GLENDORA, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2005) – NHRA announced it will continue to produce 16 one-hour shows with coverage from select NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national events in 2005.

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series shows will be showcased on ESPN2 on a taped-delay basis as part of NHRA’s exclusive relationship with ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports.

In addition, each of the 41 half-hour episodes of NHRA 2Day, NHRA’s weekly news magazine show that airs each Sunday on ESPN2, will feature a Sportsman Spotlight segment focusing on the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series and NHRA’s member track network.

Veteran motorsports announcer Marty Reid will continue to anchor the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series telecasts and will be joined in the booth by Bob Frey, with David Reiff in the field. ESPN Regional Television will produce the telecasts.

ESPN, Inc. is the world’s leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring a portfolio of over 50 multimedia sports assets. The company is comprised of seven domestic television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPNU (launching March 2005), ESPN Today), ESPN HD, ESPN2 HD (launching January 2005), ESPN Regional Television, ESPN International (networks and syndication), ESPN Radio,, ESPN The Magazine, SportsTicker, ESPN Enterprises, ESPN Zones (sports-themed restaurants), and other growing new businesses including ESPN Broadband, ESPN Wireless, ESPN Video-on-Demand, ESPN Interactive and ESPN PPV. Based in Bristol, Ct., ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The Hearst Corporation holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN.

The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series 2005 TV schedule will be posted in the schedule section at soon.


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