FOX Sports kicks off historic NHRA TV deal
Feb 8, 2016 at 3:00p ET
FOX Sports opens its new television partnership with the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) with three hours of live Sunday Finals coverage from the 56th Annual Circle K Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., on Sunday, Feb. 14 (5 p.m. ET) on FS1.
Dave Rieff provides the play-by-play, with analysis from two-time NHRA Funny Car champion Tony Pedregon, who is making his full-time broadcast debut. Bruno Massel and Jamie Howe report from the pits of Pomona’s Auto Club Raceway. Indianapolis Bureau Chief John Kernan provides feature reports and Lewis Bloom handles statistics and features.
The broadcast team began the process of building chemistry with a full dress rehearsal over the weekend at the NHRA Nitro Spring Training sessions at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix.
“It helped me more than you can imagine,” Pedregon said. “To this point, all I have been able to do is watch and listen. I knew going through a rehearsal would benefit the team but, especially me since I am the only one that is coming into this position with minimal experience. I feel the pressure, but I also feel also the excitement… and, like anything else, the more we work together, the better we will become as a team and the end result will be a great show.”
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