SIRIUS XM RADIO ANNOUNCES COMPREHENSIVE BROADCAST COVERAGE OF INDIANAPOLIS 500
XM subscribers and SIRIUS subscribers with the “Best of XM” will hear live broadcast of the Indy 500 plus exclusive programming leading up to the race
For first time, Indy 500 is available to both XM and SIRIUS listeners
NEW YORK – May 14, 2009 – SIRIUS XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the Indy Racing League (IRL), the sanctioning body for the IndyCar® Series and Firestone Indy Lights, announced today that it will offer comprehensive coverage of the Indianapolis 500 to both XM subscribers and SIRIUS subscribers with the “Best of XM” programming package.
SIRIUS XM will broadcast “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indianapolis 500, live from Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 24 on Indy Car Series Racing, XM channel 145 and SIRIUS channel 211 (part of the “Best of XM”). Motorsports fans will hear pre-race programming, including pre-race commentary and analysis by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network broadcast team, interviews with drivers and live coverage of driver introductions. When the green flag drops at 1:00 pm ET, SIRIUS XM listeners will hear live wheel-to-wheel action on the track through every turn and straightaway.
In addition to the Indy 500, SIRIUS XM will broadcast the Firestone Freedom 100 race from the Firestone Indy Lights Series on Friday, May 22 (12:15 pm ET) on Indy Car Series Racing, XM channel 145 and SIRIUS channel 211 (“Best of XM”). The 100 mile race from the Indy Racing League’s developmental series features some of the world’s best young open wheel drivers. After the race, SIRIUS XM will air IMS Radio Network’s review of all the action from Carb Day, offering a recap of the day’s Indy 500 practice, the Pit Stop Challenge and the Indy Lights Series race.
On Community Day, Wednesday, May 20, SIRIUS XM’s exclusive all-sports talk channel, Mad Dog Radio, will broadcast a special Indy 500 preview live from the infield at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (10:00 am – 2:00 pm ET). Host Gary Williams will preview Sunday’s race, interview some of the series’ top drivers, team owners and past Indy 500 champions, and talk with IndyCar fans from around the country. Mad Dog Radio is available nationwide exclusively on SIRIUS channel 123 and XM channel 144.
SIRIUS XM’s coverage will include live broadcasts of all Indy 500 qualifying sessions, including “Bump Day” on Sunday, May 17, the final day of qualifying. “Bump Day” allows teams and drivers who did not qualify for the field of 33 on the first three days of time trials one last chance to drive their way into the grid.
IndyCar® Series races have aired on XM Radio since 2005. This year marks the first season the races will be available to both SIRIUS and XM subscribers.
For more info visit www.xmradio.com/irl.
SIRIUS XM’s motor racing coverage on Sunday, May 24 will also include the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race from Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, NC (5:45 pm ET on SIRIUS channel 128 and XM channel 128 with the “Best of SIRIUS”) as well as the Formula One™ Monaco Grand Prix from Monte Carlo (8:00 am ET on SIRIUS channel 126 and XM channel 242).