ARCA TV broadcast team Rick Allen and Phil Parsons will call the action this season for SPEED’s coverage of the ARCA Racing Series, beginning with the season opener live from Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET. SPEED will replay race coverage at 11 p.m. ET.
All eyes will be on newcomer Danica Patrick, as one of the most recognizable racers in the country is scheduled to make her stock car racing debut behind the wheel of a JR Motorsports entry in the Daytona ARCA event. SPEEDtv.com will offer enhanced coverage of Patrick’s effort, delivering exclusive streaming in-car cameras, a dedicated roof camera, as well as pit-to-car radio communications.
“I want to perform well … I want to do well,” Patrick said on a recent episode of SPEED’s NASCAR Race Hub. “I want to know I’m ready. I think I’ve talked about it quite a few times – just the little things – pit stops and when do you put it into gear on a pit stop. I haven’t even done many burnouts in the car yet. There’s a whole way you can kind of slip the clutch and get it rolling. So, just little things and getting up to speed on cold tires in the car and where’s that limit? Once I’m at speed and running in traffic, I have a lot to learn there but I’m a little more comfortable because it’s more common racing situations and it’s just about feeling the car. I have a lot to learn but I’m excited to get going and hopefully it goes well.”
Last year’s Daytona ARCA opener, scored a Nielsen Household rating of 1.45 (1,062,000 households), the highest rating ever for an ARCA race on SPEED. The 2009 race peaked at a 1.55 (1,137,000 households) and maintained a million-plus-household audience for nearly the entire race. For more information on the ARCA Racing Series, please visit http://www.arcaracing.com/.
Adam Alexander and Wendy Venturini, daughter of two-time ARCA Racing Series champion Bill Venturini, will serve as pit reporters, and veteran racer Ken Schrader also will make booth appearances at select events for SPEED throughout the season.
Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Darrell Waltrip will join Allen and Parsons in the booth for the Daytona opener.
2010 ARCA Racing Series on SPEED broadcast schedule (subject to change):
Feb. 6 – Daytona
April 16 – Texas
April 23 – Talladega
June 5 – Pocono
June 11 – Michigan
July 10 – Iowa
July 31 – Pocono
Aug. 27 – Chicagoland
Sept. 30 – Kansas
Oct. 9 – Rockingham