Friday, March 13, 2009

Coming Soon: IndyCar Series on Versus

The 2009 IRL season will start in St. Petersburg on April 5.  As most should know by now, the series has moved to Versus where they won't get lost in the shuffle, as often happened on ESPN/ABC (but they'll show the Indy 500 along with a few more selected races).  There is no shortage of intrigue around the new season: Helio Castroneves and his tax trial, Will Power stepping into Helio's seat, the return of Dario Franchitti, and several other new faces in new places.

I don't view it as a bad thing to move to the Versus network.  Why not take advantage of a network that wants you?  The IRL and the NHL are the biggest shows in town for them and they treat them as such.  They'll have over 130 hours of original programming.  For the series to return to prominence, this is a good start, as is their announce team.  Bob Jenkins is returning to play-by-play work for the first time in years and it'll be a welcome return.  Joining him will be Jon Beekhuis and Robbie Buhl.

1 comment:

Brinton Hester said...

I also think the move to Versus is a good one. The network seems committed to properly advertising the IRL Indy Car Series, and if they keep it up for the next couple years, it could be a great move for the network.