Motor Sports This Week on ESPN and ABC
NHRA To Make History with Four-Wide Nationals on ESPN2
In what will certainly provide memorable images for TV viewers as well as those in attendance, the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will make history with the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway adjacent to Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend. Due to the unique configuration and design of the facility, the event will see the NHRA’s professional classes running four across in qualifying and eliminations action, a first in the NHRA.
ESPN2 will have same-day, high-definition telecasts of qualifying and eliminations, with qualifying highlights airing Saturday, March 27, at 7 p.m. ET. Finals air Sunday, March 28, at 5 p.m. Paul Page anchors ESPN2’s coverage with analysis by 22-time NHRA winner Mike Dunn. Reporting from the pits will be Gary Gerould and Dave Rieff. Rieff and Dunn host NHRA RaceDay on Sunday at 10 a.m. to set the stage for that day’s eliminations action.
IZOD IndyCar Series Live on ABC from St. Petersburg
The IZOD IndyCar Series will appear on ABC for the first time this season in a live telecast of the race from the St. Petersburg, Fla., street circuit on Sunday, March 28, at 3:30 p.m. ET. Marty Reid will call the action on the telecast with analysis from former IndyCar star Scott Goodyear. Reporting from the pits will be Rick DeBruhl, Jamie Little and Vince Welch.
The event is the first of five races in the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season that will be produced by ESPN and air on ABC. The schedule also includes the Indianapolis 500 on May 30, marking the 46th consecutive year that the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will air on ABC, as well as events at Kansas Speedway, Watkins Glen International and Toronto.
Click HERE to view ESPN’s on-air promotional spot for the St. Petersburg race.
Craven, LaJoie, Chengelis on NASCAR Now Roundtable
NASCAR on ESPN analysts Ricky Craven and Randy LaJoie and NASCAR Now reporter Angelique Chengelis will be panelists on NASCAR Now’s weekly roundtable discussion program on Monday, March 29, at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Allen Bestwick will host the edition of ESPN2’s daily NASCAR news and information program.
Nicole Briscoe hosts half-hour episodes of NASCAR Now airing Tuesday through Thursday of this week at 5 p.m. Briscoe also hosts the one-hour weekend edition that airs Sunday, March 28, at 9 a.m. with a preview of that day’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. Chengelis and Shannon Spake will report from the speedway.
NASCAR Now is hosted by Mike Massaro, Bestwick and Briscoe and originates from ESPN’s high definition studios in Bristol, Conn. Contributors include reporters Marty Smith, Shannon Spake and Angelique Chengelis, analysts Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer, Brad Daugherty, Ricky Craven and Randy LaJoie, and ESPN.com reporters Ed Hinton, Terry Blount and David Newton. The NASCAR on ESPN team event coverage team of Rusty Wallace, Dale Jarrett, Marty Reid, Dr. Jerry Punch, Andy Petree, Dave Burns, Jamie Little, and Vince Welch also make frequent contributions to NASCAR Now.
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