If you’re a Mazda fan and happen to have the HDNet (www.hd.net) channel you’re in for a treat. This weekend HDNet will be broadcasting the Autobahn Grand Prix presented by Mazda this weekend! Thats right you’re going to get Atlantics, MX-5 Cup, and Star Mazda all in Hi-Def!! If for some crazy reason you can’t partake in the high def motorsport goodness you better set your DVR and Tivos!
HOW ABOUT SOME HI-DEF LIVE ZOOM-ZOOM?
— HDNet to Broadcast Two Mazda-centric Race Weekends —
June 5, 2009 (Irvine, Calif). The optimistic cliché is that tough times produce new opportunities. The current economic situation is indeed a rough one for all segments of industry, especially the automotive world. The MAZDASPEED team has taken that as a challenge, and is pleased to announce a new TV partnership that will be kicked off with two big weekends of live high-definition coverage on HDNet in June and July.
The broadcasts will focus on a pair of weekends where multiple classes of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development ladder will compete:
Mazda Formula X at The New Jersey Motorsports Park — June 13-14
Autobahn Grand Prix Presented by Mazda at The Autobahn Country Club – July 25-26
Both weekends will feature a Mazda triple-header with races on both Saturday and Sunday, featuring:
- Cooper Tires Presents The Atlantic Championship Powered By Mazda
- Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear
- SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup
Each of the four broadcasts will be live for three hours (1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT). The broadcast team will be led by veteran commentator Rick Benjamin and legendary race-driver Elliott Forbes Robinson.
“By focusing on two of our biggest Mazda-centric race weekends, we can offer a unique viewing opportunity. Frequently, support races are broadcast at a different day and time, and often on different networks. We know that the road racing fan who follows the Atlantic Championship also will enjoy the Star Mazda and MX-5 Cup races. Our partnership with HDNet will allow us to more closely share the on-track experience with fans around the country by giving them a three-race afternoon, and the quality of the programming and high-definition transmission means it’s nearly as good as being trackside. A big thank you to our series partners at Cooper Tires (Atlantic) and BFGoodrich Tires (MX-5 Cup) for helping to make this happen,” noted Mike Nakashima, Director of Marketing, Mazda North American Operations.