SPEED Raises Level Of Supercross Coverage With First-ever Live Finale

April 10, 2006 2:30pm



AURORA, Ill. (April 10 , 2006) – SPEED, in its first year broadcasting the Amp’d Mobil World Supercross GP/Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series, will go LIVE from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on May 6 at 10 p.m. ET with its coverage of the final races of the Supercross and Supercross Lites seasons.


“What a great way to finish our first year of coverage,” said Rick Miner, SPEED SVP of Programming/Production. “The entire SPEED team was thrilled to hear supercross was coming to the network, and this is a great way to demonstrate our commitment to developing the best television coverage the sport has ever seen.”


SPEED will cover 10 races over 3.5 hours, including the Amp’d Mobil World Supercross GP, Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Series and both divisions of the Amp’d Mobile AMA Supercross Lites in an East-West Shootout.


A look at the race lineup:



Two heats (top four advance to the main)
Two semi-features (top five advance to the main)
One last-chance qualifier (top two advances to the main)
One main event (20 laps, 20 riders)

Supercross Lites:

Two heats (top nine advance to main)
One last-chance qualifier (top four advance to main)
One main event (15 laps, 22 riders)

"We are ecstatic that we, along with our great partners at SPEED can announce today that the final round of a tremendous supercross season will air live on SPEED,” said Ken Hudgens, vice president of television and marketing, Amp’d Mobile Supercross. “We have seen since day one a commitment to the sport from SPEED we have never seen in our history. This puts an exclamation point on the best television package a supercross season has ever seen."


The SPEED broadcast team will include Ralph Sheheen, 1990 Supercross Lites East Champion Denny Stephenson, Krista Voda and Greg White.


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 71 million homes in North America, SPEED is among the fastest growing sports cable networks in the country and an industry leader in interactive TV, video on-demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services.


Supercross LIVE!, the only place on the web to catch Amp’d Mobile Supercross live at home in your car, or just about anywhere in the world, is available live for fans at every race, starting at 7:00 p.m. local time at supercross.cc.com. Listen as Supercross LIVE! hosts Jim Holley and Jason Wiegandt capture the live race call, a pre-race show, a post-race show, post-race press conference, on-air industry guests and celebrities, in-depth interviews, promotions, call-ins and more. In 2004-2005, more than a three-quarters-of-million listeners logged on to Supercross LIVE! Archived broadcasts are also available at supercross.cc.com, or can be downloaded to iPod or MP3 players via Podcast at sxlivepodcast.com.