NHRA 2Day to Debut on ESPN2 on Sunday Mornings
By NHRA Communications
GLENDORA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2002) - The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) announced today that their weekly magazine show, formerly named NHRA Heat, will change its name, air date, and time for the 2002 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing season. Beginning this year, the show will be called NHRA 2Day and move to a Sunday morning prime-time slot on ESPN2.
"It is my privilege to announce the return of our weekly magazine show to Sunday morning," said Tom Compton, president, NHRA. "I am confident that with this new time and date, more fans will be able to tune in and get the inside scoop on what is happening within the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series and the NHRA Sportsman Drag Racing Series."
NHRA 2Day will be aired 41 consecutive weeks on ESPN2 beginning on Sunday, Feb. 10, and conclude on Nov. 17, one week after the Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals. NHRA 2Day is scheduled to air each Sunday morning at 11 a.m. (ET), as a lead-in to the popular ESPN2 program RPM 2Day. During race weekends, the show will originate from the racetrack.
On non-race weekends, the show will be in-studio, utilizing the studio facilities at ESPN Regional Television (ERT) in Charlotte, N.C. ERT will produce the 41-shows, hosted for the third consecutive year by long-time NHRA announcer, Bill Stephens.
"NHRA 2Day provides our fans with an inside look at the stars of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, as well as our sportsman programs," said Compton. Among the features each week will be a "Sportsman Spotlight," which will exclusively feature participants and activities in the NHRA Sportsman Drag Racing Series. In addition to coverage from the 16 national events the sportsman racers compete, the segment will include footage from select divisional races throughout the country.
"Moving NHRA 2Day to Sunday morning will create a true pre-race show on NHRA race weekends," said Burke Magnus, director, motorsports, and acquisitions, ESPN. "The show's placement adjacent to RPM 2Day will form a formidable block of motorsports programming for the ESPN2 Network."
ESPN and its family of networks will dedicate more than 110 hours of original programming to the 23-event, $50 million NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series in 2002. It is the second year of an exclusive five-year agreement between ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports, and the NHRA, the world's largest motorsports sanctioning body.
Headquartered in Glendora, Calif., the NHRA is the primary sanctioning body for the sport of drag racing in the United States. It presents 23 national events through its NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. The NHRA has more than 60,000 members nationwide and more than 140 member tracks. The NHRA-sanctioned sportsman and bracket racing series' provide competition opportunities for drivers of all levels. The NHRA develops the stars of tomorrow by offering the NHRA Sportsman Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series, NHRA Summit Racing Series and the NHRA Street Legal Program. The NHRA also offers the NHRA Castrol GTX Jr. Drag Racing League for youths ages 8 to 17.