greg Creamer, who has called televised World Challenge races for the last 10 years.
"We have a tremendous team producing our 2010 TV programming," WC Vision VP, Marketing & Communications Dave Drimmie said. "IMS has a long track record of producing top-notch, high quality racing shows, and Hnatiw, Creamer and ICG know the series inside and out and will be able to give our fans intelligent and insightful World Challenge commentary, analysis and features."
IMS Productions will manage production and provide the post-production of the broadcasts and deliver the product to Versus, in 63.8 million households across the US. The partnership between IMS Productions and World Challenge was a natural one, with the series joining the IRL IndyCar Series at five venues.
"Indianapolis Motor Speedway Productions is excited to be the Production and Technical Facility provider for the 2010 World Challenge HD telecasts on VERSUS," IMS Productions Vice President and Executive Producer Brian Gordon said. "Five of the eight World Challenge race weekends are happening during IZOD IndyCar Series events, so it makes perfect sense to have our experienced production team capture the on-track action and finish the post-production at our state-of-the art HD facility across from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. We also look forward to working with the Internal Combustion Group to create compelling World Challenge content."
Hnatiw and Creamer return to the booth, bringing the most knowledgeable and entertaining one-two punch in American road racing.
"We were thrilled with the prospect of working with IMS Productions in 2010 after an absolutely outstanding experience working with them only a little in 2009," Internal Combustion Group President Hnatiw said. "The depth of talent at IMS is as good, or better, than any motorsportstelevision organization on the planet.
"I can't wait to tackle this new formatfrom a play-by-play broadcasting perspective. Then again, I've never been at a loss of words when it's about my favorite racing series."
The 2010 World Challenge Championships begin with a double-race weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla. as part of the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 26-28. The two races will air in one program April 18 at 2 p.m. (Eastern) on Versus.
-source: scca pro racing