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Primetime ESPN2 telecast to kick off 2007 IndyCar Season
The longstanding and historic relationship between the IndyCar Series and ESPN continues in 2007 with ESPN2's live primetime telecast of March 24 event from Homestead-Miami Speedway. ESPN is in its 12th year with the IndyCar Series and ESPN on ABC will celebrate its 43rd year at the Indianapolis 500 in May. The entire 17-race season for the IndyCar Series will appear on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN on ABC. The 2007 television schedule will include seven events on ESPN on ABC, five on ESPN and five on ESPN2.

The networks will also cover Indianapolis 500 qualifying May 12-13 and 19-20. In addition, ESPN2 will be on the air live from Indianapolis Motor Speedway with SportsCenter at the Indianapolis 500.

The 30-minute show will air each weekday at 5:30 p.m. starting May 7 with updated news and information, as well as coverage of practice, leading up to the May 27 race. The ESPN alliance dates back to the series' inaugural 1996 event and with ABC's' first broadcast of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race in 1965, a relationship that is the second-longest in sports between a network and sports property. Only CBS and The Masters have been together longer.

All IndyCar Series telecasts in 2007 will continue to be enhanced with technology from Sportvision, Inc., the nation's premier innovator of sports and entertainment products for fans, media companies and marketers. Data boxes in the race cars are used to track real-time telemetry, miles per hour and other data, helping viewers to better experience the extreme speed of IndyCar Series competition. The Sportvision pointers can also be used to help viewers identify cars when they are racing in a tight pack, as often occurs in IndyCar Series racing.

The popular "Side-by-Side" feature, used in IndyCar Series telecasts for the past two seasons, will also continue in 2007. During commercial breaks, a split screen format showing the advertisement on one side and racing action on the other allows viewers to not miss anything that might happen on the track during the break.

The complete 2007 IndyCar Series TV schedule:

Date        Venue                           Network Time
March 24    Homestead-Miami Speedway        ESPN2   8 p.m.
April 1     Streets of St. Petersburg       ESPN    2:30 p.m.
April 21    Twin Ring Motegi                ESPN    Noon
April 29    Kansas Speedway                 ESPN2   4:30 p.m.
May 27      Indianapolis Motor Speedway     ABC     Noon
June 3      The Milwaukee Mile              ABC     4 p.m.
June 9      Texas Motor Speedway            ESPN2   10 p.m.
June 24     Iowa Speedway                   ABC     1 p.m.
June 30     Richmond International Raceway  ESPN    7:30 p.m.
July 8      Watkins Glen International      ABC     3:30 p.m.
July 14     Nashville Superspeedway         ESPN    7:30 p.m.
July 22     Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course      ABC     1:30 p.m.
Aug. 5      Michigan International Speedway ESPN2   Noon
Aug. 11     Kentucky Speedway               ESPN2   6:30 p.m.
Aug. 26     Infineon Raceway                ESPN    3:30 p.m.
Sept. 2     The Raceway at Belle Isle       ABC     3:30 p.m.
Sept. 9     Chicagoland Speedway            ABC     4 p.m.
(all times Eastern)

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