This weekend marks the start of the 2009 Indycar season. The first race this year will be at the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. But do not look for it on your local ABC station or ESPN. And forget about the NASCAR channel sometimes called Speed. It will be on VERSUS.
I never even heard of VERSUS before their deal to broadcast the Indycar races was announced. They signed a deal to broadcast the races for ten years or until the next breakup; or CART makes a comeback; or USAC decides to be involved again. The Indianapolis 500 will still be on ABC. So if you are a fan of Indycar racing then you will have to see if you even have VERSUS. Many cable systems do not carry it. From a little research, even if your cable system has it, you need to be on one of their premium plans. So being the end of the week, if you intent on catching the race, you may need to run on down to your cable office to get one of those digital boxes.
But other than Indycar is it worth it just for VERSUS? Well besides Indycar VERSUS brings you dynamite related sports like Bull Riding and Bicycling. At least they have some veteran broadcasters such as Bob Jenkins, Jack Arute and Jon Beekhuis. Also will be Robbie Buhl and 2001 Indianapolis 500 Princess Lindy Thackston. Lindy is Indycar’s version of former Miss Teen Nicole Mansky.
So if you have VERSUS and are a fan of Indycar racing check it out. Qualifying Saturday at 5:00pm EDT. The race will be Sunday at 2:00pm EDT. Check it out!