ESPN to Present Full Circle Coverage of NASCAR Busch Series at Mexico...

ESPN to Present Full Circle Coverage of NASCAR Busch Series at Mexico City March 4

ESPN to simulcast ESPN Deportes' Spanish-language flag-to-flag telecast


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New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–February 14, 2007–In its continued commitment to provide the most comprehensive coverage of the 2007 NASCAR season, ESPN, Inc. will present ESPN Full Circle: NASCAR Busch Series from Mexico City Sunday, March 4 at 2 p.m. ET, live from Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez – the latest installation of an ESPN Full Circle presentation, in which various ESPN outlets carry the event live using different coverage approaches, in addition to extensive content surrounding the race across additional ESPN outlets such as TV, radio, internet, etc. ESPN2, the home of the NASCAR Busch Series in 2007, will present a traditional race telecast (also available on ESPN2 HD), while ESPN will simulcast ESPN Deportes’ U.S. Hispanic Spanish-language flag-to-flag coverage. Additionally, ESPN360 will feature a live stream of the ESPN2 telecast.

NASCAR Busch Series at Mexico City Full Circle highlights follow:

ESPN: Will present a simulcast of ESPN Deportes’ Spanish-language flag-to-flag coverage of the race to more than 92 million homes in the U.S. ESPN Deportes will feature a unique telecast of the race, with its own on-site production team, Spanish-language graphics and commentary, highlighting key Hispanic drivers. Play-by-play commentator Andres Agulla will be joined in the booth by Alex Pombo for analysis. Claudia Trejos and Marcelo Vivo will serve as pit reporters.

ESPN2 (ESPN2 HD): Will present traditional English-language race telecast utilizing full use of High Definition cameras, Sportvision enhancements and state-of-the-art graphics. Play-by-play commentator Jerry Punch will be joined in the booth by 1989 NASCAR champion Rusty Wallace and two-time NASCAR champion crew chief Andy Petree for analysis. Allen Bestwick, Dave Burns, Jamie Little and Mike Massaro will serve as pit reporters. Coverage will begin at 10 a.m. ET with a live edition of NASCAR Now, ESPN’s first daily news and information show totally dedicated to NASCAR. Tim Brewer and Brad Daugherty will host the show. ESPN2’s NASCAR Busch Series Countdown will be aired live at 1:30 p.m. on race day, preceding the 2 p.m. race start.

ESPN Deportes: In addition to offering Spanish-language flag-to-flag coverage, the network will present a pre-race show from location at 1:30 p.m. ET, preceding the 2 p.m. green flag. Immediately following the race the network will present a special one-hour edition of SportsCenter with post-race coverage and interviews from on-site.

ESPNEWS: The nation’s only 24-hour sports news network will offer in-progress highlights, analysis, and expanded post-race coverage.

ESPN360: ESPN’s signature broadband service, available in 15 million homes nationwide, will feature a live simulcast of the ESPN2 telecast with a race cast application, plus an exclusive content from NASCAR Now, an ESPN360 “Super Highlight” of the race available immediately after the race is complete and post-race coverage including analysis and driver press conferences. In addition, throughout the season ESPN360 will feature exclusive driver-specific video capsules that will be progressively updated to feature season-to-date highlights, interviews, news and all other driver-related video.

ESPN.com: ESPN.com coverage will be highlighted by extensive online video on ESPN.com, as well as ESPN.com’s RaceCast live race-day application featuring an in-race animated graphic display, track information, lap leaders, race leaders, multimedia, driver information and live in-race chat with ESPN NASCAR contributor Tim Cowlishaw. ESPN.com will also include comprehensive coverage from award-winning motorsports writers Terry Blount, David Newton, NASCAR Insiders Marty Smith and Angelique Chenglis, as well as ESPN.com’s exclusive integration of Jayski.com content – giving racing fans the unique insights of one of NASCAR’s true insider’s, and arguably the Web’s top NASCAR blogger.

ESPN Radio: Will present updates on the progress and results within the ESPN Radio SportsCenter reports every 20 minutes.

ESPNdeportes.com: The leading Spanish-language sports Web site in the U.S., will provide additional coverage highlighted by live chats, in-race updates, driver information, and columns from Andres Agulla

and Alex Pombo.

ESPN Deportes Radio: The exclusive Spanish-language radio home of MRN NASCAR will provide in-race reports, commentary from ESPN Deportes Radio NASCAR experts, on-site reports and much more.

Additional studio programming: Several other programs will also present NASCAR Busch Series at Mexico City content, including ESPN2’s Cold Pizza, and SportsCenter.

In addition, ESPN Deportes will debut a new episode of ESPN Perfiles, the network’s half-hour, in-depth interview show, featuring Brazilian Formula One three-time champion Nelson Piquet Sunday, March 4 at 1 p.m. ET.

About NASCAR on ESPN

ESPN and ESPN on ABC will have comprehensive, multi-platform coverage featuring telecasts of the final 17 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races including the 10-race “Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup” championship on ESPN on ABC. Additionally, ESPN2 will be the home of the NASCAR Busch Series all season. For the first time in the history of televised motorsports, all programming will be produced totally in High Definition. ESPN’s comprehensive, multimedia NASCAR coverage will extend to ESPN.com, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Deportes Radio, SportsCenter, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPNRadio, ESPN360 and ESPN International, among other ESPN platforms. ESPN aired 262 NASCAR Cup Races over a 20-year period starting in 1981. The network’s award-winning, live flag-to-flag coverage on ESPN was honored with 17 Sports Emmy Awards, as well as many industry honors. It is widely credited for helping to popularize the sport nationwide. NASCAR races have appeared on ABC for decades, beginning with broadcasts on the award-winning Wide World of Sports program in the 1960s.

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ESPN to Present Full Circle Coverage of NASCAR Busch Series at Mexico City March 4