Trans-Am to be on the Armed Forces Network

TRANS-AM SERIES RACING WILL BE SEEN BY U.S. ARMED FORCES STATIONED OVERSEAS INDIANAPOLIS (March 1, 2005) -- Now entering its third year of providing Trans-Am Series racing to the men and women stationed overseas, the Trans-Am Series has...

TRANS-AM SERIES RACING WILL BE SEEN BY U.S. ARMED FORCES STATIONED OVERSEAS

INDIANAPOLIS (March 1, 2005) -- Now entering its third year of providing Trans-Am Series racing to the men and women stationed overseas, the Trans-Am Series has announced the continuation of its relationship with the American Forces Network (AFN)

"The American Forces Network graciously thanks the Trans-Am Series for providing our men and women in uniform stationed overseas with race coverage for the 2005 season," said Jeff White, Director of the Department of Defense's (DoD) AFN Broadcast Center.

"Trans-Am Series racing on AFN is a tremendous morale booster for our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving in harm's way," added White. "The most deserving audience in the world are our troops in remote and hostile locations defending our way of life against terrorism, and providing humanitarian support to those in need. We thank the Trans-Am Series for helping us bring them home during these telecasts."

The U.S. Armed Forces, along with DoD civilian employees and their families, can follow Trans-Am Series' 10-race calendar starting with the Grand Prix of Long Beach, Calif. April 8-10 on AFN and the U.S. Navy's Direct-to-Sailor (DTS) television service to ships at sea.

"We are privileged to continue to provide the opportunity for our men and women in uniform to experience Trans-Am racing," said Trans-Am Series Executive Director John Clagett. "With the events taking place throughout the world, we thought it was only fitting to show our appreciation for our military. It is through the great sacrifice of our troops that we enjoy the freedom we have in this country today."

In agreements with Trans-Am Series and SPEED Channel, the AFN Broadcast Center plans to provide distribution of the 10, one-hour Trans-Am Series highlight shows via its AFN | sports and AFN | prime channels, along with the U.S. Navy's DTS television service.

"The AFN audience is as diversified as the Trans-Am Series fan base, and just like stateside fans our guys and gals in camouflage look forward to the speed and excitement of Trans-Am Series racing," said Tim Mattox, Chief of Sports for the AFN Broadcast Center. "The popularity of the Trans-Am Series continues to expand within our Armed Forces."

Located in Riverside, Calif., the AFN Broadcast Center distributes U.S. radio and television news, entertainment and sports programming, along with DoD information products, via satellite to approximately 850,000 DoD military and civilian employees, and their families, stationed overseas in 176 countries and U.S. territories, and aboard more than 180 U.S. Navy ships at sea. For more information about AFN, log on to: www.afrts.osd.mil or www.myafn.net.

The Trans-Am Series features closed-fendered, production-based, V-8-powered sports cars, competing on permanent road courses, and temporary street and airport circuits throughout North America. The Trans-Am Series is America's oldest continuously running road racing series and celebrates its 40th consecutive year of competition in 2005.

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