Speed Channel to Launch Speed Racer

Nov 12th 2003
SPEED CHANNEL TO LAUNCH CLASSIC SPEED RACER WITH WIND TUNNEL INTERVIEW

EXCLUSIVE, THREE-YEAR DEAL BRINGS "GREATEST RACER OF ALL TIME"

Legendary animated race car driver Speed Racer will join Wind Tunnel host Dave Despain for an exclusive interview Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Speed Channel, dropping the green flag on the classic cartoon's recently inked, three-year deal between the network and DiC Entertainment.

With an assist from Atlanta-based Primal Screen, Speed Racer will join Despain to talk about his storied career behind the wheel of the supercharged Mach 5, giving Speed Channel viewers updates on Pops Racer, Racer X, Trixie, Spritle and the rest of the Speed Racer gang.

An American icon, Speed Racer began as Japanese Manga in 1966, before being dubbed into English and syndicated nationally on U.S. television in 1967.

"We've had a lot of fun with this," said Speed Channel President Jim Liberatore. "Several of the biggest names in motor sports -- John Force, Helio Castroneves, Bobby Labonte, Jimmie Johnson, Richard Childress -- helped us build the anticipation for the Wind Tunnel interview and the debut of Speed Racer on SPEED. Our Web site continues to be flooded with speculation about who the special guest will be."


The first episode, entitled "The Great Plan," will debut Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET. Speed Racer will run Monday thru Friday at 6 p.m. ET, Saturday and Sunday mornings beginning at 7 a.m., and late night Friday with replays from midnight to 2 a.m.

Wind Tunnel with Dave Despain airs Monday through Thursday at 9 p.m. ET live on Speed Channel.

In 2003, Speed Channel is the exclusive U.S. cable home for many of the top motor sports series in the world. In addition, SPEED's weekly Auto Focus block of programming brings car enthusiast television to Prime Time Monday through Thursday. Now available in more the 64 million homes in North America, Speed Channel is the fastest growing sports cable network in the country and the home to NASCAR TV.

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