2006 broadcast team announced

USAC ANNOUNCES TELEVISION TALENT FOR 2006 SEASON INDIANAPOLIS -- The cast for USAC's return to television has been set for the 20 shows to be televised on The Outdoor Channel during the 2006 season. Veteran Motorsports announcer Jack Arute...

USAC ANNOUNCES TELEVISION TALENT FOR 2006 SEASON

INDIANAPOLIS -- The cast for USAC's return to television has been set for the 20 shows to be televised on The Outdoor Channel during the 2006 season.

Veteran Motorsports announcer Jack Arute will call all 20 races and will be joined by color commentator Rob Klepper. Indianapolis native Brienne Pedigo will join the duo from pit lane.

Arute, who has been a pit commentator for the Indianapolis 500 since 1988 as well as a sideline reporter for college football games on ABC Sports, will call USAC races for the first time in 2006, but is not a new to this level of the sport. He competed in three Ford Focus races at the Speedrome in 2005.

Arute graduated from the University of Vermont in 1972 with a bachelor of art's degree in psychology and communications. He is excited to be part of USAC's broadcasting crew in 2006.

"It's a great opportunity to be associated with what I think is going to be one of the fastest growing Motorsports segments in America," Arute said. "We 've seen countless guys go on to become stars, and with the legacy the Thunder series has had in the past, it's a win-win situation for everyone involved."

Klepper, a graduate of Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in broadcasting, cut his teeth at ASU's student radio station, having cut his teeth covering football and hockey games before announcing races in 2002 at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif.

The former All-Star Circuit of Champions announcer will also announce several of USAC's National events in 2006 on the public address system and over the internet, and will serve as USAC's website advertising coordinator.

"It's great to have the opportunity to work with USAC as the announcer for its National divisions, in addition to working with Jack Arute and the rest of the TV crew for The Outdoor Channel broadcasts," said Klepper, formerly of Caruthers, Calif. "I know most of these drivers and teams from my days as a crew chief, and I look to combine my knowledge of them with an entertaining mix of pre-produced material and other surprises. We're looking forward to an exciting season in 2006."

Pedigo, who graduated from New York University with a bachelor's degree in theatre and a minor in journalism, has been involved in several disciplines in performance and reporting. She has been part of multiple theatre performances with NYU and Indiana-based productions.

Professionally, Pedigo has been part of the ESPN network, having commentated on auto racing events and on the Professional Bowling Association. Her father, Gary, holds joint ownership for two-time Indy Racing League champion Panther Racing team.

"I've been around racing my whole life, and I'm looking forward to getting the opportunity to get the nation excited about USAC racing and these new cars," Pedigo said. "We have a really great group of drivers and cars, and this season should be one for the ages."

The first of the 20 shows is scheduled for Feb. 1 with the airing of the 50-lap "Copper World Classic" Silver Crown Series race from Phoenix International Raceway.

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