with the “Best of XM” get every IndyCar® Series race live starting with season opener in St. Petersburg, FL
NEW YORK – April 2, 2009 – SIRIUS XM Radio, the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the Indy Racing League, the sanctioning body for the IndyCar® Series and Firestone Indy Lights, will offer live coverage of every 2009 IndyCar Series race nationwide to both XM subscribers and SIRIUS subscribers with the “Best of XM” programming package.
SIRIUS XM will broadcast every IndyCar Series race live on XM channel 145 and on SIRIUS channel 211 as part of the “Best of XM” package, including the 93rd Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 24. The 2009 season opens with the Honda Grand Prix on the streets on St. Petersburg, Fla., on April 5 (2 p.m. ET). Motorsports fans will hear pre-race programming, including interviews and commentary, as well as live wheel-to-wheel action on the track.
Throughout the season, fans can also tune in to Indy Racing Weekly, the exclusive weekly show focused on the IndyCar Series with expert analysis, race highlights and interviews, on XM channel 145 and SIRIUS channel 211.
“With its bevy of star drivers and unique blend of speed and technology, the IndyCar Series is one of the country's fastest growing sports and we're thrilled to be able to expand our coverage of the series to SIRIUS and XM subscribers nationwide," said Steve Cohen, SIRIUS XM's SVP of Sports Programming. "Our listeners will hear green to checkered flag action from every race as well as all the latest IndyCar Series news on and off the track on Indy Racing Weekly."
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.
The 2009 IndyCar Series season opens April 5 with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. The race will be telecast live in High Definition at 2 p.m. (EDT) by VERSUS. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145 and Sirius channel 126. The radio broadcast also will be carried on indycar.com. The 2009 Firestone Indy Lights season begins with a doubleheader race weekend April 4-5 at St. Petersburg. The races will be telecast at 6 p.m. (EDT) on April 6 by VERSUS.