Fla. (April 9, 2002) - Five live telecasts highlight the 2002
Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup television
schedule released today.
SPEED Channel (formerly Speedvision) and CBS Sports will once
again join the Trans-Am Series as broadcast partners for the
2002 season. SPEED Channel will carry four of the series' five
live broadcasts, while CBS Sports will air live coverage of
the inaugural National Grand Prix of Washington, D.C. on
Saturday, July 20.
SPEED Channel's live Trans-Am broadcasts will include the
events from Mosport (Ont.) Park on Sunday, May 19; Lime Rock
(Conn.) Park on Monday, May 27; Trois-Rivieres (Quebec) on
Sunday, Aug. 4 and the season finale from Virginia
International Raceway on Sunday, Oct. 27.
In all, SPEED Channel will broadcast nine of 12 Trans-Am
events during the 2002 season, while CBS Sports will carry
three. Including re-airs, more than 40 hours of Trans-Am race
coverage will be broadcast on the two networks during the
Date and broadcast time of the Grand Prix of the Americas,
scheduled for Oct. 4-6 on the streets of Miami, Fla., have yet
to be determined.
"SPEED Channel has taken an aggressive approach toward
becoming the pre-eminent provider of motorsports television in
the United States," said Dennis Huth, Trans-Am Series
president. "We are pleased to be part of the impressive list
of properties that SPEED Channel has assembled in quest of
"In addition, we are delighted that CBS Sports has elected to
continue the ground-breaking relationship we established with
them last year," Huth added. "With the help of our television
partners, we look forward to having the potential of bringing
the excitement of Trans-Am racing into millions of homes
during the coming season and beyond."
Rick Benjamin, and Greg Creamer will alternate as anchors for
SPEED Channel's Trans-Am broadcasts, while the analyst's role
will be filled by two-time (1983, '85) Trans-Am runner-up
Willy T. Ribbs and former sports car racer Bill Adam. Pit
reporting duties will be shared by Calvin Fish, Brian Till and
"The Trans-Am Series is the type of racing that the SPEED
Channel network was built on," said Jim Liberatore, SPEED
Channel president. "It remains an important aspect of what we
do; in fact, we've made a larger commitment to the series this
year, with an additional race and an additional live telecast.
"It is important to us that SPEED Channel viewers know that we
understand that it is series like the Trans-Am that make our
network what it is."
Trans-Am Series coverage for 2002 launches with SPEED
Channel's tape-delayed broadcast of Round 1, the Johnson
Controls 100, from Long Beach, Calif. The event will air on
Saturday, April 20, beginning at 5 p.m. ET.
The 2002 Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup
Saturday, April 20 - Johnson Controls 100, Long Beach, Calif.,
SPEED Channel, 5 p.m. ET (tape delay).
Sunday, May 19 - Mosport Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, SPEED
Channel, 1 p.m. ET (live).
Monday, May 27 - Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Conn., SPEED
Channel, 3 p.m. ET (live).
Saturday, June 29 - Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington,
Ohio, CBS, 4 p.m. ET (same-day tape delay).
Saturday, July 13 - Burke Lakefront Airport, Cleveland, Ohio,
CBS, 5 p.m. ET (same-day tape delay).
Saturday, July 20 - National Grand Prix of Washington, D.C.,
RFK Stadium, CBS, 2:30 p.m. ET (live).
Sunday, August 4 - Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres, Trois
Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, SPEED Channel, 2:30 p.m. ET (live).
Sunday, August 18 - Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis., SPEED
Channel, noon ET (tape delay).
Sunday, September 8 - Denver, Colo., SPEED Channel, 2 p.m. ET
Sunday, October 6 (tentative) - Grand Prix of the Americas,
Miami, Fla., SPEED Channel, 2 p.m.
Friday, October 18 - Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga., SPEED
Channel, 8 p.m. ET (tape delay).
Sunday, October 27 - Virginia International Raceway, Alton,
Va., SPEED Channel, 1 p.m. ET, (live).
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