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ESPN2 READY TO REV UP NEW AUTO RACING SHOW
Published January 23, 1996
ESPN2 will introduce "RPM 2Night," a 30-minute weekday motorsports news and highlights program, on February 7 at 7pm ET. The show will air Monday-Friday, usually at 7pm, and be hosted by John Kernan, an ESPN NASCAR pit reporter and motorsports commentator since '90. The show debuts live from Speedweeks at Daytona International Raceway from February 7-16 then will move to studios in Fort Mill, SC, at ESPN subsidiary Creative Sports. "RPM 2Night" will feature personalities, trends, economics and new technology from NASCAR, IndyCar, Forumla One, and other motorsports. Producer Shawn Murphy: "We want to do it all -- be topical, cover issues, explain the technology and have some fun, showing the driver as people away from the track" (ESPN2). HERE'S THE DEAL: ESPN Int'l and IndyCar reached a deal by which Eurosport will continue its live coverage of IndyCar Series racing in '96 and '97, including the new U.S. 500. Eurosport will carry all 15 IndyCar races this year and the entire 16-event campaign in '97 (ESPN).