[Source: Star Mazda press release]
Air dates and times for the first broadcasts of the Mazda Motorsports Hour on Velocity TV have been finalized. To find which channel Velocity is on in your area, go to www.StarMazda.com and click the Star Mazda TV / Velocity icon. Half way down the page on the right side is the Channel Finder. Enter your zip code and cable provider and click Submit.
Information is correct as of March 27, but is subject to change, so double-check as we get closer to the air date.
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SERIES/VENUE AIRDATE (All times Eastern)
MX-5 Cup #1: Sebring International Raceway Saturday, April 21 – 12pm
MX-5 Cup #2: Sebring International Raceway Saturday, April 28 – 12pm
Star Mazda: Streets of St. Petersburg Saturday, May 5 – 12pm
USF2000: Sebring & G.P. of St. Petersburg Saturday, May 12- 12pm
Star Mazda: Barber Motorsports Park Sunday, May 20 – 12pm
MX-5 Cup #3: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Saturday, June 9 – 12pm
MX-5 Cup #4: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Saturday, June 16 – 12pm
Star Mazda: Lucas Oil Raceway Park Saturday, June 23 – 12pm
USF2000: Lucas Oil Raceway Park Saturday, June 30 – 12pm
MX-5 Cup #5: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Saturday, July 7 – 12pm
Rick Benjamin, award-winning motorsports broadcaster, will host “The Mazda Motorsports Hour.” Benjamin’s Carolinas Production Group will handle production and distribution of the Hour. Benjamin said, “it’s an honor for our company to be selected once again to produce and place coverage of the Playboy MX-5 Cup, Star Mazda, and USF2000 championships. Our partnership with Velocity gives us a tremendous platform to showcase the incredible talents of young drivers and veterans alike who are taking full advantage of Mazda’s ladder system.”
Joining Rick Benjamin in the booth will be racers Randy Pobst for the MX 5 Cup, and James Hinchcliffe (Star Mazda graduate and 2011 IndyCar ‘Rookie of the Year’) on Star Mazda and USF2000. Todd Lewis will be the pit reporter.
The broadcasts will be a regularly-scheduled hour-long weekend show on Velocity, “The Mazda Motorsports Hour.” 24 shows will be broadcast on a tape-delay basis from April through November. The content will be a variety of Mazda centric series, with an emphasis on the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup, the Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear, and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.
All three series are a part of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Ladder, while the Star and USF2000 Championships are also a part of the Mazda Road to Indy. To find Velocity on your local cable system, go to Velocity.com.