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Versus debuts as cable home for IndyCar series

Versus makes its debut as the cable broadcast home of the IndyCar series with today's qualifying session.

The network will carry 12 of the series' 17 races starting with Sunday, when the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will air starting at 2 p.m.. The other five races, including the Indianapolis 500, will air on ABC (Ch. 28).

Versus begins its coverage with a two-hour show starting at 5 p.m. today, covering qualifying in St. Petersburg. Throughout the season the network will air a one-hour qualifying and preview show starting at 6.

On Mondays, Versus will re-air IndyCar races; this week that will be at 10 p.m.

Indy Lights races will also be shown on Versus on tape delay, except for two airing live. The Indy Lights race from St. Petersburg will air from 5-6 p.m. Monday.

FAST FACTS

The announcers

• Bob Jenkins, the lead announcer, will be familiar to longtime series viewers and radio listeners; he worked for ESPN for more than 20 years.

• Jon Beekhuis, analyst, is a former CART driver who also has worked as a pit reporter for various networks.

• Robbie Buhl, analyst, is another former driver. He co-owns the Dreyer & Reinbold team.

• Pit reporters are Jack Arute, Robbie Floyd and Lindy Thackston.

Versus debuts as cable home for IndyCar series 04/03/09 [Last modified: Saturday, April 4, 2009 12:13am]

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