SEMA eNews Vol. 17, No. 1, January 2, 2014

Racing News: Broadcaster Dave Despain Signs Two-Year Contract With MAVTV

Dave Despain, MAVTVDave Despain signed a two-year contract with MAVTV American Real to host the network's five live events, beginning with the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire on January 18.

   

Dave Despain Signs a Two-Year Contract With MAVTV
Renowned motor racing broadcaster Dave Despain has signed a two-year contract with MAVTV American Real to host the network's five live events, beginning with the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals presented by General Tire on January 18, and a series of 30-minute, one-on-one programs interviewing drivers and other personalities from across the American racing landscape.

The Chili Bowl is an indoor event for midget race cars with about 275 entries in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The network will also broadcast live the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series' East Bay Late Model Nationals from Tampa, Florida, February 15.

Despain, a motor racing broadcaster for 40 years, has worked for ABC, CBS, ESPN and SPEED.

Toyo Tires Dakar Rally Blog Features Daily Race Coverage
The Toyo Tires Dakar Rally Blog is back at ToyoTires.com/Dakar with exclusive pre-race features and daily coverage of the Dakar Rally, beginning January 5. This year’s 13-days of Dakar competition will cover 3,500 miles of grueling terrain through Argentina and Chile.

Embracing the theme Meet the Unexpected, Toyo Tires will provide exclusive, first-hand reports from the Dakar Rally while following Team Toyo racers Robby Gordon and BJ Baldwin, as well as accomplished French-American racer Guerlain Chicherit. Fans can also depend on the Toyo Tires Dakar Rally Blog for never-before-seen interviews, footage and photos.

  NMCA, NMCA WEST, NMRA
The ProMedia Competition Department announced that an Electrimotion Shutdown Transmitter will be in use at all of its 2014 NMCA, NMCA WEST and NMRA events across the country.
   

ProMedia Invests in Electrimotion Shutdown Transmitter for all NMRA, NMCA and NMCA WEST Events
The ProMedia Competition Department announced that an Electrimotion Shutdown Transmitter will be in use at all of its 2014 NMCA, NMCA WEST and NMRA events across the country. The investment in the transmitters is part of ProMedia’s continued efforts to enhance event safety, and the ProMedia Competition Department highly recommends that all Pro Mod competitors in the upcoming season install the Electrimotion safety device. The device, when used in conjunction with the Electrimotion Safety Box, will automatically shut off fuel and ignition and deploy the parachutes once the vehicle has passed the finish line (if the driver has not done so already). The system activates when the car passes the wall-mounted transmitter just past the finish line.

"As part of our ProPledge initiative to our competitors and fans, we felt it was important to invest and implement the transmitter at our races and recommend the safety device for Pro Mod racers," said Rollie Miller, ProMedia National Event Director. "Our tech department will have the system installed at every event beginning with the NMRA race in Bradenton, Florida on March 6-9."

The ProPledge initiative includes more racer-appreciation events, safety programs, and additional support for all racers, fans, and sponsors.

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