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FOX, SPEED to televise F1 races through 2009

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SPEED is teaming with big brother FOX Sports on a new multi-year deal with Formula One Management to provide complete coverage of the FIA Formula One World Championship racing through 2009, with FOX broadcasting four events each season, including live coverage of the U.S. Grand Prix and Canadian Grand Prix. SPEED will air the remaining 13 events live, including the famed Grand Prix of Monaco.

"SPEED has served F1 fans for 11 consecutive seasons with live coverage of racing, practice and qualifying, but this new deal will bring unprecedented consistency and exposure to the North American television audience," said Hunter Nickell, SPEED Executive VP and General Manager. "With FOX adding muscle to the North American events and the experienced SPEED announce team calling the entire race season, it will be the coolest year ever to be an F1 fan on this continent." "Just as NASCAR grips America, Formula One grips the rest of the world," said FOX Sports chairman David Hill. "FOX Sports is thrilled to be working with our brothers at SPEED to broadcast four of the world's best open wheel races to 110 million Americans for the next several years." Recently signed to multi-year contracts with SPEED, the on-air team for both networks will be lead by veteran broadcaster Bob Varsha, with analysis from former F1 driver David Hobbs and former F1 mechanic Steve Matchett. Formula One journalist Peter Windsor will provide reports from the pits and starting grid.

2007 F1 television schedule
Date Location TV
March 18 Australia SPEED
April 8 Malaysia SPEED
April 15 Bahrain SPEED
May 13 Spain SPEED
May 27 Monaco SPEED
June 10 Canada FOX
June 17 United States FOX
July 1 France FOX
July 8 United Kingdom FOX
July 22 Germany SPEED
Aug. 5 Hungary SPEED
Aug. 26 Turkey SPEED
Sept. 9 Italy SPEED
Sept. 16 Belgium SPEED
Sept. 30 Japan SPEED
Oct. 7 China SPEED
Oct. 21 Brazil SPEED

In 2007, FOX will provide live coverage of the U.S. Grand Prix and Canadian Grand Prix, plus taped coverage of the British Grand Prix and French Grand Prix. SPEED will provide live coverage of qualifying and practice for the entire season. "The combination of SPEED's unequaled expertise in Formula One and Fox Sports' clear-cut position as the leader in innovative motor sports coverage will come together to present F1 at a level to match the incredible competition on the track," said Rick Miner, SVP Production and Executive Producer of Formula One on SPEED. The 2007 Formula One television schedule (all races to be shown live except French GP and British GP): In addition to coverage of Formula One, the new agreement also includes SPEED coverage of GP2 Series racing, as well as broadband rights to the USGP for SPEED On-Board Pass access to on-board cameras. SPEED, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2006, is the nation's first and foremost cable network dedicated to motor sports and the passion for everything automotive. From racing to restoration, motorcycles to movies, SPEED delivers quality programming from the track to the garage. Now available in more than 73 million homes in North America, SPEED is among the fastest-growing sports cable networks in the country, the home to NASCAR on SPEED and an industry leader in interactive TV, video on demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services.

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