Morgantown, W. Va. -- Racer TV, the host program of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, returns to the Versus Network to cover the 2009 GNCC Series this April. The new season will mark the 9th year of GNCC Racing airing on television, and for the first time ever, the GNCC races will be broadcast in High Definition.
All 13 GNCC bike and ATV rounds, 26 races in total, will air on Versus Network in 30-minute episodes. Each race debuts on Saturday afternoon and then re-airs on Tuesday afternoon, with the opening episode airing Saturday, April 4th, at 2:30 p.m. EST and re-airing on Tuesday, April 7th, at 3:30 p.m. EST. That adds up to 26 hours of GNCC Racing on Versus Network, with additional re-airs planned.
This year's television shows will be produced in house by GNCC series' producer Racer Productions, following in the footsteps of the popular Racer X Motocross Show episodes from the AMA Motocross Championships. Jason Hooper, Director of New Media for Racer Productions, spearheads the effort.
"We think year's shows will be cooler, livelier, and more fun than ever," says Hooper, a former motocross and GNCC racer. "Our crew learned a lot from the Racer X Motocross Show, and we'll apply the same principles here: action, fun, personality and cool angles. Plus, the shows will look incredible in HD!"
Jason Weigandt will handle hosting duties for the show. Weigandt, also the host of the AMA Arenacross Series on SPEED, the Supercrosslive! Presented by Parts Unlimited webcast on supercrossonline.com, and the Racer X Motocross Show, has been with the GNCC Series since 2001, and joined the TV broadcast team in 2003.
The Racer TV production crew includes Mike Holbert, a former GNCC pro-class racer on bikes and ATVs. Holbert has been a part of the GNCC TV team since the shows began airing in 2001. Jeremy Saylor, who produced the GNCC shows for Gear Marketing and Media for the last three seasons, also remains on board.
The Can-Am GNCC Series is the only off-road racing series in America airing weekly cable TV programs. Racer TV sponsors Can-Am, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC and Yamaha have contributed to the 2009 television program.
This year's shows will focus on the battle for the GNCC XC1 and XC2 pro class titles. On ATVs, Yamaha's Bill Ballance aims for an unprecedented 10th-straight GNCC Championship, with contenders such as Chris Borich, Adam McGill, Brandon Sommers, Bryan Cook and William Yokley aiming to knock him off. On Bikes, the wide-open championship field includes Paul Whibley, Josh Strang, Nathan Kanney, Charlie Mullins, Jimmy Jarrett, Kurt Caselli, Barry Hawk and Thad DuVall.
2009 GNCC Racing TV Schedule on Versus Network
All Times Eastern Standard Time
Schedule Subject to Change. Check Local Listings
April 04, 2009 River Ranch ATV Premiere 2:30PM
April 07, 2009 River Ranch ATV Repeat 3:30PM
April 11, 2009 River Ranch Bike Premiere 2:30PM
April 14, 2009 River Ranch Bike Repeat 3:30PM
April 18, 2009 General ATV Premiere 3:00PM
April 21, 2009 General ATV Repeat 4:00PM
April 25, 2009 General Bike Premiere 2:30PM
April 28, 2009 General Bike Repeat 4:00PM
May 02, 2009 Steele Creek ATV Premiere 2:30PM
May 05, 2009 Steele Creek ATV Repeat 4:00PM
May 23, 2009 Steele Creek Bike Premiere 2:30PM
May 26, 2009 Steele Creek Bike Repeat 4:00PM
May 30, 200 Big Buck ATV Premiere 2:30PM
June 02, 2009 Big Buck ATV Repeat 4:00PM
June 06, 2009 Big Buck Bike Premiere 2:30PM
June 09, 2009 Big Buck Bike Repeat 4:00PM
June 13, 2009 Loretta Lynn's ATV Premiere 2:30PM
June 16, 2009 Loretta Lynn's ATV Repeat 4:00PM
June 20, 2009 Loretta Lynn's Bike Premiere 2:30PM
June 23, 2009 Loretta Lynn's Bike Repeat 4:00PM
June 27, 2009 Titan ATV Premiere 2:30PM
June 30, 2009 Titan ATV Repeat 4:00PM
July 04, 2009 Titan Bike Premiere 2:00PM
July 07, 2009 Titan Bike Repeat 4:30PM
July 11, 2009 Mountain Ridge ATV 2:00PM
July 14, 2009 Mountain Ridge ATV Repeat 4:30PM
July 18, 2009 Mountain Ridge Bike 2:00PM
July 21, 2009 Mountain Ridge Bike Repeat 4:00PM
July 25, 2009 John Penton ATV Premiere 2:00PM
July 28, 2009 John Penton ATV Repeat 4:00PM
August 01, 2009 John Penton Bike Premiere 2:30PM
August 04, 2009 John Penton Bike Repeat 4:00PM
August 08, 2009 Snowshoe ATV Premiere 2:30PM
August 11, 2009 Snowshoe ATV Repeat 4:00PM
August 15, 2009 Snowshoe Bike Premiere 2:30PM
August 18, 2009 Snowshoe Bike Repeat 5:00PM
October 03, 2009 Unadilla ATV Premiere 4:00PM
October 06, 2009 Unadilla ATV Repeat 2:30PM
October 10, 2009 Unadilla Bike Premiere 4:00PM
October 13, 2009 Unadilla Bike Repeat 2:30PM
October 17, 2009 Yadkinville ATV Premiere 4:00PM
October 20, 2009 Yadkinville ATV Repeat 2:30PM
October 24, 2009 Yadkinville Bike Premiere 4:00PM
October 27, 2009 Yadkinville Bike Repeat 2:30PM
October 31, 2009 St. Clairsville ATV Premiere 4:00PM
November 03, 2009 St. Clairsville ATV Repeat 2:30PM
November 07, 2009 St. Clairsville Bike Premiere 4:00PM
November 10, 2009 St. Clairsville Bike Repeat 2:30PM
November 14, 2009 Ironman ATV Premiere 4:00PM
November 17, 2009 Ironman ATV Repeat 2:30PM
November 21, 2009 Ironman Bike Premiere 4:00PM
November 24, 2009 Ironman Bike Repeat 2:30PM
About GNCC Racing: The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1973, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,800 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. Riders compete for more than $3 million in contingency money, which draws talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised and airs every Saturday and Tuesday on the Versus Network beginning April 4th. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
About Racer Productions: A West Virginia-based motorcycle and ATV event production company, Racer Productions has been a leader in the off-road racing industry for more than 30 years. It's repertoire of events includes the 13-round Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, held since 1973; The Kawasaki/Monster Energy High Point National in Mount Morris, Pa., held since 1977; The ATV Dirt Days at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., held since 1985; The U.S. World Motocross Gran Prix at Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pa. in 1987; The Monster Energy/Kawasaki Steel City National, held since 1988; The ATV Stampede National Motocross at High Point Raceway, held since 1994; The AMA Pro ATV Open at Steel City in 2007; as well as numerous other amateur motocross events. In addition, Racer Productions staffs the prestigious Air Nautiques/AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn's Ranch, held since 1982. For more information, please visit www.racerproductions.com.