XM to broadcast five races in 2007
XM, the exclusive home to racing’s biggest
stars, will provide coverage of five upcoming American Le Mans Series (ALMS)
events, starting with the Utah Grand Prix on Saturday, May 19, on XM Sports
Nation (XMSN), XM’s 24-hour sports channel (XM 144).
coverage will begin at
Salt Lake City
for the Utah Grand Prix on Saturday, May 19, with a live broadcast of the race
from 7:00-10:00 p.m. ET. John Hindhaugh, the voice of American Le Mans Radio,
will provide turn-by-turn updates on the action.
addition to the Utah Grand Prix, four future American Le Mans Series events
will also be featured on XM Satellite Radio, including the Acura Sports Car
Challenge of Mid-Ohio on July 21; Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on September 1;
Petit Le Mans on October 6; and Monterey Sports Car Championships on October
Le Mans Series racing continues as one of the fastest-growing and most exciting
forms of motorsports today,” said Kevin Straley, vice president of talk
programming, XM. “By providing fans with trackside access to the American
Le Mans Series, in addition to our NASCAR programming and exclusive IndyCar
Series coverage, XM is the perfect fit for anyone who loves motorsports as much
as we do.”
Satellite Radio has been an integral part of the rapid growth in popularity of
American Le Mans Series racing,” said Series President and CEO Scott
Atherton. “Our partnership gives the same technology-savvy,
upwardly-mobile audience members who already listen to XM’s other motorsports
programming the chance to discover and enjoy the premium brand of motorsports.”
XM also is
the primary sponsor of the No. 26 Andretti Green Racing Acura ARX in LMP2.
Bryan Herta, Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan drove the entry to a historic
class win in the debut for Acura at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. All
three drivers, in addition to IRL stars Danica Patrick and Marco Andretti, plus
Andretti Green co-owner and IndyCar racing legend Michael Andretti, can be
heard regularly on “The Andretti Green Racing Hour,” which broadcasts
on XMSN 144.
Racing also enjoys a partnership with XM Satellite Radio, which sponsors the
team’s two Corvette C6. Rs.