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Just as all of you thought the V8 SUPERCARS were just going to fizzle away from F1B think again because SPEED TV is bringing the race to your TV’s and I am bringing it to your PC’s!!—whether you like it or not. US network SPEED TV will be sending a full commentary and production team to cover the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and Armor All Gold Coast 600 for telecast throughout North America.

Both prestigious V8 Supercar events will be broadcast live and in prime time on the SPEED TV network which is available in almost 84 million homes across North America. The intensifying interest in V8 Supercars throughout the US is a gleaming endorsement of the sport. SPEED TV will be also broadcasting in full HD throughout North America.

SPEED TV is making a significant investment in V8 Supercars by bringing their commentary and production teams to Australia. They will share the resources of V8 Supercar Television which produces the live pictures for the Seven Networks domestically, BigPond’s vast online coverage and more than 130 countries around the world.

SPEED TV will also convert all of its race graphics and information specifically, for example converting kilometers into miles and litres into gallons.

Both live telecasts will be promoted extensively not only on SPEED TV but also on its parent FOX network through News Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets. It follows the announcement in June that V8 Supercars will race at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas from 2013, a first for any Australian sport to hold a Championship or points scoring event on American soil.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at FOX Sports and SPEED in America, especially David Hill and Patti Wheeler – North American motorsport fans are in for a real treat with our prestigious races from Bathurst and the fabulous Gold Coast live into their homes in prime time.” V8 Supercars Chairman Tony Cochrane said.
“This is a great opportunity to share one of the signature events in all of motor sports with the SPEED audience,” said Wheeler, EVP of Programming and Production for the network. “Some special arrangements already are in the works as we put together our on-air team and broadcast plans.”

It is significant news for V8 Supercar sponsors, teams and drivers to get such massive exposure in the US through the SPEED TV /Fox platforms, as well as New South Wales and Queensland who host these two prestigious races. The New South Wales’ Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, described the decision by the U.S network to televise the event as a major coup, not only for the V8 Supercar race, but a source of pride to a regional city such as Bathurst.

“The Bathurst 1000 is one of the great sporting events on the Australian calendar and this will showcase one of the fantastic regions…the Central West of New South Wales,” Minister Souris said.

“This is a wonderful chance to present Bathurst and its environs to the United States. I congratulate the organisers in arranging the international coverage of this magnificent event”.

Queensland Sport Minister Phil Reeves said this is an exciting announcement not only for the event but for state tourism.

“What superb news that North America’s largest broadcaster in the Fox Network through its’ Speed Network will carry spectacular pictures of the Gold Coast live into prime time across North America,” Minister Reeves said.

“These pictures alone, money can’t buy and will give millions of Americans a birds eye view of one of the world’s greatest tourist destinations, showcasing Queensland as the champion state and the events state.”

American-based V8 Supercar sponsors such as Jim Beam, Coca-Cola Amatil, Irwin, Jack Daniel’s, Armor All, Mother, Kenworth, Norton, Monster, Lucky Seven, Pepsi, Ford and Holden are delighted by the news.

So I recommend that you tune in on the 6-9 October for the Bathurst 1000 and then turn SPEED TV back on 21-23 of October for the Gold Coast 600.

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Hi, I have been a Formula 1 fanatic since 1987 when my family took me to the Adelaide GP. I now enjoy close friendships with team members at Ferrari and within the Holden Racing Team (V8Supercars).
  • Noddy93

    i saw this news a couple of days ago and couldn’t be more thrilled!
    i don’t know jackshit about the series and i’d guess that i know more than 99% of racing fans in the USA.

    all we need to know is that there’s a mutha-effin coulthard racing in the series. (my vulgar sentence here was deleted out of respect for NC and his family)

  • Adam Vella

    Good to hear your positive feedback

  • positiveCamper

    I am elated when SPEED airs anything that includes right turns.

    • Cuandoman

      I’m so happy with this series. It’s during the US winter, when there is normally no racing really on.

  • hoffy

    I’m not sure who here listens to Mid-week motorsport, but I am often astonished by the interest the Gold Coast race has with a) the guys who do Radio Lemans (even to the stage where they are now trying to wing it to come over and cover the event) and b) just about any driver who is not racing F1 or NASCAR.

    Anyhow, I hope the guys put on a good show at both Bathurst and the Gold Coast for you guys the other side of the pond.

    Cheers

  • The Imperative Voice

    Some of the fun, to me, is the Aussie announcing, so I wish they’d just run the feed. Like I prefer the MotoGP world feed to Speed’s people that we get for Laguna and Indy.

    I like the idea of seeing full races rather than the present 2 hour highlights. V8 is good racing and should get more airtime.

    I wish Speed ran a lot of the stuff it relegates to Speed2 online, on the main channel. Full, live races from various series. BTCC, DTM, F2, GP3, GT1, Porsche Supercup. As opposed to “car makeover” shows and any kind of Nascar talk show they can think up.

    Mount Panorama is bad-ass and the Gold Coast race is a decent, Long Beach-type street course. But I think one grabber is the crossover appeal of the international drivers, including the F1 and Indycar dudes. People can recognize Franchitti, Power, et al. And there of course is the ESPN-promotional approach of showcasing what you cover, and one presumes Fox intends to cover V8 for at least Austin in the future. So they can begin drumming up support for their future programming, not unlike how Versus/NBC Sports is already airing commercials for the 2012+ MLS soccer coverage it just won.

    • JTW

      I agree with your comments re MotoGP and the Speed feed for Laguna and Indy …. it, well, to be blunt, sucks.

      Also like the idea of (more) Supercars on Speed, and agree with your comments on Speed being ‘all Nascar all the time’, which is sooooo boring.

  • pear-shaped pete

    So how was it? The coverage and the race? What did you think?

    pear-shaped pete