Andersen Promotions today announced that all three levels of the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires will receive coverage north of the border beginning this season following a new partnership with MAVTV Canada. Coverage of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship will now be accessible to fans throughout Canada on the MAVTV Canada network.
MAVTV Canada launched in January of 2017 following a collaboration between the MAVTV Motorsports Network and media executive Mike Garrow. Under Garrow’s role as President and Co-Owner, MAVTV Canada currently reaches over 5.2 million households across the country. MAVTV, which established its roots in the U.S. in 2004, is the destination for all things motorsports with unparalleled programming of motorsports events and exclusive automotive reality shows.
Indy Lights will enjoy live coverage of all 18 rounds on its 2020 calendar with four re-airs of each race while Indy Pro 2000 and USF2000 will be featured in highlight shows produced by Road to Indy TV – the broadcast production arm of the Road to Indy. The highlight shows will receive a prime-time slot, airing on Thursdays at 8:00 pm EST with five re-airs.
“We are extremely grateful to Mike Garrow and MAVTV Canada for their outstanding and generous programming platform for our three series, and we look forward to a partnership that continues to develop for many years," said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “Not only does this allow us to grow our footprint and fan base, it is truly an added benefit for our drivers, teams and partners who will enjoy greatly enhanced coverage in Canada."
Live coverage of Indy Lights on MAVTV Canada begins on Saturday, March 14 at 1:00 pm EST and Sunday, March 15, also at 1:00 pm, covering all of the action from the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.
“MAVTV Canada is very excited to be able to deliver to our dedicated motorsports fans here in Canada live coverage of Indy Lights and support programming for the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires," said Garrow. “As Andersen Promotions enters its 10-year anniversary as the world’s leading driver development program that has seen such talent as Paul Tracy and James Hinchcliffe pass though it, we look forward to showcasing the next generation of Canadian drivers such as Dalton Kellett and Parker Thompson along with their teams and fans who support them in their quest to victory lane."
While several drivers on the Road to Indy rosters call Canada home, it is also the headquarters of Exclusive Autosport, based in Saskatoon, which operates on all three levels of the leading driver development ladder system as well as fielding equally successful programs in Canadian F1600.
“As a Canadian-based team, we are thrilled to hear that the Road to Indy will have increased coverage in Canada thanks to the partnership with MAVTV and Anderson Promotions," said Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal of Exclusive Autosport. “The Road to Indy showcases, hands down, some of the most competitive racing and the best up and coming talent in motorsports. It is great to hear that Canadian fans, friends, family, partners and hopefully newcomers to open-wheel racing will have another platform to be able to enjoy the thrilling wheel-to-wheel action of the Road to Indy."
With the full Road to Indy complement set to compete on the streets of Toronto July 10-12 in support of the NTT IndyCar Series headline race, Andersen Promotions and MAVTV Canada will be working together on race week promotions centered around the popular event – a staple on the racing calendar – which boasts long-time series partner Cooper Tires as the Official Tire.
The Road to Indy 2020 calendar kicks off with its annual Spring Training on March 7-9 at Homestead-Miami Speedway followed by the opening doubleheader races for all three series on the streets of St. Petersburg March 12-15.