Mazda Road to Indy Broadcast Schedule and Talent Confirmed
 March 7, 2014| 
  • Series News

Veteran Announcers Team with New Faces in Series Coverage

PALMETTO, Fla. – Andersen Promotions in conjunction with IMS Productions today announced its 2014 television broadcast schedule and on-air talent for the Mazda Road to Indy, which will feature coverage of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda on the NBC Sports Network. All shows will be produced by the award-winning IMS Productions team.

The 14 rounds of Indy Lights action will be showcased in 10 shows which will include full coverage of single race events, and highlight coverage of the 40-minute “sprint” race rounds within full coverage of the standard 60-minute feature races at the four double-header events. Seven of the 10 shows will air either immediately before or after the IndyCar Series race broadcast, with the Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway airing live on May 23. International rights are held by ESPN International.

The Indy Lights broadcast team will be led by veteran play-by-play and radio announcer Kevin Lee, reporter for the NBC Sports Network’s coverage of the IndyCar Series. Adding color commentary will be Anders “The Viking” Krohn. Krohn made 16 Indy Lights starts during the 2010 - 2012 seasons and is now active on the racing front with CoForce International, which provides racing and corporate development services. Handling reporting duties from pit lane will be Jake Query, who also serves as a pit/turn announcer on the IndyCar Series for the IMS Radio Network.

Pro Mazda and USF2000 competition will continue to be featured in four one-hour highlight shows on the NBC Sports Network which will be hosted by Lee and Krohn. A new format will be utilized this year featuring content on both series in each broadcast split equally. Each show will include one featured race per series plus additional round results. All highlight shows will also be carried by MOTORS TV in Europe.

Indy Lights drivers will garner additional exposure through mentions and interviews during IndyCar Series race broadcasts, and the rising stars in Pro Mazda and USF2000 will be introduced with booth and pit lane interviews during Indy Lights race coverage.

All Indy Lights races will be carried live on the IMS Radio Network to Sirius XM Satellite Radio, indycar.com, indycarradio.com and the INDYCAR app from Verizon. Mark Jaynes, who has held over a decade-long role as an announcer for the network, will continue his duties as anchor with driver Pippa Mann as analyst, IndyCar Series pit reporter Nick Yeoman on pit lane alongside Rob Howden, owner of Howden Media Group, who is the “official” voice of the Mazda Road to Indy serving as PA announcer and ceremonies host for the three ladder series. IMS Radio Network coverage will also include Pro Mazda and USF2000 news and results.

“I am very pleased with the programming we have in place to showcase the talent in our three series,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “IMS Productions and the IMS Radio Network are great partners, and we have the same goals – to promote and provide as much exposure as possible to our competitors. We have outstanding veteran announcers in place and Anders Krohn and Rob Howden will be great additions with their passion and enthusiasm.

“Our new partnership with Replay XD as the Official Camera of the ladder series will further enhance our broadcasts with high-quality HD onboard footage, and new initiatives we will be unveiling this month including a Cooper Tires #Hashtag marketing campaign for competitors and fans and our RoadToIndy.TV program will continue to ramp up our efforts on exposure for the Mazda Road to Indy. It’s an exciting time and I want to thank everyone involved for all of their efforts to maximize our resources.”

2014 Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires Broadcast Schedule

NBC Sports Network

DATE

EVENT

TIME

COVERAGE

 

April 4

Streets of St. Petersburg

4:00-5:00pm ET

Delayed

April 13

Streets of Long Beach

2:30-4:00pm ET

Same Day

April 27

Barber Motorsports Park

5:30-6:30pmET

Same Day

WeekofMay19

IndianapolisMotorSpeedway(RC)

TBD

Delayed

May 23

IndianapolisMotorSpeedway(Oval)

12:00-1:00pm ET

Live

July 6

Pocono Raceway

4:00-5:00pm ET

Same Day

July 20

Streets of Toronto

6:00-7:00pm ET

Same Day

August 3

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

6:00-7:00pm ET

Same Day

August 17

The Milwaukee Mile

6:00-7:00pm ET

Same Day

August 24

Sonoma Raceway

7:00-8:00pm ET

Same Day

 

2014 Highlight Show Broadcast Schedule - NBC Sports

DATE

TIME

FEATURED RACE

PRO MAZDA

FEATURED RACE

USF2000

May 24

1:30-2:30am ET

Barber Motorsports Park

Streets of St.Petersburg

June 13

2:00-3:00am ET

IndianapolisMotorSpeedway(RC)

IndianapolisMotorSpeedway(RC)

August 24

2:00-3:00am ET

Streets of Houston

Streets of Toronto

Sept. 5

2:00-3:00am ET

Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma Raceway

 

2014 Highlight Show Broadcast Schedule - MotorsTV

DATE

TIME

FEATURED RACE

PRO MAZDA

FEATURED RACE

USF2000

June 3

6:54pm GMT

Streets of St. Petersburg

Barber Motorsports Park

June 24

6:54pm GMT

IndianapolisMotorSpeedway(RC)

IndianapolisMotorSpeedway(RC)

Sept. 2

6:54pm GMT

Streets of Houston

Streets of Toronto

Sept. 16

6:54pm GMT

Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma Raceway

 

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