Speed to broadcast TV program you actually want to watch

Questionable programming decisions have made Speed the television network equivalent of bacon-flavored tampons. So it's news when they make a great choice like broadcasting the Bathurst 1000 V8 Supercars race on October 8th.

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V8 Supecars is the ideal racing series for America. For NASCAR fans there's booming V8 engines in RWD cars built by familiar brands. For fans of F1 and Le Mans racing there are right turns. For individuals with a pulse there's an exciting and dangerous setting. Mt. Panorama is no joke. Most Americans don't know who Jamie Whincup is. They haven't seen Shane Van Ginsberg drift an entire lap (unless they read Jalopnik). But they'll learn.

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The biggest problem with V8 Supercars is that the races are set in a place called Not America, something that will be rectified in a couple of years. The race is at 7 PM EST on SPEED. Here's hoping they don't screw it up.

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autojunkie
Autojunkie

If Australian V8 Supercar Series set up a North American series, based on North American V8 cars, it would be an instant hit here. Have a season with a near 50/50 split of road courses and ovals and I see no reason for not being far better than watching NASCAR (which has sucked since the late 70s).

Think about it. Not only would they have the Dodge Challenger, Ford Mustang, and Chevy Camaro (because coupe'!), but the could even allow Hyundai, Lexus, and who ever else has a RWD V8 production-based car.

There I go dreaming again... Anyone have Roger Penske's number?