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REV TV: New Live programming – MotoGP plus Indy Lights

Burlington, ON, Apr 8/21 (GRW): REV TV is a Canadian-based motorsports channel available on Bell Fibe and some other TSPs. The owner of REV TV, Mike Garrow, has been working hard to build up his programming lineup. Recently he has added two important race series – MotoGP and Indy Lights – and all these races during the 2021 season will be broadcast live on REV TV.

Already, the first two rounds of the 2021 MotoGP season (both from Qatar) have been broadcast. Given the fact that REV TV has more broadcast time available, they are showing a number of reruns of many of their most popular shows – including last week’s MotoGP from Qatar.

MotoGP is the motorcycle equivalent of the automobile Formula One series and this year there are 14 rounds on the calendar with prospects of a couple more rounds, including one at COTA). I think that REV TV may be planning to carry some of the Moto2 races (think F2 in cars) as well but I’m not quite sure about the exact plans and whether or not these Moto2 races will be broadcast live.

There was a time when MotoGP and the American-based equivalent was easy to find on some channel in Canada – but in recent years the MotoGP migrated to a premium-priced channel and the American series seemd to disappear. Now we have MotoGP back as the succdsor to AMA Superbike series and as of last year or the year before the American-based motorcycle road-racing series has taken up residence on the Fox Sports Racing channel. I will try my best to provide accurate TV listings for both of these motorcycle racing series.

PHOTO INDY LIGHTS PREVIEWIndy Lights returns and it will be LIVE on REV TV

In another piece of good news from REV TV this week, Garrow has announced that they will be carrying the entire Indy Lights series with LIVE race broadcasts. The first two rounds will be held on the Saturday and Sunday of the IndyCar weekend at Barber Motorsports Park – April 17-18. And they plan to carry all the other rounds of the Indy Lights Series LIVE as the season goes forward.

In addition, they plan to provide coverage of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship and the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires – the first two steps on the Road to Indy ladder – below Indy Lights.

Garrow said, “Andersen Promotions and REV TV have come together to curate open-wheel specialty programming to air every Tuesday night at 9:30 PM. The programming will encompass a mix of features including re-airings of 2021 USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 coverage and ‘Road to Indy Rewind’ with our host Todd Lewis providing insight into past races. If you are a fan of open-wheel racing with rising talent, this is where you want to be Tuesday nights all season long.”

“We want to thank our friends at REV TV for again bringing coverage of the Road to Indy to motorsports fans across Canada,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “After a year’s hiatus due to the pandemic, we are excited to have Indy Lights back on the air waves and, judging from our Spring Training a few days ago, the competition level in all three series is at an all-time high. Motorsports fans will not be disappointed. Mike [Garrow] and his team are passionate about racing and we look forward to another year of teaming up to showcase the next wave of young drivers coming up through our ladder series.”

The Indy Lights series has existed in one form or other since the 1980s. Paul Tracy used his winning this Lights championship in 1990 as a stepping stone to the CART Series. IndyCar drivers Bryan Herta, Greg Moore and Tony Kanaan are some of the others who have used this series as their stepping stone to full-out IndyCar seats. In recent years, a number of the current IndyCar drivers such as Oliver Askew, Pato O’Ward, and Tristan Vautier have been Indy Lights champions on their way to the IndyCar series. A large number of the drivers lined up for the 2021 IndyCar season are graduates of the Indy Lights series. If you want to spot the up-and-coming drivers, follow the Lights series.

This year, keep your eyes on Linus Lundqvist who last year dominated the racing in the USF2000 series, one rung below Indy Lights on the Road to Indy ladder. He won 15 of the 17 USF2000 races last year.

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