Series news 2008-09-17

WHY WE RACE: THE MUSTANG CHALLENGE BRINGS THE RACING ACTION TO HD THEATER STARTING ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 FROM 8-9 PM ET (Silver Spring, MD) -- Throughout this summer, HD Theater's WHY WE RACE: THE MUSTANG CHALLENGE has been capturing the ...

WHY WE RACE: THE MUSTANG CHALLENGE BRINGS THE RACING ACTION TO HD THEATER STARTING ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7 FROM 8-9 PM ET

(Silver Spring, MD) -- Throughout this summer, HD Theater's WHY WE RACE: THE MUSTANG CHALLENGE has been capturing the rivalry, competitive drive and racing drama of the inaugural Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup. This new professional road racing series, co-developed by Ford Racing and Miller Motorsports Park, features professional racers utilizing the Ford Mustang FR500S in an eight-race schedule across North America. WHY WE RACE: THE MUSTANG CHALLENGE premieres on HD Theater on Sunday, December 7 from 8-9 PM ET and runs for three consecutive Sundays. HD Theater is a premier offering from Discovery Communication's family of high-definition networks and it is exclusively available in 1080i and 5.1 digital surround sound on high-definition platforms nationwide.

WHY WE RACE: THE MUSTANG CHALLENGE features the thrill of this high-speed racing series from start to finish and all of the crumpled fenders and dented egos in between. Through the use of tiny HD cameras mounted inside the racing cars, HD Theater's audience rides shotgun through each hairpin turn and serpentine chicane. While the drivers' racing experience ranges from raw rookies to hardened veterans, the racing competition proves dramatic with close finishes, bump and grind position changes and hard-hitting crashes. Every Ford Mustang FR500S in the series is identically prepared, making success a product of each driver's skill of holding their lines in the corners, going flat-out down the straight-aways and avoiding the tire barriers, walls and other competitors.

In addition, cameras follow the racing teams to capture the unique racing culture of the series off the track and each team's ambition for success. The Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup features a diverse set of racing teams ranging from father-son duos following a passion for speed to well-financed enterprises featuring multiple race cars, drivers and full crews of mechanics. WHY WE RACE: THE MUSTANG CHALLENGE showcases dramatic stories of triumph including 20-year-old Andrew Caddell's consistent podium appearances among the racing series' elite, as well as the harsh reality of how a devastating crash can financially undercut a race team's ability to continue to compete.

About Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup

The Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup is sanctioned by the Grand American Road Racing Association and is a support series to major professional road racing events across North America. The competitive point structure and generous purses make the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup the perfect affordable racing platform for drivers who want to compete on a level playing field that will showcase driver ability. The Ford Mustang FR500S was co-developed by Ford Racing Technology and Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, and features a 4.6L, 3-valve production engine and a variety of Ford Racing performance parts including a cold-air kit, high-capacity radiator, six-speed racing transmission and two-way adjustable dampers and springs, plus BFGoodrich g-Force R1 tires. The Ford Mustang FR500S is the first race car built by Ford Motor Company on a production line intended for sale to the public. For more information on the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup, visit the series' website at www.MustangChallenge.com.

About HD Theater

The first 24-hour high-definition network to broadcast all of its content in brilliant 1080i and 5.1 digital surround sound, HD Theater offers compelling real-world and motorized content from a wide range of categories including adventure, technology, nature and world culture -- all designed to provide viewers with the highest-quality television experience available. For more information on Discovery Communication's premier HD network, please visit www.dhd.discovery.com or www.turbo.com .

About Discovery Communications

Discovery Communications is the world's number-one nonfiction media company reaching more than 1.5 billion cumulative subscribers in over 170 countries. Discovery empowers people to explore their world and satisfy their curiosity through 100-plus worldwide networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science Channel, Planet Green, Investigation Discovery and HD Theater, as well as leading consumer and educational products and services, and a diversified portfolio of digital media services including HowStuffWorks. Discovery Communications is owned by Discovery Holding Company (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB), Advance/Newhouse Communications and John S. Hendricks, Discovery's founder and chairman. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com.

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