Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New Talent Added To Expanded VERSUS Broadcasts

Entering it's third season of IZOD IndyCar Series coverage, the VERSUS broadcast team has undergone a bit of tweaking in preparation for their expanded coverage of the first race of the season April, 10th at Barber Motorsports Park.

With the exit of Robbie Buhl in the Booth and Jack Arute in the pits, VERSUS has signed on Wally Dallenbach Jr., Marty Snider, Kevin Lee and Robin Miller to provide coverage alongside returning talent Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis, Lindy Thackston and Robbie Floyd.

Dallenbach Jr. who will join Jenkins and Beekhuis in the booth for all 12 VERSUS races in 2011, has previous experience as an on-air analyst with both NBC and Turner Sports for NASCAR since 2001.

Full-timer Kevin Lee and part-timer Marty Snider will join Lindy Thackston in performing pit-lane duties this season. Snider, an NBC Sports reporter since 2000 covering NASCAR, the NFL, and various other sports joins the team alongside veteran IZOD IndyCar Series reporter on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network, Kevin Lee.

Robbie Floyd who was full-time with VERSUS the previous two seasons is expected to fill-in for Snider on pit-lane for conflicting race dates.

In addition to the revamped broadcast team, VERSUS has also greatly expanded their IndyCar coverage. Stretching the broadcast window from 3 to 5-hours, eight Firestone Indy Lights races will be aired LIVE just prior to the IZOD IndyCar Series cars take to the track.  A weekly hour long studio show on Tuesday afternoons from 4-5pm est., will debut May 3rd entitled Inside the IZOD IndyCar Series, and will re-air throughout the week.

Monday race re-airs, qualification shows for each VERSUS event and 17 plus-hours of Month of May Coverage will also return in 2011.

The 140-hours of VERSUS coverage, all in HD, will kick-off with an hour special called Crashes and Conflicts on Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m. ET


BUT... there will be no live video feed on net.. How awe inspiring is that?

Just jack arute is missing and will be missed, since he is an iconic announcer...DUMB DECISION.

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