Back in August, it was announced that Fox Sports would be picking up the entirety of the United SportsCar Racing Series as part of a five-year deal. This made us very happy, not only because the combination of the American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am Series promised some great racing, but because with the closure of Speed TV, there was genuine concern that we'd lose a big source of televised racing that didn't involve oval tracks.
The death of Speed and its rebirth as Fox Sports 1 left many a gearhead concerned. We were worried that we'd lose out on some of the best coverage Speed ever provided, whether it be Formula 1, inane, car-related game shows or Barrett-Jackson auctions. Our concerns seem to have been misplaced, though (but not on the game-show front - Pinks is apparently never coming back).
With Speed TV switching over to Fox Sports 1, there's been a fear among auto enthusiasts that we would be losing out on an easily accessible source for motorsports. A freshly inked agreement between IMSA and Fox, though, should put minds at ease. The deal, which was announced today will see the new United SportsCar Racing come to the new channel. United SportsCar Racing is the entity that emerged from the merger of the Grand-Am Series and American Le Mans Series.
On Saturday, August 17 at 6:00 AM, Speed will go off the air. Its channel will be replaced by a new multi-sport network, called Fox Sports 1. Rumors that a switch were in the works first emerged in late 2012, while things became clearer in March, when the FS1 name emerged. That story disappointed a lot of people. It disappointed us. While Speed's heavy focus on NASCAR got annoying some times (switching away from the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Sprint Cup qualifying comes to mind), it was still a gre
You want to watch/stream/identify the cars in/hear/Like/Tweet the 90th anniversary edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend? For a long list of ways to consume the action that's already begun, check out this page put together by our former colleague and current friend Reilly Brennan. Here's the short list:
As we first reported last October, it appears that the Speed channel – currently offered in more than 80 million homes in North America – will likely be rebranded as Fox Sports 1 late this summer. The renaming will allow Fox to broaden the channel's focus and air content from its Major League Baseball and National Football League contracts. A more general sports format will also position Fox more aggressively against ESPN and its various sports channels.
This week's episode of The List on Speed brings together two episodes of the series that highlight some unique forms of four-wheeled competition. The first is the 24 Hours of LeMons, in which hosts Jessi Combs and Patrick McIntyre, compete on a team that dredged the depths of British automotive history to find their race cars.
We have some exciting news to share: Speed channel will begin airing Autoblog's The List as its own half-hour television show, beginning February 5th at 10:30 PM EST and PST. The car-centric cable channel will also air half-hour episodes of our sister show, Translogic, at 10:00 PM EST and PST. Consider it the AOL Autos/Autoblog Power Hour on Speed.
For anyone who tuned to Speed over the weekend, you may have noticed a new Fox Sports logo looming at the bottom of the screen. According to SB Nation, this could be a bad sign for motorsports fans as it seems to verify rumors that Fox is on the verge of changing Speed into an all-sports network like ESPN.
Why is it that everything looks cooler in slow motion? And the slower the better, especially when you're dealing with one of those new-fangled high frame rate super cameras. Case in point? When you add a MG Midget, a serious amount of explosives and a 1,000 frame per second camera and you have some very compelling YouTube footage.
For the past several years, SPEED has invited classic car fans to participate in the Barrett-Jackson auction with the Hagerty Fantasy Bid contest. Viewers compete to correctly guess the sale prices for select vehicles, and those who accumulate the most points come away with prizes.
Two years ago, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety celebrated its fiftieth anniversary by taping the offset frontal crash of a 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air into a 2009 Chevy Malibu. The Bel Air did not handle it well. The Speed TV show Stuntbusters, which airs on Tuesdays and "explores motoring myths behind the latest automotive technology," did the same with two Cadillacs.
Blame it on our Rust Belt sensibilities, but we can't think of anything cooler than rally cars racing full-bore around a steel mill. The video after the jump is about as heavy metal as it gets, and the gritty action is coming to your television in a new Speed TV series called Battle Cross. The steel mill pilot shown here – airs on November 17 at 10 pm Eastern. That's this Thursday, kids, so set your DVR now, or ask your parents for permission to stay up late.
The folks who bring you ABC's Wipeout have changed the network and the challengers for their next creation: called Whipped and airing on Speed in 2012, the new "automotive-based game and racing show" will put drivers in their own cars through "an intimidating automotive obstacle course."
The History Channel and Top Gear are about to get some competition from SPEED, as The Car Show is set to premiere on July 13th at 10pm. Over the course of its one-hour run time, Adam Carolla intends to talk about anything and everything automotive. He, along with Dan Neil, John Salley and Matt Farah, should give the U.S. Top Gear trio a run for their money.
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