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03/01/08
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2008 Star Mazda TV Schedule  The Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear today released its 2008 television schedule, with all 12 races in the 2008 season to be broadcast as 1-hour, tape-delay shows on the SPEED Channel.  Continuing as hosts will be noted racer/broadcasters Ralph Sheheen and Johnny O’Connell, with features, color commentary and pit lane interviews provided by Jamie Howe. 

The 2008 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear begins with its traditional date at the 56th annual Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring International Raceway on March 14 and winds up at the Monterey Sports Car Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on October 18.  Due to the Champ Car/IRL merger, some dates during the course of the season may need to be changed or consolidated into 2-race weekends; announcements of schedule and TV broadcast changes will be made as the situation clarifies.

Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear 2008 Event and TV Schedule

Date Location With Circuit Type SPEED Channel TV Broadcast
March 14 Sebring ALMS Airport Circuit Sunday, March 30 / 3:00 –4:00 pm
April 26 Houston CC/ALMS Street Circuit Saturday, May 10/ 12:00 – 1:00 pm
May 17 Salt Lake City ALMS Road Course Saturday, May 31/ 3:00 – 4:00 pm
June 7 Watkins Glen Grand-Am Road Course Saturday, June 21 / 12:00 – 1:00 pm
June 21 Cleveland (**) Champ Car Airport Circuit Saturday, July 5 / 12:00 – 1:00 pm
July 5 Toronto (**) Champ Car Street Circuit Saturday, July 19 / 12:00 – 1:00 pm
July 26 Portland (**) Champ Car Road Course Saturday, Aug. 9/ 12:00 – 1:00 pm
August 9 Road America CC/ALMS Road Course Saturday, Aug. 23 / 12:00 – 1:00 pm
August 17 Trois Rivières Atlantic Street Circuit Saturday, Aug. 30 / 12:00 – 1:00 pm
August 23 Mosport ALMS Road Course Saturday, Sept. 6/ 12:00 – 1:00 pm
October 3 Road Atlanta ALMS Road Course Saturday, Oct. 18/ 12:00 – 1:00 pm
October 18 Mazda Raceway ALMS Road Course Sunday, Nov. 9/ 12:00 – 1:00 pm

All times are Eastern

(**)  Subject to change due to IRL/Champ Car merger.  All times subject to change.  Check your local listings or log on to www.speedtv.com/programs.

“We are extremely pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with the SPEED Channel in broadcasting our 12-race 2008 schedule nationally in weekend sports prime time,” says Star Mazda Championship President Gary Rodrigues.  “With the unsettled environment caused by the Champ Car/IRL merger, I’m happy to say the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear is in solid shape thanks to the steadfast support of our corporate partners.  While a few dates may change, we will have a 12-race season, all on major Motorsports weekends, with all of the races broadcast on the SPEED Channel in the U.S. as well as Skysports in the U.K. and other overseas sports channels.  Mazda’s commitment to the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Driver Development Ladder remains as strong as ever, and our place as a major rung on that ladder is secure.”

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