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    Just got this release - sounds VERY interesting to me, and a great step forward for the IRL and their teams:


    'PIT PASS' TO GIVE VIEWERS EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT INDY RACING

    INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, Jan. 21, 2002 - Motorsports fans will enjoy unprecedented, behind-the-scenes access to the speed and strategy of
    Indy Racing with the debut of "Indy Racing Pit Pass," a new half-hour show that will air on ESPN2.
    The first episode of "Indy Racing Pit Pass" will air at 6 p.m. (EST) Jan. 28 on ESPN2. The show will be broadcast monthly on ESPN2 and
    distributed worldwide by ESPN International.
    Produced by IMS Productions and filmed primarily during the 2001 Indy Racing League season, each episode follows one driver and team
    through the highs and lows of an entire weekend of Indy Racing League competition, providing fans total access to the inner workings of an Indy
    Racing team.
    "This is true human drama," said Buddy McAtee, assistant vice president of broadcast communications and business development for the Indy
    Racing League. "'Indy Racing Pit Pass' was created to showcase IRL teams, their dedication and their technical expertise. We wanted to give
    viewers the true feeling of what it's like to be on an Indy Racing team and what it takes to put a car on track every weekend.
    "Our whole mission at IMS Productions is to provide an accurate and entertaining historical account of the Indy Racing League, and I think we've
    done that with 'Indy Racing Pit Pass.' This is going to be a show that will last forever. Twenty years from now, we'll be able to look back and say,
    'That's what it took to compete in the Indy Racing League in 2001.'"
    Narrated by Indianapolis native and nationally acclaimed voice talent Dave Dugan, the first 12 episodes of Indy Racing 'Pit Pass' will air this
    season on ESPN2. Fifteen more episodes will be produced in 2002 for broadcast in 2003.
    "This is a show that we know will work long term for the benefit of the fans, the teams and the series," McAtee said. "With the growth of the Indy
    Racing League fostering new drivers, teams and technology, this series has a bright future. We hope that we can make 100 episodes of 'Indy
    Racing Pit Pass.'"

    ...IRL2002-16...

    Media Contacts: Ron Green, Indy Racing, (317) 484-6526, [email protected]
    Kimberly Miller, Indy Racing, (317) 484-5062, [email protected]
    World Wide Web: http://www.indyracing.com

  • #2
    Sorry

    I don't see a once a month re-hash of last year's team adventures as a viable promotional product..

    And as a fan I dam* sure don't see it as an alternative to a live/tape delayed, quals/pre race show..
    "Living well is the best revenge"

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    • #3
      I'll take it, but I still want a qualifying show.

      The more IRL TV the better.
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      • #4
        They forgot to mention in the press release, that the first episode will feature Robbie Buhl and Team Purex, at Homestead!

        [ January 21, 2002: Message edited by: RacerX ]
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        • #5
          I think this show is excellent . . . for it's intended purpose, which is to get the story to the masses.

          It's a way to give an inside look at indy Racing and to introduce the people and places to the casual viewer.

          It seems clear it's not targeted at the hard core fan, but rather to "recruit" new fans.

          I agree that the live qualifying etc is as important, but that should not belittle this effort.

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          • #6
            It also gives more exposure to the sponsors and another reason for potential sponsors to sign on.
            "It's an honor to wear the IRL patch,'' Two-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves.

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            • #7
              If the show is good and well produced and has fair numbers then maybe it will be expanded in the future. You have to crawl before you walk.
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              • #8
                I hope to see it in Chile, but via ESPN channel.

                This year I can see the IRL in two channels at the same time:

                Canal 13 (Chilean)
                ESPN (USA)

                Cool!!

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                • #9
                  Sounds like a great idea. The Human Drama behind racing has always been 90 percent of the story, as opposed to people just running around in circles like some non fans might think.

                  It also provides added value to sponsors and incentives for potential sponsors.

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                  • #10
                    220 makes a great point. These shows are to get the casual viewer, and while they may be rehash to us, if produced and displayed well, it may get some interested.
                    Get your head out of your past!!!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CRISTAL FAN:
                      <STRONG>I hope to see it in Chile, but via ESPN channel.

                      This year I can see the IRL in two channels at the same time:

                      Canal 13 (Chilean)
                      ESPN (USA)

                      Cool!!</STRONG>
                      CRISTAL,

                      In the press release, it says that it will be on ESPN International. Do you folks in Chile get that channel?
                      "I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend." - Thomas Jefferson

                      RIP, Dan. You will always be one of my heroes.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Railbird:
                        <STRONG>Sorry

                        I don't see a once a month re-hash of last year's team adventures as a viable promotional product..

                        And as a fan I dam* sure don't see it as an alternative to a live/tape delayed, quals/pre race show..</STRONG>
                        News Flash: Railbird doesn't get it.......What else is new?

                        It is more than just a re-hash of last year.

                        What they are trying to do is turn the faceless IRL drivers and crew into real people you can identify with. The one thing NASCAR did very well was separate the men from the machines. This can only help the IRL.
                        "IRL" ... what IS that anyway?

                        J. Michael Ringham
                        Vice President, Marketing
                        IndyCar® Series Indy Pro Series

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