Wednesday, December 15, 2010
There is still a lot going on in the NASCAR TV and media world. Let's talk about some topics that will be in the news on Wednesday and over the next several weeks.
The Goodyear tire test Wednesday and Thursday at the newly repaved Daytona International Speedway will have no television or streaming coverage. While tire tests normally do not, it's pretty obvious that the elephant in the room is the repaved track with Sprint Cup Series cars at speed for the first time.
There was a rumor that NASCAR.com would provide some basic online streaming video with sound so fans could see the cars, but that is not going to happen. Both SPEED's Race Hub and ESPN2's NASCAR Now are on hiatus, so don't expect any updates on TV.
At 12PM ET on Thursday, DIS will offer streaming of a press conference to get drivers reaction to the new track. Available at daytonainternationalspeedway.com/tiretest, it will feature Robin Pemberton from NASCAR and Joie Chitwood from the infield media center at DIS along with several drivers.
Also, more good news is that fans are going to be welcomed during the testing for free. Just walk through the main lobby of the DIS ticket office and out the back door where the tour trams exit. That will lead to the Oldfield Grandstands. It's going to be chilly, so dress warm. The infield Fan Zone is not open for these two test days.
We should see some fan videos posted to YouTube during the day. If you follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/thedalyplanet we have several friends of TDP who will be at the test and will pass along what info they can get from scanners and conversation.
Drivers scheduled to test include Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray, Brad Keselowski, Juan Pablo Montoya, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Jeff Burton.
The ARCA Series will be testing at the speedway on Friday, December 17 and the same free admission procedures will be in place.
DIS also announced that the Daytona 500 flyover would be done by the Air Force Thunderbirds. That will certainly start the season off on a good note. Speaking of notes, we are still looking for the announcement of who will sing the national anthem for the big race.
Unofficially, Race Hub will return to SPEED on Monday, January 24, 2011. That is the Monday after Daytona testing. The show will continue to be one hour in length and 7PM ET should be the original air time. Hopefully, the execs at SPEED will stay true to the original promise and repeat the show at 7PM Pacific Time for West Coast fans.
It looks like NASCAR Now will return to ESPN on Monday, February 7, 2011. The first week of shows are all thirty minutes, with the one-hour Monday roundtable returning on February 14.
Updated: The folks at SPEED are passing along that they will offer wrap-up programs with highlights and interviews on the Daytona testing days in January. More details on this when the air times and on-air talent is assigned. This should include coverage of the big press conference with Brian France on January 21 from the DIS infield. That is rumored to be the official announcement of possible changes to rules in both the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series.
We will have more information on Daytona TV schedules and any changes in on-air personnel whenever news breaks. Right now, there have been no changes announced by ESPN, SPEED, FOX or TNT for 2011. Steve Byrnes will handle both Race Hub for SPEED and continue his pit reporting duties for FOX during that network's Sprint Cup telecasts.
Any media tidbits coming out on Wednesday will be posted here. Check back with us throughout the day.
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